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According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, an estimated forty million adults in America suffer from anxiety, which represents roughly 18 percent of the U.S. population. Studies have not definitively determined the cause of anxiety, but the general consensus is that it stems from a complex combination of risk factors such as genetics, personality, brain chemistry, and difficult life events. Some common forms of anxiety include:
Many people are finding potential relief for their anxiety by using CBD oil. CBD stands for Cannabidiol, an extract from the hemp plant. Our bodies produce endocannabinoids, and CBD works in conjunction with the body to help certain systems function more smoothly. Specifically, the cannabinoids in CBD mimic our body’s natural endocannabinoids as part of our overall Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is responsible for keeping the body in a state of overall balance and order, and its function affects numerous functions and systems within the body, such as mood, stress levels, pain/pleasure, sleep, digestion, temperature, inflammation, and more.
CBD is being scientifically researched for its capacity to help regulate mood and stress levels, and with less risk than traditional prescription medication. A recent study in Colorado determined “CBD appears to be better tolerated than routine psychiatric medications.” A 2015 study at the New York School of Medicine demonstrated the effectiveness of CBD on reducing behaviors related to anxiety across a range of disorders, including GAD, PD, OCD, SAD, and PTSD. Additionally, the study concluded that CBD has “an excellent safety profile.” McMaster University is currently running an NIH (National Institute of Health) 8-week clinical trial to evaluate the effect of daily CBD dosing on FAD, SAD, PD, and Agoraphobia. The study also plans to collect data to analyze the relationship between CBD, anxiety, and inflammation.
You can take CBD in three ways: apply it topically, ingest it, or take it sublingually. Most people find sublingual (under the tongue) results in the fastest absorption. To do this, simply dispense the desired number of drops of pure CBD oil under the tongue and hold it there for 15 to 30 seconds. Then, swish it around your mouth and swallow. Try to avoid eating or drinking anything for the next fifteen minutes.
If you’re ready to try CBD oil for anxiety, discuss it with your doctor. When you move forward, we recommend starting with a small dose and then monitoring the effects, so you can adjust upward as needed. CBD oil is considered safe for general use, with little risk of adverse effects, even in higher doses. Because everyone’s body is different, a little trial and error can help you determine the most optimal dosage for you.
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