Over 40 million adults in the US suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. Stats show people with an anxiety disorder are 3 to 5 times more likely to go to the doctor and 6 times more likely to be hospitalized. While researching this topic, I learned there are 5 types of anxiety disorders. For me, there’s only been one type: the type that makes me feel like my heart is going to beat out of my chest, my stomach seems to drop and I can’t breathe. And it happens suddenly, out of the blue, for no reason. These are called panic attacks or commonly known as panic disorder. The other four types of anxiety disorders are:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Social Anxiety Disorder
Benzodiazepines are often prescribed as treatment for anxiety, especially panic disorders. While Delta 9 (THC) can have a bad rep for being intoxicating and anxiety inducing, some people may be able to manage their anxiety with CBD.
What The Research Says…
Men in a 2018 study participated in a test that simulated public speaking. They were given an oral dose of 300mg of CBD, administered 90 minutes before the test began. Each claimed the dose was enough to significantly reduce the speakers anxiety. Others that took 150mg saw very little effect.
In a more recent study of 397 adults living in New Zealand, researchers evaluated people who used CBD for treatment of anxiety. After three weeks, each reported that they experienced improvements in their ability to perform everyday functions and it reduced their anxiety symptoms.
A 2020 article reviewed eight studies investigating CBDs role in treating various anxiety disorders. The study did show considerable variations in CBD doses, ranging from 6m to 400mg. Evidence was found to support the use of a pure CBD product as a complementary therapy.
Our modern lifetsyles are stressful and some would say that is an understatement. There are constant pressures; work, family, business, etc..and some people have a hard time with pressures of everyday life, they can’t cope effectively. Mental conditions such as anxiety disorders are on the rise. Remeber CBD works naturally on your body to produce calming effects so it makes perfect sense that CBD can offer a safe and effective way to help manage anxiety symptoms.