Can CBD help with Anxiety?

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We all experience anxiety at some point of time. For most people anxiety happens with specific experiences that will go away once it is resolved. The main issue is chronic anxiety, meaning that you are constantly anxious for no specific or obvious reasons. 

Chronic anxiety can affect you in many ways and be detrimental for your body. some common side effects are;

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense.
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
  • Having an increased heart rate.
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating.
  • Trembling.
  • Feeling weak or tired.
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.

CAN CBD HELP ANXIETY?

At this time, it’s not fully clear how CBD treats anxiety. Some research has shown that it may work by affecting serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical in your body that plays a role in your mood, sleep, digestion, and behavior. Research suggests that serotonin levels can help treat anxiety and depression. Certain medications, such as antidepressants, work by regulating serotonin levels.

STUDIES ON CBD AND ANXIETY

A very recent study published in 2019 looked at whether CBD could improve sleep and or reduce anxiety. The study involved 72 subjects, with 47 experiencing anxiety and 25 experiencing poor sleep. The subjects were each given 25 milligrams (mg) of CBD in capsule form each day. In the first month, 79.2 percent of the patients reported lower anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.

Another study simulated a public speaking exercise in patients with social anxiety disorder. Patients were given up to 600 mg of CBD prior to their public speaking exercise and were asked to rate their levels of anxiety with and without CBD. Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased fear in their anticipatory speech. The placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort, and fear levels when compared with the control group as assessed with the VAMS (Visual Analogue Mood Scale).

WHAT DOSES OF CBD ARE EFFECTIVE FOR ANXIETY?

There is no known effective dose for anxiety due to a lack of clinical trials that have been conducted. However, leveraging 4 or 5 preliminary studies as guidance, we can provide some recommendations:

  • Severe Anxiety Conditions:

We recommend consuming between 50 to 80 mg per day if you have a severe anxiety condition. It’s best to start at a lower dose and work your way up to ensure minimal side effects. You can take more than 200 mg per day if needed, but we recommend you do not exceed 1500mg per day.

  • Moderate Anxiety:

If your anxiety condition is serious but not debilitating, you probably don’t need to consume as much as someone with severe symptoms. We recommend consuming between 25 to 50 mg per day. Again start at a lower dose and work your way up to ensure minimal side effects. 

At Avaqel, we have been in business for 3 years selling high quality Kosher/Vegan CBD products and 90% of our customers tell us that they use CBD to help with anxiety.

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