CBD’s popularity is virtually unmatched, and there are many reasons for this. The substance, which has been used by as many as one in three American adults, has a variety of potential benefits. Many of these benefits are just being researched, but it is worth noting that there is some evidence to support the idea that CBD and THC can help people reduce their anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety comes in many forms, but at its core, it is a misfired evolutionary instinct. It makes humans afraid and panic. It invokes a variety of physiological responses, including sweaty palms, increased heart rate, lightheadedness, and more. It comes from the ancient human impulse of fight or flight.
At appropriate moments, anxiety can make us pay more attention to our surroundings, get out of a dangerous situation, or better prepare for important events. The problem is when it occurs at the wrong times or in specific situations that can ultimately prohibit someone from enjoying their life or fulfilling their responsibilities.
What are CBD and THC?
CBD is a specific type of cannabinoid, one of the over 100 that have been identified by researchers. It is most commonly found in CBD oil and may have many medicinal properties.
THC is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol, and it is one of the best-known cannabinoids. It is found in marijuana and responsible for marijuana’s intoxicating effects. However, up to .3% of THC can be found in CBD. Some people believe that CBD is more effective if it contains THC, creating a type of CBD known as “Full Spectrum.”
CBD and Anxiety?
There is some evidence to indicate that CBD can reduce anxiety symptoms. Studies have found that CBD can potentially reduce many types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, social anxiety, and more.
CBD cannot be prescribed to treat anxiety, nor is it a replacement for traditional therapy or medication. However, it does seem possible that CBD can reduce anxiety, particularly when taken in conjunction with other medications.
Use and Dosage
There are a variety of dosages available for CBD, with a higher dose, like a 600 mg CBD tincture, meaning that you may feel a more potent impact. Tinctures are a great way for beginners to try CBD, as you can just take them sublingually or mix them in with food or drink.
Many reports have found that CBD is non-addictive, non-intoxicating, and contains no potential for abuse. However, there are some common side effects with CBD, including upset stomach or dizziness. While these side effects are usually relatively light, they are worth monitoring, and you should use caution the first few times you use CBD, just in case you experience any of these issues. Furthermore, there are drug interaction concerns with CBD.
CBD and THC is an area that is growing in terms of its overall interest. To be clear, more research is needed, and no one should start taking CBD without consulting with their doctor – just like you would with any other supplement. However, the evidence thus far is positive. It appears that CBD and THC may be able to help with anxiety.