HOW DOES CBD HELP TREAT ANXIETY? Dr. Lynn Marie Morski, plant medicine advocate, explains how those suffering from anxiety and related disorders such as panic disorders, social anxiety, addiction, OCD, and PTSD can find relief with the powerful phytonutrient Cannabidiol (CBD). CBD oil interacts with the human endocannabinoid system to product many therapeutic benefits.
Do you get anxiety when giving a presentation or interacting with a group of people? Or perhaps you’ve experienced a traumatic event that continues to cause stress and anguish? You’re not alone. Anxiety related disorders affect a huge segment of our population. An estimated 18% of adults suffer from them, but there’s good news. CBD, a phytonutrient found in the hemp plant, has recently become a potential remedy for those with anxiety. Whether you’ve been curious about if CBD oil can be beneficial in treating your anxiety, you’ve come to the right place. I’m Dr. Lynn Marie Morski with Octagon Bio Labs and I’m going to provide some basic information that can help clarify CBD’s role in treating this very common condition.
New studies are showing CBD to be effective in reducing symptoms in those with anxiety, and research has finally isolated how it works. CBD activates the 5-HT1A receptor which is involved with how your brain interacts with serotonin, one of the four main chemicals in our brain related to feelings of happiness and wellbeing. Anxiety and depression are commonly treated with medications that target the serotonin system. You may have heard of Prozac and Zoloft, two examples of a type of drug known as selective serotonin uptake inhibitors or SSRIs. These medications work by blocking the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain so there’s more serotonin available to help reduce anxiety and boost your mood.
Similar to SSRIs, CBD may boost signaling through these same serotonin receptors, leading to similar reductions in anxiety. Existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for several anxiety-related conditions including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Studies have found CBD to be particularly effective in treating acute anxiety that comes from knowing something potentially frightening or uncomfortable is about to happen, like taking an exam.
CBD has also been shown to decrease symptoms of social anxiety disorder, which is when you fear situations like meeting a lot of new people or having to do public speaking. It is even demonstrated the ability to help wipe out fear memories in those with PTSD. Now this is just what’s been found in the lab. However, patients using CBD have confirmed what the studies have shown in their own experiences. They’ve reported feeling less anxious, having fewer of the racing thoughts associated with anxiety and having either eliminated their panic attacks or experiencing fewer attacks or attacks that were less severe.
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