Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S.  These disorders affect more than 18 percent of the population each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

In recent years CBD oil has become a widely favored remedy for anxiety. While some individuals take CBD oil to soothe their everyday worries, others use it to treat more serious conditions like generalized anxiety disorder.

CBD, for some people, may be an alternative to SSRIs for anxiety management.

Although anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two, many people choose to forgo these standard approaches and self-treat with products like CBD oil. According to a survey published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research in 2018, almost 62 percent of cannabidiol users reported that they used CBD to treat a medical condition, with the top three conditions being pain, anxiety, and depression.

You might ask “How CBD oil can help Anxiety”.  CBD oil is thought to work with a brain receptor called CB1. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond.  The exact way Cannabidiol affects CB1 is not fully understood, however, it’s thought that it alters serotonin signals. Serotonin is one of your body’s chemicals and plays a role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are common in depression. Not having enough serotonin can also cause anxiety in some people.

The conventional treatment for low serotonin is prescription selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Zoloft and Prozac are both SSRIs. CBD, for some people, may be an alternative to SSRIs for anxiety management. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.

There are different ways to ingest CBD oil.  You can use a CBD Oil tincture, capsules or gummies and take it orally.  You can use the CBD Life Water or you can vape CBD with an atomizer. I have found that the Life Water or the vape cartridges work best for my anxiety because the affect is almost immediate.  I feel much calmer and more relaxed. It can take awhile for the oil or capsules to get into your system.

Due to a lack of research, scientists aren’t sure how CBD oil might help treat issues like anxiety. Some research suggests that in addition to impacting the endocannabinoid system, cannabidiol may influence receptors involved in the modulation of serotonin (a chemical messenger thought to play a role in anxiety regulation).  But, because letting an anxiety disorder go untreated can deplete your quality of life and lead to physical health problems (such as digestive conditions), it’s crucial to consult a doctor rather than self-treating. If you’re thinking of using CBD oil to help manage your anxiety (and it is legal where you live), make sure to talk with your doctor about whether it’s right for you.