Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States; each year, more than 18 percent of the entire American population is affected by some type of an anxiety disorder. Some people struggle with social anxiety, while others may have obsessive-compulsive tendencies or struggle with anxiety that permeates every aspect of their daily life.

Treating anxiety can be a challenge, especially if your anxiety makes it too difficult to even speak to a therapist. CBD oil has become one of the most popular ways to treat anxiety, but what does the research say?

The truth is that there is limited research to support CBD as an effective, long-term treatment for anything. Cannabis is still relatively unexplored in the medical world, but there is progress. Recent studies suggest that CBD oil can calm the side-effects of anxiety disorders.

If you’re wondering whether you should try CBD oil to treat your anxiety, here are three tips to keep in mind.

Understand How CBD Oil Effects Anxiety

CBD is the abbreviated form of cannabidiol, one of the major chemical compounds found in marijuana. Unlike THC, its counterpart, CBD does not make you high. Some people who smoked marijuana to help their anxiety in the past have begun to use CBD oil instead since it doesn’t have any of the negative side-effects of marijuana.

CBD can help anxiety by attaching to brain receptors called CB1. These receptors can alter the way your brain interprets certain chemicals including serotonin. Lower serotonin levels are usually the cause of depression, but they can also attribute to anxiety in some people, according to Healthline.

Find an Authorized Cannabis Dispensary

CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, and it is not listed in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). However, just because it’s legal does not mean it is automatically safe to use. Counterfeit and synthetic CBD from cheap manufacturers can cause serious illness and even be life-threatening.

The FDA has extremely limited regulations for CBD, so you should research online and find a reliable cannabis dispensary to purchase your oil from.

Understand the Risks

Although CBD is less harmful than cannabis, it still poses some health risks and comes with its fair share of potential side-effects. If you’re taking any medication, especially for anxiety, depression or blood pressure, talk to your doctor about whether or not it’s safe for you to try CBD oil.

One of the side-effects of CBD oil is, ironically, anxiety. Your symptoms may become worse if you take CBD oil that is too potent. Some other side-effects of CBD to be aware of are:

  • Appetite changes
  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Low blood pressure

CBD can also slightly increase your heart rate if the dose is 900 mg or higher. There may also be a risk of increased liver enzymes, which can cause liver damage. Many medications can interact badly with CBD, especially benzodiazepines, calcium channel blockers, antihistamines and some medications for epilepsy.

Even without being on any prescription drugs, it’s best to speak with your physician before you try CBD oil or any other alternative medicine. You may have conditions that could cause unexpected side-effects that you’d never know about without a medical professional’s consultation.

Can CBD Oil Help Your Anxiety?

You may find that CBD oil improves your anxiety substantially or, at the least, makes it more manageable. Some people try CBD and don’t experience any benefits for a while. It’s all based off the individual and the severity of their anxiety.

You should always consult with a doctor about other possible treatments for your anxiety, and if you’re working with a therapist, make sure to keep them informed about any new treatments you try.

Be patient, and make sure that you take the time to research CBD and its effects on anxiety. You should also find a trustworthy dispensary for your products so you know that the CBD oil you choose is safe to use.

About the author

Anica Oaks

Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.

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