Cannabidiol reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking in treatment-naïve social phobia patients.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety is far more common than people think. In fact, 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population are treated for anxiety every year. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is one of the most common anxiety conditions and it can affect people of any age. One of the best parts of decriminalizing CBD for non-prescription use is that science is finally catching up with what a lot of people have known for years, CBD helps a lot of people cope with anxiety.
Studies on both animals and humans have shown promising reductions in all of the symptoms of anxiety. Specific studies have been conducted on CBD and performance anxiety with many promising results. The majority of those studied experienced measurable reduction in anxiety. In fact, CBD has become so popular for its stress reducing effects that after The World Doping Agency removed CBD from its prohibited substances list, more and more athletes are trying it. After the most recent PGA Tour the rumor mill was abuzz with speculation that Tiger Woods was chewing CBD bubble gum as his “swig oil” to take the edge of pre-round jitters.
Quick Facts about Generalized Anxiety and CBD
- What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is the presence of excessive anxiety and worry that extends beyond the normal anxiety of every day life. Worry and nervousness are normal and it's common to experience anxiety from time to time, but when anxiety lasts for longer than it should and is difficult to control it's considered a disorder.
Anxiety can come in many forms and affect people of all ages. If you find yourself anxious about one particular thing and thoughts of that thing cause you to suddenly panic, you may have a phobia. If you don't always feel anxious but occasionally your anxiety gets away from you and causes panic, you may have a panic disorder. If you find yourself with intrusive, reoccurring thoughts that are beyond your control, you may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and if you find yourself just plain ol' anxious all the time, you may have Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
Criteria for Diagnosing GAD (from DSM-5)
When speaking to a mental health or medical professional, these are the key symptoms they're looking for when considering a SAD diagnosis.
-anxiety that lasts for more than 6 months
-anxiety is about a variety of topics
-anxiety is difficult to control and shifts from focus from one fear to another
-irritability, restlessness, edginess, insomnia
-tiredness or general fatigue
-physical symptoms such as muscle pain or aches
- What are the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety can produce both physical and emotional symptoms. People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) experience restlessness, irritability, difficulty concentrating, chronic fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and worsening worry or fear over extended periods of time. (source)
People with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) display excessive anxiety or worry, most days for at least 6 months, about a number of things such as personal health, work, social interactions, and everyday routine life circumstances. The fear and anxiety can cause significant problems in areas of their life, such as social interactions, school, and work.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder symptoms include:
-Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
-Being easily fatigued
-Having difficulty concentrating; mind going blank
-Having muscle tension
-Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
-Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, restlessness, or unsatisfying sleep
- How much CBD should I take for anxiety?
Studies on anxiety and CBD have used doses ranging from 30mg (mainly in children) to 400mg (for panic disorders) with positive outcomes for treatment of symptoms. To explore the different mg doses in our CBD products, check out our CBD Buying Guide. It covers the cost of different CBD methods, strength and the types of CBD you can take.
Remember, hemp oil is not CBD and not all CBD is the same.
It's important to remember that some CBD has THC in it. CBD:THC ratios range from incredibly weak to incredibly intoxicating. MCBD products are full-spectrum CBD only. Our products do not contain THC and our dosage guides account for that. CBD:THC combinations can be more effective for some conditions such as the pain of terminal illness or severe seizure disorders but CBD alone without THC has been studies and proven effective as well (such as the studies we've referenced). And as always, remember that hemp oil has no beneficial CBD and should be reserved for body lotion and salad dressing, not anxiety.
- Can CBD help treat the symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Science says, yes. Recent studies have shown promising results for individuals experiencing Generalized Anxiety. In one study individuals were given either CBD 1 hour before public speaking or a placebo. Those given the CBD experienced significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech. The placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, discomfort, and alert levels when compared with the control group. (source)
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