CBD Oil for Anxiety and Sleep
Karen Berger, PharmD, Medical Writer
As many of us struggle with the stress of COVID-19, we are finding that our anxiety is through the roof. Suddenly, parents are forced to homeschool their children and worry about basic needs (toilet paper), while working from home or losing their jobs in the service industry. I am homeschooling three kids, writing and editing, and staying up many nights past 3 am, trying to score an online grocery spot, or just scrolling aimlessly through Facebook while my mind is racing.
Many people have had success with using CBD oil for anxiety. MyCureAll offers medical grade, lab-tested CBD products with three COA’s to ensure safety. Is it worth a try?
CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the hemp plant. The hemp plant is a cousin of the marijuana plant. Chemicals, called cannabinoids, bind to receptors in the body. The most well-known cannabinoid is THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which causes the high associated with marijuana. The CBD oil from hemp will not produce a high, because it only has trace amounts of THC, usually 0.3%, and some formulations have no THC at all. (Caution – you may still test positive for THC on a drug test)
Many studies on cannabis for anxiety look at medical cannabis, as opposed to CBD oil. However, one small study looked at CBD in patients with social anxiety disorder. The study found that patients treated with CBD, compared to placebo, had decreased anxiety (both as reported by the patients, and as seen with imaging and blood flow results).
A 2015 data review concluded that “existing preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” and that “CBD exhibits a broad range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiolytic, panicolytic, and anti compulsive actions, as well as a decrease in autonomic arousal, a decrease in conditioned fear expression, enhancement of fear extinction, reconsolidation blockade, and prevention of the long-term anxiogenic effects of stress.”
It is important to note that there have not been any long-term, or controlled, clinical trials to properly evaluate the safety and effectiveness of CBD. More research needs to be done. However, if you are experiencing anxiety, ask your doctor if it is safe for you to take CBD with your medical condition(s) and other drugs you take. If you get the green light from your doctor, it may be worth a try. CBD oil is natural and has minimal side effects.
Have you tried CBD oil for anxiety? Has it helped?
At MyCureAll, we are working hard to get medical cannabis covered by insurance (sign our petition!), and we are studying the optimal treatment of particular conditions with specific strains. Our proprietary Canna-Meter app will be used by doctors, patients, and dispensaries to help you identify and locate the best medical cannabis available for your condition.
See Canna-Meter in action here
Contact us anytime with your thoughts, and let us know how we can help you!