Anxiety affects humans and pets alike. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness affecting 40 million adults in the United States.
Anxiety comes in many forms. Symptoms of anxiety can include incessant worrying, irrational fears, muscle tension, difficulty with digestion, social fears, obsessive behaviors, difficulty sleeping and panic that can feel like a heart attack or cause shortness of breath.
CBD may be effective for managing anxiety for daily and long term maintenance. CBD vape oil has been know to produce more immediate results from anxiety or panic attacks by taking a few pulls from your vape pen. The CBD reaches your blood barrier more immediately, making it possible to receive relief within 30 seconds.
To fully understand how CBD oil may help to combat anxiety, we have to start in the brain with the cannabinoid receptors that control mood, stress, emotional behavior, fear, cravings, and irritability. These receptors are CB1, CB2, TRPV1, GP55 and a few others.
When these cannabinoid receptors are activated, studies have shown that blood pressure and heart rate decrease, which then in turn lowers stress levels and the natural reaction to panic in a situation (known as fight-or-flight).
CBD may reduce fight-or-flight responses and also fear-avoidant responses.
|Reduction of panic, a.k.a. fight-or-flight feelings|
|Reduces social anxiety|
|Reduction in fear-avoidance behaviors|
|Reduction of memory creation as a consequence of a fearful event|
|Does not have the side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs used to treat anxiety|
There are many ways to take CBD oil. For human consumption we recommend a combination of daily oral ingestion for long-term wellness, as well as vaping CBD Vape oil for more immediate relief.
For animals, we recommend oral ingestion twice daily, with a starting dose of 0.1mL per 10 pounds. For example: a 20lb dog would receive 0.2mL in the morning and again at night – about 12 hours apart.
If you are taking CBD oil for the first time, follow this dosing regimen formula for 14 days:
A person’s starting dose is 0.5 mL’s taken twice daily 12 hours apart and at least an hour and a half before or after taking any pharmaceutical drugs.
If no change occurs within 14 days, double the starting dose, then hold that dose for three weeks. Make note of any changes/relief.
If within this three-week period change/relief is felt, continue with the same dose for the full three weeks before increasing. Then adjust the dose based on what you feel is appropriate.
Vaping CBD oil may provide more immediate relief from feelings of stress and anxiety as it is absorbed directly into the bloodstream for fastest results. There is no exact dosing that we recommend. Instead, use your CBD vape as often as needed for anxiety. Many have reported feelings of relief after vaping within 30-60 seconds.
There have been many studies on the effects of CBD oil on both humans and animals. CBD has shown to be effective in two ways; first, CBD positively affects the receptors in the brain which perform fear assessment; secondly, it was shown to be particularly valuable for “disrupting fear memory reconsolidating and enhancing fear extinction, both of which can result in a lasting reduction of learned fear.”
In a review of several different studies on CBD as an anxiolytic drug, it was found that CBD was shown to reduce anxiety in patients with social anxiety disorder. In a particular study of twenty-four patients with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) who had never been treated, the twelve patients who had received a 600mg dose of CBD before their public speaking test exhibited less reduced levels of cognitive impairment and difficulty with speech and reduced levels of anxiety. The control/placebo group had higher levels of anxiety and discomfort, as well a reduced performance in the speech.
Several studies showed a positive link between CBD and the 5-HT1A neuroreceptor, which is where anti-depressive, anxiolytic, and antipsychotic medications go to work. This receptor is responsible for releasing serotonin, sometimes called the “feel good hormone,” Basically, this means that the receptor is open for CBD oil in the same way it would be open for pharmaceutical medications like Xanax or Prozac.
While many studies have been conducted, more studies are still needed as CBD oil has shown to combine superior efficacy and a high safety profile as compared to pharmaceutical medications.
“I thought this was all just hype and placebo but i was wrong. I only took my first dose of oil this morning and it completely obliterated all of my anxiety. I also have OCD and tic disorder but now my tic urges aren’t quite as intense.”
“I am so glad CBD gives me some relief from anxiety and allows me the headspace to try and sort myself out without worries and fears destroying my focus.”
“These results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in SAD and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.”
Dr. J.A. Crippa