Many people think of the word “cannabis” or “hemp” or “marijuana” and automatically think of its hallucinogenic properties.
But CBD (cannabidiol) Oil, which is derived from the hemp strain of cannabis, does not cause intoxication like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) does.
For decades, hemp was on the Controlled Substances list, even though it was not a hallucinogenic. In 2018, hemp and its derivatives were finally removed from the list.
As a result, there’s now a proliferation of stores offering CBD Oil, which will be of benefit to many people who have a variety of health conditions both mental and physical.
What is Clinical Anxiety?
Everyone has anxiety every now and again – for certain defined reasons. People can be anxious before taking a test or before having to speak in front of a group. But they take a deep breath, get started, and the anxiety goes away.
But others may suffer bouts of anxiety that don’t go away no matter how many deep breaths they take. Or they suffer anxiety attacks for no reason at all, or for a cascade of reasons and are rendered powerless for a time.
There are several anxiety orders under this umbrella, such as “generalized anxiety disorder,” “social anxiety disorder,” and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This is “clinical anxiety.”
What Causes Clinical Anxiety?
We all have “receptors” – chemical structures attached to the cells in our central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and our peripheral nervous system (nerves and ganglia in our hands, and feet and so on, which relays stimuli to the central nervous system).
We receive stimuli from our five senses -sight, smell, hearing, tasting and touching. These stimuli enter our “receptors” thanks to “neurotransmitters.” A “neurotransmitter” is a chemical that, as the name implies, “transmits” signals to our receptors.
Seratonin is a neurotransmitter. Individuals who have low levels of serotonin typically have depression. Low levels of serotonin are also believed to be one of the causes of clinical anxiety.
How Can CBD Oil Help?
In the past, doctors would proscribe such drugs as Zoloft (or to give it its chemical name, sertraline) or Prozac (fluoxetine.). These medications are “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors” or SSRI.
These medications have side effects, however. CBD Oil does have a few side effects also – for a certain percentage of people, such as diarrhea, fatigue, changes in appetite or changes in weight), however, these side effects are not as severe as those caused by Zoloft or Prozac.
But CBD Oil has the effect of stimulating blood flow to the various regions of the brain that have been linked to generating feelings of anxiety. As a result, anxiety was lessened, and so was depression.
Talk to Your Doctor
CBD Oil has only been legal for a couple of years and therefore only a few studies have been conducted. These studies are promising, but there’s still more research to be done.
So if you are on medication for any kind of clinical anxiety, talk to your doctor to see if using CBD Oil in conjunction with your current medication may be of benefit to you.
For more information, see:
Medical News Today: Can CBD oil help anxiety?
US News and World Report: Can CBD oil help with anxiety?