CBD Oil and Anxiety 1

CBD Oil and Anxiety

With 5.9 people in 100 suffering from generalised anxiety[1] in the UK we are often asked whether CBD oil can be used to alleviate it. We always suggest people interested in CBD oil do their own research as well as consult with medical professionals and naturopaths for more information around their health issues and treatment.

What is generalised anxiety?

According to mind.org.uk, “Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid” especially in relation to thoughts of the future. Doctors usually treat it with anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) medication, however, generalised social anxiety is shown to be “poorly controlled” by pharmacological drugs.[2]

How does CBD activate in the body?

In our bodies, we have an endocannabinoid system which “controls energy homeostasis”[3] (homeostasis is internal stability in the body) and also guides “cognition, memory, mood, appetite, and sensory responses”. It consists of CB receptors (proteins), endogenous ligands (proteins), and enzymes that bind together.[4] CBD works by stimulating the CB receptors in the endocannabinoid system and by binding to the TRPV1 receptor (these receptors exist in the peripheral and central nervous system, which also moderate pain response). The TRPV1 receptor is an agonist (or activator) of the CB receptors.[5]

How could CBD influence anxiety?

As outlined in the previous paragraph, the way CBD affects the endocannabinoid system can influence mood and sensory responses. According to a research report in the Journal of Psychopharmacology CBD has been “associated with significantly decreased… anxiety scores” for social anxiety disorder.[6]

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[1] https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/

[2] https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/46711236/Neural_basis_of_anxiolytic_effects_of_ca20160622-8056-14aolkn.pdf?response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DNeural_basis_of_anxiolytic_effects_of_ca.pdf&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIWOWYYGZ2Y53UL3A%2F20200215%2Fus-east-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20200215T172431Z&X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=6acfb7183ee28c9c743c1de5fece5feb9126a3443026f061c96d889461ba0aec

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17369778

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6390812/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5877694/

[6] https://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/46711236/Neural_basis_of_anxiolytic_effects_of_ca20160622-8056-14aolkn.pdf?response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DNeural_basis_of_anxiolytic_effects_of_ca.pdf&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&X-Amz-Credential=AKIAIWOWYYGZ2Y53UL3A%2F20200215%2Fus-east-1%2Fs3%2Faws4_request&X-Amz-Date=20200215T172431Z&X-Amz-Expires=3600&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Signature=6acfb7183ee28c9c743c1de5fece5feb9126a3443026f061c96d889461ba0aec

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Karla Neblett is a fiction writer and also blogs for small local businesses. She has an MA in Creative Writing.

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