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What does CBD do for anxiety?

Stress. Fear. Nervousness. Anxiety takes a heavy toll on the health of our body and mind, and millions of people experience the symptoms of this condition every day. However, people are turning to cannabis - particularly CBD - to try to control these unpleasant feelings caused by anxiety. But, does CBD oil really work for anxiety? Let's take a look at what the science and our customers say.

There are several ways to take the CBD oil for anxiety. You can take it orally, inhale it or apply it topically.. Everyone will respond differently to oil, so it is important to experiment to find the method and dosage that works best for you.


What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal, adaptive emotional response that humans experience when faced with situations that they perceive as threatening or challenging. It is a natural reaction of the body to situations that it perceives as dangerous or stressful.

However, when anxiety becomes excessive, persistent and without a real reason, it can become an anxiety disorder, which means that it interferes with a person's daily life and can cause a great deal of emotional and physical discomfort.

Symptoms of anxiety can vary from person to person, but may include excessive worry, constant fear or dread, muscle tension, sleep problems, excessive sweating, palpitations, trembling, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

Anxiety disorder is a common mental health problem and, in many cases, can be successfully treated with psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, and in some cases with anti-anxiety medications, including CBD oils or the CBD creams. It is important to seek professional help if you experience anxiety symptoms that affect your daily life.

Anxiety, which causes discomfort, confusion and fear, can have varying effects on quality of life. While some people experience only occasional bouts of anxiety, others are overwhelmed on a near-constant basis, making the quality of their lives very difficult. Generalised Anxiety Disorder (the most common form of anxiety) affects around 6.7% of the population in Spain alone. Unfortunately, cases of anxiety continue to increase worldwide (partly driven by the recent pandemic), despite the multitude of treatment options available. A number of factors are responsible for this increase, such as stress and trauma during childhood, poor dietary habits, and the lack of a healthy lifestyle. dreamThe overexposure to the social media and even the diet.

Types of Anxiety

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1.Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Generalised Anxiety Disorder, GAD, is an anxiety disorder characterised by chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke it.

2.Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterised by recurrent and unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviours. Repetitive behaviours, such as hand washing, counting, checking or cleaning, are often performed in the hope of preventing the obsessive thoughts or making them go away. However, performing these so-called "rituals" provides only temporary relief, and not performing them significantly increases anxiety.

Panic disorder

Panic is commonly a anxiety disorder and is characterised by unexpected and repeated episodes of intense fear accompanied by physical symptoms that may include chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness or abdominal discomfort.

4.Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which serious physical harm has occurred or been threatened. Traumatic events that can trigger PTSD include violent personal attacks, natural or man-made disasters, accidents or military combat.

5.Social phobia (or social anxiety disorder)

Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, is an anxiety disorder characterised by overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations. Social phobia can be limited to a single type of situation - such as fear of speaking in formal or informal situations, or of eating or drinking in front of others - or, in its most severe form, it can be so widespread that a person experiences symptoms almost every time they are around other people.

How does CBD work to reduce anxiety?

The CBD, o cannabidiolis a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anxiolytic propertiesamong others. In terms of its effect on anxiety, CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system of the human body.

The endocannabinoid system is a neurotransmitter system, a cellular communication system, found throughout the body, including the brain and central nervous system. This system is composed of cannabinoid receptors, enzymes y endocannabinoidswhich are compounds produced by the body itself.

The CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors receptors of the endocannabinoid system, which are found in various areas of the brain and body. By interacting with these receptors, CBD can help to regulate anxiety and stress levels in the body..

CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in clinical studies in humans, such as in the case of generalised anxiety disorderThe exact mechanism by which CBD produces these anxiolytic effects is not entirely clear. The exact mechanism by which CBD produces these anxiolytic effects is not entirely clear, but it is thought to be related to its ability to increase the levels of serotonin in the braina neurotransmitter that has been linked to mood regulation and mood anxiety.

In summary, CBD works to reduce anxiety by interacting with receptors of the endocannabinoid systemand this is thought to be related to its ability to increase serotonin levels in the brain. However, it is important to note that Research on CBD and anxiety is still limited and more studies are needed to fully understand its effectiveness. and mechanisms of action.


Cannabidiol as a treatment for anxiety

Cannabidiol (CBD) and various studies show that this phytocannabinoid has properties which can be helpful in combating anxietyas well as having a potential for combating stress, the insomnia and chronic pain.

However, more scientific studies are still needed, there is a large body of scientific literature and preclinical evidence that CBD can be a great ally in helping to combat various types of anxiety, such as generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobias (such as social anxiety). 

Products such as oil cbd or the CBD products for topical use may also be beneficial in helping to reduce other disorders that are not directly categorised as anxiety disorders, but in which increased anxiety plays a key role, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and also post-traumatic stress disorder.

However, among health professionals, the idea is widespread that there is still a long way to go before all these conclusions can be affirmed absolutely, although many recognise the potential of CBD to treat anxiety.

The benefits of CBD for anxiety

CBD oil is commonly used to reduce anxiety due to its relaxing properties, and there is an approved drug called Epidiolex. Its benefits, taking into account its different formats, include the following properties:

    • It has anti-inflammatory effects. According to some studiesCBD has been attributed with anti-inflammatory properties. These studies say that the CBD acts on the endocannabinoid system modulating pain thresholds preventing the delivery of inflammatory molecules to the affected parts, thereby reducing inflammation. We can find cbd creams that could help relieve inflammation, or other types of food products, such as cbd cosmeticsThe use of these products on the skin surface of the affected area may help to soothe pain, reduce acne and even help to treat psoriasis.

    • Analgesic. It relieves us from the sensation of pain, whether from joints, back, knees or even migraines.

    • Antiepileptic. In fact, the Spanish Ministry of Health has approved Epidyolex, the first CBD-based medicine for seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome (DS).

    • Neuroprotectants. Several studies have shown that CBD may work to strengthen the brain and protect it from constant "erosion" as people age.

    • Anxiolytic. Thanks to its anxiolytic properties, it is found among the ingredients of products designed to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of anxiety and often in products to facilitate sleep.

In conclusion:

Is its use permitted in Spain?

Yes, but it depends on what it is used for. In Spain, the use of CBD and the production of CBD-rich products is legal as long as the product in question is intended for external use, e.g. for skin care or for the treatment of different types of skin conditions, among other uses.

However, it has not yet received certification to be registered as a food product. Therefore, in Spain it is only allowed to be used in external areas to treat skin conditions, or to be used as a means of skin care.

In other countries, such as the United States and Canada, it is most commonly used sublingually. This consists of placing a few drops of CBD under the tongue, retaining them in the mouth until they are absorbed into the oral mucosa. But, for the moment, it is not approved in Spain.

Fortunately, CBD is increasingly being studied and the results are very positive. Even the WHO has published a report declaring it a safe and non-addictive substance.

Fernando Ramos
Fernando RamosCustomer from 10 April 2022
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I have been using your 10% CBD oil for two months now and I am very happy. I have noticed a significant reduction in joint pain, as a result of hyperostosis, and a very significant improvement in the quality and quantity of my sleep. In addition, I have also noticed a greater peace of mind with the feeling of having reduced anxiety. I highly recommend this product, which is natural and which, in my experience, does not cause any kind of addiction.

CBD oil is used by many types of people. It is recommended for problems of anxiety, stress o insomnia.

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