Anxiety and CBD

Anxiety Relief

CBD is know to alleviate severe social anxiety in some people. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, or SAD, is one of the most common forms of anxiety disorders that can negatively effect your quality of life. Some folks complain of increased social anxiety after marijuana use but this may be due to low levels of CBD proportionate to the higher levels of THC.

In a 2011 study, scientists studied the effects of CBD on people with SAD. The scientists selected 24 people with this condition who had never received treatment for SAD then divided participants into two groups. One group received 600 mg of CBD while the control group received a placebo. The scientists then asked them to take part in a simulated public speaking test while they measured blood pressure, heart rate and other measurements of body and mind stress.

The CBD group showed significantly reduced anxiety, mental impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. In comparison, those in the placebo group presented higher anxiety and stress levels.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 15 million adults in the United States have social phobia and about 6.8 million have a generalized anxiety disorder. Traditional treatment usually involves counseling and medications. Treatment with CBD may be better than anti-depressants because it acts quickly and does not cause side effects or withdrawal symptoms.

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