Anxiety and CBD- Does It Help?

Woman Feeling freedom from Anxiety using CBD

Anxiety. We are all feeling more of it these days. 

If you are one of the many people around the world feeling stress, you are not alone.

According to ADAA (The Anxiety and Depression Association of America), anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States.  With our world turned upside down, that number is rising by the day.

People who have never dealt with panic or anxiety are feeling it for the first time ever.  Healthline reported that mental health prescriptions have increased exponentially since March.

Many people have also turned to natural aids, which brings us to the question:

Can CBD (Hemp Extract) help with the rising anxiety and tension we are feeling from our current uncertain global situation?

Panic from No Toilet Paper

We know many of our clients say it helps, but let’s look at the science and research.

A study published in Neurotherapeutics, entitled ‘Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders,’ concluded that, “Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.”

Also, A case study published in the Permanente Report cited, “Cannabidiol oil, an increasingly popular treatment of anxiety and sleep issues, has been documented as being an effective alternative to pharmaceutical medications. This case study provides clinical data that support the use of cannabidiol oil as a safe treatment for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in a young girl with post traumatic stress disorder.”

We could list studies for days that show tremendous potential.  However, the bottom line is, we need more long term research with clinical trials, so that every ounce of doubt leaves the naysayers.


Ok, ok, but we are STRESSED!

How does this CBD stuff (think: all-natural, non-intoxicating, plant-based product, with virtually no side effects), work and is it really safe?

CBDEE’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Manison says, “We know from studies that CBD has an anti-anxiety effect and it lacks the side effects that prescription drugs bring.” 

How does CBD directly affect Panic Disorder?  

The authors of the study titled Evidences for the Anti-panic Actions of Cannabidiol, published in Current Neuropharmacology, discuss many mechanisms, but the type 1A serotonergic receptor appears to be the main player in reducing anxiety and panic with the introduction of CBD.

CBD molecules


Simply put, our Endocannabinoid System (ECS) acts as the master homeostatic system of the body. 

Wikipedia states, “The endocannabinoid system remains under preliminary research, but may be involved in regulating physiological and cognitive processes, including fertility, pregnancy, various activity of immune system, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.”

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) has three parts:

  • Beneficial cannabinoids (that the body naturally makes) called Anandamide (the “Bliss Molecule”) and 2-AG.
  • Hurtful enzymes, (FAAH and MAGL) that break down the endocannabinoids so that your ECS doesn’t work as well.
  • Cannabinoid receptors that sit on sensory nerve fibers, called CB1 and CB2 receptors.

How does CBD work with the ECS?

CBD destroys the enzymes (FAAH and MAGL) that are eating away at the endocannabinoids (Bliss Molecule), allowing the ECS to work effectively.

By doing so, our endocannabinoids (Bliss Molecule) can bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors on the sensory nerve fibers and allow the ECS to work as it should.

So, if we have anxiety, say from being in the middle of a global pandemic, CBD may work to calm us down by allowing our body to respond the way it was meant to. 

The goal is to maintain balance amid the stresses of life. 

Having an awesome self-care routine is crucial.  Exercise, eat well, rest and get good sleep, wash your hands, do yoga and meditate, consume less media, find ways to laugh and…

Yoga Girl Using CBD

Do your own investigating about the non-intoxicating CBD. 

You may just help to balance your body and mind so that you feel more of the “bliss molecule” and less anxiety.



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Healthline article Written by Leah Campbell on May 4, 2020