CBD Oil For Anxiety: What We Know And What We Don't Know

Anxiety can manifest in different ways for different people. While stress may come and go with other life events, anxiety is often a persistent feeling. Anxiety affects around one in six people in the UK. So if you are often struck with the feeling that everything is too much and you want to run away, don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone. You might also be pleased to learn that CBD oil for anxiety is growing in popularity.

Anxiety may also accompany depression, particularly when your feelings of anxiety make you want to avoid certain situations. The most common way to control your anxiety is to avoid the situation that is making you anxious. But this isn’t a sustainable method if you are anxious about things like work, school or social situations. There has to be a better way to take control of these feelings.

What treatment is available for anxiety?

A visitor to your doctor may lead you down the route of guided self-help, cognitive behavioural therapy, or medication. The most common treatments for generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) are Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). 

These are both antidepressants that will alter your brain chemistry, increasing the “happy hormone” serotonin. Although these options will work for some people, they also have an extensive list of potential side-effects. You can read more about the potential side-effects here.

Individuals seeking a more holistic approach may hear their friends and family recommending CBD oil. You should always consult with your GP before stopping antidepressant treatment and exploring other options. Canamis cannot offer medical advice.

How can CBD oil help with anxiety?

Reducing your stress levels is considered to be an effective way to manage anxiety. This means different things for different people. Some will reduce their workload. Some will delegate tasks at home. And some will explore methods such as meditation and mindfulness to become more aware of their stress and how their body responds to it. 

CBD oil has also been suggested as a method for controlling stress and anxiety. CBD oil offers an alternative to modern pharmacological treatments for anxiety and depression. With very few potential side effects and no lasting side-effects that we know of, this could be a gentler solution that is closer to nature.

This is why we created the Canamis Curated Collection for Balance. By embracing CBD oil in different forms, it becomes easier to work this into your daily routine. The CBD oil offers a ritual in self-care, the sweet strawberry gummies provide a mindful treat, and the soft gel capsules offer slow-release CBD that is just like taking a multivitamin.

What is CBD oil?

CBD oil is extracted from the cannabis or hemp plant. It is one of around 113 cannabinoids discovered in the plant which are capable of interacting with the human endocannabinoid system. You can learn more about this interaction in our CBD guide

Many of our customers turn to CBD oil as a way to manage their stress and anxiety. Taking CBD oil is an incredibly mindful act of self-care that complements activities like meditation and exercise. So even if you don’t feel an immediate sense of calm from taking CBD oil, there is benefit in the increased awareness you feel and in developing a wellness routine.

What do we know about CBD oil for anxiety?

The interesting thing about CBD is that we are still learning about it. You can learn more about the potential uses for CBD oil by looking at the studies completed in the past few years. 

  • In 2015, a team of researchers from the New York University School of Medicine and the Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante carried out a study exploring CBD oil as a potential treatment for anxiety. They explored preclinical, human experimental, clinical, and epidemiological studies and found that there was good evidence that CBD is effective for treating generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • In 2019, researchers across the United States published a study into the use of CBD for sleep and anxiety. 72 adults who reported having anxiety and/or sleep problems participated in the study. 79.2% reported lower anxiety levels in the first month. 66.7% reported better sleep.

What we don’t know about CBD oil for anxiety

If all of the studies have one thing in common, it's that they all state that more testing is required. CBD is safe for human consumption, but more research is required. At the moment, many CBD users rely on anecdotal evidence from their friends and family members and then discover they also like the results CBD can offer.

We’re all for this word-of-mouth approach to healing, but a word of caution. CBD oil is not a magic solution to all of the problems under the sun. Be cautious of anyone trying to sell it to you in this way. We believe CBD oil is best seen as part of the journey to wellness, not a shortcut. This could mean improving your diet, introducing more exercise into your day, and embracing meditation or mindfulness to help you manage anxiety, stress and depression.