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 and affects around one in six people in the UK.  

If you are often struck with the feeling that everything is too much and you want to run away, you’re certainly not alone. So maybe unsurprisingly CBD oil for anxiety is growing in popularity. 

Anxiety, that may also accompany depression, make you want to avoid certain situations, and the most common way to control your anxiety is to avoid the situation that is making you anxious. Yet this is not the most sustainable method if you are anxious about everyday things like work, school or social situations. 


What treatment is available for anxiety? 

A visit 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. Of course you should always consult with your GP before stopping antidepressant treatment and exploring alternative options and Canamis cannot offer medical advice. 


How can CBD oil help with anxiety? 

Reducing your stress levels is obviously an effective way to help manage anxiety, but this means different things for different people. Some will reduce their workload, some will delegate tasks at home and some will try 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 reducing stress and anxiety and offers an alternative to modern pharmacological treatments for conditions such anxiety and depression.  

With very few potential and no lasting side-effects that we know of, this could be a gentler solution that is closer to nature and the reason we created the Canamis Curated Collection for Balance.  

By embracing CBD oil in different forms, it becomes easier to work into your daily routine. 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 and is one of around 113 cannabinoids discovered in the plant which are capable of interacting with the human endocannabinoid system. Learn more about this interaction in our CBD guide.  

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? 

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 

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 your problems, so be aware of anyone trying to sell it to you in this way. CBD is safe for human consumption, but research continues.  

If you’re looking to help manage anxiety, stress and depression, 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.