Doing It Wrong? How to Dose CBD Oil for Anxiety
If you have dealt with anxiety in your life, you are not alone. Increasing issues with anxiety and stress are becoming commonplace throughout the western world. In the United States, nearly a third of people now will experience an anxiety disorder at some point in their life; these rates have doubled in the past 20 years. Not surprisingly, most of those who become affected seek out relief through a variety of means, including therapy, lifestyle change and increasingly medication. Upwards of 40 million Americans take at least one kind of pharmaceutical to treat their stress or anxiety disorder now. These medications can be emotionally debilitating, can reduce sex drive to zero, and can sometimes have such severe side effects that they leave people in a worse state than before they began.
However, a small but growing community of patients are turning towards cannabidiol (CBD) for a long term and all natural solution to their anxiety issues. Cannabidiol is one of many cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. Not only is it non-psychoactive (setting it drastically apart from its well known cousin THC), but it typically has no reported side effects besides creating a feeling of calm and relation (again, drastically different from THC). As more research is published, and more extensive clinical trials get underway, it is also becoming increasingly accepted by the medical community as a valid treatment option. This is especially true for those who wish to stay away from the harsh alternatives promoted by the pharmaceutical industry.
An Examination of the Research
Although there continues to be significant studies done to examine CBD oil’s effect on animals in relation to anxiety, there is now enough research from small scale human trials which has begun to prove the correlation between CBD and anxiety reduction. Perhaps one of the earliest trials in 1982, gave participants a dose of THC (1 mg/kg), followed by either a dose of valium or of CBD (0.5 mg/kg). The results suggested that CBD had a counteractive effect on THC stimulated anxiety. The antagonism between the two cannabinoids has been one of the most pursued lines of research thus far.
In studies using data garnered from single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machines, there is significant evidence to suggest that brain activity increases in areas such as the left parahippocampal gyrus, while decreasing in the left amygdala-hippocampus complex. For those of us who are not neurosurgeons, the data paints a picture indicating that CBD affects the brain in a way that reduces fear, anxiety and stress responses. This same study also reported that CBD reduced the immediate emotional reaction of participants when they were shown expressions of fear. It should be noted that the dose for this study began at 400-600mg per person.
Finally, during one of the most relatable studies done on CBD oil for anxiety, participants self-reported anxiety levels before and after a public speech. The study was developed to create a stressful scenario to conquer, and the ability of CBD oil to reduce anxiety, cognitive impairment and also increase performance levels was dramatic. The dosage during this study was 300 mg. This study has been replicated enough times, and in enough variations that the results seem irrefutable.
Depending on your current source of CBD oil, the strength and bioavailability will vary greatly. Because the research is still in its early stages, it's therefore difficult to provide a specific dosage for each individual case. Afterall, some medications go by weight, some by age, and all will be affected by the strength of the medication itself. With this in mind, there are two rules to keep in mind when determining the correct CBD oil dosage for your specific body type and anxiety disorder. First, always start off with a small dosage. Second, maintain the same dosage for at least a few days prior to increasing to confirm the results. By starting off gradually, and slowly increasing the amount over time you will ensure you are not overdosing and wasting valuable CBD. You will also ensure to find the exact dose that works for your situation, rather than simply relying on information passed along from someone else.
You might be asking, where to start? More general recommendations for any CBD treatment begin at 40 mg per day. As you will see from the above scientific studies, the dosage tended to be quite a bit higher than recommended here (300-600mg), however less is more when treating with all forms of cannabis and it is important to start off small. Plus, there is a likelyhood that by beginning small, you will maybe not even need to reach the levels tested in the studies. With slow increases in dose and/or frequency, you should be able to find a perfectly personalized dose that provides you with a sense of calm, relaxation and alleviates overlying phobias.
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