CBD is a substance that has attracted a lot of interest in recent years, as news stories have emerged detailing its supposed benefits to physical and mental health. One of the most interesting areas is in anxiety treatment.

CBD Oil

CBD oil is an all-natural plant extract with a long history with human societies. It is one of the most common molecules in an oil produced by plants in the Cannabis genus. The relationship of Cannabis plants with human societies goes back to the beginnings of agriculture and probably even further – possibly over 11,500 years! Cannabis is probably what is known as a ‘camp follower’ crop. It is thought that it utilised forest clearings beside watercourses – previous human campsites. These sites had been enriched in nitrogen from human and food waste, and thus proved attractive to Cannabis seeds that had been dropped there by humans as they were gathered from the wild for food or medicine.

The full name for CBD oil is Cannabidiol. It was first discovered in the United States during World War II by organic chemists researching the constituents of Mexican and Indian samples. In 1963, the chemistry of CBD Oil was fully refined, so then inferences could be made about its possible uses in medicine.

Why CBD?

CBD has been implicated in helping to improve the symptoms and root causes of a number of health and wellbeing problems. A range of physical ailments are reported to be improved through the application of CBD. The Canadian authorities approved its use in the early 2000’s in the treatment of neuropathic pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis or MS. CBD has also been shown in laboratory situations to alleviate heroin addiction in rodents. The same effect has been claimed anecdotally by human drug addicts.

In terms of anxiety, CBD oil is confirmed to lessen the anxiety brought on by the use of THC, another common cannabinoid which can be known to cause anxiety in some users. CBD is a broad-spectrum drug in pharmacology. This means it has a very wide range of potential clinical uses. According to the American Society for Neurotherapeutics, CBD has considerable potential to treat many anxiety-related illnesses, from social anxiety to PTSD and OCD.

How To Use

Although practitioners may differ in their advice, there is a range of methods to apply CBD oil in an effort to combat anxiety. The two ways in which CBD oil is sold are pure and ‘full spectrum’. Pure CBD is expensive, but it comes in an exactly known concentration and is usually obtained through supercritical CO2 extraction at a low temperature.

Full spectrum oil is more commonly extracted directly from the plant material using oil or alcohol as a tincture, and is sometimes just called ‘hemp oil’. A tincture is simply a treatment diluted in oil or alcohol, and so can apply to pure CBD as well as full spectrum hemp oil.

Droppers are one of the most commonly used ways of taking a tincture orally. This is a small rubber-and-glass dropper in a bottle used to apply a relatively accurate amount of oil to the inside of the mouth. Tinctures are also supplied in spray and mist form. These are containers to be used to spray orally and are suitable for those who may have difficulty swallowing. Tablets and capsules are on the market and are self-explanatory.

Food and drink products are available from some manufacturers and aim to make CBD oil more palatable. Transdermal patches much like those used in quitting smoking are available from a select group of producers, as are pure CBD crystals. Pure CBD oil crystals are up to 99% pure and can be added by the user into whatever food, drink or mixture they wish.

The method to use CBD oil for anxiety problems is down to whatever the user feels comfortable with, and in terms of dosage, many practitioners recommend up to 300 mg a day, but the dosage is entirely down to self-experimentation, and will vary with the weight, metabolism, diet and activity level of the user.

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