What is Cannabidiol CBD Oil and can it help with Anxiety?
CBD Oil is typically derived from Hemp, a form of the cannabis plant, which is non-intoxicating and used to make a range of products from paper to shirts.
The cannabis plant is the source of both psychoactive cannabinoid THC and non-psychoactive cannabidiol CBD. Psychoactive cannabinoid THC is present in Marijuana (another form of the cannabis plant), which can induce psychotropic or euphoric effects on the user. CBD from hemp has no non-psychoactive effect at all.
How does CBD help Anxiety?
CBD acts on our recently discovered Endocannabinoid system, which plays a vital role in our health. Endocannabinoids are a type of neurotransmitter (e.g. dopamine, serotonin). They occur throughout our nervous system and help control and regulate functions in our brain, endocrine, and immune systems.
CBD helps our bodies achieve natural healing by activating our endocannabinoid system.
CBD shows many medicinal properties, such as being anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and providing natural stress, anxiety and pain relief. CBD may be an alternative to medications, which may induce dependency and create side effects.
Studies by organisations such as NIDA (National Institute for Drug Abuse) in the USA confirm that CBD can benefit a wide range of health issues https://cbdorigin.com/cbd-benefits-many-conditions/, including anxiety https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316682.php.
While CBD is being employed to reduce anxiety symptoms, it doesn’t address the causes o.f anxiety, which need to be understood and addressed individually.
Note: While CBD is being employed to reduce anxiety symptoms, it doesn’t address the causes of anxiety, which need to be understood and addressed individually.
Currently, in Australia, CBD Oil is only available from specially licenced doctors. In the USA hemp derived CBD oil is legal in all 50 states, it seems likely that the status of cannabinoid oil in Australia will follow suit.