CBD oil claims to change lives one drop at a time > It has become popular to take CBD and hemp oils for their anti-anxiety effects. They are natural remedies which are widely available*. In particular cannabidiol oil (CBD**) is thought to promote health based on the way it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system ***.
It has also been shown that CBD therapy can reduce blood pressure and potentially provide relief for other mental conditions.
These are typically characterised by high levels of anxiety, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, a some NHS patients have been prescribed a cannabis-based medicine to treat epilepsy or nausea during chemotherapy. Other studies have found that this non-intoxicating marijuana extract offers anti-inflammatory benefits.
However, it is unclear exactly how CBD’s euphoria effect works and thus if it is safe.
Risk of CBD anxiety therapy
There are other concerns. One of the biggest is that when people have used CBD oil for anxiety, it can make them feel high or stoned. Additionally, though many of CBD’s effects are positive in nature, some people have reported experiencing not-so-pleasant side effects. These can include tiredness, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and dry mouth (cotton mouth).
So do these potential risks outweigh the potential gains? The question cannot to answered as the benefits have yet to proven, plus the quality of the CBD products is unregulated. On the positive side it seems CBD is well tolerated in most people, whatever the quality. In addition, fears of causing a ‘high’ are exaggerated, as CBD does not contain the THC part of the cannabis plant – the oil inducing ‘high’.
“The bottom line is never take any anti-anxiety oil until you have spoken to your doctor or other health provider to ensure that it is safe and appropriate for you to do so. This is particularly important if you are experiencing any concerning symptoms, if you have any pre-existing conditions or if you are taking any other medication. Certainly you should never take this oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
“Of course, if you want a cure for stress and anxiety which is 100% safe and effective, then there is safer and better option ….”
Footnotes > *Contrary to popular belief, CBD oil is legal in the UK as it is not a controlled substance. ** CBD stands for cannabidiol, a chemical compound found within the flower of cannabis, which is another name for the marijuana plant. **The purpose of the endocannabinoid system is to maintain homeostasis. This means that it strives to achieve a level of stability related to basic processes that impact things such as mood, sleep, appetite, immune function, reproduction and stress.