Have you ever been in a store and felt that overwhelming sense the aisles were too small, or the carts were too big, there are too many people (must be some sort of fire code violation in here), that you needed to get out of this building as soon as possible? Have you been invited to an event by friends and made an excuse to miss the event; simply to avoid the uncomfortable feeling of being around a group of new people or people in general? Maybe you have found yourself avoiding all situations that make you feel uncomfortably social.
If you can relate to these feelings, you may have social anxiety. Don’t worry you are not suffering alone; our community is large! Approximately 15 million adults in the United States are suffering from this disorder. So, knowing this, is there anything that can be used to help?
The Solution – CBD Oil:
CBD Oil? Wait! Wait! I know, an oil? CBD? We remember the reputation that comes with cannabis; the snack eating, slow-talking dude on the couch. We don’t have time to slow down, we have things to do! We are busy people looking for something to help us get out there. How does CBD oil help?
Can CBD help anxiety?
Let’s get our science on! At this point, most scientific evidence comes from laboratory experiments and animal studies.
Several areas of the brain are responsible for the feelings of anxiety that respond to CBD treatments.
There is the Dorsal Periaqueductal gray (DPAG). This portion of the brain is responsible for automatic threat response. When CBD was administered to the (animal) subjects, the brain showed anti-anxiety effects.
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is responsible for the expression of anxiety or maintaining our anxious responses to fear. When given a dose of CBD the subjects in this study again reduced the effects of anxiety.
Is there any science tested on human subjects that you can ask? Well yes, there is!
There is one study published in 2011 (neuropsychopharmacology) that tested 24 people with social anxiety. Half of the subjects in this experiment were given CBD and the other half were given a placebo. Both groups were then put through a simulated public speaking test. The data indicated that those who were given the CBD felt reduced anxiety and discomfort while presenting.
There is still a lot of research to be done, but there is promising evidence that CBD will have a positive effect on the symptoms of anxiety.
How should I take CBD?
CBD tests on a bell curve (I know, not school, not math!). Tests determined that subjects given a dose between 300mg and 600mg reduced stress and social anxiety. Those subjects that took more or less then the previously mentioned doses did not have the desired effects from CBD. More is not always better in this case!
And our verdict is…
Okay. Okay, I think we got it. CBD works with our brain to help reduce the amount of social anxiety we feel when in undesirable situations.
CBD and ANXIETY
The evidence that has been provided by science to date, strongly suggests that CBD will have a positive impact on people suffering from social anxiety. CBD is gaining more interest in science when it comes to the medicinal effects on the body, but the data shows promise in the development of new therapies that will be successful to those suffering from anxiety disorders.
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BY: KELLY COULTER
Kelly researches and writes about the use of CBD in the fitness and health community. She holds a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. When she isn’t running an in-school Bootcamp class for 7th and 8th graders, teaching science for 6th and 7th graders, or coaching kids classes at her local gym, she is chasing her son Dominic around and leading a life of example with regular training, food prep weekends, and an active, healthy lifestyle. She previously ran the athletic department for her Charter School but has since passed the torch to her Assistant Director so she can pursue other opportunities to spread the word of fitness and health in her local community.