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CBD Oil For Panic Attacks

CBD has the potential to play a great role in treating anxiety-related disorders like panic attacks.

By Evelyn Valdez | Apr 03, 2019 in General | 9 min read

CBD Oil For Panic Attacks

Everyone gets anxious or suffers from stress at one point in their lives. Work, school, family, any little thing can trigger stress.

Now there is a holistic option for people that do not want to take pharmaceutical drugs or just want to treat the minor stresses from life. That option is CBD, a naturally occuring substance derived from the hemp plant.

Research on hemp derived CBD is still in the early stages. There are anecdotal reports and some evidence that shows CBD as a viable treatment for anxiety and panic attacks/disorders.

Taking CBD oil as a daily supplement can help people alleviate the symptoms of stress that come with panic and anxiety.

In this article we will discuss CBD and how it can help treat symptoms of panic and anxiety based disorders. We will also discuss how hemp oil can treat generalized anxiety and will cover dosage information about how much cbd oil a person should take.

Different types of anxiety disorders

People who suffer from panic attacks and anxiety-related disorder live with overwhelming fears and worries. Cases can range from mild to severe. This can manifest as not being able to speak publicly, fear of social events, fear of driving, and related.

In most cases, people seek therapy or go to a doctor. Doctors usually prescribe medication to help with the difficult symptoms of anxiety-related disorders.

Anxiety-related disorders affect a big portion of our population. [1] According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 18% (around 40 million) of adults age 18 and older have suffered from some type of anxiety.

There are multiple different types of anxiety that a person can be diagnosed with.

  • Generalized Anxiety - A person who displays excessive anxiety or worry most days for at least six months. 
  • Panic Disorder - A person that suffers from recurrent unexpected panic attacks. Panic attacks can occur randomly. Alternatively, anxiety attacks are caused in a reaction to the stressor.
  • Phobia-Related Disorders - A person who has a persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. 
  • Social Anxiety - Previously known as social phobia. A person with this disorder has significant anxiety about social interactions like being humiliated, rejected, or looked down on.
  • Agoraphobia - A person with an intense fear of two or more of the following: using public transportation, being in open/enclosed spaces, standing in line or in a crowd, and being outdoors alone. 
  • Separation Anxiety - A person who has fears about being away from people that are attached to. This can affect children and adults.

Prescription treatments for anxiety

Many sufferers of anxiety/panic disorders opt for a natural way to treat symptoms like using CBD oil. This is due to the side-effects that today's pharmaceutical drugs come with. 

Typically, doctors will recommend taking a prescribed medication. Depending on the type of disorder, doctors will prescribe anxiolytic or anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium. They will also most likely prescribe an antidepressant like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa.

These treatments are meant to work with your serotonin receptors. Serotonin, the feel good chemical, plays a big role in one’s mental health.

A person can suffer from anxiety and depression when they do not generate enough serotonin. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), like Prozac, act on the 5-ht1a serotonin receptors in your brain to reduce anxiety symptoms.

Side effects of prescription treatments

SSRI’s are not recommended for long-term use and produce side effects that can affect a person's everyday life. Side effects include drowsiness, insomnia, and sexual problems.

Tranquilizers like Valium and Xanax have been proven to be highly addictive. Although these drugs can be effective for many patients, some just can’t handle the negative side-effects, don’t see improvement after taking them, or end up getting addicted to them.

This is why several people have started taking doses of CBD oil as a treatment to alleviate anxiety/panic disorder symptoms.

Anxiety and panic disorders affect a huge segment of our population and are often treated with drugs like Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Zoloft etc. These drugs are only short-term solutions and have side-effects that can negatively affect a person’s everyday life.

Natural treatments for anxiety

Medical marijuana is derived from the cannabis plant and is a well documented form of stress relief. Many people experience amazing calming relief from using medical cannabis.

The one drawback is many don't like the psychoactive high feeling that comes with smoking weed. This psychoactive effect is why cannabis products are in a grey area in terms of legality.

Currently, recreational marijuana is legal in a few states. Most states require a medical license to purchase and use.

CBD is a non-psychoactive natural remedy

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is a cannabinoid derived from the hemp plant. CBD products contain the same ingredients as marijuana products and are used to treat anxiety, stress, inflammation, and chronic pain.

Both types of products contain cannabinoids that bind to cb1 receptors in your body's endocannabinoid system to product relieving effects.

The one difference is that hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC, which is the psychoactive substance found in marijuana. 

Unlike marijuana CBD does not make you high and can provide you with the same relieving benefits.

Taking CBD for panic attacks 

In recent years, CBD has generated a lot of interest in recent years among scientists clinicians, and people looking for non-intoxicating holistic treatments.

There are anecdotal reports and some evidence that suggests CBD has powerful calming properties.

People are using CBD oil for panic disorders because it's generally regarded as safe and well-tolerated. 

What researchers say

Evidence from animal studies is what has raised researchers interest in conducting human studies on CBD's potential health benefits.

Animal studies began to characterize the details of how CBD acts in the brain. Recently, there are a handful of human studies being conducted to explore the potential of cannabinoid supplementation.

Multiple clinical trials of patients with and without anxiety disorders are proving that CBD can help relieve symptoms like acute stress and anxiety.

2010 study showed improved mood and reduced anxiousness

A 2010 study was conducted on patients with generalized social anxiety disorder and it showed that CBD improved their mood and minimized their symptoms.

The researchers discovered that the patients who were administered with CBD experienced changes in blood flow to the brain. This made the patients feel better but also change the way their brains responded to their anxiety. [2] 

2011 public speaking study reduced cognitive impairment

Another small study had patients suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder perform a simulated public speaking test. The participants who were given CBD (600mg dose) reported feeling less anxious, that was supported by objective anxiety indicators like heart rate and blood pressure.

CBD significantly reduced cognitive impairment, anxiety, and discomfort in speech performance. Patients without CBD experienced discomfort and higher anxiety. [3]

2015 study for anxiety disorder

In 2015, researches conducted an analysis on cannabidiol as a potential treatment for generalized anxiety. The disorders they focused on were: social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

They concluded, “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders: at oral doses ranging from 300 to 600 mg, CBD reduces experimentally induced anxiety in healthy controls, without affecting baseline anxiety levels, and reduces anxiety in patients with SAD.” [4]

Recent human studies are starting to validate CBD’s effectiveness as an anti-anxiety treatment.

Choosing the best CBD for your needs

As we discussed earlier, pharmaceutical drugs can have side-effects that can affect a person’s everyday life.

Hemp derived CBD is a natural and holistic approach to treating panic and anxiety. Pairing CBD oil with counseling and other treatments can help alleviate the symptoms. 

A few of the best CBD products available in the market today are: tinctures/oils, edibles, or infused vapes.

It’s important to make sure your CBD is derived from American grown hemp and is from a trustworthy brand. CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC is federally legal in the United States.

To see if it is legal in your specific state, read our CBD state laws article.

Urbul specializes in quality CBD products

At Urbul we offer a range of different CBD products. We offer oil tinctures (four flavors), hemp gummiesCBD vape kits, and CBD treats for pets. All of our products are made with high-quality ingredients.

Urbul CBD tinctures contain 1000mg of full-spectrum hemp extract oil. Our tinctures are a good option for a person suffering from generalized anxiety or for anyone who needs to relieve daily worries and stresses.

We recommend starting with a low dose, about ½ a dropper, for the first day to see if this helps alleviate stress. Slowly increase the dose if needed. We recommend taking hemp oil in the morning when you wake up.

CBD vapes are a great option for fast relief. When inhaled, cannabinoids are absorbed faster since vapor inhales the bloodstream directly.

Our Pod System comes with pre-filled pods packed with 250mg of CBD and come in six flavors. Each pod contains 1.4ml of CBD infused liquid and lasts over 300 puffs (approximately 0.83mg of CBD per puff).

We think cannabidiol supplementation will do wonders for someone who struggles with panic attacks.

CBD dosage for anxiety

One of the most common questions asked is, “how much CBD oil should I take for anxiety?”. Sadly, we do not have a direct answer for you.

Since cannabidiol supplementation is not an official regulated medical treatment for anxiety disorders, there is no transparency on how much CBD needs to be taken or how often.

In the public speaking study mentioned earlier, participants were given a 600mg dose of CBD oil. It's worth noting that not everyone needs that much CBD oil to reap the anti-anxiolytic benefits.

CBD oil dosage for anxiety varies from person-to-person because everyone's physiology is different.

Your weight and height can affect what dosage is right for you. We always recommend starting with a low mg dose. Slowly increase the dosage as needed.

It is important to know that CBD oils take time to fully enter your bloodstream. Stick with the same amount of CBD mg for a few days before increasing your dose.

Visit our CBD Dosage Calculator to find optimal dosages for CBD products including oils, edibles, or vape juices.

Should you take CBD oil for panic attacks?

We truly believe CBD has the potential to play a great role in treating anxiety-related disorders like panic attacks.

There are a few studies have already shown that it can help with generalized social anxiety disorder and panic disorders. More research is needed to examine the long-term effects of CBD to justify the potential benefits.

Ultimately, cannabidiol is showing positive results in current research and has been shown to be safe to use.

We believe cannabinoid supplementation is a viable alternative to certain pharmaceutical drugs. If you are taking certain prescription drugs already, read our CBD drug interactions article to see if cannabidiol supplementation is for you.

If you are interested in supplementing with CBD to alleviate stress, anxiety, or panic attacks then please consult with your doctor first. 

Resources

  1. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/any-anxiety-disorder.shtml
  2. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0269881110379283
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079847/
  4. “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders: at oral doses ranging from 300 to 600 mg, CBD reduces experimentally induced anxiety in healthy controls, without affecting baseline anxiety levels, and reduces anxiety in patients with SAD.” https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1 

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