Anytime the term “anxiety” is used, it is important to remember that it covers a wide spectrum of conditions, many of which symptoms are somewhat similar. Anxiety covers a whole range of conditions including panic disorders, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorders, etc. Of course, it is not abnormal to feel a bit anxious before a major event like you give a speech. The anxiety we are more concerned about here is the mental illness that tends to affect about 3.1% of Americans every year. In this write-up today, we will throw more light on anxiety, its treatment methods and whether CBD could be used as a viable treatment method.

Suffering from anxiety is in no way a pleasant occurrence. For those bogged down by anxiety, they may not even remember the last time they were able to relax and feel free. If you think you may have an anxiety condition, check in with these symptoms. Anxiety may come in the form of;
• Insomnia
• Excessive sweating
• Dizziness
• Heart palpitations
• Concentration problems
• Dry mouth
• Shaking

These symptoms – even though some may accompany anxious thoughts – very often are associated those suffering from an actual anxiety disorder and show how cumbersome it is to live with an anxiety disorder. Maybe, you are going through a couple of these symptoms right now or it may even be a loved one. The most important thing to do as indicated earlier is to seek the services of a professional health provider for diagnosis. If it is found that indeed you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, then steps could be taken to put you on the needful medications to help your cause.

Traditional modes of treating anxiety
There are a couple of treatments you could be put on to help deal with your anxiety. One form of treatment is the CBT or the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which is more of a counseling-type treatment and involves scheduling meetings with a therapist for a period of about 3-4 months. This, however, doesn’t work for everyone. In most cases, your doctor will recommend medication. The problem with medication especially the SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors – which work by making you feel really relaxed by spiking up levels of serotonin in your brain – is that their side effects are brutal. They may include;
• Indigestion
• Erectile dysfunction
• Nausea and vomiting
• Headaches
• Low sex drive
• Blurred vision

Therapy and antidepressants like the SSRIs should be perfect but they really aren’t even though they could do a good job. Could CBD, therefore, be the answer? Let’s find out

How does CBD help with depression?
Cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, has been gaining popularity for quite some time now. One of the main compounds found in cannabis, it has become renowned as an alternative form of treatment for a number of conditions including anxiety. Though some people tend to link CBD to psychosis and paranoia, nothing could be further from the truth. One cannot get high with CBD. It is the other compound – THC – found in cannabis that causes that “high” feeling and CBD shares no similarities to that. However, is it possible that CBD could help in the treatment of anxiety?

Well, in 2011, a study published in Psychopharmacology roused a lot of interest. The study showed how 24 patients who were struck with social anxiety disorder were either given 600 mg of CBD or a placebo. These participants were later on asked to deliver a public speaking speech. Not too surprisingly, those who took the CBD experienced considerably lower levels of anxiety as compared to those who received the placebo. Other studies have taken place and have all shown how great a promise CBD has in the treatment of anxiety. More studies are underway and we await their results to prove once and for all that taking CBD can indeed curb anxiety disorders.

CBD capsule or CBD oil for anxiety
Two of the most popular ways that people administer CBD to themselves include through the capsule and through the oil. With the capsule, all you need to do is to swallow the pill along with water like you would any other pill. With the oil, you take it by placing a bit of the oil beneath the tongue and let it stay there for about 90 seconds before swallowing. This gets into straight into the bloodstream and gets it working almost as quickly as it enters.

However, with the capsule, it could take a bit longer before it starts taking effect. Sometimes, you may end up waiting for as long as 2 hours to experience mitigation in symptoms.

Ultimately the choice is yours. If you want super-fast relief, then CBD oil is the way to go. If you are always on the move, and wouldn’t want eyes prying, then CBD capsules are the way to go.