Can CBD oils help with anxiety?
There’s a lot of buzz around CBD at the moment, but it’s more than just hype. Scientists, pharmaceutical professionals and mental health experts are getting more than a little excited by this molecule, and it’s remarkable effects; specifically when it comes to dealing with anxiety, the defining sociological condition that our society faces today.
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue here in the UK with twice as many women affected than men. We will all feel anxious at some point. It’s a completely natural reaction to danger or stress; however, increasingly people are experiencing a more constant feeling of anxiety that is out of proportion to the situation.
Anxiety can affect your mood and self-confidence, but most concerning, is that it can lead to deliberating panic attacks and anxiety-related illnesses. In fact, in 2013 there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety and the number is believed to be rising.
So how does CBD help anxiety? Preliminary research suggests that CBD helps the body process serotonin, the chemical that contributes to happiness and wellbeing. Key medicinal minds, including Dr Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at New York University of Medicine, call CBD "the most promising drug that has come out for neuropyschiatric diseases in the last 50 years".