Official figures show that around 18% of people in the USA suffer from anxiety (R), but it is likely this number is bigger considering not everyone seeks professional help or advice. Women are twice as likely to deep anxiety as men, and although this condition affects people of all ages it is less common amongst the elderly than other age groups.

Spotting the Symptoms of Anxiety

In dangerous or stressful situations it is entirely normal to experience high levels of anxiety, as the body prepares itself to manage the situation faced by releasing a large amount of adrenaline. However, regularly experiencing low levels of anxiety is entirely normal, possibly even essential for day to day living.

After all, it’s what motivates us to not be late for work or to keep away from an unpredictable animal. Anxiety only becomes a problem when ‘fight or flight’ symptoms are triggered for no obvious reason, or as a reaction to minor upsets. Many cases involve a general anxiety disorder, but for some their anxious feelings are focused on specific things, such as social situations, or phobias which impact on daily life.

Types of Anxiety Symptoms

Anxiety presents with a myriad of symptoms. Generally, these can be classified into one of two categories: Physical or Psychological. Below are lists of each:


  • A dry mouth
  • Feeling sick
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • The shakes
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sweating
  • A sudden need to use the toilet
  • Butterflies in the stomach
  • Dizzy


    Agitated and edgy

  • Irritated
  • The belief that death is close
  • Knots of tension in the stomach – as if they may explode
  • Out of control
  • Detached from reality

It’s not surprising that feeling like this on a regular basis for no obvious reason is pretty crippling and life-limiting.

Typical ways to manage anxiety

The traditional ways of tackling anxiety tend to be based on perceived triggers for anxiety. For example, if it involves stress then self-help techniques such as meditation may be considered best, while someone experiencing anxiety as a result of some sort of psychological trauma may be referred for a course of talking therapy sessions. However, in many cases, anti-anxiety medication is the default response.

How CBD oil can help manage anxiety

Advances in research have brought CBD oil into the limelight as a possible treatment for various medical conditions, and so far the results are more than promising. However, there are still plenty of people who could benefit from trying this approach who are either completely unaware of CBD oil or unsure just how and why it seems to work.

Scientists believe that CBD oil combines with a receptor in the brain to positively alter the brain’s natural serotonin – the substance which produces feelings of calmness and well being. This is exactly what common anti-anxiety drugs like Prozac are designed to do, so it’s positive evidence that CBD oil is a feasible, and natural, alternative.

Another key way that consuming CBD oil in some form can help tackle anxiety is through the way it relates to neurotransmitters in the brain known as GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). The main function of GABA is to relay messages between both brain cells and neurons, and in particular, the message that it is an appropriate time to relax. GABA are pretty powerful things, so boosted by CBD oil they trigger the body to relax tense muscles, dull the senses to a normal level, and encourage the body to rest, which all have a fantastic effect on symptoms of anxiety.

The third major positive effect of CBD on anxiety levels is thanks to its effective and natural anti-inflammatory properties. While chronic inflammation is commonly known to play a role in many modern health concerns, such as digestive problems, the links between the immune system and psychological conditions like anxiety are less well known.

Detailed research projects document the connection between the two by highlighting how anxious people tend to have higher than healthy levels of the brain protein known as NF kappa, which triggers inflammation. It makes perfect sense then that reducing inflammation in the body can also reduce abnormal NF kappa levels.

Forms of CBD Oil

There are several methods open to anyone interested in trying out CBD oil as an anti-anxiety option. These include:

CBD oil infused edible items.

Brownies, cakes and cookies [especially when they have chocolate of some kind added] are very popular recipes people have adapted for this purpose, and these are widely available online. However, CBD oil can also be added to savoury dishes, porridge, and liquid foodstuffs such as smoothies and soups. Consuming CBD oil this way is a good option for those who dislike the taste of the oil taken neat.


Specially formulated high-quality CBD vape oil is widely available at specialist vape shops and online outlets.


These come with droppers and the liquid is usually placed under the tongue. This is the fastest way to experience the health benefits of CBD oil.

In a lotion or cream

Some people prefer to apply CBD oil to their body in balm, body lotion or cream form. This is a convenient option for people who don’t want to take CBD oil orally, and it can also provide fast relief to troublesome spots on the body, such as an aching muscle. You can find many of these products available at


The possible health benefits of CBD oil are taking the world by storm, and the race to do more research and testing to widen its scope as far as possible is definitely on. For those suffering from anxiety, this is all nothing but good news.

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