How CBD Helped Me with Anxiety [Personal Story]

December 5, 2017

It had happened again. I was out with friends in a crowded bar, and while everyone else was chatting and enjoying themselves, I was sat alone in the corner, as far away from the madding crowd as possible. But it wasn’t enough. A wave of fear came over me, and I had to leave… immediately. I approached one friend, made my excuses and left. She knew what was going on and as usual, she, along with the rest of my friends, understood.

That was the story of my life. A complete inability to socialize due to a paralyzing fear was ruining my life, and it seemed as if there was nothing I could do. That is until CBD came along to rescue me and finally allow me to advance in terms of my career and interpersonal relationships.

What is Anxiety Anyway?

Good question because it is a misconstrued set of conditions. That’s right; anxiety comes in many forms including PTSD (it’s not just soldiers you know), OCD, and my demon, social anxiety disorder which is aptly known as SAD. I read that anxiety rates in America alone had doubled in the last 20 years. While some research suggests the number of adults with an anxiety disorder is 40 million, the true figure could be over 100 million which is damn near everybody!

SAD robbed me of so many great experiences. I was too afraid to go out most of the time while my friends partied and made more friends. I was a modern-day version of Emily Dickinson as I stared at the four walls and became a social recluse in my twenties. There were days when I wasn’t far from the stereotypical madwoman who went back and forth on a rocking chair knitting an invisible sweater.

Did You Try Any Forms of Treatment?

Of course! I had a go at Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which worked well enough for a time. However, I still had those dark days when I allowed my mind to become a prison. I was prescribed Klonopin, a popular benzodiazepine, and it did help. The problem was, it also sapped the little energy I had and made me look and act like a character in Night of the Living Dead.

While it made me feel a little better, I was now a prisoner of the potentially addictive benzo in what was an obvious case of ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire.’

CBD to the Rescue

I don’t use the word ‘rescue’ lightly here because that’s precisely what it is. Although CBD is gaining popularity because products made from it are legal in most states, a lot of people don’t know about it or are misinformed.

CBD is cannabidiol which is a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis. This is very important because it means you get all the medical benefits with none of the ‘high’ (THC is the compound that gets you high by the way). To get around legal restrictions, companies get their CBD from industrial hemp, so it has hardly any THC.

Apparently, it can help a number of conditions ranging from chronic pain to arthritis, but its impact on anxiety is obviously what was relevant to me. Saddle up because there’s a small bit of science coming up!

How Does CBD Work to Help Anxiety?

The 5-HT receptor family receptors, or serotonin receptors, play a huge role in anxiety. They bind to CBD, and when it activates them, the result is a notable anti-depressant effect. Endocannabinoids (ECS) are cannabinoid receptors that impact memory, mood, drug addiction, energy balance and brain reward systems.

They are our body’s endocannabinoid system, and benefits include fighting anxiety, depression and promoting feelings of well being. CBD acts on the ECS system’s signals to enhance the function of the receptor, and the result is, you feel awesome!

CBD & Me

Rather than look at the host of studies that show CBD works great for anxiety, allow me to describe what it did for me. There are loads of different ways to consume CBD ranging from edibles like gummy bears to balms you rub on the skin. I opted for the most common option which is CBD oil.

I gazed at the tiny bottle for a second as I wondered if it was capable of changing the way I felt for the better. I placed a few drops under my tongue and held them there for up to 60 seconds as per the directions. The oil had a mint chocolate taste, but you could also get a hint of coconut oil.

I really didn’t know what to expect but within a few minutes (I chose a strong tincture), I felt unusual. Things felt a little bit foggy, but overall, I believed my mood had been elevated. Nonetheless, I was cautious and continued taking the oil for the rest of the week (I started on Monday).

Friday evening was drinks with the girls, an occasion I routinely miss and hardly ever enjoy when I do appear (I’m lucky my friends are a patient bunch!) This particular Friday, it was different. I was eager to go out and socialize, and when I was at the bar surrounded by people, I didn’t feel my usual urge to hide in the corner.

Indeed, I even chatted with a stranger or two (while still reasonably sober) which is something I never do. Okay, I wasn’t dancing on tables or being the life and soul of the party, but I was a normal human being enjoying a night out; something that was alien to me not so long ago.

I’m not going to lie and say that CBD is some miracle cure because no such thing exists. I still have bad days, but they are far less frequent since I began taking CBD. It is part of a treatment plan that includes therapy, yoga, and meditation and I no longer take other medication. It’s a long road ahead, but with CBD by my side, I feel that I have a chance of traversing it safely and happily.

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Jonathan Miller, age 53 is an Ex Railyard Engineer who suffers from chronic back pain and anxiety. Jonathan's goal was to create an unbiased site that would provide anyone who seeks help in CBD oil as a treatment, with accurate and helpful information.
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5 responses to “How CBD Helped Me with Anxiety [Personal Story]”

  1. Manda says:

    I am doing research and trying to learn more about the benefits of CBD oil as well as trying to find a reputable company to buy product for my 9 year old son for his anxiety. I appreciate all of your testimonials. What different companies have you tried for CBD oil and are there specific companies that you prefer or would recommend over others? Thanks for your advice.

    • Which ever you choose, please note that it is important to consult with the company before you purchase anything. Each company has it’s own dosage and guidelines. That will also change when it comes to children

  2. Louisa says:

    Evening Johnathan
    I’m interested in taking yourCBD oil for pain relief, but I’m on ezetrol Ezetimibe 10mg peroxtine 20mg and clopidogrel 75mg. Is it safe to use with this combo ? Would love to hear your comments Re natural life bio 5mg.

  3. Renee Harrison says:

    Hi. I suffer from insomnia (had a hysterectomy) from anxiety, PTSD and depression. I was car jacked at gun point and hate large crowds and an event happened recently that triggered all the memories again really bad. A patient of mine gave me some CBD oil to try. But I don’t know how much or how often I can take it. A friend recommended a brand (company) from Kansas I think, but there’s so many out there how do I know which to buy? I take Topamax for migraine 100 mg twice a day. Have been for over 10 years. Suffer with this over 20 years. I take Cymbalta 60 mg in the am for migraine and depression. Then I take Clonidine 0.01 mg st night to help with sleep, along with magnesium and a supplement from Amazon calked Rest to help with sleeping. You can see I’m desperate.

    • I am sorry to hear what you’ve been through, but I’ve never heard of that brand. You should contact them directly and ask them all your questions. Sorry I couldn’t be of any further help

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Getting Started with CBD Oil

If you suffer from anxiety (like me), depression or pain and are looking to get started with CBD oil, you need information on how to buy CBD oil, or you’re simply looking to learn more about CBD products, you’ve arrived at the right place.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, aka CBD, is a compound found in the cannabis plant that has significant medical benefits. CBD can be extracted from two different species of the Cannabis Sativa L plant, which include Cannabis and Hemp. Unlike its rival THC, CBD does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.

One of the main advantages of CBD is its non-psychoactive affect making it a great option for people looking for relief from inflammation, anxiety, insomnia, seizures, spasms, and other conditions.
As I mentioned above the primary distinction between Hemp and CBD oil is the part of the plant they are derived from and what parts of the plant are used to create the oil. Hemp oil is typically made from pressing cannabis seeds to extract the fatty oil from within, while some that have mastered the CBD extraction process also use the flowers as they contain high percentages of CBD. CBD oil, on the other hand, is usually made from the flowers of cannabis plant through various extraction methods.

How Does CBD Affect Your Body?

The way marijuana affects your body varies from person to person as it will often depend on genetics, tolerance to the cannabinoids, medical health, DNA, and more. It also depends on the way you consume the CBD, for example, the effects of vaping CBD are far different to smoking it in the form of high-CBD cannabis strains. 

CBD and the way it affects us is still of somewhat a mystery to researchers they still try to figure out how it effects the EndoCannabinoid system. During the previous century, it was discovered that our bodies have receptors within the brain and central nervous system. Specific cannabinoids such as CBD bind to those receptors and activate the EndoCannabinoid System (ECS). This then provides a wide range of psychological and physical benefits helping the body.

Without going into specifics, cannabinoids signal to the body to create endocannabinoids and build more receptors. This helps the body to limit things associated with pain and inflammation, repairs cells and provides a wide range of other health benefits. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD is thought to be the ultimate anti-inflammatory cannabinoid.

Want to learn more about how CBD works read: How Long Does it Take CBD to Work

Medical Benefits of CBD

There is a misconception as to whether CBD can help treat patients, similar to pharmaceutical medicine, but thanks to the internet and a few different medical studies patients and researchers have been exposing their findings on how CBD oil is helping to cure a wide range of medical conditions.

The most popular story was the one of Charlotte Figi. At the time Charlotte was only 6 years old. As a little girl, she was experiencing over 300 epileptic seizures per week until she was successfully treated by a CBD-rich strain oil, later named Charlotte’s Web.

The high-quality CBD oil, changed her life, helping her to overcome a 6-year battle. Since her story hit the news, CBD and other cannabinoids of the cannabis plant are constantly being researched to understand how they can help to treat different medical conditions. As a matter of fact, CBD has been thought to help treat over 170 medical conditions, among them severe conditions such as Anorexia, Cancer, Arthritis, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and PTSD.

Recent studies have even shown that CBD, may cure life-threatening diseases by altering genes. Other studies have proven that it might even be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis and chronic pain.

The way that CBD works is that it interacts with receptors located in different parts of the central nervous system. These receptors are called CB1 and CB2. Both reflect the areas of the brain they interact with such as the limbic system. When taking CBD, this cannabinoid locks in on these receptors and affects the body in different ways. For example, it can help to block the pain caused by specific medical conditions.

While numerous studies have shown promising results, it is important to understand that CBD research is still at premature stages. A 2011 study that researched CBD for fibromyalgia showed extremely promising results. 56 of 112 participants who took CBD in the form of oil saw a great reduction in their symptoms and pain, while those using traditional methods didn’t see hardly any improvement.

Can you Buy CBD if you live in an illegal state?

The process is not cut-&-dry, and but thanks to the Farm Bill of 2014, forms of CBD can now be delivered to your doorstep. Those that live in recreational states can purchase CBD cannabis oil which is high in potency and extremely effective for helping to treat severe medical conditions, while those that live in other states that are not medical or recreational can benefit from CBD hemp oil. CBD Hemp oil is perfect for helping to treat a wide range of conditions including anxiety, depression and acute pain. 

Who is NaturalWellNessCBDOil?

My name is Jonathan, and I’ve created this loving resource that is packed with information about CBD oil. I am growing a community on Facebook and are constantly engaging with different people to help them make more informed decisions. I review products on a daily basis and provide unbiased reviews about some of the top CBD oil manufacturers. All the information on the site is FREE; I only ask that you help to share the information you find on the site with other people that are suffering. 

To your health and happiness.