CBD has been gaining a reputation for helping people suffering from anxiety. As one of the most popular medical benefits of CBD, CBD for anxiety has generated huge buzz in the health and wellness communities as a natural alternative to side effect-ridden pharmaceuticals that may alter your personality and can even make anxiety worse for some. Those who suffer from social anxiety know that it’s not just something that can stop; it can affect work, school, friendships, relationships and many other aspects of your life. The use of CBD oil for anxiety is rapidly gaining popularity for one simple reason: The science behind it shows that it can help.
What is Social Anxiety Disorder?
According to http://socialphobia.org Social anxiety disorder (SAD), or social phobia, is a condition characterized by apprehension and avoidance of social situations, especially those which make one the center of group attention. It affects over 3 million Americans, and it’s different than stage fright or a fear of public speaking in that even non-threatening social interactions produce a fear response that can lead to dysfunction and a quantifiable decrease in quality of life
How Can CBD help?!
In most cases, social anxiety is typically caused from a traumatic experience in the past during a social situation. CBD has shown the ability to reduce acute fear responses, to disrupt negative reconsolidation of a memory, and to enhance extinction of useless memories. Each time we recall a memory, we “reconsolidate it”, meaning we remember the last time we remembered it, not the first time we encoded the memory. By disrupting negative consolidation, CBD helps to enable us to reorganize the emotional makeup of once-negative memories. This is highly useful in combination with cognitive therapy, which has this specific end goal. In addition to cannabinoid receptors, CBD also activates serotonin 5-HT1a receptors, TRPV-1 vanilloid pain receptors, and several other enzymatic targets.
As more and more research on the subject is done, a clearer understanding of the direct effect of CBD on social anxiety will be better defined and hopefully integrated into treatment. For now, it’s always best to consult your primary care physician before you begin to treat yourself using CBD!