How CBD Oil Tamed My Anxiety
Courtney, June 19, 2018
I’ve lived with anxiety for as long as I can remember. Of course I didn’t have a name for it back
then, I just figured I was shy and weird. It affected everything from socializing to athletics to
how I preformed in school. Forward to present-day, anxiety disorders run rampant in our
society. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are
the most common mental illness in the U.S. but only 36.9% of sufferers receive treatment.
I’m wondering why the number is so low, given how much knowledge we have concerning
anxiety disorders. Personally, the idea of prescription medicine to treat my anxiety was
terrifying. I have watched people close to me be thrown on cocktails of pills, only having to
bounce between new ones when the effectiveness eventually wore off or the side effects were
too much to handle. I felt I would rather be chained to my anxiety rather than wander down
Then I discovered CBD Oil. I can’t tell you how or why I decided to try it. I remember feeling
inundated with news about it over my social media which compelled me to do some research.
There are a lot of people who think CBD is another form of marijuana, which is entirely
incorrect. CBD can come from the marijuana or hemp plant and is in fact legal – as it contains
zero psychoactive substances inside of it. Using it doesn’t make you high like smoking marijuana
would. In my research I found there had been a lot of efficacy concerning treatment for
anxiety. In a 2010 study, it was even discovered that CBD not only induced a calming effect but
changed the way the brain responded to anxiety. It’s all natural without the pesky side effects
of prescription drugs. So, I thought, why not?
When you live with anxiety for so long, the feeling becomes the norm. You don’t know what a
non-anxious brain feels like. Instantaneously, after taking my first dose of the CBD oil, I was
calm. Personally, my anxiety tends to manifest in irritability and a brain that never shuts off.
There’s always background noise in my brain, a constant hum of activity that makes me feel on
edge. The sudden onset of calmness felt like someone had wrapped me in a warm burrito of
blankets. It was amazing. My brain shut off. It was completely quiet. I can’t express enough the
difference of feeling of constant commotion in your brain to silence. It was more than a
relaxation, it was peace. And there were no weird side effects that caused me to run for
another prescription to deal with those side effects.
CBD oil has significantly changed my life. I’m more relaxed and focused finally due to this
miracle product. I can only hope to help educate more people on how this natural product can
work organically with our own bodies to produce beneficial results.
–Courtney is a freelance writer who is passionate about natural remedies, piles of books and