Can You Use CBD Oil For An Anxiety Attack?

An increasing number of anxiety sufferers, such as myself, have been using a unique and natural way to treat their anxiety and panic attacks: by using CBD oil. It’s becoming a popular treatment option because of its fast acting benefits with little to no side effects.

Half of the United States has now legalized cannabis for recreational and medicinal use. Research and development is growing at an exponential rate. And doctors are beginning to embrace the potential benefits of treating their patients with CBD for various conditions.

Using CBD oil for anxiety attacks is well worth investigating.

What is CBD Oil?

First of all, CBD (also known as Cannabidiol), is one of the major compounds found in cannabis along with the more recognized THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol).

CBD works on our brain’s cannabinoid receptors, called Endocannabinoids (ECS). The ECS system plays an important role in regulating mood, memory, and energy. It helps to fight depression and anxiety, while increasing appetite and a feeling of well being.

Additionally, CBD works by binding itself to your seratonin receptors, resulting in an anti-depressant effect similar to many prescription medications.

The oil is the result of an extraction process which isolates the CBD compound. The C02 method is the highest standard of extraction at the moment, producing CBD in it’s purest form. Essentially, this uses high pressure along with low temperatures to remove any other compounds and impurities.

Will using CBD oil for anxiety make me high?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, but also the easiest to answer.

Simply put…NO!

Using CBD oil to treat your panic attacks will not get you high. (I’m sure some of you will be disappointed.)

CBD interacts with our brain differently than THC, which is the part that gets you high. In fact, THC can actually worsen the symptoms of a anxiety attack. While CBD can help calm the feelings of panic often caused by THC.

How long does it take to work?

There are currently several different ways to ingest cbc oil with the most popular being tinctures, edible oils, and liquid capsules. Each one releases its dosage at varying times.

Tinctures are the most common usage of CBD on the market. Compared to other products, tinctures are often the the most pure form of CBD. They are easy to take by placing a few drops under your tongue and holding it in your mouth for about a minute. Typically, tinctures take 10-15 minutes for full effect.

Similar to tinctures, edible oils are placed in the mouth to absorb thru the thin membranes under the tongue and on the gums. Edible oils are usually thick like molasses and are dispensed using syringe applicator. Onset of effects occur within 15-30 minutes.

Capsules are becoming one of the most popular ways to ingest CBD oil as part of a daily supplement. It is much easier, and less messy, than using tinctures or edible oils. If you already take vitamins, then you can simply add CBD capsules to your daily routine. Additionally, dosing can become much more accurate. Effects occur within 30-60 minutes.

More on dosing in a moment…

How long does CBD stay in your system?

The two primary factors affecting how long CBD will stay in your system and provide effective relief from a panic attack depends on your method of ingestion, and your metabolism.


  • The quicker the absorbtion rate, the shorter the effects last.
  • The slower the absorbtion rate, the longer the effects last.


  • The effects tend to feel stronger when absorbed quickly.
  • And they tend to be more subdued when absorbed slowly.

Tinctures are recommended for actively occuring anxiety attacks! The solution dissolves quickly under the tongue and the results can be felt within a few minutes.

Edible oils can be just as good as tinctures, but may take a bit more time to take effect. Remember, when you are having a anxiety attack, every minute can seem like an eternity!

CBD capsules are best for the daily management of anxiety and panic attacks. Use this option to prevent the onset of any anxiety attacks. The effects of CBD capsules can help keep you in a calm sate of mind throughout the day.

What is the correct dosage?

It’s important to note that everyone is different when it come to CBD dosage. Scientific studies are still just in their infancy. While CBD oil brands and distributors often have varying recommendations.

The current general concensus for treating anxiety and preventing panic attacks is: 25 mg of CBD twice daily.

But, let’s be honest…you will have to experiment!

Remember to start slow. This is still not an exact science. It would be best to start at 10 mg and then slowly increase the dose until you find what works best for you. Fortunately, CBD has little to no side effects or interactions, and is generally considered safe for personal consumption.

The bottom line

As the ongoing research and clinical trials move forward, using CBD oil for treating anxiety and panic are beginning to show great results. CBD acceptance is growing within the medical community for its potential healing benefits. And people are beginning to look for a more natural, and safe, ways to relieve their anxiety.

Clearly, the results of using CBD oil for the treatment of anxiety attacks are very promising! I use, and recommend it, every day!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please leave them below.

To your health and well being,

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