5-HT1A agonist: 5-HT1A is a subtype of the serotonin receptor, which is important because anxiety and depression can sometimes be treated with medications that target the serotonin system. This is why drug companies developed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft. SSRIs work by blocking reabsorption of serotonin in the brain, which increases availability of serotonin in the synaptic space. This helps brain cells transmit more serotonin signals, which can reduce anxiety and boost mood in certain cases (although the full biological basis for this is more complicated and not fully understood).
A sketchy outline of the cannabis genome already exists, but it’s highly fragmented, scattered into about 60,000 pieces. Kane’s ambitious goal, which will take many years to achieve, is to assemble those fragments in the right order. “The analogy I use is, we have 60,000 pages of what promises to be an excellent book, but they’re strewn all over the floor,” he says. “We have no idea yet how those pages fit together to make a good story.”
There are so many different CBD products out there to choose from, and it can be difficult to find the ones that are just right for you. To help you make an informed decision and enjoy CBD’s benefits to the fullest, we have put together several pages of invaluable information about CBD, its properties, its uses, and how YOU can best benefit from it.
Formatting: When smoked, the bioavailability of cannabidiol is around 31% – indicating that only about one-third of an actual dose is being absorbed. Researchers should attempt to determine whether alternative CBD formats such as intranasal or transdermal CBD exhibit superior bioavailability to oral preparations. Preliminary evidence suggests that intranasal bioavailability may reach 46%. (Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20545522).
If you live in an area where you can get a prescription, it is much faster and more cost effective to get on Skype with a doctor for 10 minutes and get your prescription within the hour.  One such place is Hello MD but I’ve heard of others that are extremely easy.  My friend got on Skype and got his prescription in 45 minutes and I think only paid $40.

Acute vs. Chronic: Most studies have examined the acute effects of CBD rather than effects associated with chronic, ongoing administration. It is possible that acute administration may attenuate anxiety, but chronic administration may not.  Some individuals may become tolerant to the effects of CBD when administered chronically and/or may find that it worsens their anxiety.
Update 12 October 2018 - Cannabis-based medicinal products will be able to be prescribed by specialist doctors for conditions including epilepsy following a change in the law laid in parliament. From 1 November 2018 specialists, such as neurologists, will be able to prescribe medicinal cannabis on a case-by-case basis where the patient has an unmet special clinical need that will not respond to licensed medications. Anyone who is under a specialist should discuss their treatment plan with them.
Research conducted by Schier et al. (2012) aimed to review the literature of cannabidiol (CBD) as an anxiolytic due to the fact that it is non-psychotomimetic.  Researchers gathered scientific publications from English, Portuguese, and Spanish databases.  All compiled articles analyzed the anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol from both human and animal model studies.
I have a a couple of questions regarding CBD Oils. I suffer from GAD (General Anxiety Disorder) and am under medication. However, Im planning to withdraw these meds little by little because i don’t want to depend on them anymore. I’m actually very interested on CBD Oils and want to give it a try, but is there a way I can try it and still be under my med on low doses at the same time? or should i withdraw them completely? the effects of withdrawing my med at once will hurt me so bad that I can get sick so thats why Im trying to lower my doses. I know any of you will tell me ask your doctor, but of course she who is my psychiatrist will tell me dont go for it. In general regular doctors wont suggest to go for alternative remedies which I hate. I would love to know your suggestions. Thanks
While research into CBD effects is still relatively new, studies have found that cannabidiol may reduce pain by influencing compounds in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). More specifically, CBD prevents the body from breaking down the compound anandamide, which is associated with pain regulation. A higher concentration of anandamide in the bloodstream has been linked to significant pain reduction.
This evidence supports the idea that CBD decreases autonomic stress responses (e.g. increased blood pressure, faster heart rate, etc.) associated with stress in animal models.  Additionally, the reduction in stress associated with CBD is induced predominantly via its binding to the 5-HT1A receptor sites.  Based on the results, we could speculate that CBD may be equally therapeutic in attenuating exaggerated autonomic stress responses in humans.
I have been riddled with anxiety and panic for 9 months now (no clue why)….. but then again, do any of us really know “why?” 🙄 Anyway, I went to the doctor and he put me on Zoloft. Holy Sh*t! Just awful! I weened myself off with the help of CBD oil. I too was scared to try it but the reality was I was scared either way (anxiety makes me scared!) LIFE CHANGING! So much so that my husband goes out of his was to buy me things that contain CBD (gummies, vapes, etc) I started on Prime my body hemp but it was very, very, expensive. I recently switched to PureKana mint and so far so good for half the price. My advice to anyone who is scared to try it, DO IT. I’m a natural born scaredy-cat! I tried it out of pure desperation and I’m so happy that I did! No high, no zoned out feeling, no floating, just a natural sense of relaxation. Brings your brain back down to reality. Good luck!
The eCB system regulates diverse physiological functions, including caloric energy balance and immune function [28]. The eCB system is also integral to regulation of emotional behavior, being essential to forms of synaptic plasticity that determine learning and response to emotionally salient, particularly highly aversive events [29, 30]. Activation of CB1Rs produces anxiolytic effects in various models of unconditioned fear, relevant to multiple anxiety disorder symptom domains (reviewed in [30–33]). Regarding conditioned fear, the effect of CB1R activation is complex: CB1R activation may enhance or reduce fear expression, depending on brain locus and the eCB ligand [34]; however, CB1R activation potently enhances fear extinction [35], and can prevent fear reconsolidation. Genetic manipulations that impede CB1R activation are anxiogenic [35], and individuals with eCB system gene polymorphisms that reduce eCB tone—for example, FAAH gene polymorphisms—exhibit physiological, psychological, and neuroimaging features consistent with impaired fear regulation [36]. Reduction of AEA–CB1R signaling in the amygdala mediates the anxiogenic effects of corticotropin-releasing hormone [37], and CB1R activation is essential to negative feedback of the neuroendocrine stress response, and protects against the adverse effects of chronic stress [38, 39]. Finally, chronic stress impairs eCB signaling in the hippocampus and amygdala, leading to anxiety [40, 41], and people with PTSD show elevated CB1R availability and reduced peripheral AEA, suggestive of reduced eCB tone [42].

Anxiety subtypes: While the literature confers therapeutic efficacy of CBD for anxiety disorders, it doesn’t mention whether CBD may be more effective for certain subtypes of anxiety compared to others. Although most types of anxiety share commonalities, not all are the same nor exhibit the same underlying neural abnormalities.  Therefore, it is logical to assume that CBD may provide greater benefit to those diagnosed with one type of anxiety (e.g. social phobia) than another (e.g. OCD).
At lower doses, CDB (15 mg/day) co-administered with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, 15 mg/day) increased wakefulness (Nicholson et al., 2004). More recently, Chagas et al. (2014b) investigated the effects of chronically administered CBD (75–300 mg per day for 6 weeks) in patients with Parkinson’s disease and found a reduction in symptoms of REM sleep behavior disorder. After discontinuation of the drug, the frequency of symptoms returned to baseline levels, prior to treatment with CBD. Finally, CBD-enriched extract was described as a safe treatment for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in a young girl with post-traumatic stress disorder (Shannon and Opila-Lehman, 2016).

Some researchers believe that hippocampal neurogenesis may play a critical role in attenuating symptoms of severe anxiety and/or depression.  Although not all 5-HT1A partial agonists may induce hippocampal neurogenesis, there’s evidence to suggest that cannabidiol does.  A study published in 2013 assessed the anxiolytic effects of CBD in mice exposed to chronic stress.


I’ve never taken anything before in my life and I suffer from anxiety ALOT. I HATE the way I feel because it affects a lot of daily things I want to do. I’m a hypochondriac and I trap myself in my thoughts it’s painful. I just am a big baby to take anything cause I feel like it will link to something else I’ve been looking into CBD but I’m affarid it would give me a negative effect.
When appropriate doses of CBD are taken during the day (which should be determined in consultation with your doctor, but often include one dose in the morning and one in the evening), daytime performance is drastically improved, and in turn, both the “strength and consistency” of the sleep-wake cycle is also improved. Naturally, this enhances the ability of the body to enter the all-important non-REM sleep cycle at night.
If you feel you need to increase, do so in about the same increments as from week 1 to week 2 to week 3. Remember, you can not overdose or go wrong so don’t stress about this at all. Your body will take the CBD along with all the other cannabinoids in there and balance it self to perfection. You just make sure that you also help your body with the right lifestyle along the way.

Hey Linda. Sorry to hear you are struggling with sleep. I know how frustrating this can be. As I’m not a medical professional, I cannot give you advice on dosage for CBD. The Mayo Clinic used to have a dosage guidelines page but they have since taken it down. The dosage they had listed which could potentially help with sleep was 40 mg to 160 mg of CBD. I recommend you let your prescribing physician know you are using CBD alongside the Lunesta.


Researchers Bergamaschi et al. (2011) highlighted previous literature regarding CBDs anxiolytic properties and lack of psychotomimetic effects.  For this reason, they wanted to test its efficacy for the treatment of anxiety among 24 individuals with social phobia.  It should be noted that all 24 of these individuals had never received any sort of prior treatment (e.g. SSRIs) as an intervention for their social anxiety and were considered “treatment-naïve.”
Both Bonn-Miller and Ward stress that it's up to the consumer to be well-educated about the material they're purchasing and the research that's out there. "The companies that are creating [cannabis oils] are offering lots of claims about its use that are not necessarily substantiated by any research," Bonn-Miller said. So "I think there needs to be, from a consumer standpoint, a lot of vigilance," he added.

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