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Anxiety is among the most common of mental health disorders in the world. According to the mental health charity, MIND, 1 in 6 people will experience anxiety every week in England.[1] If you’re one of the many people struggling with regular anxiety, CBD could help to ease your symptoms. Recent research[2] has brought to light the truly transformative effects that CBD has on the body and the mind. As we continue to face an ongoing mental health epidemic, more and more people are turning to the powers of CBD to help manage their conditions.

What is CBD?

CBD is an increasingly popular natural remedy for treating mental and physical health conditions. However, many people don’t fully understand the CBD compound and how it differs from other cannabinoids. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, sometimes referred to as a ‘cannabidiol’. Another cannabinoid you might be familiar with is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the psychoactive compound in hemp, that people often take to achieve a mind and body high. As there is a much wider knowledge surrounding THC and its effects, many people often assume that CBD produces the same reaction. However, unlike THC, CBD won’t make you high. The hemp plant has over 540 chemical compounds, and whilst THC and CBD are generally the most well-known, they have significantly different effects on the body.

What anxiety disorders can CBD treat?

CBD can help treat a range of anxiety disorders. These include: generalised anxiety disorder (the most common anxiety condition people suffer with), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and social anxiety disorder. All of these conditions relate to the chemical imbalance in our brain. CBD works to regulate this balance, helping to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and stress.

How does CBD help anxiety?

Our bodies are full of cannabinoid receptors that help regulate our central nervous system and immune system. This is called our endocannabinoid system, or ECS. When we consume or interact with CBD, the cannabidiols bind to the receptors in our ECS.

A 2015 review shows CBD interacts with type 1 cannabinoid receptors in our brains[1]. The Type 1 receptor is responsible for the levels of serotonin we produce. Serotonin, known as the ‘happiness hormone’, is the chemical in the brain that regulates our mood, linking it to conditions such as depression and anxiety. People suffering with poor mental health often have lower levels of serotonin, so when we take CBD, it regulates our serotonin levels.

How you can use CBD to treat your anxiety

Ongoing research continues to prove that CBD has a positive impact on mental health conditions: those who take CBD report feeling calmer and less stressed. The link between the human endocannabinoid system and the cannabidiol compound in CBD means that mental health conditions can now be managed through natural treatments— something of paramount importance considering 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health condition during their lifetime.[2]

With Mee CBD soluble formulas it is easy to regulate how much you take, so if you want to trial its benefits for anxiety then you can start with a low dose on the days when you might feel the need. The lovely members of our community who have experienced, or are regularly experiencing, anxiety tell us that having Mee Drops on hand is like having a secret weapon; others have started taking just 1/2 teaspoon of powder in the morning on days that might seem particularly challenging. The most important thing will always be to see what works for you and, vitally, talk first about your anxiety to a loved one or a professional – you need never suffer alone.


[1] Chye, Y. et al., 2019. The endocannabinoid system and Cannabidiol’s promise for the treatment of substance use disorder. Frontiers in psychiatry. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6390812/.

[2] Mind.org.uk, 2020. How common are mental health problems? Mind. Available at: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/.


[1] Mind.org.uk, 2020. How common are mental health problems? Mind. Available at: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/statistics-and-facts-about-mental-health/how-common-are-mental-health-problems/.

[2] Shannon, S. et al., 2019. Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: A large case series. The Permanente journal. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/.

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