How CBD May Help With Panic Attacks
Updated September 22, 2023.
Although research is still ongoing, many people use CBD to help ease panic attacks and anxiety symptoms. CBD interacts with the body's natural cannabinoid system, affecting regulators in the brain that are responsible for regulating fear.
Unlike anxiety which builds up, panic attacks tend to come on suddenly. So for CBD to help reduce the panic, it would have to take effect immediately.
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Fast Delivery for Sudden Panic
If you're going to try CBD for panic attacks, you need a delivery method that has the fastest results.
- CBD oil can take up to half an hour to take effect, and by then, the panic attack may be over.
- Edibles, like gummies, are convenient for taking with you and popping in your mouth whenever you feel a panic attack coming on, although they don't work as quickly as vaping.
- Vaping CBD e-liquid is known to reach the bloodstream faster than other CBD delivery methods. This is probably your best choice.
CBD, THC, and Anxiety
CBD products for panic attacks should be THC-free. THC is a component of cannabis, but it tends to aggravate feelings of anxiety rather than promoting a sense of calm like CBD. In the UK, CBD products can only be sold if they have less than 0.02% THC. If the THC content is higher, it may amplify panic attacks.
There is no conclusive evidence about CBD and panic attacks. Some people find that taking CBD when they feel a panic attack about to happen can help restore calm.
Everyone responds differently, so it may help ease symptoms, while for another, it may have no effect at all. CBD could be a useful tool in helping some people with panic attacks but finding the right dosage, CBD strength, and delivery method are critical.