Can CBD oils help with anxiety?

There’s a lot of buzz around CBD at the moment, but it’s more than just hype. Scientists, pharmaceutical professionals and mental health experts are getting more than a little excited by this molecule, and it’s remarkable effects; specifically when it comes to dealing with anxiety, the defining sociological condition that our society faces today.

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue here in the UK with twice as many women affected than men. We will all feel anxious at some point. It’s a completely natural reaction to danger or stress; however, increasingly people are experiencing a more constant feeling of anxiety that is out of proportion to the situation.

Anxiety can affect your mood and self-confidence, but most concerning, is that it can lead to deliberating panic attacks and anxiety-related illnesses. In fact, in 2013 there were 8.2 million cases of anxiety and the number is believed to be rising.

The notion that CBD can be used to alleviate anxiety is becoming more and more popular. Our own extensive consumer trials showed that 86% of participants who suffered from anxiety registered an improvement after regular use of our high strength CBD oils, while 83% said that daily use of OTO has helped them control their worrying.

So how does CBD help anxiety? Preliminary research suggests that CBD helps the body process serotonin, the chemical that contributes to happiness and wellbeing. Key medicinal minds, including Dr Esther Blessing, an assistant professor at New York University of Medicine, call CBD "the most promising drug that has come out for neuropyschiatric diseases in the last 50 years".

As well as containing 20% CBD from organic sources, OTO’s products contain ayurvedic botanicals that complement the wellness benefits of CBD. For example our Balance roll on oil contains lavender, which is renowned for its calming properties and cajeput, which can help relieve feelings of restlessness.

What to look for when buying Hemp Products

Not all Hemp products are created equally and if you are looking to use Hemp-extract to treat anxiety or any other ailments there are important things to consider when purchasing.

The first consideration is strength. Many products contain low - and therefore ineffective levels of Hemp extract. At OTO, our team of scientists have determined the optimum quantity of hemp-extract called OTOSTRENGTH™ which is designed to give you the maximum and inherent benefit of this natural product.

Secondly, it is important to consider how you would consume the hemp-extract. Although effective, vaping isn’t to everyone’s taste. Ingesting is a popular method, but is slower and less effective - especially when consuming low levels of Hemp. The calming aromatic OTO oils have been purposely bottled as roll-ons to be used on the relaxation points of the temple and wrists - proven as one of the most effective and enjoyable methods for easier absorption into the bloodstream.

Thirdly, but perhaps most importantly, always purchase from reputable sources, such as OTO. Hemp-extract is a non-psychoactive component and products should never contain more than 0.2% THC (the psychoactive component in cannabis). However, authorities have seized many products do not only do not contain the amount of Hemp-extract advertised, but also containing THC above the legal limit.

Applying three times a day, OTO’s roll-on oils can have a positive impact. And all for less than the price of a cup of coffee.

Discover our collection of roll on oils here.