CBD for OCD
Over 22 million people struggle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) every day in the United States alone.
OCD usually begins in late childhood or early adolescence. People with OCD can have an irrational fear of germs, dirt, poison, illness, etc. OCD can also be triggered by things that are not symmetrical, even, exact, or in a proper order. Excessive concerns about religion or mortality, intrusive thoughts about sex, violence and accidents are all things people with OCD have to deal with every day. This condition can be very time-consuming for people who have it. While there are no black and white answers as to why people develop OCD, there are theories that state OCD is a learned behavior, made repetitive because of an association with anxiety. The most common way to treat OCD is with anxiety medication. With an enormous list of side effects from pharmaceuticals like SSRI’s, many people are searching for alternative supplements to treat their OCD.
How CBD Works To Relieve OCD
To understand how CBD can help with anxiety-induced OCD, first you need to know about the ECS or Endocannabinoid System. The ECS is an internal messenger. The two main receptors are called CB1 and CB2. CB1 communicates mostly with neurological functions, while the CB2 receptors deal with circulatory functions. When taking CBD, it stimulates our ECS which brings it to homeostasis, so it can properly function. CBD directly activates the neurotransmitter serotonin, thereby conferring an anti-anxiety effect. This is similar to the way that big pharma anti-anxiety medication works; but CBD is natural and non-addictive.
Research studies have used doses from 15mg to as high as 600mg. Typical CBD supplements provide 20mg to 25mg. When taking CBD for Parkinson’s disease, dosing can vary widely depending on the degree of symptoms and if you are presently using prescribed medications. It is important to add the supplement slowly into your system, in order to identify the “sweet spot” dosage that provides the best relief for you.
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Our Graduated Sprayer makes it simple to dose properly.
It is important to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any supplement program. Most prescribed medications cannot and should not be stopped all at once.
It has been suggested to start with a dose of 10mg to 15mg of CBD twice a day. After a few days, you may want to reduce prescribed meds incrementally while increasing your CBD dosage the following day. Steps of 10mg are suggested to help monitor changes. Monitor your symptoms; be aware of how you feel. Don’t hurry the process. Wait 2 to 3 days between changes. This will allow you to determine the dosing that your body requires to meet your goals, while documenting how your medications interact.