Can CBD Help Panic Attacks?
For sufferers, panic attacks are a regular, upsetting and often painful experience. Therefore, it is no wonder that those who are familiar with the onset of an attack are always on the lookout for a fast-working, safe and effective treatment. With all the literature published on the subject regarding depression and anxiety, it should come as no surprise to hear that sufferers are asking if CBD can help with their panic attacks.
What are the Symptoms of a Panic Attack?
A panic attack is an extremely unsettling and distressing experience for sufferers, even though it is rare that they cause physical harm. Some symptoms can be so severe that sufferers believe they are about to have a heart attack, which leads to a cycle of more panic and further worse attacks. A panic attack can generally last for fewer than ten minutes, and may include the following symptoms:
- A sense of panic, terror or impending doom
- A racing pulse and fast heartbeat
- Dizziness, faintness and weakness
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or fingers
- Chest pains
- Difficulty breathing
The fear and anxiety that accompanies a real panic attack can have lasting effects on a person. Which is why much research is being conducted to find fast-acting and reliable treatments.
What do the Experts Say?
As you might expect, panic attacks and anxiety share symptoms and causes, so much of the research done into CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety do cover whether or not a cannabidiol-based supplement or medication could treat the symptoms of an attack.
We have highlighted some of our findings from research whitepapers published in 2017 & 2018:
- CBD helps to suppress panic responses in both animal and human testing.
- CBD taken before an event, which normally triggers anxiety, was shown to reduce anxiety and prevent panic.
- Brain scans show CBD effecting the panic-causing centres of the brain.
- CBD is believed to be a “promising” treatment for panic disorder, with testing needed to confirm the safe and ideal doses of cannabidiol as a panic attack suppressant.
Both studies appear to agree that CBD can help with a panic attack, however some key differences pointed are out. One suggests CBD supplements are preventative and should be used to stop an attack from occurring, while others say it can dull the effects of a panic attack in progress.
Until scientists can be sure which of these theories is correct, and determine the best dose and delivery method for CBD, there could yet be some time before doctors will be in a position to prescribe a cannabidiol medicine to panic attack sufferers.
More and more people suffering from panic disorders seem to be leaning towards the opinion that CBD can help panic attacks. Although it might be some time until there is definitive proof.
Until then, it’s important to make up your own mind and do your own research on cannabidiol supplements. If you’d like to try CBD products, we’ll be more than happy to help you. And please do share your experiences with us.Please note: If you are being treated for panic attacks, anxiety or a panic disorder, please talk to your GP before taking new supplements or reducing your existing medication.