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What is CBD? Can CBD Reduce Anxiety Around Going to the Dentist?

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CBD is a natural compound that has increased in use and popularity. Some studies even suggest that CBD can help with dental anxiety. Experiencing some form of nervousness before visiting a dental professional is totally normal, and CBD oil could be a natural way to calm your nerves before your appointment.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural chemical found in the Cannabis sativa plant. Unlike the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabinoid found in the same plant, CBD won’t give you any sense of intoxication or “high” that you may associate with Cannabis. Studies claim CBD contains properties that can treat symptoms related to anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, pain, depression, seizures, and insomnia.

Once extracted from the Cannabis plant, CBD can be infused into various forms such as oil, tinctures, sprays, vaporized oil, edibles, and topicals. You may also notice CBD as an ingredient in many everyday items, from mac & cheese and honey to face creams and CBD toothpaste.

Taking CBD for Anxiety

CBD can bind to many types of receptors throughout the body, which is why it’s considered a treatment for multiple health conditions. When used to reduce anxiety, the CBD acts on the part of the brain that processes fear, allowing you to feel more relaxed and less anxious after taking a dose. If you hold tension in your jaw, CBD oil can also relieve the pressure you feel by reducing inflammation around the joints.

CBD Dosage for Anxiety

It’s important to speak with a medical professional when seeking CBD-related treatment. The type of CBD product recommended for you may depend on what you are trying to treat.

The form of CBD may also determine when you could start feeling the effects and how long they last. When starting a new CBD treatment for anxiety, it’s best to start with a low dose and gradually increase the amount until you experience the desired effects. If you are consuming CBD oil to help with dental anxiety, a typical dosage could include taking 15-30 milligrams the night before and again right before your appointment or 1-1.5 milligrams of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight.

Side Effects of CBD Oil

Factors like medical history, medications you’re taking, body type, and weight all play a role in how CBD will affect you. Some side effects of CBD include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Appetite changes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Mood changes

If you’re interested in CBD treatment for anxiety, always be sure to purchase CBD products from a reputable source after seeking guidance from a medical expert for the treatment. CBD oil from hemp containing less than 0.3% THC is federally legal, but laws still vary by state.

Oral Care Center articles are reviewed by an oral health medical professional. This information is for educational purposes only. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist, physician or other qualified healthcare provider. 

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