Can CBD Help Severe Weather Anxiety

By Amy Hansen, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

One in 10 have severe weather anxiety – can CBD help people cope?

Severe weather has been on the rise for the last 10+ years, and for the one in ten who have storm anxiety, it is making things worse. Science has noted events including extreme precipitation, droughts and forest fires have become more frequent. Signs of storm anxiety include obsessive thoughts about the potential for storms, distress when you know a thunderstorm is forecasted and extreme fear or dread during weather events. Can CBD help severe weather anxiety?  Considering the research, most likely.

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While experts are unclear why it develops, they confirm it is real condition.  One potential cause is children trauma around a storm, but otherwise they are still in the discovery phase.  There are some ways to cope with it including making a storm plan, being in a safe place and having a clear exit strategy.  But sometimes it is not enough.

One of the proven medical benefits of CBD is helping with anxiety. For those concerned, it provides the benefit without getting you high. Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with body without causing the feeling of marijuana. THC is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in the cannabis plant and what makes marijuana give you a high.

CBD has a broad pharmacological profile, including interactions with several receptors known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviors. This can return the level of anxiety to normal levels.


Varieties of CBD oil that are used topically have been legal in the United States since the Agricultural Improvement act of 2018 and have finally made an appearance on the shelves of CVS stores in select states.  Local pharmacies and dispensaries can also have CBD oil.

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If you decided to use CBD for your severe weather anxiety, think of your dosage and times. If you vape or take sublingually, you will feel the effects within 15 to 45 minutes whereas edibles, like gummies, can take over an hour to kick in. Plan wisely to ensure a better experience.

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