Get over your fears of spiders with CBD Oil!!!

Its that time of year again where spiders are setting up camp in our homes to keep warm and to mate. But not all of us can say we are happy about this. I for one am not.

Spider season is officially here, which means you may have noticed a few more creepy crawlies hiding in the corners of your house. 

The eight-legged creatures usually start invading British homes in September while they seek out a dry place to mate.

Having a fear of spiders is called “Arachnophobia”.


What is a Phobia?

According to the NHS estimates, around 10 million people in the UK have a phobia, described as an “over whelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling and animal”.

They are more pronounced than fears and tend to develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger regarding a situation or object. If a phobia sufferer doesn’t come into contact with the source of their problem very often it may not affect their life, although in some cases even thinking about the thing, they fear can give a person “anticipatory anxiety”.

If a phobia becomes very severe, the person suffering may organise their life around avoiding the aspect that’s causing distress.

Symptoms of having a phobia:

  • Dizziness, trembling and increased heart rate
  • Nausea
  • Fear of dying
  • Breathlessness
  • Preoccupation with the fear object

What causes phobias?

Phobias do not have a singe cause, but there are a number of associated factors:

  • A phobia may be associated with a particular incident or trauma
  • A phobia may be a learned response that a person develops early in life from a parent or a sibling
  • Genetics may play a role – there’s evidence to suggest that some people are born with a tendency to be more anxious than others


Treating phobias

Almost all phobias can be successfully treated and cured.

Simple phobias can be treated through gradual exposure to the object, animal, place or situation that causes fear and anxiety. This is known as desensitisation or self-exposure therapy.

Treating complex phobias often takes longer and involves talking to therapies, such as, counselling, psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Medication is not usually used to treat phobias, but its sometimes prescribed to help people cope with the effects of anxiety.


Can CBD help?

CBD (Cannabidiol) is a chemical that comes from the cannabis plant. Unlike the popular THC, this cannabinoid doesn’t get you high. CBD elevates chemicals that our brain produces to help make our Endocannabinoid system more efficient.  

The Endocannabinoid system is your bodies regulator. It controls many aspects of your body like your immune system, digestion, nervous system and skeletal system. One way that it works is by using cannabinoid receptors and Endocannabinoids to help control what happens throughout your body.

There are two cannabinoid receptors, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. The CB1 receptor is in control of regulating your neurological system, mediating all of the activity that has to do with your nerves like pain, appetite, sleep cycle, and your mood. It mainly binds to the endocannabinoid anandamide. The CB2 receptor mainly binds with the endocannabinoid 2-AG and mainly controls your immune functions.


Phobias and your brain

To understand how CBD oil can help with phobias, you first need to understand what is happening in the brain. When you are in a stressful or fearful situation, your brain reacts. You come with a built-in alarm system.

We may be apex predators, but that is just because of the tools that we have. Our brains still are set to fight or flight mode when danger is near. The way your brain makes you ready for an escape or attack is by stimulating your amygdala. The amygdala goes off and gets your body ready for survival by elevating your heart rate to get blood into your muscles and have you ready for action.

When you have an anxiety disorder like a phobia, your amygdala is overactive. Your built-in alarm system that is always on the lookout becomes trigger happy, sending the sense of intense fear in seemingly safe situations. Your amygdala is very closely related to your hippocampus where your memories are stored, which is one of the main regions of the brain that is affected by PTSD. The instilled memory from trauma may also contribute to developing phobias.


CBD for Anxiety

CBD hemp oil may be able to help with conquering phobias by reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Studies have shown that CBD oil can help reduce the overactivity of the amygdala, which can help reduce the impending feeling of doom.

The way that it works is through a process called retrograde signalling. When you ingest CBD oil, the endocannabinoid anandamide is elevated. This chemical travel backward through the synapse to the cannabinoid receptor on the outside of the neuron that is sending panic signals. The endocannabinoid tells the cell to stop sending out so many transmissions, reducing the feeling of anxiety and activity of overactive regions in the brain.



If you want to start taking CBD oil for your phobias, is a good way to start your journey. Starting from 100mg to 50000mg CBD oils. Its always a good idea to start on a low dosage and see how tour body reacts to the medication and what mg suits your needs.