Almost all of us suffer from anxiety in some way. It could be that you have issues with public speaking, and can’t give speeches without getting very stressed out. It might be that you have driving anxiety and have trouble getting in the car. Whatever it is that has you on edge, the chances are you have noticed a range of physical manifestations of this too.
For example, often people who are suffering from anxiety might have shaky hands, perhaps they will be clammy with sweat, and noticeably quicker breathing.
There is a difference between people who suffer from anxiety disorders, and those who experience mild anxiety based on life events. Anxiety disorders, the kind associated with panic attacks, can be debilitating.
It is often the case when it comes to mental health, a combination of supplements, treatments, therapy, and pharmaceuticals often help.
There are, however, a wide range of people looking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals and other prescription drugs. Those alternatives tend to be things like yoga, mindfulness, and increasingly more common is CBD.
Before we talk about how CBD can help with anxiety, it’s essential to know what CBD is and isn’t.
CBD cannot get you high. The amount of potential THC in any kind of CBD is 0.03% to 0.05%. THC is the psychoactive component that is found in the plant, that is what makes users high or stoned.
CBD does come from the cannabis plant. However, it is essential to note that this plant actually contains and produces over 400 different chemicals. One of these chemicals is cannabidiol, or as we call it CBD.
Can CBD help with anxiety?
There is more research every month to support the fact that CBD does help with a range of issues. One of those being anxiety. CBD has a similar effect on the body that anti-anxiety medication and antidepressants have.
Stress and anxiety can have a massive impact on your body. Small bursts of the stress hormone keep your body in fight or flight mode. And our bodies simply are not adjusted to handle that state for longer than necessary.
When your anxiety and stress are increasingly high, you are likely to suffer some consequences. Some of the issues that are linked with chronic stress and anxiety are:
- heart disease,
- digestive problems,
- weight gain,
- endocannabinoid imbalance,
- and muscular tension.
Amazingly, cannabidiol has more than 65 targets throughout the body. Which actually makes it difficult to pin down the sources of all of its therapeutic properties. Many studies are currently suggesting that CBD counteracts anxiety by stimulating the neurotransmitter system, and neuroregeneration.
CBD specifically binds to 5-HT1A, which is thought to have the most influential role in anxiety orders. The anxiety drug buspirone also binds to this particular receptor.
Neural regeneration has been seen to be encouraged by CBD. Particularly in the hippocampus. Stress does damage neurons and even shrinks the brain. But certain areas of the brain are still capable of regeneration.
Throughout our entire lives, we create and form new neurons and make new connections. It is thought that CBD boosts this process. CBD does this by preventing the overstimulation of your CB1 receptors and boosting your body’s production of endocannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids -many people don’t know that our bodies naturally produce cannabinoids. They are used through our entire body and brain in the Endocannabinoid system. This system can actually become chaotic under chronic stress. CBD can help restore the balance in that system. The endocannabinoid system keeps our bodies in balance. Vital for sleep regulation, mood, pain, and anxiety.
How do you introduce CBD into your diet?
Many people are curious about how to use CBD oil as a tool to help them manage their anxiety. However, there are so many options it can often feel overwhelming.
Some of the most popular methods of ingesting CBD comes from vaping, placing CBD vape oils within the vape pen, and ‘smoking’ it.
Edibles are one of the most accessible and easy ways to have a measured amount of CBD in your body. CBD can be added to almost any food, so you could do this yourself. But buying premade and perfectly measured CBD edibles is better. You can have something like gummies, cakes, chocolate, biscuits and actually a range of healthy foods too.
Tinctures and oils are a quick and easy way to consume CBD. Most tinctures of CBD have the measured dose within the pipet. This method is known as taking your CBD sublingually. Sublingually simply means under the tongue. It is one of the quickest ways to have this in your system. It can take as little as 10 minutes and last up to three or four hours.
There is currently no universally recommended dosage for CBD oils. And there are unlikely to be any large-scale clinical trials. So for you, it will be trial and error. You will have to learn about the effects on your own body. This relies much on your body weight, metabolism, and the concentration of CBD that you have purchased. Combined with the severity of your anxiety. Your unique body chemistry will also impact how you respond to CBD. Some people respond quickly and very positively, and other people take a little while.
In general, when it comes to the dosage, you should start low and go slowly. This means to have a minimum amount of the CBD that you’ve chosen per day, and if you don’t notice a difference in your anxiety, increase the dosage. CBD is safe even at a higher dosage. After all, many people take CBD in a high dose to alleviate issues in chronic pain.
If you start low and go slow, you are more likely to notice any changes, no matter how small within your body. Because you will be looking for them. Everyone’s dosage and tolerance will be completely unique, doing it this way will allow you to get acquainted with yours.
The World Health Organization says there is no evidence of abuse potential harm associated with the use of CBD. And for anyone who has ever suffered from anxiety, that will be welcome news.