One of the things being heavily researched in recent years is the effect of cannabidiol on anxiety and other related disorders. This compound is showing fabolous potential for anxiety treatment, but before we go into depth on how CBD works its magic against it, we should touch upon what anxiety really is, and why is it such causing problems for so many people around the world.
While it’s impossible to completely bypass the negative feelings of stress and anxiousness, because life simply isn’t designed to be stress-free, we can say that it’s an utterly normal occurence to feel this type of way from time to time.
We all have to deal with it, no matter if we’re in elementary school, in college, or adults with jobs. There is always something that will make us feel troubled, worried and anxious.
The real problem occurs when stress becomes too frequent, and our minds don’t have enough time to recuperate for it, this is where some people start developing anxiety disorders. The biggest issue about these disorders is that they dictate how we feel almost constantly, and this can be extremely detrimental for the well being and proper functioning of a healthy individual.
Constant worrying, fear and pretty much all negative emotions and feelings are present way too repeatedly.
Anxiety and other related disorders can be very serious for overall health, both mental and physical. Besides the negative feelings in common situations that would usually be deemed as normal and untroubling, physical symptoms can include the suppression of the immune system, issues with digestion, tension of the muscles, memory problems and cardiovascular issues.
After longer period of time if the anxiety is left completely untreated, it can even lead to clinical depression and suicidal tendencies.
Different types of anxiety disorders include social anxiety (or social phobia), where the person dreads the contact with others (usually unknown people), mostly fearing ridicule, judgement, hatred and rejection. This is a very common type of anxiety, and is frequently left untreated for very long periods of time.
Panic disorders are the second type, where the person experiences severe physical reactions to stress, which include sweating, faster pulse and chest pains. Studies showed that panic disorders are more likely to happen to the fairer sex, and around 6 million people have this disorder in US alone.
GAD (or generalized anxiety disorder) is characterized by over-worrying about everyday situations like money, health and work, which doesn’t seem so troubling, but if the stress is blown out of proportions on a daily basis, it can become very crippling, causing people to feel constantly trapped in their own lives.
Specific phobias are also a big issue for many people, and because of their extreme irrationality they can really have a negative impact on the wellbeing of a person. Surveys have shown that around 9% of the US population suffer from some form of specific phobia.
Finally the Obsessive-Compulsive disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress disorder are also sometimes included as anxiety disorders, but people who suffer from OCD and PTSD usually experience both depression and anxiety at the same time.
Because the insanely fast pace of modern life has most of us running round in circles, we usually don’t feel like we have the time to address these negative issues, but figuring out that you might have a problem is definitely the first step for conquering anxiety.
A recurring theme in the testimonies of people who’ve started using CBD as an anti-anxiety medication reported that they didn’t have a clue they can feel so good, which comes to show that the majority of us have troubles accepting that fact that we require help, or that it’s even possible to feel any better.
Using CBD is completely safe and 100% natural, which cannot be said for regular pharmaceuticals like Zoloft and Xanax, which create serious addiction problems and harsh unwanted side-effects.
Cannabidiol is extracted for the hemp plant, which is a cannabis variation that has minimal amounts of THC. This natural molecule can be used for a very wide range of medical problems that include nausea, spasms, seizures, blood pressure, blood sugar, insomnia, psoriasis, chronic pain, anxiety and much more.
This cannabinoid is also totally non mind-altering, which means you’ll have absolutely zero sensations that you’re taking it, except for the medical benefits of course.
Here’s a quick breakdown.
Let’s explain how exactly CBD affects our bodies.
Cannabidiol attacks anxiety from two sides, and the first of them is that it alteres how our brain uses the available serotonin. It actually halts the capability of the brain to reuptake serotonin, which leaves more of it to be used by our network of neurons. Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter who’s in charge of creating positive effects like happiness, calmness and serenity.
The second way CBD affects us is by aiding faster neurogenesis (especially of the hippocampus), which is a part of the brain where memory and emotions are stored and developed. Studies on anxiety have shown that people who have it have a much smaller and underdeveloped hippocampus. So the neurogenesis (or the creation of new brain cells - neurons), is very important for keeping the mind anxiety free.
This research is unfortunately still in its starting animal-studies phase, but the world-wide craze for CBD shows that this cannabinoid also creates the exact same effect on us humans.
This completely natural and utterly safe option is definitely something worth considering, especially when we think about the addictive and harmful pharmaceutical alternatives.