02 Feb Anxiety, How Can CBD Help You?
It’s safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
In less than 18 months, the entire world has been transformed from a prosperous, thriving global economy to a series of disconnected, fearful countries enforcing lockdowns and desperately vaccinating against a very real virus.
It’s totally understandable that people are going to be experiencing high levels of anxiety when it comes to life, the spread of the virus, going outside, and resuming normal life. Anxiety is tough, and no one is denying that for a second.
Coping with anxiety will take time and require you to understand what it is, how it can affect the body, and the type of experiences you’ll have when it comes to dealing with anxiety on a daily basis.
What is Anxiety?
To begin with, let’s try and figure out together what anxiety is, and how it can affect someone.
Anxiety is difficult to really explain in a conventional sense because it’s less of a diagnosis and more of a symptom. The first and biggest problem we encounter when it comes to trying to define anxiety is that it can affect everyone in different ways. You might feel like there are butterflies in your stomach or that you go cold and withdraw from the world. It’s different for every person.
The American Psychological Association describes anxiety as being “ an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure”. Truthfully, that’s just the tip of the iceberg for a lot of people.
Now, it is safe to say that we all experience anxiety in mild forms over time. That’s a very common thing to deal with – you’ve probably had your kids worry about something big like going to school for the first time or going swimming.
However, this type of anxiety is different. It’s a prolonged anxiety, one which is always there, keeping a constant vigilance over your everyday life. You worry that you’ll expose yourself to the coronavirus or your children will be exposed to it. Catching COVID-19 is a very real and scary prospect. For many, it’s opened up a whole series of behaviours that are brand new and terrifying. Anxiety disorders are commonplace now.
What Anxiety Can do to the Body
Unfortunately, anxiety can have many impacts on everyday life, and severely affect the body in many ways.
You probably worked out the high blood pressure thing, but there are also issues like a nervous bladder, feelings of isolation and hopelessness, irritable personality traits, withdrawing from social activities, and refusing to participate in everyday life.
These are just a handful of the different physiological symptoms that can arise from anxiety, because as previously mentioned, anxiety is different for every person. People will experience their own unique set of behaviours and symptoms that are indicative of anxiety. It takes time to spot these traits in other people, so honest and open communication is generally the best way to tackle the issue of anxiety head-on.
How can CBD help with Anxiety?
Thankfully, CBD can be used in a variety of different ways, and has been shown to help with the effects of anxiety.
CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). The ECS is believed to help modulate a wide range of physiological processes, including pain sensation, body temperature, memory, mood, appetite, stress, sleep, metabolism, immune function, and reproduction.
The ECS communicates through a class of compounds called endocannabinoids, which are messengers (neurotransmitters) produced naturally by the body that attach to special receptors. CBD, which is plant-based but chemically similar to endocannabinoids, also interact with these receptors. See more in our previous blog ‘Endocannabinoid System, What is It?‘.
Users have found that the regular consumption of CBD products can help to reduce levels of anxiety. In our experience, customers have found that a combination of using our Full Spectrum Sublingual Spray regularly (daily) and vaping when they feel anxious or stressed can help alleviate some of the anxiety and give an instant feeling of calm.
We understand that vaping is not for everyone but vaping is the fastest way to get CBD into your system – and users can often feel an instant calming effect. The sublingual spray has the same effect, but often you won’t feel the results immediately, usually within an hour or so. Most people like to start with our 5% Full Spectrum Oil and one of our mint or watermelon flavour e-liquids.
One study found “existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive–compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely; however, few studies have investigated chronic CBD dosing.”
A further recent study from 2018, showed that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
As we previously mentioned, dosing is not a one size fits all and there’s a certain amount of trial and error to do. We would suggest that new users start with low doses and work up to a dose that they feel is giving therapeutic effects. We do not advise you to use CBD is you are taking anti depressants or similar as they may have an interaction/conflict. Always consult your doctor for medical advice.
Anxiety can be an incredibly challenging thing to work through, as it requires a unique solution. Every person will have a different form of anxiety, and it will manifest according to the situation taking place. Ultimately, there are no right or wrong ways to deal with anxiety, there is simply whatever method helps to bring you relief.
In that regard, CBD might be the option for you, so it’s worth taking a look at what’s on offer. It’s important to realise that everyone deals with anxiety in different ways, and options like frequent meditation, breathing, healthy diet and exercise can also be just as beneficial.
Anxiety has never been more challenging than it has been recently in the lockdown period. COVID-19 has created a palpable sense of tension in the world, which is why it is important to acknowledge that anxiety exists and find ways to deal with it in a positive manner.
- American Psychological Association https://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety
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