Updated: Mar 19
We all know someone who is dealing with anxiety or have it ourselves. From sleepless nights, to that constant nauseating feeling in your stomach, resulting in avoiding any anxiety provoking situation. Your life becomes limited at this point. Anxiety & stress can lead to an array of health problems if left ignored.
Chronic Stress & Anxiety Damage Your Body
Chronic high levels of stress hormones — particularly cortisol — wreak havoc everywhere, with consequences that include:
The ever growing popularity of CBD products as an anti-anxiety supplement is backed with plenty of convincing research. CBD has shown usefulness for the following conditions:
Generalized anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder
Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD)
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
How CBD Can Combat Anxiety & Stress
Generalized Social Anxiety is one of the most common anxiety conditions and it can affect human beings in many aspects of life, including health, productivity and social life. CBD has shown great psychiatric potential, including uses as a anxiolytic-like compound, which means it can decrease anxiety and panic attacks. Since the discovery of endogenous cannabinoids in our bodies, studies are being conducted to evaluate how cannabinoids and the modulation of the endocannabinoid system influence many functions from metabolic to mental disorders. Your body naturally produces cannabinoids, which are used throughout your body and brain in the endocannabinoid system. CBD could help restore balance to the endocannabinoid system by preventing over stimulation of your CB1 receptors and by boosting your body’s production of endocannabinoids.
CBD activates 5-HT1A, a serotonin sub-type that binds to the neurotransmitter serotonin which gives it an anti-anxiety effect.
Research has shown that CBD relieves OCD and other anxious behaviors by acting on the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in processing and forgetting our fears — vital for extinction learning.
Research shows that CBD can also reduce neuron atrophy and death in the hippocampus (an area of the brain that is responsible for learning, memory and emotion).
Human Trial Study On CBD For Anxiety
In 2011 at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil a simulation public speaking test was conducted on patients with Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) who either received a single dose of CBD or a placebo, 1 hour and a half before the test. A total of 24 never treated patients with SAD ( social anxiety disorder) took part in this test. The test was measured on visual analogue scale, negative self-statement scale and physiological measures (blood pressure, heart rate and conductance).
The results showed that patients who were given the CBD had significantly reduced their anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance. The placebo group experienced higher anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort throughout the test, whereas it was abolished with the patients given CBD.
**Note: CBD use/dosage is subjective to each body- factors like composition, diet, fitness & environment can affect your experience. Always start small and increase your dosage until you find your desired effects.
If you, like many others are tired of dealing with anxiety or chronic stress, it might be time for a change. Try incorporating CBD into your routine and your anxiety-free future could be right around the corner!
Studies On CBD For Anxiety