How CBD Helps You Battle Anxiety

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Anxiety is a condition that affects a large number of people across the planet. In fact, over 40 million people in the US alone suffer from anxiety, that’s over 18% of the population over 18 years of age. Despite this, only 36% of people that suffer seek treatment. There’s a stigma attached to anxiety and many feel they can’t reach out for help. This is a problem that needs to be addressed as it can lead to more severe conditions such as depression.  Learn how to use CBD Oil for anxiety in detail.

There are many ways to treat anxiety, from medication prescribed by a doctor to exercising daily. A new treatment has joined the fight and is proving to be a success for many. CBD is making waves in the community, but how does it help you battle anxiety? 

What Is CBD? 

CBD stands for cannabidiol, it’s a chemical that’s found naturally within cannabis plants (Cannabis Sativa). Whilst there hasn’t been extensive research into the natural product, the early signs are very promising especially with reducing anxiety. 

CBD is unlike other cannabis products as it doesn’t constrain tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC. This is the chemical found naturally within cannabis that makes people feel “high”. 

Within the world of CBD oils, there is a clear cut hierarchy that will alter the effects when you take it. There’s no point in buying highstreet oils as they won’t contain enough of the naturally found chemical to make a difference. American Marijuana’s guide suggests finding a high quality, high strength oil from an online retailer that has extensive user reviews instead of putting your faith in a high street brand. It’s hard to know what’s in a fairly new industry, which is why reading guides and reviews to see which will suit you best is key before buying anything. 

How Does It Work? 

Humans have incredibly complex bodies that work in fascinating ways. It has a large number of different receptors that receive signals from different stimuli. These receptors are protein-based structures that attach to your cells. CBD is assumed to interact with some of these receptors known as CB1 and CB2. They’re found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system. 

Research so far isn’t conclusive in how CBD affects the receptors, but we understand that it may alter out serotonin levels. For those that don’t know, serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a huge role in mental health. It’s known as the “happy hormone” and the more we have, the happier we are, in general. Those with low serotonin levels are most commonly diagnosed with depression and anxiety. 

Research up to this point shows that taking CBD can have a positive effect on your serotonin levels and will alleviate feelings of anxiety. 

How Can I Take It? 

CBD isn’t like cannabis, we all know, you don’t have to smoke it to get the desired effect. Besides, CBD isn’t for getting high. There are plenty of ways to consume that will suit every user. You can get oils, capsules, pills, creams, gummies, sprays, bath salts, and if you want to smoke it, a vape. Choose what’s right for you and your symptoms. 

CBD is still fairly new despite being discovered in 1940. There is plenty of research happening right now that will further prove the benefits of the calm cannabis chemical. As it’s legal, if you are struggling with any aches, pains, or diseases then why not give it a go?

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