High CBD Formulas Soothe Anxiety
- by Elana Cydney Vollen and Jacob Barnett
Too often stressful events and uncertainty seem to appear on every front, be it personal, cultural, social, environmental or global. Consequently many turn to pharmaceutical preparations in an effort to assuage resulting tension, anxiety and discomfort. These medications commonly provide only limited relief; the “side effects” of anti-anxiety medications themselves can often be as bad as the anxiety they are intended to relieve, including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, headaches, and suicidal ideation! Many pharmaceutical prescriptions for anxiety are also physically addictive.
Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry that is out of proportion to the actual danger. OCD, PTSD, panic disorder and phobias are considered anxiety disorders. Symptoms include nervousness, tension, panic, a sense of doom, increased heart rate, sweating, fatigue, and/or trouble concentrating. Almost one in three adults in the US experience an anxiety disorder at some time in their lives.
Now, with good reasons, more and more people are exploring healthier, wholistic alternatives to address anxiety and stress. In addition to daily, enjoyable, physical exercise in fresh air and sunlight (20 minutes minimum), drinking ample water (6 to 8 glasses a day), eating a nutritious diet high in fresh vegetables, CBD (Cannabidiol) from cannabis can be a valuable addition! Indeed, CBD has noted properties which reduce anxiety; in the field of medicine, these are known as anxiolytics.
Cannabidiol works similarly to SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) These medications typically work by interfacing with the serotonin receptors in the brain, as does CBD but with a gentler approach and no known side effects. By bringing your serotonin to normal levels, CBD-based supplements can significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
CBD oil shows promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach. One case report published by The Permanente Journal in 2016 revealed that cannabidiol might be a safe treatment for the anxiety and insomnia associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. Not only can CBD lower anxiety, but it also helps reduce the symptoms associated with a wide range of psychological conditions and brain disorders, to include: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.
Is CBD totally safe to use?
A report issued by the World Health Organization in 2018 clearly states, at present no public health problems (e.g., driving under the influence of drugs cases, comorbidities) have been associated with the use of pure CBD.
Fortunately, since cannabidiol is a safe and non-psychoactive compound, you don’t have to worry about taking a dangerously high dose. The worst thing that can happen is feeling a bit nauseous or dizzy, symptoms which indicate you need to lower the dose.
So, is it safe? Yes, as long as you are not one of the very few who experiences an adverse reaction to cannabis, it’s completely safe. To use multiple times a day, every day. It is much safer than its pharmaceutical equivalents in just about every way. Instead of negative side-effects, you can benefit from the myriad of other issues CBD addresses such as pain, strengthening your immune system and reducing inflammation.
Wondering how to establish the correct dose and determine the best product for you? Please ask the experts at Synergy Wellness and we will provide you valuable information.
Enjoy this miraculous gift from Mother Nature – a balm for Modern Times!
1) Depression Alliance.org
2) Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
3) Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series
4) Antidepressant-Like and Anxiolytic-Like Effects of Cannabidiol: A Chemical Compound of Cannabis sativa
5) Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent, as an anxiolytic drug
Image above: CBD dissolved in 100% ethanol. 30X magnification taken with an Olympus Polarizing microscope. Courtesy of Sondra Barrett