CBD Oil for anxiety and stress. 🧴
Updated: Dec 3, 2020
CBD is an alternative for the treatment of anxiety at www.Integrityhempceuticals.com we try to show the most relevant and current information on scientific advances and studies on Cannabidiol (CBD) and all its derivatives and how they directly and indirectly provide benefits to your health.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is the mind and body's reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. A certain level of anxiety helps us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from anxiety disorders, it can be totally crippling.
CBD can be of help in these cases, although today we do not have conclusive studies that definitively endorse a possible substitution of anxiolytics for CBD.
TYPES OF CHRONIC ANXIETY
Social anxiety disorder and social phobia.
Generality anxiety disorder (GAD).
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
STRESS, ANXIETY AND THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM
Coping with stress or relaxing from a hectic day is one of the main reasons millions of people use cannabis
Life is full of external stressors: pollution, lack of sleep, that discussion with your boss, the 24/7 news reports about the millions of people dying around the world from the coronavirus. Fortunately, the ECS works as a buffer to control that our bodies do not develop some type of disease as a result. It also plays a crucial role in regulating fear, anxiety, and the way we cope with stress.
Activation of CB1 receptors in the brain and central nervous system has been found to calm feelings of anxiety, which explains why cannabis use activates people.
However, it is not that the more you smoke, the less anxious you feel, as higher doses of THC, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, can induce anxiety.
However, chronic stress itself can damage our endocannabinoid system. Prolonged exposure to stress negatively regulates CB1 receptor signaling in brain regions involved in emotional processing.
Several studies confirm that the administration of CBD improves CB1 signaling, promoting in turn the creation of new neurons in the hippocampus,
that scientists believe further contribute to the compound's anxiolytic effect.
If you suffer from any of the conditions described above and you think CBD could help you, feel free to discuss this with your doctor before you start taking CBD or reduce the doses of the medication, as there could be interactions and / or worsening symptoms.
THE INTERACTION OF CBD WITH OTHER DRUGS
Although using CBD alone is often considered safe, it can alter the way your body metabolizes other substances. One possible effect of this is that certain medications remain in the body longer than expected, which can cause unwanted effects. On the other hand, CBD as a medicine is a relatively recent field, where research is still being developed and all the side effects of cannabidiol are not yet understood. This calls for some caution when using CBD, especially with other medications.
MIXING CBD AND OTHER DRUGS: CONCLUSION
If you take CBD along with other medications you should be cautious. Although CBD is considered safe, the possible effects of combining it with other medicines are never known, especially considering that each person has a different physiology.
Most importantly, speak to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about using CBD and its effect on your medication. On the other hand, you should also inform yourself about the possible side effects of the medications you are taking. And finally, keep in mind that not all medicines, including CBD, produce the same effects on each person.
Benefits of CBD on anxiety
✅ Reduces muscle tension.
✅ Stimulates the relaxing neurotransmitter GABA.
✅ Modulates immune function.
✅ Relieves common side effects of anxiety, such as insomnia or digestive problems
It has a regulatory effect on the hypothalamus (responsible for regulating anxiety).
Tips to maximize the effects of CBD for anxiety.
Don't use CBD alone, combine it with other anti-anxiety treatment options for the best effect.
Be careful about the THC content, some CBD products contain THC, which can cause anxiety in certain people.
Look for only high-quality CBD products, low-quality CBD products often contain contaminants that can make anxiety symptoms worse.
Start low and increase slowly over time, always start low when using CBD to prevent symptoms from worsening.