Before the world was turned on its heels, a 2013 study showed 1 in 6 Americans used psychiatric drugs to quell their anxiety and depression. In 2020, along with the Coronavirus pandemic and global lockdown, these numbers have only exacerbated. While many people use prescription medication for their anxiety, studies show CBD oil can also decrease your level of stress and help you feel calm.
In the course of just one month, anti-anxiety drug use spiked a shocking 34%. A third of which were new prescriptions. Doctors note, when people sense they have lost control and their future is unpredictable, their anxiety disorders can increase.
Treatment for anxiety is different for everyone. Some simply need to increase their level of self-care. This could mean avoiding alcohol, decreasing caffeine intake, exercising regularly and overall taking better care of the body. Others may need therapy and/or prescription medication.
Anti-anxiety medicines, such as Valium and Xanax can bring quick and temporary relief, but can easily become addictive. Long term prescription medication, such as Prozac, can also have adverse side effects.
Some may not want to take prescription medication. Others may not want to experience the harsh side effects that come with it.
CBD, short for Cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that can be a great natural alternative. According to a report from the World Health Organization, CBD “exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential,” and has not shown “evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Consider a pure CBD product as a gentler and more natural alternative to prescription medications.
According to a survey published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research in 2018, almost 62% of cannabidiol users reported using CBD to treat a medical condition, with the top three conditions being anxiety, pain, and depression.
Some research suggests that in addition to impacting the endocannabinoid system, cannabidiol may influence receptors involved in the modulation of serotonin, which is a chemical messenger thought to play a role in anxiety regulation.
In 2019, Permanente Journal conducted a monthly study with 103 adults to determine if CBD would help improve anxiety and sleep.
Adults suffering from anxiety received their dose in the morning after breakfast. The majority received 25mg of CBD daily, while a few received 50mg or 75mg daily. Only one person eventually received up to 175mg daily, due to trauma history and schizoaffective disorder.
The statistics show that anxiety scores decreased within the first month and remained decreased during the study duration.
It is refreshing to see such comprehensive studies, as research in CBD’s effectiveness has been sorely lagging.
It is important to note, if you are using prescription medications such as benzodiazepines, calcium channel blockers, antidepressants and some types of anti-epileptic drugs, there could be possible conflicting interactions. Always consult with your physician before using CBD products.
The world of CBD is still unregulated, so it is wise to do your research on any product you are intending to use.
The world of CBD is still unregulated, so it is wise to do your research on any product you are intending to use. Look for USDA Organic Certified and manufactured in a GMP facility. The products need to be lab tested to ensure quality and to certify there is no THC present in the product.
CBD tinctures are a great way to consume CBD. They are taken with a dropper, which helps you easily measure each dose. You can also mix your tincture in juice or coffee!
When taken sublingually, the cannabinoid quickly enters the bloodstream and its calming effects can last up to four hours.
One can also go the edible route with CBD gummies. They can be fun and delicious but might take a little longer to absorb into the bloodstream, as it has to pass through your gastrointestinal tract before it is metabolized by the liver.
People will obviously have their individual preferences on the best way to use CBD in relieving their anxiety.
Dr. Ann Rosen Spector, a psychologist based in Philadelphia, PA, recommends trying meditation and deep breathing, taking a break from the news throughout the day and seeing friends over video chat. Also, exercising for 20 minutes a day may help people relax.
During these unusual times, adding a variety of stress reducing techniques to your CBD regimen, will help boost your mood.
Right now, so many of us are experiencing anxiety, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep problems and more. If the symptoms persist, it is always wise to speak with a healthcare professional about getting help.
In the meantime, try to find something to distract from your anxiety. Get into nature and sunshine as much as you can, read books, watch shows and movies that make you laugh and be kind to yourself and each other.
Try to dance like nobody is watching! Kind of like this…except with some social distancing
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