In this article we look at CBD for anxiety, and how this compound is bringing relief to those suffering with anxiety and high stress lifestyles
If you think that you might be suffering from anxiety, we strongly recommend consulting your doctor before consuming CBD.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that 40 million people across the nation suffer from some form of anxiety.
It’s easy to see how that happened.
America is plagued by a culture of stress. We glorify busyness and stress like they are badges of honor, and the knock-on effect of this is a pent up anxiety about being too busy, or worse, not busy enough! We’re also seeing a drastic shift in work-life balance, a constant pressure to be perfect on social media, and then throw in a looming existential dread about the future of the planet, and you’ve got a big bubbling pot of anxious broth.
Anxiety is one of the most common undiagnosed conditions among people today.
While many seek treatment in the form of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft, as many as 37% of anxiety sufferers go untreated. SSRIs have brought relief to millions of people, but they aren’t right for everyone. A litany of negative side effects, the risk of developing a dependency, and a distrust of conventional pharmaceutical companies has pushed many anxiety sufferers looking for natural, alternative products.
CBD has emerged as compelling natural treatment for anxiety. The non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant has been touted as a hugely effective treatment by its most avid proponents and the industry that is producing it.
A recent survey conducted by Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research found that “almost 62% of CBD users reported using CBD to treat a medical condition. The top three medical conditions were pain, anxiety, and depression” with “almost 36% of respondents reported that CBD treats their medical condition(s) very well by itself”.
In this article, we’re going to look at what anxiety really is, and inspect some of the properties of CBD that are making it an exciting treatment for a debilitating ailment that affects the quality of life of 40 million Americans.
What is Anxiety?
Online medical resource Healthline defines anxiety as “your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.”
Anxiety is an important emotional state. It is our body telling us that we need to act urgently as there is some kind of danger or threat to our emotional or physical well being. While this will hold us in good stead if we find ourselves in a rare life-or-death situation, it can be a crippling thing to live with on daily basis.
For anyone that has ever had the misfortune of enduring an anxiety attack, the common symptoms include:
- feeling faint or dizzy
- shortness of breath
- dry mouth
- chills or hot flashes
- apprehension and worry
- numbness or tingling
The good news is that anxiety disorders can be treated! You can make simple changes to your lifestyle (better diet, more sleep, meditation, drinking less alcohol etc.), and you can explore a number of promising natural treatments, of which CBD is among the most popular and scientifically compelling at the moment.
The Facts about Anxiety
40 million Americans (18.1%) suffer from anxiety [via]
Only 37% of those suffering receive treatment [via]
31% of Americans will experience anxiety once in their life [via]
Social anxiety disorder affects 15 million Americans [via]
One in nine Americans have used an SSRI anti-depressant in the past month [via]
CBD for Anxiety
“I wanted to know how the CBD affected me and I actually took it before leaving to the grocery store, and I noticed that I didn’t feel any anxiety, I didn’t feel high – I felt relaxed and not drowsy.”
Cannabis influencer @lifebeingdest
“ CBD is really exceptional. There’s been no other drug in the history of neuropsychiatry that has the potential to treat so many different disorders. I’m not saying that it does treat them all, but the evidence is good so far.”
Dr. Esther Blessing on WNYC’s Sci Fri
We should preface this by saying that for some, the cannabis plant isn’t synonymous with carefree relaxation and bliss. The plant’s fabled compound THC has been shown to drastically heighten anxiety and paranoia in some users. For those people, at a first glance, the idea of consuming cannabis to ease your anxiety sounds like using a heat pack to treat a burn.
But CBD and THC are fundamentally different.
In the simplest terms, THC gets you high, CBD does not.
The THC compound bonds with the CB1 receptor in your endocannabinoid system, resulting in the user getting high. CBD on the other hand, interacts indirectly with the CB1 and CB2 receptors, resulting in myriad health benefits like anti-inflammation, but without getting users high.
“In addition to its indirect influence on the CB1 and CB2 receptors,” writes digital cannabis publication Leafly, “ CBD can increase levels of the body’s own naturally-produced cannabinoids (known as endocannabinoids) by inhibiting the enzymes that break them down.”
“ CBD seems to affect a lot of different receptors in the brain,” says Dr. Esther Blessing, assistant professor at NYU Langone Health, on WNYC’s Sci Fri podcast in December 2018. “Overall, it seems to reduce activity in the areas of the brain that cause anxiety, like the amygdala, reduce hyper-excitability there, and improve activity in the areas of the brain that regulate anxiety, like the prefrontal cortex.”
Best CBD for Anxiety
For some people, anxious is a default state. The disorder can be exacerbated by a number of variable and invariable factors in their lives, and living with it can be a daily toil that requires a consistent and regimented treatment program. For others, anxiety is something that comes in waves, or attacks, and requires immediately treatment on an infrequent basis.
KushyCBD’s all-in-one 175mg vape is the perfect product for anyone looking to dip their toes into CBD and experiment with it as a treatment. Because the CBD is absorbed through the lungs, it enters the endocannabinoid system faster and can give users instant relief from anxiety. To learn more about vaping CBD, check out this blog post for the 101.
For those of you that are hesitant about vaping for whatever reason and are looking for a more consistent treatment, we’d recommend either our delicious and award-winning 100mg CBD gummy or our 30mg omega-3 rich capsules, both of which offer you a discrete method of ingestion and a consistency you can set your watch by. To learn more about why the gummy might be best for you, visit this post, and to learn more about the capsules, click here.
Further Reading about CBD for Anxiety