This blog aims to address the following questions:
– Can CBD effectively alleviate anxiety?
– The multiple benefits of CBD in reducing stress.
– Choosing the optimal form of CBD (oil, topicals, or gummies) to support mind and body balance.
– Understanding the distinction between stress and anxiety.
Stress is an inevitable part of life, whether it stems from being stuck in traffic, spilling coffee, or simply surviving until 2020.
While stress can sometimes serve as a motivator for positive change or escaping threatening situations, prolonged stress can lead to chronic anxiety.
Conventional medical treatments often fall short for most people, with unwanted side effects. As a result, many individuals are seeking natural solutions for anxiety and stress.
Research is continuously accumulating on the effectiveness of CBD in managing anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic anxiety disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Initial clinical trials have shown promising results, validating the experiences of many individuals. However, there is still much to learn in this field.
To understand how CBD can help those dealing with anxiety and stress, it is crucial to comprehend the science behind how these mental states affect our body and mind.
Let’s get started!
United States of Anxiety
Stress has become pervasive, particularly in America, where a mental health crisis coincides with the coronavirus outbreak. A poll conducted by the American Psychological Association revealed that nearly 8 out of 10 American adults (78%) consider the pandemic a major source of stress. Additionally, 3 out of 5 adults (60%) believe that the issues America faces are overwhelming. Clinical depression or anxiety symptoms are present in one-third of Americans.
Just reading these statistics can induce stress. Truthfully, Americans experience higher stress levels today than in previous decades. Learning how to cope with this stress is crucial.
Anxiety and Stress Symptoms
Anxiety manifests as a range of physical and psychological symptoms, including digestive issues, trouble sleeping, exhaustion, heart disease, weakened immune system, weight gain, headaches, low self-esteem, and panic attacks, among others.
Chronic anxiety and stress can rewire the brain, altering chemicals that affect mood and cognition. Serotonin, in particular, plays a significant role in depression, impacting over 16 million Americans.
Stress is prevalent in the workplace, stemming from factors such as dissatisfaction with one’s current position, long and unfulfilling working hours, job loss (more frequent since COVID), or issues with managers or bosses. Traumatic life events, such as the loss of a loved one, natural disasters, or violence, can also cause stress. Stressors don’t have to be significant to have adverse effects on our bodies. Brightly-lit screens and constant notifications from electronic devices stimulate stress in the brain. Social media, with its information overload, virtual arguments, constant lifestyle comparisons, and an abundance of information, can contribute to anxiety. Busy schedules, traffic, and financial obligations are additional factors.
CBD is increasingly recognized as a natural way to combat stress, with more and more Americans using it as a remedy.
Cannabis & Anxiety – Helpful or Not?
Marijuana’s effects on individuals can vary widely. In pop culture, cannabis users are often divided into two categories: those who feel paranoid and those who feel relaxed. However, the impact of cannabis is influenced by individual differences, including mindset (emotional state and expectations) and environment (feeling safe and comfortable in the surroundings). The reality of cannabis goes beyond what Hollywood portrays.
THC and CBD are the two most concentrated cannabinoids in cannabis. THC produces the psychoactive “high” associated with cannabis, which can have unwanted side effects, including paranoia and anxiety caused by overstimulating our cannabinoid receptors. CBD, on the other hand, can help counterbalance the effects of THC and does not cause a psychoactive high. Cannabis strains marketed as “non-anxiety inducing” often have high CBD levels.
At our company, all our products are made with full-spectrum hemp extract, containing less than 0.3% THC and high levels of CBD. This extract has no psychoactive effects due to its low THC content. Full-spectrum hemp extract has shown to be more therapeutic than CBD isolate, which is a less natural alternative.
CBD: Anxiety and Stress Superhero
In a previous blog post, we discussed the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), one of the most vital regulatory systems in our body that helps maintain homeostasis.
Under normal circumstances, the body produces a healthy quantity of endocannabinoids (ECS neurotransmitters) to maintain balance. However, chronic stress can disrupt the ECS, causing an imbalance in endocannabinoid production and overstimulation of the system. CBD can restore this balance by regulating endocannabinoid production and preventing overstimulation.
CBD interacts with 65 targets throughout the body, and researchers are still uncovering its full therapeutic potential. Several human studies have shown promising results with real-life implications.
CBD & Public Speaking
Do you feel nervous when giving a speech in front of others?
CBD has been found to significantly reduce anxiety and discomfort among participants with generalized anxiety disorder when giving speeches.
CBD & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
You may be familiar with Pavlov’s Dog Study, where dogs were conditioned to associate the sound of a bell with food. This classical conditioning example demonstrates how a stimulus can trigger a specific response. Similarly, individuals with anxiety can have conditioned reactions or triggers that persist even when the fear is gone. Overcoming anxiety involves learning how to let go of these triggers, known as extinction learning.
In a study at the University College of London, participants were trained to expect an electrical shock when they saw a visual stimulus. After receiving a 32mg CBD dose, participants were less likely to expect an electric shock 48 hours later. This study is a significant step forward in understanding CBD’s potential therapeutic benefits for PTSD, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions, as it helps the brain dissociate triggers.
Choosing the Right CBD for Anxiety
Understanding that CBD can help ease anxiety is essential, but selecting the right product for your situation requires careful consideration. What is the best way to use CBD? Should you consume it, apply it topically, or even use CBD-infused products like toothpaste? Let’s explore the truth!
Oral consumption of CBD is one of the best ways to promote overall wellness, as it gets directly into the bloodstream. CBD is used in this way to reduce anxiety and stress, improve sleep, and relieve pain. However, it’s important to note that not all forms of CBD have the same effects when consumed. While gummies or chocolates infused with CBD may seem tempting, their absorption rate decreases significantly when consumed orally. Stomach acid can destroy up to 40% of CBD before it has any effect. CBD oil, on the other hand, allows for direct absorption through the capillaries of the mouth. To achieve optimal results, we recommend swishing the oil around your cheeks and under your tongue for 30-60 seconds.
This article was written by a cannabinoid specialist at DRIP Cannabinoids. DRIP Cannabinoids joined the market in June 2020. We quickly established our mission: providing customers with the purest oil on the market, and in tandem providing a premium product. Our products range from delta 10 oil, delta 10 pre-rolls, delta 10 CBD gummies, and a flip vape pen. Through each and every one of our products, DRIP strives to relieve people from the discomfort, stress, and anxiety of daily life by giving them access to cutting-edge cannabinoids such as Delta-10 and Delta-8 THC. DRIP’s formulas and procedures are all designed with the purity and safety of the customer in mind.