Friday April 7, 2017

By Michael Walters


Anxiety affects a huge percentage of the American population. So much so that anxiety disorders are considered the most common mental illness in the United States. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 40 million adults over the age of 18, or 18% of the population, are affected by some form of anxiety.

In response, pharmaceutical companies have developed a variety of prescription drugs to treat anxiety disorders, from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac to tranquilizers and benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax.

While these drugs work for some, many people who take them find themselves battling unwanted side effects. These side effects can lead to other issues within the body, making pharmaceutical treatment of anxiety a rather strenuous process. With the organic movement gaining traction in the U.S., more and more people are seeking out natural remedies for their ailments. That’s where cannabidiol, or CBD, comes into play.


Studies Proving CBD Effectiveness

As millions of Americans feel the effects of anxiety in their daily lives, CBD oil has become a leading provider and well-known treatment courtesy of Mother Nature. In fact, CBD oil can be used to treat numerous medical ailments and physical symptoms, making it an appealing choice to those seeking a natural treatment method.

While more research is needed to make direct medical claims, many people are already raving about CBD’s healing effects in relation to anxiety.

According to a study found in the Journal of Neuropharmacology, CBD effectively reduced anxiety and feelings of discomfort in participants.

Additionally, according to a small double-blind study published in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, participants who consumed CBD reported a significant decrease in anxiety. Researchers validated patients’ subjective reports by performing brain scans showing cerebral blood flow patterns consistent with an anti-anxiety effect. The results of both of these studies can draw the conclusion that CBD does indeed help mitigate anxiety disorders.

Combining CBD with Other Substances

In addition to taking CBD alone, there is also a fair amount of evidence suggesting CBD is more effective when combined with other substances. For example, when taken in combination with THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, CBD has shown to reduce negative effects of THC like rapid heart rate and adverse psychological reaction. This is one of the reasons strains with high amounts of CBD have become so popular in recent memory.

Contrary to popular belief, not all CBD occurs in flowering cannabis plants containing THC. In fact, hemp-derived CBD has become one of the most popular forms of the product because it contains no THC and is legal in all 50 states. Companies like Direct CBD, a leading producer of hemp oil, have a variety of products including hemp oil with naturally occurring CBD. The 450 mg capsules also include omega-3’s that are known to boost cerebral health.

Charlotte's Cookies Strain Strains with high CBD content and low THC content, like Charlotte's Cookies, have many medicinal benefits.

The Science behind CBD’s Healing Effects

Modern life stresses many humans and animals alike. A variety of factors such as environment, diet, technology and daily responsibilities contribute to these conditions. CBD oil is proven to come in clutch during a panic attack as its ingredients have a calming effect, encouraging an all-around sense of well-being.

CBD oil offers relief because of the scientific relationship shared between cannabis and man. Our brains are hardwired with cannabinoid receptors, and our bodies are even equipped with an endocannabinoid system that is responsible for interacting with various cannabinoids.

CBD oil acts on human cannabinoid receptors in the brain known to affect serotonin levels, such as 5-HT1A. Serotonin is known to impact mood levels and induce a sense of happiness. And because CBD can increase serotonin receptivity in the brain, it can quickly stimulate a sense of balance and tranquility.

CBD has also been shown to positively affect the brain, showing in studies to rebuild neurons in parts of the brain such as the emotion-regulating hippocampus, a process known as neurogenesis. In case studies, consistent doses every two hours showed increased neuron production.

Unlike its counterpart THC, which is responsible for the traditional "high," CBD doesn’t affect cognitive function. In fact, CBD binds to CB1 and CB2 receptors, reducing inflammation in the brain as well as in other parts of the body. Reduced inflammation is proven to help alleviate many causes of anxiety, as well as other factors like pain and stress.

Now that you’ve read the facts, it’s time to put CBD to the test. Try it today and see how it can help you become more comfortable with your everyday life!

Michael Walters Michael Walters

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric, Michael started his journey in the cannabis industry managing content, communications, and technical writing for one of Colorado's largest dispensary chains. In 2016, Michael pivoted to the ancillary sector to become PotGuide's Content Manager and was responsible for overseeing all of PotGuide’s editorial endeavors and content marketing strategies. Now, Michael is PotGuide's Director of Content & Marketing, focusing his efforts toward new educational content and exciting media endeavors.

With a life-long passion for cannabis knowledge and education, Michael devoted himself to becoming a subject matter expert on marijuana at an early age. Now, Michael has worked in the marijuana industry for over four years helping break down negative stigma and promoting safe cannabis practices. An avid consumer himself, Michael has worked tirelessly to improve content marketing strategies for cannabis businesses and is devoted to creating meaningful content that is useful to a wide variety of marijuana consumers. Follow Michael on LinkedIn and Instagram for updates and insights.

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