Many studies have linked the use of CBD oils and edibles with a reduction of stress and anxiety.
Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress and in many cases only occurs in certain situations of a person’s life, these could be scenarios such as big events, uncertain future outcomes or circumstances that cause apprehension, fear, or worry.
According to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), over 40 million adults in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder, this would amount to 19.1% of the country’s total population. The same study also calculated that approximately 7% of children aged 3-17 experience issues with anxiety each year, but the largest percentage were individuals of over 21 years of age.
Depending on the person and the situations they experience, anxiety can sometimes become an emotional disorder and last for longer periods, resulting in a deterioration of their life. This disorder has no age or gender requirements and if it is not treated it can become an enormous personal, social, and physical problem (chest pains, panic attacks, etc).
Anxiety and depression do not depend on one another and are completely different disorders, but it is very common that they occur at the same time, commencing with anxiety and leading to depression.
Many people do not require medical treatment and achieve positive results by making lifestyle changes such as getting professional psychological help. Those who require medication are often handed a prescription for antidepressant tablets, which generally include sedative components.
Many people do not want to be exposed to a treatment that alters their energy levels or one that could in the future become an addiction, for this reason they search for natural remedies that treat their disorder. For this reason, the emerging treatment of CBD oils and edibles was discovered.
Serotonin is a chemical produced by our nerve cells and it is mostly found in our digestive and our central nervous systems. Serotonin has an immense effect on many aspects of our body, it does not only affect our emotions, but it can also influence our motor skills. It is implicated in pain, depression and anxiety.
A study carried out in 2019 by the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) demonstrated cannabidiol modulates serotonergic transmission, reversing anxiety like behavior, as well as neuropathic pain.
Further studies of the effect of CBD on animals were carried out, and they discovered their experiment subjects, which were rats, had presented lower psychological symptoms of anxiety, improving their aggressive and agitated behavior as well as their heart rate.
CBD interacts with cannabidiol receptor CB1R, this receptor does not only interact with serotonin but also with many other neurotransmitters in the human brain, regulating emotions such as fear, happiness, and stress. These facts were supported by the NIH (National Institute of Health) in a previous study in 2015.
The authors of this study found clinical evidence that CBD is an effective treatment for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
As a treatment for depression and anxiety, CBD has proved to have fewer side effects when comparing it to certain prescription treatments, as it does not lead to an increase of mood swings, agitation, insomnia, tiredness or sexual dysfunction, but it is extremely important to consult this topic with your doctor if you are under any other type of medication.