Did you know that 8 in 10 Americans are afflicted by stress today? To put that into perspective, that is over 260 million people!
Whether it is a demanding job, problems with the relationship, or just surviving unpredictable life events, stress affects people in a number of ways. However, if you think you are suffering from a seemingly never-ending state of panic, you may need a treatment plan to reboot your baseline stress response.
Occasional stress is an expected part of life. It is something that most of us experience to some degree throughout our lives. This differs from chronic stress that can affect more than just your mental health and stability. Chronically high levels of stress hormones — particularly corticosteroid — can wreak havoc on your body and lead to a myriad of health issues, including cardiovascular diseases, gastrointestinal problems, compromised immune system, fatigue, weight gain, headaches, muscle tension, and endocannabinoid imbalance.
Unfortunately, modern pharmacological treatments for anxiety disorders do not really work for many people. If you are struggling with high levels of stress or anxiety, you may want to consider using an alternative approach: CBD.
CBD For Anxiety And Stress — Does It Work?
If you have been keeping up with the news for the past couple of years, you might have noticed that cannabidiol (CBD), a compound found naturally in cannabis plants, is becoming the 21st-century panacea. Hundreds of thousands of people are now using CBD products to help regulate their stress levels — all without the feeling of intoxication or the “high” that you might associate with cannabis.
Continue reading to learn more about CBD’s potential benefits for stress and anxiety, and whether it could be a treatment option for you.
What’s The Evidence That CBD Relieves Stress And Anxiety?
The stress-relieving properties of CBD are not just hearsay from the bud-tender at your local dispensary. Though research on CBD’s effectiveness is still very much in its infancy, there is growing evidence suggesting that CBD products can help reduce chronically high levels of stress.
But don’t take our word for it, check out these studies published in peer-reviewed journals over the last few years.
A 2010 research article published by the Departments of Neurosciences and Behavior (University of São Paulo, Brazil) that investigated CBD’s effects on human pathological anxiety and its underlying brain mechanisms showed that CBD could reduce anxiety in people with a generalized social anxiety disorder (SAD). The results were verified with the data obtained from statistical parametric mapping or SPM — an analytical technique used to examine variations in brain activity observed during functional brain imaging. The Departments of Neurosciences and Behavior published another research paper a year later suggesting that CBD reduces the anxiety induced by simulated public speaking.
A 2014 research study conducted by the Institute of Psychiatry (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) found that appropriately dosed CBD oil had antidepressant-like and anxiolytic-like effects in an animal model.
A 2015 research paper published by the New York University Grossman School of Medicine showed that CBD could be a promising treatment for numerous forms of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder (SAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The research was supported by the review of evidence from preclinical, clinical, and epidemiological trials.
A 2016 case study by Dr. Scott M. Shannon, MD, showed that CBD oil significantly reduced PTSD and anxiety-provoked sleep disorder in a child who has experienced trauma.
How CBD Combats Anxiety
Considering the number of CBD’s cellular targets throughout the body, it has been very difficult to identify the sources of its many diverse anxiolytic properties. From what we do know, though, CBD counters anxiety in the following ways:
- CBD specifically binds to the central inhibitory serotonergic receptor, the serotonin-1A (5-HT1A) subtype, which plays a vital role in the neural processing of anxiety.
- CBD restores balance to the endocannabinoid system (ECS) by suppressing the overstimulation of your Cannabinoid Type 1 (CB1) receptor and stimulating the production of endocannabinoids in the body.
- CBD stimulates neuroregeneration (regeneration or repair of neurons), particularly in the hippocampus, to reverse neurological damage induced by chronic stress.
Are There Risks?
CBD’s long-term health effects are not yet fully known, as CBD research is still a relatively new concept. That being said, research specifically on CBD oil has not identified any adverse side effects so far, unlike medications used in the short-term management of anxiety disorders (such as Xanax), which can induce a number of side effects, including addiction, fatigue, cognitive impairment, slurred speech, loss of appetite and weight fluctuations.
We advise you to talk to a trusted medical professional before you use CBD for anxiety, especially if you are following a prescribed treatment plan. Why? — because CBD could interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize other medications or dietary supplements you are taking. You may also want to research your state laws regarding the use of cannabis products.
Let Go of Stress Today
Chronic stress is crippling the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans on a day-to-day basis. Regardless of how you want to remedy the situation, don’t let stress take over your life. If you have tried other treatments to manage your stress and anxiety, and had little to no relief, it might be time to give CBD a try. It is not a silver bullet, but it could be just what you need to go back to being your true self again.
If you are interested in giving CBD a shot, check out our online selection of CBD oil products today.