Suffering from anxiety? You’re not alone, even though it may feel that way. There is no shame in seeking help, anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders in the US and more than 18% of us are affected by it. Typically it is treated with counseling and medication but more and more people are choosing CBD for treatment of their symptoms. The medications usually used to treat anxiety can come with a whole host of side effects and/or be highly addictive.
Numerous animal and human studies have shown promising results in reducing anxiety with CBD. Taken as needed, it is non-addictive and may treat many anxiety disorders including panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and mild to moderate depression. Whereas Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) often has a psychoactive effect, cannabidiol (CBD) does not.
Cannabidiol (CBD) interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in your nervous systems. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a huge roll in your overall mental health. Those with low serotonin levels often report feelings of depression and anxiety. This is usually treated with prescription medications but studies are showing that CBD may alter those serotonin signals. CBD may boost the signals through your serotonin receptors. Human studies are looking at anxiety indicators such as heart rate, blood pressure, cognitive impairment and overall discomfort during public speaking. Those who received a placebo during these studies reported no changes in their anxiety whereas those who were given CBD noticed a significant decrease in their symptoms.
More long-term studies are needed, but so far the results are very promising! As always, seek advice from your doctor regarding any treatments and before stopping any prescribed medications.
CBD may work for your pet’s anxiety, too. If you have a pet who suffers during thunderstorms, fireworks or other loud noises (construction, vacuuming, etc.) or while traveling, going for vet visits or in social situations, they too may benefit from CBD. Symptoms usually include pacing, shaking, whining, licking, scratching at doors, cowering in corners and loss of urinary control. Of course, CBD products might help your pet with other issues, including pain and epilepsy. Again, talk to your veterinarian before discontinuing any prescribed treatments.
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