Anxiety is the most common mental health issue that Americans face. In fact, nearly 20% of the American population experiences anxiety each year.
For so many of us, that feeling of worry and unease in the anticipation of future events can take a huge toll on our mental wellbeing. And conventional prescriptions available on the market don’t always work for everyone.
Fortunately, CBD is anything but conventional. By working with your unique body chemistry rather than against it, CBD might just be your new go-to in those times where life just feels like too much.
The worries, the tension, unease, and that looming sense that something’s just not right. It feels constricting. It feels confining. And it’s uncomfortable.
In simplest terms, anxiety is like the body’s call to action. The famed “fight or flight” response is a part of it, and it actually serves a very important purpose: protecting us from danger.
That used to be really helpful when we needed to flee from predators in the wild, but these days, it just doesn’t serve us like that. And yet, in 2020, a lot of us still feel it all the time.
The source of anxiety is unique to each and every single person.
It can involve a hard-hitting combination of imbalances in brain chemistry, our environments, trauma, stress, screentime, fast-paced living and workaholic culture that keep us disconnected from our real selves. All that doesn’t help our stress levels.
And when we’re stressed, it only feeds our anxiety even more. And when we’re stressed and anxious, we get more stressed about being anxious. It’s a feedback loop that can quickly turn chronic if we don’t take the steps we need to be able to calm ourselves down.
In times of anxiety (and “fight-or-flight”) your brain chemistry goes a little bit haywire.
It releases epinephrine, which is both a neurotransmitter and a hormone, (AKA adrenaline) that makes us feel a very particular kind of way. Too much adrenaline can feel like:
We are constantly releasing cortisol, a steroid hormone that sends the body signals such as “it’s time to wake up” or “let’s start winding down for the night”. When we’re stressed and too much cortisol is released, it can make us feel restless, oftentimes lowering our self-esteem. And when self-esteem dips, so does our awareness of our needs. Too much cortisol being released can feel like:
Epinephrine and cortisol can have real value when they’re released at the right times (like when we’re actually in danger, or when we’re out of alignment– it happens!), but when we make too much of them too often, these chemicals can wreak havoc on our minds and bodies over time.
It seems like every day new studies come in that point to CBD’s potential as an alternative treatment for anxiety.
Preliminary studies suggest that CBD may be extremely useful in the treatment of anxiety, because of the unique way it interacts with parts of our brain that are responsible for responding to external triggers (and are involved with those hormones we talked about above).
In our bodies, CBD is thought to interact with the human Endocannabinoid System, 5Ht1A and TRP receptors, all of which play a role in our experience of anxiety.
CBD is also:
But of course, no one thing is the end-all be-all.
And all kinds of lifestyle factors play a role in anxiety, too, from diet and exercise to caffeine intake and more. So if you’re using CBD for anxiety, don’t forget to stay mind ful of your habits and log your experiences in a journal.