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CBD & Anxiety: How to Find Calm

Given recent events, it may be hard to find a sense of calm. Between the unknown about COVID-19 and the repercussions of the pandemic relating to job loss and even the just the potential for being at home for an extended period of time, anxiety can be easily triggered. This isn’t even accounting for all of the “normal” sources of anxiety that we all experience in our day-to-day lives before we even knew what stay-at-home orders were. 

The Statistics

Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. alone struggle with an anxiety disorder and less the 40% receive treatment. If you struggle with anxiety, you know that it’s not just something that you can turn off. Feeling anxious is a natural human emotion that is necessary for human survival. We all have times during our lives when we feel more stressed or worried. However, an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and other related symptoms are different. GAD and other disorders may be related to physical and mental conditions, trauma, and other experience-based factors. 

There are a lot of ways to address anxiety, and the means to treat it differ depending on the condition and the person’s needs. However, recent study and anecdotal evidence indicates that CBD could have a positive effect on anxiety. 

Stick around the CBD Health & Wellness blog to learn more about CBD and anxiety, and how CBD products could help to provide some relief. Shop our products online. We offer a variety of products that can be easily integrated into your life, no matter your lifestyle. We even offer CBD for pets. Visit our website to learn more. 

Anxiety 101

Many people experience the emotion of anxiety. However, many others also experience the debilitating effects of an anxiety disorder such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Those with GAD may have symptoms such as: 

  • Restlessness
  • Feelings of being on edge
  • Worried feelings and thoughts
  • Increased irritability 
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep 
  • Sense of doom
  • Depression
  • Pounding heart
  • Loss of libido
  • Upset stomach
  • Extreme fatigue

These symptoms can be felt all the time, but can also be “triggered” by outer stressors, pain, and other health conditions. Sometimes anxiety manifests as physical symptoms rather than mental illness. 

Other mental health conditions contribute to or accompany anxiety including depression and bipolar disorder. GAD especially is prone to accompany another condition or another anxiety disorder. 

Other Anxiety Disorders

Other disorders that are categorized as an anxiety disorder include: 

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Acute stress disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Phobias
  • Agoraphobia
  • Social anxiety
  • Separation anxiety
  • And others

These disorders may be experienced on their own, with GAD, or a person can experience several at a time. 

Effects of Anxiety

Anyone who experiences anxiety can tell you that someone telling them to “calm down” or to “relax” isn’t helpful and can be triggering. Anxiety often can not be willed away, and can have an effect on one’s everyday life as a result of the brain’s stress hormones. What’s more, anxiety can also cause short-term and long-term health consequences. These include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Depression
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Heart disease 
  • High blood pressure 
  • Heart attacks
  • IBS and other digestive issues
  • Weakened immune system
  • Worsen asthma symptoms  
  • Muscle tension
  • Insomnia
  • Social isolation
  • Loss of sleep

Do I Have Anxiety? 

If you think you might have anxiety or simply haven’t been feeling your best lately, it can be best to get professional help. You should especially seek the treatment of a doctor if: 

  • If feelings of anxiety are affecting your daily life (hygiene, school or work performance, social life)
  • Your feelings of anxiety, fearfulness, or worry are hard or impossible to control
  • You are using other coping mechanisms such as alcohol, drugs, and other unhealthy means
  • You think you may have another contributing mental health condition
  • You are experiencing suicidal thoughts — call the suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Next Steps

If you’re experiencing anxiety, it is best to make an appointment with your doctor. They can help to not only direct you to a mental health professional, but can also assess if the root cause is related to another physical ailment. 

Depending on the doctor’s diagnosis, they may send you to see a psychiatrist and a psychologist. A psychiatrist can prescribe medications that can be beneficial for managing your anxiety and other conditions. A psychologist can provide counseling services that help you work through those thoughts and other issues that may be contributing to or causing the anxiety. If you’re ready to talk to a counselor before you can get in to see your doctor, there are many resources that can help you find a reputable counselor. Psychology Today has a directory of therapists available that is easy to search, or you can check your insurance providers list. 

Anxiety & CBD: What You Need To Know

Through various studies and anecdotal evidence, CBD has been seen to provide help for those suffering from anxiety, offering effects on the body and mind, as well as other factors such as sleep, pain and inflammation, depression, and more. To understand how CBD can provide benefits for anxiety, it’s important that we understand the basics of CBD. 

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound that is found within cannabis plants. It can be derived from hemp plants or marijuana plants. However, only CBD derived from hemp is legal within all 50 states due to the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills and is regulated to have only 0.03% amounts of THC within it. These trace amounts of THC can not get you high. 

THC Vs. CBD

Though recreational marijuana use is not legal within Arizona at this time, it is still important to point out the difference between these two compounds. CBD has no intoxicating effects while THC does. CBD has been shown to decrease feelings of anxiety, while THC has been seen to cause some individual’s anxiety to become worse. 

How Does CBD Work?

There is still much to learn about how CBD interacts with the body and, specifically, how it can be used to help manage anxiety. However, what we do know is that CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system, a system discovered by studying the effects of cannabis on the body. This system manages many bodily systems and is made up of two types of receptors, CB1 and CB2 receptors. Because these receptors are found throughout the body and the endocannabinoid system is responsible for a variety of functions, CBD can have a widespread effect on the body and it’s systems. Taking this idea further, as a result of the far reach of the endocannabinoid system within the body, CBD can have a significant effect on all factors that affect anxiety. 

Serotonin & CBD 

Low levels of serotonin in the brain is connected to depression which can also have an effect on anxiety. Though much is still unknown about how CBD interacts with the body, what is known is that CBD interacts with the CB1 receptors found in the brain and, as a result, affects the brain’s interaction with serotonin. The interaction of CBD and the brain doesn’t boost serotonin levels but alters serotonin signals, or in other words, affects how the brain’s receptors respond to serotonin. 

Study Results

A study in 2014 found that CBD could have antidepressant effects and anti-anxiety effects but these effects could be dependent on a person’s serotonin levels. Another study in 2018, found that CBD could have anti-stress effects; stress has often been attributed to anxiety as well as depression.

How to Use CBD For Anxiety

Due to how the endocannabinoid system functions as well as the variety of products available. It is easy to find a means to take it in a way that fits your preferences and lifestyle. 

CBD Tincture

CBD tinctures is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the benefits of CBD and can easily be adjusted for your dosage needs. 

  • Place a dosage under your tongue and allow a minute for it to be absorbed
  • Place a dosage in your morning or evening coffee, tea, smoothie, or workout drink
Tinctures

CBD Gel Tablets & CBD Gummies 

If you’re looking for a discrete way to take your daily dosage of CBD, gel tablets or gummies can be a desirable option. 

  • Take a dosage when you take other supplements
  • Keep bottle in purse, backpack, or gym bag and take on-the-go
Tablets/Gummies

Hemp Flower, CBD Vape Juice & CBD Concentrate

Do you love relaxing while smoking, vaping, or using concentrate? You can do so with CBD vape juice, a pipe, or rig. 

  • Choose your means of taking your dosage and sit back and relax.
Hemp Flower Vape Concentrate

Topicals

Applying CBD topically can also have beneficial effects for pain relief, inflammation, and stress. 

  • Apply dosage to affected area (i.e. place of pain or muscle soreness)
  • Also enjoy the moisturizing benefits with CBD lotion
  • Use a CBD roller on your wrists, temples, or area of soreness
Topicals

Other Products

In addition to these ways described above, you can also enjoy the benefits of CBD with the use of infused bath bombs, an inhaler, a pre-roll, and a CBD drink. What’s more, your pet can also enjoy the benefits of CBD with products formulated for their needs

Other products

Closing Thoughts

Anxiety and anxiety disorders can be difficult to deal with. However, CBD could provide short-term and long-term relief. As with anything, discuss taking CBD with your doctor before adding it to your daily regimen, as it can interact with other medications. For additional questions about CBD, visit our FAQ page or contact us. Ready to get started? Shop online or visit one of our locations in Scottsdale or Gilbert