Quick-acting anti-anxiety medication, such as Xanax and Valium, may offer instant relief BUT can become addictive. Long-range anxiety medications, such as Prozac, may help reduce symptoms over time, BUT don’t work for everyone…
Enter cannabidiol, better known as CBD…
CBD has recently captured the spotlight as an alternative or complementary treatment for anxiety.
By the time my son was born, I was mentally and physically exhausted. Busy work schedule combined with taking care of my son would leave me 4-5 hours of sleep a day. I was constantly tired, sleep deprived and completely out of shape. I was a walking ticking bomb ready to explode at any time…
Instead… I sank into a long, deep, dark depression…
After a visit to a psychiatrist, and a number of tests…it wasn’t clear what exactly I had : ADHD, bipolar, anxiety, anti-social disorder…or a bit of everything.
After going through the whole nine yards of traditional treatment : prescription drugs, therapy, support groups, and etc, I realized that it wasn’t really working for me. So I started spending a lot of time reading, learning, researching, and looking for answers what I could practically do to improve the quality of my life, and how I could help others improve their physical and mental health.
In 2015, I created ExtraHyerActive Fitness System that combined physical fitness, mind & body practices ( yoga/meditation ), and outdoor activities.
It was also the time when medical ( and later recreational ) marijuana/cannabis was legalized in Washington state.
And while smoking weed had drastically helped me reduce anxiety, and panic attacks, as well as improve my focus and concentration, it had its disadvantages…
B/c marijuana, still being a controlled substance, and against the law in many U.S. states, it was hard to travel with ( something that my business required often )… plus, I didn’t really like the side effects of feeling tired, and sleepy…
And that was when I discovered hemp based CBD !
For all those out there who suffer from anxiety every day, know this: there is hope !
I use CBD everyday to help deal with the stress of daily life and as an athletic recovery aid, and from my perspective, it seems to help me relax and more easily avoid spinning up into full blown anxiety. It isn’t the only thing I do to combat anxiety, but I honestly think it has helped me tremendously.
So, what is CBD ? How does it work ? And most important – how can it help YOU reduce your anxiety ?
CBD, or Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 different chemical compounds present in the cannabis plant. CBD does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is known for its psychoactive or “high” producing effects. This compound reacts with the body’s natural communication system called the endocannabinoid system and can play an important role in wellness functions such as mood, pain, and sleep.
Put simply, THC gets you ‘high’ while CBD won’t.
This is because CBD does not bind effectively to our endocannabinoid system – the body’s unique system that regulates elements such as sleep, appetite and our immune system. It’s this binding action that gives you that ‘high’ feeling.
The human brain is extremely complex and the full extent of how CBD interacts to combat anxiety is yet to be fully understood. However, research scientists are constantly making discoveries about using CBD for anxiety as well as other mental health disorders such as depression, addiction and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
CBD works to cure anxiety by regenerating brain cells in the hippocampus, a region of the brain which is smaller in sufferers of anxiety and depression. CBD also interacts with serotonin receptors to alleviate anxiety.
All the research currently conducted on CBD for anxiety is enough to suggest it is an effective treatment.
CBD can be consumed in many different ways, all with different associated pros and cons. There’s no one way that works best for everybody; the amount of CBD you take and the way you take it strongly depends on the individual’s personal preference and condition suffered.
Different methods have different time frames in which their effects can become apparent and how long it takes to wear off. Different methods also have different associated bioavailabilities, meaning how much of the CBD stated on the product actually enters your bloodstream.
The common ways of consuming CBD for anxiety are: