We live in a world where there is a strong pressure to be perfect! This can come from anywhere. Your job always seems to have that one coworker vying for your position. Your parents constantly compare you to your sibling and ask why you just aren’t like them. And of course, we can’t talk about the pressure to be perfect without also inviting social media to the discussion. All of this pressure is so overwhelming that it can build up and unless we find a release, it can become a real problem.
Hemp and CBD are new to the market, and let’s be honest, we don’t yet fully understand what they do. What we do know is that in the short amount of time they have existed, they have brought relief to many people suffering a variety of elements. So why aren’t people talking about it? Today, we are going to do exactly that. When it comes to anxiety, CBD and hemp have produced some results. Today, we get to go in depth with them. We’ll discuss anxiety and a few of its related disorders. We will of course discuss the difference between CBD and marijuana. We will also discuss how CBD works, its side effects, and what the lack of research means and where stigma may interfere with it.
The concept of an anxiety isn’t talked about. Frankly, much of the older generation doesn’t really understand it, especially if they haven’t experienced it. This alone could contribute to why there is so little facts regarding anxiety and CBD treatments. Did you know that about 60 million people in the united states alone suffer from a diagnosed anxiety disorder? This doesn’t even start to consider the people who haven’t visited the doctor yet.
There are several anxiety disorders out there. They include Generalized Anxiety disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), Post Traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and many others. We mention these three right now because CBD and hemp oil has been studied in relation to them, and we’ve seen some effects that point to it truly being an effective treatment option.
CBD and Hemp VS Marijuana
These two herbs do come from the same plant. However, their different methods of Breeding make them different from each other.
Marijuana is bred to have high levels of THC (the compound that causes the high).
Hemp Is Bred To Have Lower Levels Of Delta-9 THC. Below 0.3%. It’s levels of THC are extremely low, especially compared to Marijuana.
Now that this aspect of CBD has been explained, let’s take a look at how it effects anxiety.
How Hemp Works to Reduce Anxiety
Sadly, the lack of studying in this matter means we don’t fully understand the chemical process in the brain that is produced with CBD oil. The best we can tell so far is that it interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors to produce its effects. So, what are those effects.
Those that suffer from generalized anxiety disorder found that the overall feeling of anxiety reduced when taking (or using depending on delivery) CBD. Their heart rate levels decreased as well, along with their physiological symptoms (nausea, chest pain, dizziness, etc.). Using this also improved their sleep quality significantly.
For sufferers of Social Anxiety disorder, results are less quantifiable but those who took it as part of a research study did report improved levels of anxiety and generally feeling less anxious overall.
Post Traumatic Stress disorder patients have also reported the improvement listed above with and additional benefit. Many who used this and participated in cognitive behavioral therapy found that they recovered from their traumas at a much faster rate compared to the studied control groups.
The dosage for these patients was over all between 200 to 500 milligrams. The sweet spot tended to be in the 300 range if it was being taken orally. Those who took 150 milligrams or less, or 600+ milligrams didn’t really experience these benefits.
Now that we’ve talked about the positive’s let took a look at the other side of CBD.
CBD Side Effects
The side effects of CBD are diarrhea, fatigue, changes in appetite, changes in weight, and possibly screening a positive drug test. Some of these, especially the last one, can seem scary but here is a list of side effects from the average anxiety medication.
- blurry vision
- drowsiness or fatigue.
- loss of memory or concentration.
- problems with balance, coordination, or speech.
- an upset stomach.
It’s easy to see that this list is significantly longer, and it will have more impacts on your daily life. Many of these medications do have ingredients that are manufactured in labs and they can be harmful. If they work for you then you should stop taking them, but if you’re looking for a more natural solution then these may not be the right fit.
If you’re worried about a drug test coming up positive, then first try a low dose. If you have a steady job, talk to your manager, and let them know you use CBD oil to combat anxiety. Do this well in advance of any planned drug tests and be sure to provide some sort of written proof (copy the letter, send it through email, etc.). All of these steps should keep you in the clear.
The other negative side effects can be managed pretty easily!
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The Most Frustrating Aspect: Lack of Research
Both anxiety and CBD have very little research invested in them, making currently impossible to fully understand either one (let alone how they work with other).
Anxiety wasn’t even considered a mental disorder until the 1960s. It wasn’t added because a medical viewpoint change. Rather, it came into existence simply because medications came around that were able to treat the constant anxious feeling that patients reported suffering. In fact, Anxiety is one of the only disorders where the medication came before the illness. Because of this anxiety has very little research with studies only starting to be conducted in the mid to late 2000s (save a few in the 90s that didn’t go very far).
CBD faces the same issues. It’s first tests were only conducted in 2010. This shows very little research and overall, it does mean that we know very little.
CBD and hemp could have very harmful effects down the road. On the other hand, prolonged use may lead to some great benefits. Whether it’s the stigma surrounding it or something else, neither of these are being studied hard enough to produce new results anytime soon so for now we have out current knowledge. Currently, we know that anxiety is a problem that impacts daily lives and we know that CBD and Hemp can be used to help!