Stress and Anxiety
On the plus side, a certain amount of anxiety can be used as a tool to help us identify and avert potential threats. It can also motivate us to improve our situation (work harder, pay bills, improve relationships,…)
But when stress and anxiety get out of control, they can negatively impact our work and relationships and possibly even lead to a clinically diagnosed anxiety disorder.
40 million American adults suffer from anxiety-related disorders. Big Pharma has developed several drugs to treat these kind of disorders, from selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac and Zoloft to tranquilizers (the most popular class being benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax). Considering that many patients have experienced more negative side effects than favourable results using these type of pharmaceuticals, alternative treatments seem to be warranted.
A Strain of Cannabis Especially for Anxiety
Is Cannabidiol a viable alternative to Big Pharma? Absolutely! Clinical studies and accumulating evidence from human experimental, clinical, and epidemiological studies suggest that CBD has powerful anti-anxiety properties. Administered acutely (“as needed”), it appears safe, well-tolerated, and may be beneficial to treat a number of anxiety-related disorders, including:
- Panic Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Social Phobia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Moderate Depression
How Does CBD Work?
CBD exerts several actions in the brain that explain why it could be effective in treating anxiety. Similar to SSRIs, CBD may boost signaling through serotonin receptors. Spanish researchers found that CBD enhances 5-HT1A transmission and may affect serotonin faster than SSRIs. They noted:
“The fast onset of antidepressant action of CBD and the simultaneous anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effect would solve some of the main limitations of current antidepressant therapies.”
Neurogenesis in the Hippocampus
In the brain, the hippocampus plays a critical role in memory formation and cognition. Successful treatment of depression is associated with the birth of new neurons in the hippocampus. Administering CBD stimulates the hippocampus to regenerate neurons, which diminishes depression and anxiety.
Brazilian researchers conducted a small double-blind study of patients afflicted with generalized social anxiety. After consuming CBD, participants reported a significant decrease in anxiety. Researchers performed brain scans that showed cerebral blood flow patterns consistent with an anti-anxiety effect.
In another small study, researchers had patients suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder perform a simulated public speaking test. Participants reported significantly less anxiety, findings supported by objective anxiety indicators like heart rate and blood pressure.
Researchers concluded, “[CBD] significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance,” whereas the placebo group experienced “higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, [and] discomfort.”
Human studies of patients with and without anxiety disorders are starting to validate CBD’s efficacy as an anti-anxiety treatment. In fact, CBD has the potential to actively treat a host of anxiety-related disorders.
AAC CBD Oil
CBD Oil has a huge range of potential health benefits and uses, including reducing pain, fighting cancer, improving mood, soothing anxiety, eliminating depression, preventing inflammatory arthritis, balancing the metabolism, aiding sleep disorders, protecting the immune system, and healing the skin, among others.
Evidence shows that CBD Oil does not contain any psychoactive properties, so it does not cause the same effects as marijuana.
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