Coping with Anxiety - Can CBD Help?

In the United States, 46.4 percent (almost half of adults), will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)1 in 13 people live with an anxiety disorder, making mental health disorders the most popular ailment around the world. Let that sink in… 

Mental health has long been ignored and over the past two decades mental illness has become the second most common cause of disability in the U.S., as measured by Social Security disability claims. Today more people are seeking treatment and taking medications for mental health issues such as Anxiety, PTSD, Depression, Schizophrenia, and Insomnia than ever before. 

Unlike physical issues, mental health is often more difficult to control and manage. There are many different pharmaceutical methods of treatment available in the market. Most have been unsuccessful in relieving anxiety and stress and often have adverse or negative side effects.  

We must embrace new strategies other than big pharma and in-research treatment for the prevention of mental illness. Prescription anxiety-relieving drugs like Valium, Prozac, and Xanax often present multiple side effects. Some of these side effects include tremors, slurred speech, appetite changes, insomnia, and more, with long-term use. It’s no wonder interest in natural-remedies and CBD has exploded. 

While most herbal therapies have very mild effects, Cannabidiol (CBD), a naturally occurring hemp derivative, has been found to be majorly effective in fighting anxiety and depression with extremely limited side effects, offering a sustainable long-term solution.

How Does CBD Help With Anxiety?

First, let’s go over what CBD is and how it helps soothe anxiety! Cannabidiol, (CBD), is the second most active compound found in Hemp and Cannabis Sativa plants. You’ve probably heard of the most popular compound, THC, for its psychoactive “high” properties. CBD does not have psychoactive properties which is why you will not get “high” from CBD while you enjoy its therapeutic benefits. 

CBD is one of more than 400 compounds found in these plants and works with your body’s built-in Endocannabinoid System, (ECS), which maintains homeostasis; your body’s optimal health. The ECS is a biological cell-signaling system responsible for regulating and balancing many processes in the body. It is made up of endocannabinoids naturally produced by your body, receptors, and enzymes to break down the endocannabinoids once they’ve finished the job.

There are two main endocannabinoid receptors: CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are the neural pathways through which the ECS maintains and regulates bodily responses like mood, coordination, emotion, movement, pain, and so on. CB1 receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system while CB2 receptors are found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells. Cannabinoids that enter your body and ECS bind to these receptors to start working. For example, endocannabinoids might target CB1 receptors in a spinal nerve to relieve pain or may also bind to a CB2 receptor in your immune cells to signal that your body’s experiencing inflammation, a common sign of autoimmune disorders like arthritis. 

Check out this chart further explaining CB1 and CB2 receptors:

Here are the functions of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that research has linked CBD to as an aid: 

  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Metabolism, appetite, and digestion
  • Mood, focus, and motor-skills
  • Stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Learning and cognitive memory
  • Sleep
  • Muscle formation and rejuvenation
  • Bone formation and rejuvenation
  • Reproductive system function
  • Skin and nerve function

CBD + Anxiety Case Study

In 2019 there was a case study in Fort Collins, Colorado published by the Permanente Journal that reviewed 72 outpatients who had expressed symptoms of anxiety. Over the three month study, the patients were given 25mg of CBD as a daily treatment. 

After the first month 79.2% of the case study patients felt an improvement in their anxiety. And after the second month 78.1% of the patients felt an even further improvement from their anxiety symptoms. Only 15.3% of the patients thought the CBD was a placebo. Anxiety was measured through heart rate, cortisol levels, and blood pressure. 

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is not the only system that CBD interacts with. CBD interacts with many of our bodies chemical systems and also influences non-cannabinoid receptors in the brain such as opioid receptors and dopamine receptors. Animal studies have also shown that CBD directly activates serotonin receptors in the brain to reduce anxiety and reduce drug-seeking behavior. Anti-anxiety properties have been greatly demonstrated in both animal and human studies. 

Our Recommendation for Managing Anxiety with CBD

What we know is that cannabinoid receptors influence stress response. And the activation of CB1 and CB2 receptors within the brain, lowers heart rate, lowers blood pressure response due to stress, and reduces panic and anxiety behavior.

For the fastest acting anxiety relief we recommend vaping CBD, because of its high bioavailability. A higher bioavailability means the CBD enters your bloodstream quicker and administers its benefits, (like reducing anxiety), quicker. Try our Mint CBD Cartridge for refreshing relief. HempX carries all of your vaping needs, check out our new rechargeable vape batteries too!

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