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Anxiety VS CBD

Updated: Feb 24, 2022

"What anxiety!" is a very recurrent statement often heard from friends and acquaintances, a social phenomenon. A mood state, which comes at the height of an emotion when we feel under pressure.

A hectic life, worries, little rest and a constantly thinking mind lead to what we call Anxiety, anxia from the Latin word 'ango' meaning to squeeze, to strangle, and this is exactly the feeling perceived.

The mechanisms that manifest themselves on a physical and psychological level are different, when what is initially occasional becomes recurrent, we talk about anxiety "disorder" in its various forms such as:

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

Characterised by intrusive thoughts that incite one to perform specific actions that are true compulsions.

  • Panic disorder

Sudden panic attacks and feeling of strong fear leading to a feeling of apnoea that reaches its peak in a few minutes. Unconscious actions that can occur at any time.

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

Physical reactions generated by fear following a very traumatic event such as a war or having witnessed frightening events.

  • Generalised anxiety disorder

A constant, chronic worry that never seems to go away, thoughts are directed towards

anything that might fuel this state.

Whether or not we suffer from an anxiety disorder, what do our psycho-physical state and CBD have in common?

Perhaps more than we might expect, and with immediate remedies.

Various studies and research have been carried out into the treatment of anxiety using active ingredients derived from cannabis sativa L. and the results are increasingly positive.

Currently available treatments and drugs for anxiety include serotonin inhibitors, benzodiazepines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, antidepressant drugs, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics. These drugs are associated with limited effects and residual symptoms that can lead to chronic physical illnesses, so anxiety-related disorders and limitations of current treatments place a high priority on the development of new treatments such as full spectrum CBD oil.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid from cannabis sativa without the psychoactive effects of ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD has broad therapeutic properties in a range of neuropsychiatric disorders, resulting from different actions on the central nervous system.

CBD has a broad pharmacological profile, including interactions with several receptors known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviour, in particular the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor type 1 receptor (CB1R). In addition, CBD may also regulate, directly or indirectly, the peroxisome receptor-y, the orphan G-protein receptor 55, the equilibrative nucleoside transporter, the adenosine transporter and glycine receptors. In the current review of primary studies, the following specific receptor actions were investigated as potential mediators of CBD anxiolytic action for CB1R, TRPV1 and 5-HT1A receptors.

The 5-HT1A receptor is involved in the neurotransmission of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is crucial in mood regulation. CBD's effect on this receptor may be responsible for its anxiolytic effects, as the 5-HT1A receptor plays a mediating role in anxious and depressive behaviour.

CBD was also shown to have an effect on the generation of neurons in the hippocampus, a region of the brain that contributes to the limbic system, playing an important role in memory and movement. This is important, as increased hippocampal neurogenesis in adults is considered insufficient in itself to reduce anxiety and depressive behaviour.

CBD is a valuable ally that not only helps those with degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, senile dementia or cancer, but also acts directly among the 'conversations' that take place within our brains and can affect our mood and consequently the various forms of anxiety and depression.

Which CBD product to choose for treating anxiety?

You can find different CBD products to treat the malaise of the new millennium. If you are new to CBD, we can recommend taking it orally, a few drops under the tongue for thirty seconds and the benefit is almost immediate with a feeling of relaxation. The amount to take depends on your age, sex and weight but usually, as it is a natural product with different concentrations, it is recommended to start gradually, 2 or 4 drops in the morning and evening (not before going to sleep) of a 10% full spectrum CBD oil (1000mg) in hemp oil. It was specified full spectrum or full spectrum because many times CBD oil or other products are formulated with only the CBD isolate which nullifies the entourage effect of the cannabis, depriving you of all the other naturally occurring cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN and many others that aid in assimilation and effect.

So it's up to you, based on how you feel after a few days, to find the right amount of CBD to assimilate. The various percentages that indicate the milligrams of CBD, such as 5%, 10%, 20% or even 30%, offer you a wide range of possibilities, so listen to your body and remember not to start with large doses, but progressively without being in a hurry. All the cannabinoids present in hemp need to give our bodies time to adapt so that our endocannabinoid system works at its best and our brains begin to favour neurogenesis and the interaction of CBD to produce seratotinan, as already mentioned, which is very important for managing feelings of anxiety or depression, what will your first impressions be? Trying is believing.

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