The Scientific Connection Between CBD And Anxiety

The Scientific Connection Between CBD And Anxiety

Fear and anxiety are completely natural responses to dangerous external stimuli, and absolutely paramount to survival. You do not want to be the guy who feels no impending need to run away from a lion charging at him... cause then you’re fucked, and he eats you, and you die.

 

On the other side of the spectrum, an ever-expanding number of people experience excessive and unnecessary fear and anxiety, including PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), OCD, Panic Disorder (PD) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), so that’s not great either. These anxiety-related disorders are associated with poorer quality of life and a diminished sense of well-being, which can lead to bad relationships, low self esteem, and higher rates of unemployment, addictive behaviour and suicide risk. 

Enters CBD. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid constituent of Cannabis Sativa that lacks the psychoactive effects of ∆ 9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is basically the stuff that makes you trip. 

 

Preclinical and clinical studies recently published in this article in the Journal Of Medicine show CBD possesses a wide range of wonderful therapeutic properties, including antipsychotic, analgesic, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic - which makes this a pretty cool, and virtually side-effect free product. 

Helping your brain out 

CBD interacts with several receptors known to regulate fear and anxiety-related behaviours, so they don't fire off the signals that trigger your fight, flight or freeze responses, so that the only times you experience panic, fear or anxiety are when you actually need them for your survival (see lion chasing in jungle scenario) 

Different from conventional drugs

In this other really interesting paper, researchers have shown that - unlike traditional anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications, CBD has the advantage of not producing side-effects at higher or prolonged doses, and it may even help with minimising persistent fear memories - like in PTSD patients. 

A natural ally 

Let's be honest - life can be a bit crap sometimes (or loads crap too...ok?) and whether you get overly stressed over small things, or you've been diagnosed with an anxiety-based, disorder, CBD can be your drug-free way to get a helping hand. You're already putting in the work, and this can help you maximise it and reap the benefits even quicker. 

 

 



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