Health & Wellness
CBD and anxiety

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A plant can help you breathe easier.

There are plenty of reasons to take CBD, including to help relieve sleep issues. But did you know it can also have a positive effect on anxiety?

Although everybody worries occasionally, it’s unhealthy to live in constant fear. Anxiety disorder can cause stress, panic, depression, and general retreat. It leads to a variety of phobia-related disorders and can be aggravated by substances like caffeine. But thankfully, CBD boasts a plethora of health benefits, including the potential to relieve anxiety.

The National Library of Medicine published a research study on the effects of CBD on anxiety. The study showed strong evidence supporting CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

However, it should be noted that the study recommends acute dosing, as chronic over-usage can dampen the effects. Let’s dive further into how CBD helps anxiety.

How CBD Works

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many naturally occurring phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike THC and its related compounds, CBD does not give you a euphoric high feeling, nor does it cause any intoxication. Used as a supplement, it does not impair your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery.

Our bodies have a natural system of endocannabinoid receptors, and phytocannabinoids interact with them in different ways. Most phytocannabinoids are absorbed into our endocannabinoid receptors, but CBD actually bonds to them to activate them. It acts as a catalyst that allows these receptors to absorb more or less of different molecules. As a result, CBD has been known to help block some bad molecules that cause issues like anxiety or panic while allowing more calming chemicals to enter.

Serotonin is the neurotransmitter often associated with our mental health. People diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and mood disorders often lack serotonin and must take it as a supplement. However, some people have found CBD triggers their bodies to produce serotonin without the need for supplements.

Of course, you should always talk to your family medical practitioner before making any changes to your diet or medications. Still, CBD has been found to be perfectly safe in most cases.

A Stress-Free Way to Find CBD

Although CBD is good for you, this doesn’t mean everybody selling CBD is giving you the same quality product. There are a lot of scams online, and you don’t need to add more anxiety to your life by buying the wrong products.

When shopping for CBD, look for companies that create their products in a clean laboratory environment. This ensures the product remains perfectly clean throughout the entire process by reducing the chances of contamination. Using higher-quality ingredients leads to higher-quality CBD products.

However, you should be wary of products that may not contain the amount of CBD they claim. Make sure you’re dealing with reputable dealers who are serving only the highest-quality ingredients for the best effects on your health. 

At Sophia CBD, we laboratory test our products to ensure the highest-quality, all-natural ingredients so you can treat your body right. And whether you choose to ingest, inhale, or apply externally, we have you covered from head to toe. 

Check out more blogs on our site to learn how CBD (and other cannabinoids like CBN) can help you sleep and otherwise improve your life.

Namaste.

Sources: 

https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-anxiety

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/cbd

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders