CBD for Anxiety
The amount of anxiety in the world has unfortunately been steadily increasing. It’s estimated that 18.1% of Americans suffer from diagnosable anxiety. And the recent COVID-19 pandemic has only made things worse. 53% of adults in the US reported that since COVID, their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one cannabinoid in the cannabis plant that has been successfully isolated for medical use. There has been buzz around CBD as an aid to those with chronic pain. It's even used for pets! But what else can CBD help? Many consumers have found that CBD aids with mood regulation, offering a safe alternative or adjunct to pharmaceutical medications for those who suffer from anxiety or depression (Blessing et al., 2017).
According to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America, an estimated 40 million or more adults across the US suffer from anxiety and/or depression (Facts & Statistics, 2021). Anxiety and depression have both genetic and environmental causes such as trauma. Panic disorders, phobias, social anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and depression are all worsened by anxiety. Anxiety is the body's natural response to stress prompting a fight or flight response.
There are a number of pharmaceutical approaches to managing anxiety and depression that are often coupled with various forms of talk therapy to treat anxiety and depression. Many people find benefit from these medications, but others find that the side effects and complications from using these medications are difficult to manage.
A Natural Path is Available
COVID-19 has created a situation where more people are experiencing anxiety and depression. Diminishing mental health can be attributed to job loss, panic, and isolation from life as we once knew it. More people have found themselves turning to various substances for relief. People across the country have reported sleeping less, eating less, drinking more alcohol, and using more substances for recreational purposes over the past year (Panchal et al., 2021). As a result, chronic conditions are on the rise.
Fortunately, there are options beyond pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs. CBD has shown great promise in pre-clinical and clinical studies, suggesting it holds a broad therapeutic value (Corroon, J., & Phillips, 2018). Research also shows people are utilizing CBD for sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, and pain. When someone lives in pain, this can lead to low mood and irritability. Chronic pain leads to being withdrawn from normal activities leading to depression and a poor state of mental health. Similarly, loss of sleep and chronic exhaustion create a context ripe for depression and anxiety.
CBD is a great alternative if you're looking to try something natural to help improve your mood or relieve pain. Research is only beginning to show what people around the globe have been saying about CBD, and that is that it works. If you're considering looking for something different to help make you feel better, CBD might just be the thing for you. Our customers treating anxiety prefer the Broad Spectrum Gummies, which have no THC or our Full Spectrum Tincture. Use the code NOSTRESS for 10% off your Qulture order.
Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders. Neurotherapeutics : the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics, 12(4), 825–836. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13311-015-0387-
Corroon, J., & Phillips, J., A., (2018). A cross-sectional study of cannabidiol users. Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research3(1),152-161 http://doi.org/10.1089/can.2018.0006
Facts and Statistics. (2021). Anxiety & Depression Association of America retrieved from https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/facts-statistics
Panchal, N., Kamal, R., Cox, C., Garfield, R. (2021) The implications of CPVID-19 for mental health and substance use. Kaiser Family Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/the-implications-of-covid-19-for-mental-health-and-substance-use/