CBD & Anxiety

CBD and Anxiety

Please be advised that CBD Pure Oils products are not classified as medicines and are classed as food supplements. Our products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any illness or disease

 

Life can get hectic, pressures can mount – it can all get too much. And, the Covid pandemic has done little to help the situation. Anxiety and stress are much more common nowadays and, in the UK alone it effects 1 in 4 people.

The good news is everyone is starting to be more aware of the importance of good mental health and wellbeing. Conversations are taking place that would not even have been imagined just a generation or two ago.

What is Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling that occurs when we are worried, tense or afraid. It’s a natural response that helps to cope with threats to survival.

However, some people are more prone to feelings of anxiety than others, particularly during times of significant change and uncertainty.

When anxiety becomes chronic, some people may suffer from what is called a “anxiety disorder” where feelings of anxiety and other related symptoms have a major impact their ability to live their daily life.

Anxiety has a wide range of effects on our mental state. Some of the mental symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Excessive worrying and rumination (overthinking bad situations and past experiences)
  • Nervousness, mental restlessness and feeling tense
  • Experiencing a sense of doom, dread, and fearing the worst outcomes
  • Feeling disconnected from your own mind and body (depersonalisation)
  • Feeling disconnected from the external world, or feeling as though the external world is not real (derealisation)

 

Anxiety also affects our bodies in many different ways. Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety include:

  • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Experiencing increased or irregular heart rate
  • Excessive sweating and hot flushes
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Teeth grinding

 

The line between stress and anxiety is a fine one.

Both are emotional responses, but stress is usually caused by external triggers. This can be short-term, such as a project deadline or a fight with a loved one. Or long-term – like being unable to work, discrimination, or chronic illness. This stress manifests itself in both mental and physical symptoms ranging from irritability to anger, fatigue, muscle pain, digestive troubles, and difficulty sleeping.

 

How can CBD help with Anxiety?

Due to our high-paced lifestyles we are finding that more and more people are turning to CBD oil to help deal with their feelings of anxiety and stress. Researchers investigated the link between CBD and anxiety reduction in a well-known study from 2011 – a gold standard double-blinded placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) were either given a dose of CBD or a placebo. They then had to do a social speaking simulation and their anxiety levels measured by different parameters were assessed. The study showed that people who had received CBD showed significantly lower anxiety levels than participants who had been given a placebo.

CBD works by interacting with one of the body’s own regulatory system called the endocannabinoid system (ECS). We have endocannabinoid receptors almost everywhere in the body and it is part of our nervous system. We find them mostly in the brain but also in the gut, reproductive system, bones and immune cells.

The ECS plays an important role in keeping the body operating correctly and controls functions like mood, memory, stress, sleep, behaviour, appetite, pain, immune function and reproductive health. In the body we naturally produce chemical substances called endocannabinoids which binds to the endocannabinoid receptors and regulate all the above functions – the endocannabinoid system holds an important role in keeping us healthy and happy – CBD binds to these receptors within the ECS, thereby helping to regulate the same functions.

Which CBD Product to Choose?

 

CBD is available in varying forms and due to the large range of CBD products currently available on the market, it can feel overwhelming knowing which to choose. We advise picking the one that best fits your daily routine and preferences

For those looking to experience the full effects of CBD and to gain the greatest advantage of the entourage effects (where all the parts of the cannabis plant work together to help maximise the benefits of the CBD oil) a traditional CBD oil that is taken under the tongue would be best.

 

At CBD Pure Oils we offer full spectrum CBD oils in 4 differing strengths so allowing the consumer to start off low and gradually increase their dosage if need. CBD topicals are available in cream, oil and patch form which is great for a more targeted application directly onto the skin, and the latest addition to our collection is our Home Range of candles, wax melts and scented oils, infused with CBD, these promote a feeling of calmness – this is a great way to introduce yourself to the world of CBD.

 

Whatever course you chose an effective anxiety treatment can often be the key to reduce your symptoms and help you to achieve a positive mental wellbeing. However, if you feel like your anxiety has taken over your life then please do contact an experienced mental health professional or your GP.

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