CBD & Anxiety

What are anxiety disorders?

It’s normal to feel anxious about moving to a new place, starting a new job, or taking a test. This type of anxiety is unpleasant, but it may motivate you to work harder and to do a better job. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes, but does not interfere with your everyday life.

In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is intense and sometimes debilitating.

This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left untreated, the anxiety will keep getting worse.

Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age. According to the Psychiatric Association, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is among the most common disorders related to mental health that affect approximately 20 million adults in the UK only. Anxiety is a natural response that is induced to danger and stress, but it soon becomes pathological and chronic when a person experiences it for longer periods of time. The common symptoms of anxiety include fast heart rate, fast breathing, decreased concentration, restlessness, and sleeping issues.

Anxiety is manifested in different forms, and there are a number of disorders that are related to anxiety. Social anxiety is a tremendous fear of judgment and nervousness during social interactions. People who have social anxiety tend to avoid eye contact and are scared of getting embarrassed in front of others.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is another type of anxiety in which a person becomes obsessed with certain behaviours and rituals such as checking door locks and light switches repeatedly. People with OCD may sometimes experience intrusive and disturbing thoughts that they are unable to control.

Hypochondria is the anxiety that involves being constantly worried about personal health. When someone with Hypochondria experiences even the slightest symptoms, they immediately assume the worst. People who have post-traumatic stress disorder have anxiety because of some traumatic events that have happened in their lives in the past.

Panic attacks are associated with many anxiety disorders and can be episodic. They can usually last only a few minutes, but they can be really scary. They bring along with them symptoms such as sweating, shortness of breath, dizziness, chest pain, trembling, and abdominal distress. Although there are certain external events that can trigger anxiety it also has to do with neurochemistry.

Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing it. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body.

Other ways people experience anxiety include nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that you can’t control. You may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or you may fear a specific place or event.

Symptoms of general anxiety include:

  • increased heart rate
  • rapid breathing
  • restlessness
  • trouble concentrating
  • difficulty falling asleep

Your anxiety symptoms might be totally different from someone else’s. That’s why it’s important to know all the ways anxiety can present itself.

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 most abundantly in the brain but also in the gut, reproductive system, bones and immune cells.

The ECS plays an essential role in keeping the body within a narrow range of operating conditions and controls important 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 can also bind to these receptors and active the ECS, thereby regulating the same functions. If this seems a bit too geeky all you need to remember is that CBD works a bit like social media. It acts everywhere and controls everything.

Studies have concluded that CBD can induce a sense of calm for some people and can reduce the symptoms of anxiety. The mechanisms of how and why CBD is effective in the treatment of anxiety are not yet confirmed. However, CBD does appear to achieve similar effects to conventional anxiety medication.

Cannabinoids can achieve effects on the body in a way in which it activates the receptors of the endocannabinoid system. This system consists of receptor sites that are found throughout the body and are known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CBD has the ability to interact with those receptors because of the similarity to molecules found within the body which are known as endocannabinoids. CBD has a very low affinity for the CB1 and CB2 receptors, but the molecule is somewhat an agonist for the 5-HT1A receptor.

CBD is often associated with marijuana, and the effects marijuana has on people. It is essential to know the difference between CBD extracted from marijuana and CBD extracted from hemp. 

The extraction processes are very different. When CBD oil is extracted from marijuana it typically still contains a high amount of THC. When CBD is extracted from hemp, the process leaves behind the THC. Legal CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC, which is not enough THC to make you high when used as directed. 

THC is the natural chemical in marijuana that gives people the psychotropic effects.  In some cases, it can also make people feel anxious or paranoid. 

CBD is a natural chemical found in marijuana and hemp. But, this compound does not produce mind-altering effects and instead produces calming effects for people with anxiety. We know CBD interacts with different chemicals, proteins, and receptors in the brain that changes up hormone and neurotransmitter activity — which leads to increased feelings of calm. 

You should always seek advice from a medical professional if you have a condition, or feel your quality of life is below your expectations. CBD products will effect us all in slightly different ways, much like our tolerance to medication, we may all experience differing elements of differing side effects, and this can depend on many things including medication or medical procedures you have had, are having or planned to have.
 
Remember, CBD products will effect us all in slightly different ways, much like our tolerance to other products such as alcohol for example. Some of us experience the feeling of being drunk after a single unit of alcohol, where as others seem to have a built up tolerance. Understand your body, your daily requirements, research as much as possible and seek the help of a professional, all factors ensuring you can make a well rounded, well informed decision.
Essentially, there are three ways to extract CBD from the natural state plants.
 
CO2 extraction: this method is said to be the safest and most efficient method of extraction, however, it is also the most expensive.
 
Ethanol extraction: this method can reduce the oil’s potency due to the destruction of the plant’s waxes during the extraction process.
 
Olive oil extraction: this method is very simple and only requires that the olive oil is heated up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit, however, the resulting extract is less potent resulting in the requirement to take much larger dosages.
 
The CO2 extraction process is reputed to be the best to preserve amino acids, terpenes, minerals and fatty acids necessary for the final cannabis oil to be of a quality sometimes referred to as having a “Full Spectrum”.
Research, research, research!
Join as many user groups as you can; ask the resellers, speak to others who have and are using CBD products, but don’t forget to ask a health professional.
 
Once you have enough information to make an informed choice, choose a reputable reseller of a reputable manufacturer and decide on which format, in which dose.
 
Don’t hesitate to shop around as you may be developing a long term relationship with your retailer, so make sure they tick your boxes!
The best advice we can give is to go in with your eyes wide open and if at all possible, embrace and enjoy the experience. Don’t forget to share your experience once you have it, helping others who are thinking about starting their own journey!
 
You should ask yourself how you would prefer to take the CBD Oils.
 
Some people use the hand mouth spray, spraying directly under the tongue, while others prefer our Gummy Bears or Gummy Drops, and some people prefer our capsules. The most cost effective and efficient use is through our oils, directly under the tongue, or added to a hot drink with milk (CBD Oils need a fat carrier such as milk in order to bond and be ingested). 
 
Once you have settled on a preferred delivery method, most people start with a minimal dose and increase on a weekly basis until they feel they are benefiting in their expected way. On occasion, some start with maximum strength products and maximum dosage as a way to ensure they achieve their desired results as swiftly as possible.
 
Are CBD products addictive? Remember, CBD is one of the components in Cannabis. It’s the other component, THC, that causes  addiction in some people. That is because THC directly binds with the brain’s cannabinoid 1 (CB1) receptors, responsible for triggering the intoxicating effects often associated with marijuana use. Research has shown that activating CB1 receptors affects the brain’s reward system and the release of the “pleasure hormone,” dopamine, explaining why THC can be addictive. Because CBD oil is made from high-CBD, low-zero THC hemp, it does not stimulate the brain’s dopamine-based reward system and is therefore not addictive.
Yes, our products are natural, mostly organic, GM free and in some cases vegan too.
 
Where the product allows, the majority of our CBD products are Full Spectrum, and our balms and salves contain coconut oils and bees wax.
 

It depends on the way you want to use it, and the desired effects. We recommend you to start with one simple drop of CBD oil once or twice a day. You can mix it with creams or in your favourite drink. It if it is the first time you consider this supplement, consult your doctor. 

Due to the nature of our CBD product range we are not always able to offer refunds, please read our Refund Policy for more information

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