Both CBD and anxiety seem to be ever-present in today’s society. Most people find themselves under some form of stress regularly. Work, living situations, relationships and financial worries can all get the best of us from time to time. Now that laws across the world are changing, people are looking at CBD for its therapeutic properties.
Does CBD help with Anxiety and Panic attacks?
This is one of the most asked questions I hear from customers in the UK. I will always remind our customers that our products are a non-medical product and are intended to be used as a food supplement to aid with general health and wellbeing.
Are you suffering Panic attacks?
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Anxiety control training
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Why do some people would consider CBD products for anxiety or panic attacks?
If you head over to your internet search and type treatments for Anxiety/panic attacks, you would be flooded with a variety of products. One that will keep jumping out is CBD, and this is because there are lots of exciting studies regarding CBD working as a treatment.
Dr Saoirse O’Sullivan, Associate Professor in the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham, explains how CBD works in the body.
‘There are about 20 different molecular targets for CBD in the body. Some of those targets are beneficial for pain, others for inflammation. One of the main targets is the serotonin receptor, which is mainly responsible for things like reducing anxiety. People ask me how one drug can do so many things.
But unlike some medicines – which only act at one site – CBD has many different targets. The fact that CBD is anti-inflammatory explains why it is beneficial in such a range of other conditions (like inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, neuroinflammation and in treating skin conditions) where inflammation is part of the problem of the situation’.
If you suffer from Anxiety or Panic attacks I’m sure like my self you would be willing to try almost anything to “become normal”.
We find that some of our customers will give feedback within 2 – 3 days later from receiving the CBD product expressing how much that CBD has helped them and others find it takes a few weeks before they can notice a difference, and for some, unfortunately, they do not experience improvement.
In most cases, I believe placebo plays a significant effect for the users who experience an overnight change this isn’t to say that this is a bad thing, anything that can change your mindset it useful when it comes to anxiety or suffers panic attacks.
If you do decide to use CBD oil for anxiety, it is advised that you speak with your doctor first. They know your medical history and will be able to give expert insights as to whether or not you should try CBD. CBD affects people in different ways. It is essential to be aware of the risks and take appropriate doses.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is defined as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” Feeling worried and tense is commonplace in life and doesn’t mean that you suffer from anxiety. However, if the worrying and tension gets in the way of your daily life or is disproportionate to the situation, then you may suffer from anxiety.
Intense feelings of anxiety can lead to people having a panic attack or an anxiety attack. During a panic attack, people can have short, shallow and frequent breaths, irregular heartbeats and disorientation. In more extreme cases, people can become dizzy and experience tunnel vision. The majority of panic attacks last for about 5 minutes, with some being an hour-long, although these cases are quite rare.
How is anxiety traditionally treated?
Anxiety is currently treated through a few different approaches. As with a number of other mental health disorders, unfortunately, there is no one universal method that works for everybody. Here are some of the most popular ways that anxiety is traditionally treated.
Therapy – Therapy is an effective treatment for a wide range of problems for some people. There are many different therapy options available. These range from techniques that help deal with the initial onset of anxiety while other methods try to get to the root of the problem. Therapy is a very valid treatment option once you find a technique and therapist that suits you.
Medication – Anti-anxiety drugs are some of the most prescribed medications in the world. And for a good reason, they help millions of people worldwide to cope with anxiety. They can help patients get on with daily life, but they don’t cure anxiety. Medication combined with other treatment methods is one of the best ways to combat stress.
Breathing techniques – As anxiety affects your breathing, practising breathing techniques has been shown to be an effective way to treat anxiety. Closing your eyes, focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths is a standard method. Best of all, this technique can be done anywhere whenever you feel a bout of anxiety coming on.
CBD – While medication has been proven to be an effective way to treat anxiety, it can cause some patients to experience some nasty side effects. Because of this, people have been turning to natural treatments like CBD.
CBD has been shown to affect the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our brain as well as the serotonin (5HT)1a receptor. While studies are still ongoing, it is believed that CBD can affect our neurotransmitters and change serotonin activity. Low levels of serotonin have been shown to cause anxiety in some patients.