What I Learned about CBD and Anxiety
Retailers of CBD oil have been making claims of unbelievable proportions. It is easy to believe that this is just another scam running through the holistic community. I am here to share what my experience has been with CBD oil. First, here is a little background on the subject.
The use of CBD oil is popping up everywhere. It is advertised in shop windows, on social media and often in a physician’s office. But the exact classification of this so-called wonder drug is still confusing most people.
We have been so encouraged to believe that only man-made chemicals can treat our ills that turning our minds toward a plant to replace a drug is just mind-blowing.
CBD is an abbreviation for Cannabidiol, a major compound found in the hemp plant. Hemp was used for medicine, paper, clothing, construction material, and many other necessary items as early as 8000 B.C. All was well with this natural product until 1916.
Man and the advancement of chemical compounds used hemp as an opportunity to compare marijuana to a close relative.
Comparing these two plants to one another is like saying that a zinnia and ragweed are the same things. They may share the same family, but this is where it ends.
Reversing the Clock with CBD Oil
A lot of time has been lost in the war on cannabis and its meaning. It was not until 1964 that the good qualities of Cannabidiol were recognized by scientists. Synthetic drugs for pain, anxiety, and depression had already been established in society and it was not likely that CBD oil had any type of voice in offering better and cleaner results. Although CBD oil is now legal, many are still very skeptical.
What Scientists Have Uncovered about Anxiety
I have written hundreds of articles on marijuana, hemp and CBD oil over the past 10 years. Ashamed to admit it, I had never tried CBD oil until last month. I had tried marijuana and hated it.
After preaching that these two compounds were different, I was still nervous about trying it. I am one of the 18% of Americans that have suffered from anxiety and panic attacks for most of my life. The research that I have done shows how CBD oil works differently on parts of our body. These include:
• Nervous system
• Endocrine system
• Immune system
The nervous system has proven to be predominant in promoting signs of anxiety and other conditions like
• anxiety disorder
• panic disorder
• social anxiety disorder
• obsessive-compulsive disorder
• post-traumatic stress disorder
Most synthetic drugs that treat anxiety and other related conditions target the serotonin pathways in the nervous system. This direction does help to some degree, but are these drugs all curing? The answer is no.
Serotonin is a hormone that transmits signals between nerve cells and causes blood vessels to narrow. According to the Mayo Clinic, it is not possible to control the transmitting signals between the nerve cells. Too little or too much activity has proven to cause severe migraines.
What is Special about the Properties of CBD Oil?
CBD oil has been tested on animals and the results are very promising. Some of these include:
— Gamma Butyric Acid (GABA) and Glutamate are stimulated in the nervous system
— Progesterone, estrogen, and cortisol are affected in the endocrine system
— Inflammation and histamine are decreased in the immune system
The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has several studies and abstracts on testing GABA in relationship to how it can have a positive effect on the brain through products like CBD oil. It is a lot to absorb and understand, but it can make you feel at ease about using a product like CBD oil.
My Experience with CBD Oil
Once I decided to try CBD oil, I studied the various companies, how long they had been in business and third-party testing.
I wanted a company that was in this for the long haul and had a record in continuous improvement. I ordered enough supply for 4 months. I didn’t think that a months’ supply would be a fair test.
I began taking the recommended dosage each day and forgot about it. If you suffer from anxiety, you know that you may not have a flair-up for a few weeks.
I was hit hard with some upsetting news and expected my anxiety to kick in. I did not get panicked, I did not cry and I did not feel threatened. That got my attention.
I calmly walked away from the problem, thought carefully about what my choices were, and was able to maintain a sense of rational. Wow! That was such a relief. I was in control of my emotions, I kept my composure and was able to solve the problem.
Anyone who suffers from anxiety and panic attacks knows exactly what I am talking about.
Possible Side Effects of CBD Oil
No one’s body reacts in the same way as the next person. We are all unique and have to remember that unusual side effects can occur with any type of new treatment plan. The following side effects have been reported by case studies of patients using CBD oil.
• Changes in appetite
• Mood changes
• Dry mouth
There may also be side effects if you are on certain medications that contain benzodiazepines, calcium channel blockers, antihistamines, and some types of anti-epileptic drugs.
This can be a strange feeling to have when we have been pounded with synthetic drugs for so long. However, if you truly have a problem with anxiety, give it a try.
I cannot vouch for every manufacturer, but if you use a company that uses third-party testing, chances are good that they are a reputable company.
CBD oil has just now started to scratch the surface with its potential in relieving symptoms of diseases and ailments. It may take another decade to realize all of the benefits. However, for me, it has given me a promising outlook on the future.
I am confident, not afraid in a crowd, and do not have trouble getting my words to form when needed. I am sure that everyone will have a story as we move forward with the wonders of CBD oil.