A Therapeutic Alternative for Anxiety
In our normal day to day life, we have all felt some form of anxiety. A stressful phone call, an unexpected car repair, a difficult family member, can bring about mild anxiety. More stressful experiences like a sick child, losing a spouse, divorce, a wedding can lead to severe anxiety. Usually, these anxious feelings no matter how strong, eventually subside.
A Natural Reaction
Fear and anxiety are our body’s natural reaction to potentially harmful situations and necessary for human survival. When we experience a dangerous situation our body reacts with a “fight-flight-or freeze” response. “Fight-flight-or freeze” is the brain’s instinctual chemical and hormonal response to danger. Followed by physical action to get to safety.
Unfortunately, for some people, everyday stressors such as a car repair, a “D” on a test, a sick baby, or a clogged toilet may trigger “fight-flight-or freeze,” even though there is no impending danger. Leading to crippling and ever-present anxiety.
Have you experienced anxiety so strong, forcing you to change your daily routine to deal with intense feelings? Or maybe you lay awake all night worrying about things your friends and family tell you not to worry about. Maybe you have panic attacks in the pick-up line at your daughter’s school while you wait alone in your car?
There are varying symptoms and feelings associated with anxiety, but common symptoms are:
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Easily fatigued
- Restless or feeling on edge
- Heart Palpitations
- Sweating and dry mouth
You are not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, 33.7% of Americans suffer from some form of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Almost half of our population. These staggering statistics should bring about change in the medical and pharmaceutical industries… Until then… How can we help ourselves reduce our anxiety?
How Does CBD Work?
We all know someone who has tried hemp-derived CBD products and raves about the benefits. From pain, migraines, stress, anxiety, epilepsy, and more — CBD seems to be cropping up everywhere you turn as a promising therapeutic alternative.
But first… where does it come from?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in cannabis. Say that 10 times fast. Cannabis includes industrial hemp and marijuana. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid compound of cannabis. Known for its medicinal benefits. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most commonly known cannabinoid with psychoactive properties to get you high. Cannabigerol (CBG) is another beneficial compound of cannabis. Known for promoting neuroregeneration and neuroprotection.
To be clear — CBD is non-psychoactive. It can’t get you high.
Cannabinoids work by interacting with receptors in your body. These receptors are part of your body’s Endocannabinoid System or ECS. The ECS is an intricate cell-signaling system. It regulates the nervous system, respiratory system, and skeletal system. The ECS controls your sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and more. There are two main receptors of the ECS. CB1 receptors in different parts of your brain, and CB2 receptors in different parts of your body and immune system. THC and Cannabigerol (CBG) bind with the CB1 receptors in the brain. CBD binds with the CB2 receptors in the body.
How Can Hemp-Derived CBD Help Me?
Research scientists all over the world have been studying the properties and benefits of Cannabis and CBD for years. Every day, new human trials are successfully showing the medicinal benefits of CBD.
Not only are the trials showing decreased stress and anxiety as a result of using CBD, but also a reduced reaction to stress. So, in addition to helping ease anxiety, CBD may stop the body’s stress reaction in the first place. Remember, “Fight-Flight or Freeze?” If our dog is running into the street, we want to respond and “Fight” for their safety. But if our difficult mother-in-law is coming over for dinner, we want to be able to stay calm and not “Flight or Freeze” — reduce the stress reaction.
How Do I Buy Hemp-Derived CBD?
CBD is sold EVERYWHERE. But, it is important to do your homework to understand what you are buying. Currently, CBD is not completely regulated. You want to look for:
- Third-Party tested hemp-derived CBD to verify cannabinoid content
- Certificate of Analysis on their website
- Whole plant hemp products which include terpenes, other phytocannabinoids diols (like CBG and CBN), vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and other phytonutrients
- Broad-spectrum (THC FREE)
- Sonicated Nanoparticles
- US Grown Hemp
- Pesticide Free
- Ethanol Free
- A company you can trust
What to Avoid When Buying Hemp-Derived CBD?
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Carrier Oils
- THC over 0.3%
- No testing
Do your research to find the best product for you. Follow the suggested serving as different manufacturers’ servings vary. Experience the wonderful benefits of Hemp-Derived CBD.