When anxiety comes knocking on your door, it can send your body into what feels like a frenzy. Monkey mind chatter, sweaty palms and a racing heart. A wave of frustration and helplessness can wash over you.
For those who experience the unwelcome symptoms of anxiety it can make every day life feel incredibly difficult. Often those who are suffering from anxiety find themselves struggling to see something positive and find any sense of calm in their day.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders, and beyond blue statistics show that 1 in 6 Australians are currently experiencing anxiety. Many people do not seek help, due to shame and therefore they suffer in silence and continue to try and live with it.
Anxiety is something that can come on quickly and unexpectedly.
Some common reasons as to why this can happen, are things like financial stress, break ups, losing employment and many other existential fears.
Those who are affected by this condition can often isolate themselves from social situations, from their family and friends. It can put a lot of pressure not only on themselves but those around them and who are close to them.
Some of the anti-anxiety medications that are available may offer fast relief but can become unhealthy and can lead to long term dependency. Unfortunately also what can happen is that these types of medicines also come with a long list of nasty side effects.
So for those living with this disorder It’s imperative for them to find a safe and natural alternative to managing and relieving the unwanted symptoms that anxiety is making them struggling with.
This is where CBD has recently started to become a welcome alternative or complementary treatment for potentially relieving and managing anxiety in individuals, with it actually having a positive influence on the state of mind of a person without the side effects.
It’s important to note here that it’s not about rolling up a joint and smoking it and then just chilling out to ease the mind.
There is research that states CBD oil has a calming effect on the psyche without any effect from THC which is found in your common marijuna drug.
Clinical research on CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders has increased in recent years with increasing numbers of evidence pointing to its potential of having therapeutic benefits for those who take it.
However in other studies that have been conducted there has been suggestion that CBD may heighten anxiety in some individuals because CBD is a bidirectional medicine, which means it can cause the opposite response with different doses.
Understanding the way that CBD can be ingested can help determine which is the best way for an individual with anxiety to consume the product.
Some factors to keep in mind when
Your unique body chemistry also affects how you respond to CBD. Some individuals metabolize medicine faster than others, which can be attributed to genes or lifestyle. If you know that you metabolize medication quickly, it’s possible that you may benefit from a higher dose.
CBD may do different things at different doses, a phenomenon known as bidirectional effects. Overstimulation of the body’s endocannabinoid system may exacerbate symptoms instead of alleviating them.
Additionally, high levels of CBD, such as 300 mg, have been known to promote sleepiness and relaxation. Conversely, low levels of CBD may create an elevating response, inciting wakefulness and alertness. The best way to avoid unwanted bidirectional effects is to follow the adage: start low, go slow.