Many people are choosing to use Cannabidiol, or CBD, as a more natural alternative to stress and anxiety relief.
CBD comes in many forms. Many people choose the vaping method because it is one of the quickest ways to feel the effects of CBD. This may be helpful if you find yourself in a stressful situation.
Oils and sprays are also popular. Sublingual oils are dropped under the tongue and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. These methods are good for those who have problems swallowing capsules.
Edibles, such as gummies, and capsules are another alternative for some because it takes the guesswork out of the dosing. These methods are discreet if you have to take them in the workplace. Just remember though…edibles and capsules take longer to work so they may not be a good option to aid with an anxiety attack.
How Does CBD Help With Anxiety?
According to studies, anxiety ranks as one of the top three reasons people are consuming CBD. Anxiety affects about 20% of Americans and comes in all shapes and sizes. There are clinical anxiety disorders like social anxiety, PSTD, and OCD, as well as everyday anxieties like trouble sleeping, tight deadlines, and fear of flying. Many Americans with anxiety disorders are prescribed benzodiazepines, like Xanax, Klonopin, and Valium, but these drugs are very addictive and make people feel lethargic and fuzzy. Unlike typical anxiety medicines, CBD has few if any side effects, and helps sufferers with all the classic symptoms of anxiety, like racing thoughts, trouble sleeping, and difficulty being around people.
CBD interacts with the body’s own, natural endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is present in nearly “every cell in the body” and helps to regulate many of our bodies’ functions, including:
- Pain Perception
In fact, stress recovery is one of the endocannabinoid system’s main purposes. CBD also interacts with a neurotransmitter called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). GABA transmits messages from one brain cell, or neuron, to another; that message is typically “slow down” or “stop firing”. GABA tells the body when it’s time to power down, and since millions of neurons in the brain respond to GABA, the effects include:
- Reducing anxiety
- Calming the nervous system
- Helping with sleep
- Relaxing the muscles.