What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and it is the most prevalent active phytocannabinoid in the hemp plant. This compound occurs naturally in hemp and is used in oils and edibles, which imparts a feeling of relaxation and calm.
CBD does not get you high. CBD is not psychoactive. A separate chemical called THC is what makes people “high” in marijuana. Hemp, naturally and by law, contains only very, very small amounts of THC — no more than 0.3%. . This is one of the big characteristics that sets hemp apart and why hemp-derived CBD is getting so much attention. Everyone from grandmothers to young adults use this ancient botanical safely to help their body without the intoxicating, addicting high feeling that comes with marijuana and THC.
In a recent study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers found that CBD reduced anxiety, stress hormones and heart rate, and it dampened cravings for dangerous, addictive substances of abuse.
That’s exciting for those suffering from PTSD and addicted to harmful drugs!
CBD Reduces Anxiety and Depression!
Anxiety and depression are common mental health disorders that can have a devastating impact on health and well-being. According to the World Health Organization, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, while anxiety disorders are ranked sixth. Anxiety and depression are usually treated with pharmaceutical drugs, which can cause a number of side effects including drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headaches.
CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach.
In one Brazilian study, 57 men received either oral CBD or a placebo 90 minutes before they underwent a simulated public speaking test. The researchers found that a 300-mg dose of CBD was the most effective at significantly reducing anxiety during the test.
CBD oil has even been used to safely treat insomnia and anxiety in children with post-traumatic stress disorder. These qualities are linked to CBD’s ability to act on the brain’s receptors for serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood and social behavior.
CBD may also benefit people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It may help treat anxiety-induced insomnia as well, which I wrote about in my last blog.
In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. Participants were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or a placebo. Those who received CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.
What Is (SAD) – Social Anxiety Disorder?
Social anxiety disorder, sometimes referred to as social phobia, is a type of anxiety disorder that causes extreme fear in social settings. People with this disorder have trouble talking to people, meeting new people, and attending social gatherings. They fear being judged or scrutinized by others. They may understand that their fears are irrational or unreasonable, but feel powerless to overcome them.
Social anxiety is different from shyness. Shyness is usually short-term and doesn’t disrupt one’s life. Social anxiety is persistent and debilitating. It can affect one’s ability to: work, attend school, develop close relationships with people outside of their family.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) approximately 15 million American adults have social anxiety disorder.
Multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health disorder that begins after a traumatic event. That event may involve a real or perceived threat of injury or death.
This can include: a natural disaster like an earthquake or tornado; military combat; physical or sexual assault or abuse; an accident.
People with PTSD feel a heightened sense of danger. Their natural fight-or-flight response is altered, causing them to feel stressed or fearful, even when they’re safe. I will deal with CBD and PTSD in my next blog.
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