At present 40% of disability around the globe is due to depression and anxiety. In the UK alone there are some 6 million people suffering with depression and various anxiety disorders, probably even more who suffer in silence.
If you have heard about CBD oil (Cannabidiol) you may be well aware of the recent hype about it? You may have watched some testimonials on YouTube about CBD benefits people are reaping from its use? Or have seen CBD being discussed on the news?
CBD could very well be the answer for anxiety issues. More and more people are reporting its value in helping them grapple, confront and ease their overwhelming fight with anxiety, stemming social anxiety to problematic personal worries.
“But is it legal?”
Yes. CBD is legal because in most cases it contains no THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) or less than 0.2%. THC is a psychoactive compound in Cannabis also known as Marijuana which is the part that gets one high or away with the fairies and often impairs judgment. The CBD part does not have this effect. Whilst both compounds are from the same plant, they are very different in effect on the user. It still has the calming effect but one can still go about their day remembering who they are, not buzzed to high heaven and not getting into trouble with the law.
Sometimes being employed puts one in a non-negotiable situation whereby a random drugs test is requested by the employer. In such a situation it is important to know that CBD oil will not get a person high or make them irresponsible at work. If they were to be sacked for being irresponsible in anyway shape or form that would be another story, it wouldn’t be the CBD oil. Remember there is no or very little THC in CBD oil depending on the particular product. CBD doesn’t have negative mental effects. Most of the drugs tests are done to look for THC and there are lots of THC free products available within the CBD oil range. However one should consult their Doctor and employer if concerned. If anything the CBD oil will enhance your work if it helps with anxiety and i doubt the boss will want to quibble with that.
CBD is not a lab engineered prescription drug. So unlike those drugs which can cause other hazards and insane side effects to your health, CBD oil should not present a danger. There are no harsh chemicals that go into its making. Its health friendly and Eco friendly.
Our bodies have cannabinoid receptors.
Our bodies are designed or have evolved with receptors to use the natural cannabinoid chemical. Hormones within our body are regulated by these receptors. This is due to the presence of the Endo cannabinoid system. Science has recently become aware of this. Cannabinoid’s are the same chemical found in the cannabis plant.
People who suffer with anxiety release additional fight or flight hormones which build up. CBD speaks the human body’s language, unlike prescribed substances and medications that alter or trick the body into feeling a certain way often making us sleepy, brain fogged and impairing judgment.
Studies have shown CBD to have positive effects
A small 2010 study found that cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of social anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Brain scans of participants revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety.
In this study, cannabidiol not only made participants feel better but also changed the way their brains responded to anxiety.
A 2011 study also found that cannabidiol could reduce social anxiety. For that study, researchers looked specifically at cannabidiol to treat anxiety associated with public speaking.
Research published in 2014 found that CBD oil had anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects in an animal model.
Worth considering is a recent study in 2015 which showed CBD oil having a positive impact on the following..
A panic attack is a sudden episode of intense fear that triggers severe physical reactions when there is no real danger or apparent cause. Panic attacks can be very frightening. When panic attacks occur, you might think you’re losing control, having a heart attack or even dying.
Obsessive Compulsive disorders
(OCD) is an anxiety disorder in which people have unwanted and repeated thoughts, feelings, images, and sensations (obsessions) and engage in behaviors or mental acts in response to these thoughts or obsessions.Often the person carries out the behaviors to reduce the impact or get rid of the obsessive thoughts, but this only brings temporary relief. Not performing the obsessive rituals can cause great anxiety. A person’s level of OCD can be anywhere from mild to severe, but if left untreated, it can limit his or her ability to function at work or school or even to lead a comfortable existence at home or around others.
(posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.
General anxiety disorder
Abbreviated GAD. A condition characterized by 6 months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded or much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience. People with GAD usually expect the worst. People with GAD may feel lightheaded or out of breath.
A 2016 case study explored whether cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety-provoked sleep disorder in a child with a history of trauma. Researchers found that cannabidiol reduced the child’s anxiety and helped her sleep.
Personal note from me
This is my first blogg, so thanks for reading. Its just a small amount of research regarding CBD. More to come on its benefits associated with other illnesses and conditions.
And also remember to check with your doctor if there is anything you are concerned about such as conflicting medications if any etc..
I personally suffer with type one Diabetes, high cholesterol, Diabetic neuropathy and anxiety. I will be trying CBD oil out for myself to see if there is any good impact on my health. I will be sure to keep you posted in future blog’s regarding this journey.
Video below and 13 links to scientific studies.
Below are the 13 links to 13 Scientific studies