Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of anxiety. The W.H.O. estimates that 300 million people suffer worldwide. Anxiety was once an evolutionary tool designed to keep us on guard and aware of predators so that we may survive.
Today this tool is causing more harm than good and many people are suffering various types of anxiety needlessly. These anxieties are keeping us from getting sleep, forming new relationships and may even be making us ill.
We’ll go over some of the methods we can use to relieve our anxieties below and hopefully this can be the first step toward anxiety relief.
Different Types of Anxiety Disorders
Five common types of anxiety disorders can be classified as:
1) Panic disorder
In this kind of incited disorder, there are expected and repeated episodes of intense fear in association with physical symptoms including chest pain, heart palpitation, dizziness, abdominal distress shortness of breath.
2) Generalized anxiety disorder
GAD is characterized by chronic anxiety, exaggerations of worries and mental stress even though there is little to provoke the episode. Unlike a phobia, where the source of anxiety can be specifically connected to a thing or action GAD is a general feeling of unease or dread.
3) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
PTSD can be developed after exposure to terrifying events in which great physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that trigger PTSD may include violent personal assaults, common natural or human-caused disasters, accidents or extended exposure to an unsafe environment.
4) Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Obsessive-compulsive disorders are recurrent unwanted thoughts and/or repetitive behavior, like washing hands, counting, checking or cleaning. These actions can interfere with daily life and can become very time-consuming.
5) Social Phobia or Social anxiety disorder
Social Phobia or Social Anxiety can be overwhelming while interacting with other people during everyday social situations. Some people fear to speak in formal/informal situations or get self-conscious during eating or drinking in front of others. Generally, you could say it is the fear of being negatively judged or evaluated by others that is at the root of this sometimes debilitating disorder.
Common Treatments for Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorder has standard treatments involving psychological counseling and therapy. It includes psychotherapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). A combination of therapy and counseling can be beneficial to treat anxiety disorder.
CBT focuses on recognizing and altering the harmful thought patterns of the patient. Negative thought patterns can trigger anxiety causing a feeling of uneasiness. Using CBT helps to limit distorted thinking reducing the scale and intensity of reactions to stressors.
With CBT, a patient is guided through the process of managing their body and mind towards triggers which can cause negative thinking allowing for short term management goals to be set so that these patterns can be disrupted. This treatment involves talking to the professional mental health therapist and working towards the root cause of an anxiety disorder.
Relief with Medications
Different medications are available that support the treatment of an anxiety disorder as they control some of the physical and mental symptoms. Some of the common medications used are:
It can be helpful in most anxiety disorders except obsessive-compulsive disorders. Its side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, and weight gain. Imipramine and Clomipramine are two examples.
Available only with a prescription, these are highly addictive medications. Diazepam or Valium are two common examples.
Besides being useful in managing depression disorders antidepressants can also be useful in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Fluoxetine and Citalopram are two examples. However common side effects, including nausea and sexual dysfunction with the onset of the treatment can be a serious obstacle to usage.
While prescription drugs can be helpful in the treatment of anxiety disorders some natural remedies do not require a prescription.
A Natural treatment option may be available with hemp oil.
Hemp oil is obtained by compressing hemp and extracting its beneficial properties and terpenes. A common method of extraction, for example, is cold compression where the plant material is "squeezed" to extract its compounds. Unrefined hemp oil is available in a variety of colors ranging from the dark green to clear light green and is nutty in flavor.
Usually, darker colored hemp oil results in a grassier flavor. Hemp oil is different from hash oil which is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil manufactured from the cannabis flower.
Uses of Hemp Oil
Refined hemp oil is available as a clear and colorless version with very little flavor. It’s usually used in body care products and topical creams and is also used in the production of soaps, detergents, and shampoos.
Source of Hemp Oil
Full-spectrum Hemp oil is manufactured from varieties of Cannabis Sativa which contain a very insignificant amount of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is responsible for the psychoactive or intoxicating effect of the cannabis plant. Hemp oil does not contain THC as the manufacturing process involves removing as much as 99.99% of the THC content before pressing for the oil.
Comparison with the Other Edible Oils
When compared to other culinary/ edible oils, hemp oil is low in saturated fat and rich in polyunsaturated fats or "good fats". The oil has a low smoke point and is not suitable for frying. This means hemp oil is primarily used as food oil and dietary supplements.
Treating Anxiety Disorders with Hemp Oil
Hemp oil is extracted from the flower of the hemp plant. The flower is the most powerful part of the hemp plant and the oil produced contains healthy lipids of various Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. These compounds have shown a capacity to relieve anxiety. According to some studies, the proper amount of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids help to reduce the incidences of migraines and headaches caused by daily stress.
Phytocannabinoids and Terpenes
Hemp oil consists of phytocannabinoids and terpenes which can have a positive impact on the neurological system via the body's endocannabinoid system (ECS). The endocannabinoid system is a series of neurological receptors that react to or "bind with" the presence of natural biochemicals in the bloodstream and are responsible for proper brain functions.
Terpenes are responsible for the specific scent that is released by a flower or an orange peel for example. A common terpene is Limonene terpene which is irresponsible for the lemon Aroma. Some terpenes are known to provide a sense of calm and wellbeing.
CBD and Anxiety Disorders
CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid found naturally in marijuana and hemp plants and does not cause feelings of intoxication.
CBD for Generalized Anxiety Disorder Reduces Stress
Social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder may also be alleviated with CBD as it helps to ease issues like nightmares and replaying of negative memories. CBD coupled with medication and cognitive behavioral therapy may help treat anxiety disorders.
CBD has been shown to minimize seizure activity in the brain and can help to reduce anxiety and depression, as well as manage pain. It can also provide inflammatory and neuro-protective effects from diseases like arthritis.
How Does The Body Absorb CBD?
Once ingested CBD has to be transported throughout the body and interact with or influence cannabinoid receptors namely CB2 and CB2. These receptors are mainly responsible for the assimilation of cannabinoid molecules into our system so that the psychoactive and immune response benefits correlated with hemp oil and CBD consumption can take effect.
There are many ways CBD oil can be ingested into the body. Placing it under the tongue, adding it to edibles like gummies or applying topically.
Consuming CBD Products by Ingestion Method
CBD oil can be ingested through various methods that include:
- Oral ingestion with supplements or other edibles
- Sub-lingually with tinctures, and sprays
- Topically in the form of lotions, balms, or salves.
Oral ingestion is the most common method of consuming CBD through the mouth. Capsules and edibles are swallowed where it will be digested before being absorbed. The hemp extract present in the product passes through the portal vein and then travels through the bloodstream.
Concentrates, Tinctures, and Sprays For Sublingual Application
Tinctures or sprays are administered under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds before being swallowed. The side effect of this ingestion method is that the flavor of cannabis is not preferred by many and with the sublingual administration they are put off.
The sublingual methods allow CBD to completely bypass the digestive system and liver metabolism so the compounds can avoid being broken down by enzymes. CBD reaches the bloodstream more quickly.
Lotions, Balms, or Salves
When CBD oil is applied topically it reaches the bloodstream but is absorbed only by the skin surface where it reacts with nearby cannabinoid receptors. As human skin has low permeability, it blocks more substances from entering the body; particularly the rate of absorption of cannabinoids is low. So CBD balms, lotions and salves have to be applied in heavy doses.
The absorption of CBD for its health benefits depends upon the administration method. You would have to decide upon the ingestion method depending upon your needs now that you have all the knowledge regarding CBD ingestion methods and their pros and cons. Select a method that is convenient for you.
The Importance of Lab Results.
No matter what method of ingestion you choose always to be certain to review the Lab Results of any product you are thinking of purchasing. Lab Results provide you with important information that certifies not only the purity of the product but will also provide information about the strain and growing method used to produce the plant as well as the method used to extract the desired terpenes.
Serenity Potions only offers products whose manufacturers make Lab results available. CBD Lab results will include the potency and terpene profile analysis providing you with a high-quality product and a level of potency you can rely on.