Anxiety is normal and yet it can be debilitating for many, to a point that it seriously disrupts one’s life. It can become a devastating illness like it has with my sister. Anxiety and depression run in our family and I have had to battle these demons my whole life. Fortunately, I found my medicine early and decided to go with “the Plant” instead of pharmaceutical drugs.
But it turns out I was missing the most important component CBD, since I wasn’t into “smoking” Hemp! Now that my daily health regiment includes CBD, these disorders have been so much more manageable. So how does it work and how can it help you?
Let’s start with scientific studies and clinical trials. These statements come from NCBI, The National Center for Biotechnology Information.
· “We found that existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.”
· “It also has positive effects on attenuating psychotic-, anxiety- and depressive-like behaviors. Moreover, CBD affects synaptic plasticity and facilitates neurogenesis.”
· “Relative to placebo, CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety.”
CBD is thought to work with a brain receptor called CB1. Brain receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond.
The exact way CBD affects CB1 is not fully understood. However, it’s thought that it alters serotoninsignals, one of your body’s chemicals and plays a role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are common in depression. Not having enough serotonin can also cause anxiety in some people.
For dosing, on average, it seems that effective CBD dosages fall within the 40 mg to 600 mg range. Before you dose at the higher end of the spectrum, remember that everyone’s needs are different.
· Start with a Low CBD Dosage: Always start with the lowest possible dosage, irrespective of the health issue you are using CBD oil for. Your body needs time to adapt to the cannabinoid.
· Increase Dosage Slowly: If initially no effects are noticeable, increase your dosage every few days. It takes time for the compound to build up and affect the endocannabinoid system. Changes can take a few days to become apparent. Therefore, it’s crucial that you stick with the same dosage for a few days before deciding to increase it.
· Separate into Smaller Doses throughout the Day: As you increase your dosage, you may find that you suddenly are taking many drops at a time. Although it is safe to take CBD in high doses under most circumstances, it may increase absorption rate and efficacy if you separate the doses, and take smaller amounts throughout the day.
We all need help in this area and maybe it won’t completely chase the demons away but it sure can help to keep them at bay.
By: Karen Watts Nauman