Anxiety. The word alone conjures up images of nail biting, cold sweats, nerve-wracking presentations, and bad dreams about being naked on the bus or in the office space. It can be situational or brought on suddenly by stressful events, such as the current and ongoing pandemic. However, for 40 million1 adult Americans, anxiety is more than a passing emotion related to your impending project deadline. It’s an underlying medical condition affecting daily life.
The occurrence and spread of the novel coronavirus became a psychological tipping point for many already stressed Americans, and it’s reasonable to assume anxiety has increased for those who have been diagnosed with a psychological disorder such as anxiety or depression. Even among adults without any previously identified health or mental health conditions, anxiety seems to have permeated every aspect of daily routine. We certainly don’t lack for things to be anxious about: finances, child care, school, work, and our physical health. The most recent studies suggest that 34 out of 100 American2 adults over the age of 18 are now experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder, depression, or both. Prior to the pandemic, it was estimated that only 39.6% of those suffering1 from an anxiety disorder had been diagnosed and were receiving treatment. Overwhelmed healthcare systems, fear, and stay at home orders may make it more challenging to seek treatment. As we struggle to adjust and define a new “normal,” our mental health must remain a priority. If you’re feeling anxious, but perhaps you’re unable to seek professional treatment, or if you’re seeking natural alternatives to prescription therapies, CBD deserves some consideration.
What is CBD? CBD stands for cannabidiol. You may have heard of CBD’s cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. CBD and THC are both chemicals found in the marijuana plant, and these molecules interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to create feelings of euphoria and well-being. THC is the cannabinoid that gets you “high.” CBD can be used in additional therapies to boost the nervous system production of serotonin without the high typically associated with marijuana consumption. Several studies using CBD as treatment for anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, showed promising results. A study conducted in 20113 of subjects receiving 400 milligrams indicated reduced anxiety symptoms such as elevated heart rate, nervousness, and insomnia. A 20164 study showed CBD may even be an effective treatment for other psychological disorders such as schizophrenia. The key to making CBD effective lies in the dosage and delivery. It’s important to use a high-quality CBD oil, such as those sold by Nona Oils. CBD is available in liquid or edible form, making it easier to incorporate into your lifestyle.
CBD is legal in all 50 states, and obtainable without a prescription, just be sure to check your local legislation. It should also be noted that CBD may interact with some prescription pharmaceuticals. Please consult with your doctor or certified medical practitioner before making any changes to your current regimen.