You’re probably feeling pretty anxious or scared right now. At least you will be feeling that way if you’re paying attention to the world right now. Sadly, it’s completely understandable. The COVID-19 pandemic is now making its way around the world. This is a frightening moment in world history, and it makes perfect sense for all of us to be afraid.
As a result of that fear, many people are turning to CBD. Indeed, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD can help reduce anxiety, stress, and feelings of panic.
To be as clear as possible, CBD is not a cure or preventative measure for COVID-19. You should continue to listen to respected healthcare authorities in order to keep yourself safe. However, some evidence, and the personal experiences of many, suggest that CBD may help people feel calmer and less anxious. In these uncertain times, that can be very helpful.
Here’s a look at how, exactly, CBD can help you reduce your anxiety.
How CBD Works
CBD oil works by altering the function of your Endocannabinoid System. Your Endocannabinoid System has multiple components. This includes naturally-produced cannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors, and enzymes that break down the cannabinoids.
CBD is a specific type of cannabinoid. It does not bind directly with receptors. Rather, it affects the strength and timing of a bond. This makes the bond stronger and last for longer periods of time. This, in turn, has an impact on a slew of physical and emotional sensations. These include pain, stress, mood, fatigue, appetite, inflammation and more.
CBD is non-intoxicating, non-addictive and generally safe.
How CBD Can Help Reduce Anxiety
As noted above, your Endocannabinoid System has an impact on your overall mood and stress levels. This, in turn, can have a role in reducing your anxiety.
Multiple studies have backed up the conclusion that CBD can help reduce anxiety levels, and while more research is needed, it is clear that some evidence supports this conclusion. In addition to altering the function of your Endocannabinoid System, some researchers have found that CB1R agonists that are found in CBD can help to suppress anxiety.
This, in turn, can help reduce specific types of anxiety, and many individuals have reported that CBD has helped them manage their obsessive-compulsive disorder. Another study found that, when given CBD, individuals reported reduced levels of anxiety before giving a speech in public, leading researchers to conclude that CBD may have a role at reducing performance anxiety. A small case study of 21 individuals who suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder found that 91% of the patients who completed treatment reported a decrease in anxiety symptoms after regular consumption of CBD. It also seems possible that CBD can assist with the reduction of social anxiety, with some users finding that CBD helped them be less anxious in social situations. A small study of Japanese teenagers who suffered from social anxiety found that teens who took CBD reported lowered anxiety levels.
As you can see, CBD researchers have conducted many studies on anxiety. However, in these anxious times, there is evidence and personal stories to suggest that CBD can be helpful in controlling anxiety.
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