Struggle With Anxiety? CBD May Help (Part One)
Anxiety can be disruptive as much as it can be debilitating, impacting our quality of life. Discover the role CBD plays.
Our emotional wellness is intimately tied to our overall wellness and immune health, and while stress and anxiety are not necessarily bad things to experience, when they become chronic, we get sick.
At Elyxir, we’re here to support the whole picture of wellness — body, mind, and soul — and that begins with CBD. Join us in today’s post as we explore the relationship CBD has with supporting our emotional wellness, namely anxiety.
When A Little Stress Is Okay…
Managing anxiety is very common for Americans, as anxiety disorders affect over 40 million adults with only 36% of those suffering treatment.
So, what gives?
Clearly, many of us have an intimate understanding of anxiety because we deal with it in some way or another. The truth of the matter is, anxiety is innate and it’s a biological response — we need it. It’s an internal signal we receive to help cue us into a potential threat.
Anxiety also works as a great motivator for some. How often do you work harder on your presentation at work or hustle for more tips at your job because you know you have bills to pay? Anxiety plays a role in this. But, only short bursts of anxiety are helpful, it’s when chronic anxiety looms is when it becomes a health concern — our natural responses becomes unmanageable.
Big pharma has been able to respond to our anxious culture by creating a slew of drugs to help people manage their anxiety-related health concerns. While pharmaceuticals can be exceptionally helpful for serious anxiety disorders, many seek an alternative because of the side effects commonly prescribed anxiety drugs such as Prozac and Xanax have.
Is there an alternative to pharmaceuticals? We’d like to think so!
CBD And Anxiety
CBD has gained traction over the years not only as cannabis has been legalized but with the idea that it’s a cure-all for every ailment. So, it can be hard to trust the effectiveness of this plant-based medicine.
But, CBD works well for people and for so many different health issues because it’s truly tailored to the individual. CBD works to help support homeostasis in the body, so if someone is imbalanced in their sleep and someone else in their hormones, CBD seeks to bring everything back into harmony.
Evidence is emerging for CBD’s potential in supporting the symptoms of anxiety. Let’s explore its potential uses.
CBD For Acute Anxiety
Using CBD acutely is to use it as needed. If you’re familiar with anxiety, you know it can come on swiftly and with colossal force. It can be a sudden panic attack when you’re driving or as extreme duress when you’re in a large crowd. In each situation, CBD can be used to help manage these stressors acutely.
Not sure what a symptom of anxiety is? Let’s review the most common.
- Excessive worry
- Increased agitation
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Sleep disruptions
- Panic attacks
- Avoiding social situations
Acute anxiety is difficult to manage because you never know when it will manifest, which in itself, is stressful. If your anxiety begins to disrupt your daily activities, consider seeking help from your health care practitioner. And, contemplate taking CBD when you’re experiencing early anxiety symptoms.
Exploring our emotional wellness is a vital part of our overall well being and with anxiety being at the forefront of America’s mental health concerns, it’s important to get a well-rounded and in-depth dialogue surrounding anxiety. Stay tuned for part two as we dive further into the implications of CBD and anxiety.
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