It’s 40% worse this year than last year….and affects 40 million people in America alone.
86% of those affected feel it hurts their physical health, too.
If these stats sound bad, that’s because they are. They characterize a disorder that sometimes gets overlooked: anxiety. And while anxiety may be less noticeable from the outside than things like chronic pain or disease, it can be just as crippling.
Characterized by excessive worry, racing thoughts, fear, and fatigue, the impacts of anxiety are far-reaching, extending into many different areas of one's life. It's not uncommon for those with anxiety to feel like they've missed out on living, or that they're unable to do things they once enjoyed.
So maybe it's not surprising, then, that many people who suffer from anxiety turn to alcohol, tobacco, and powerful prescription drugs. While the opioid epidemic has made us aware of the danger of these types of drugs, those with anxiety may feel they have no other option that gives the same type of relief.
But there are better alternatives. Thankfully, much better alternatives.
In order to alleviate anxiety, it's important to first understand it. While the causes of this disease are complex, modern science has uncovered some details. We'll go into the simplified version of these details below!
Anxiety is likely caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. These imbalances are usually first triggered by something; it might be environmental, it might be genetic. But the fact is that, in most people with anxiety, imbalances are there. Usually they take the form of a suboptimal serotonin to dopamine ratio.
Serotonin and dopamine are chemical messengers referred to as neurotransmitters; both are involved in modulating the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. In a very real sense, anxious people are stuck living in fight or flight mode. Not good.
CBD helps with this. If you've ever taken CBD oil, you may have noticed just how relaxing you felt afterward. You can thank CBD's perfect interaction with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) for that. CBD intake allows a boosted ECS to restore normal serotonin: dopamine ratios, making for a calmer and less anxious you.
Another way CBD might help: it ‘dims down’ overactive electrical activity in the brain. That’s because the cellular signallers CBD amplifies are inhibitory in nature — they slow things down and synchronize them. With regular CBD use comes higher endocannabinoid levels, and with higher endocannabinoid levels comes the brain’s ability to put a damper on excitatory influences. In a very real sense, CBD restores to a person the ability to retain control over their health and wellness … even on an electrical level.
CBD’s anti-anxiety effects have some pretty big research studies backing them, too. One of these studies subjected both SAD (social anxiety disorder) patients and healthy patients to stimulated public speaking tests — both with and without CBD.
What researchers saw happen to both patient groups was interesting:
“Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance, and significantly decreased alert in their anticipatory speech.”
Pretreatment with CBD took away nearly all anxiety from the healthy control group, even before public speaking. And it kept the SAD group amazingly close to normal during all but the most stressful moments of the test. This group even reported a positive, not negative, self-evaluation as they prepared to begin their speeches.
In other words, the SAD patients experienced less anxiety and more hope. All from a single dose of CBD in the form of cannabidiol isolate! Just imagine what consistent dosing would do.
After all, it can take time to fully rebalance endocannabinoid levels, levels that are often low in those with anxiety and other forms of disease. When taken consistently, CBD improves ECS function and empowers the body to heal itself. ‘Side effects’ include things like better sleep, reduced pain...and less anxiety!
Best of all, CBD reduces anxiety with a minimum of actual side effects. Unlike traditional mood stabilizers, it doesn't act in isolation on one or two biochemicals. Instead it acts on virtually everything via far-reaching endocannabinoid system pathways, meaning your mental outlook can be gently lifted up.
And though the plant molecule does ‘hit’ the same 5-HT1A serotonin receptors that SSRI drugs do, it does so much more holistically. These receptors can join forces with endocannabinoid receptors when under the protective influence of CBD, after all.
The worst thing that might happen with CBD dosing? If you take too much, it may not work quite as well, and you might get a little sleepy. But even this small drawback is reduced if you’ve opted to take a full spectrum CBD product.
That’s according to a study done by the same scientist that first discovered the endocannabinoid anandamide. While cheaper CBD isolate products do work, they only work up to a certain point. Full spectrum hemp oil, on the other hand, works well even at high doses and never really reaches that point of diminishing returns.
Though many CBD companies produce their oils with CBD isolate (it is cheaper, after all), we’re different. At Vision Aura, we agree with these recent findings — and know that nature knows best. We choose to make all our products with full-spectrum hemp oil that includes all of the cannabinoids and terpenes found in hemp, allowing you to experience all of the plant’s benefits.
Just keep in mind that it usually doesn’t take much CBD to reduce anxiety, especially if you use the full spectrum hemp oil we advocate. Whether you have SAD or simply want to feel a little more peaceful, consider trying out a hemp product. The testimonials are pretty promising so far:
“Not a skeptic now! Rick turned me on to the tincture drops and I was skeptical if the product would help with anxiety. I took the product for a few weeks then forgot to take it over a few days. The real proof is when you stop taking them and the anxiety comes back. I’m hooked and making this part of my daily vitamins. Thanks Rick!”
- Kevin Rose