CBD and Anxiety
Anxiety is no walk in the park. As stressful as a bout of anxiety can be, it is a natural critical adaptive response that can help us cope with threats to our safety. The problem comes when we can’t manage these natural responses effectively, or when these responses flood in and become overwhelming. The good news? You are not alone! Anxiety-related disorders affect 40 million adults (18% of the population) in just the US.
Pharmaceuticals can be a lifesaver for those living with anxiety. However, people looking to relieve anxiety without prescription medications are taking a new look at cannabidiol, also known as CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound naturally found in the cannabis plant. The non-psychoactive cousin to THC, CBD can’t get you high. Instead, when ingested, CBD gets to work on your body’s endocannabinoid system. Our body’s endocannabinoid system is in charge of regulating sleep patterns, appetite and general mood. Our bodies already produce cannabinoids in its regulation of emotion and sleep – ingesting CBD can trigger the release of more.
What does CBD do?
In addition to triggering the release of cannabinoids, CBD works with the nervous system to intercept the transmission of pain signals in the body. It also influences the release of specific hormones and enzymes that can aid in digestive health and cognitive function. So what does this have to do with anxiety? CBD has been used for centuries to help relieve anxiety, soothe stress and promote rest and relaxation!
CBD Can Help Manage Anxiety
Stress of any kind can negatively impact your ability to function. This means maintaining relationships, excelling at work or school, or keeping a healthy sleep schedule. Whether you’re living with an anxiety disorder or just experiencing a bout of stress at work, CBD works with your body’s nervous and endocannabinoid systems to stimulate the production of hormones that aid in mood regulation, making you feel calm and relaxed.
CBD Promotes Sleep
If you’ve ever laid awake at night, tossing and turning, unable to get your mind off something, you know how hard it is to sleep with anxiety. In fact, one of the leading symptoms of anxiety disorders is insomnia. Stress can keep you nervous system activated during the hours your body is trying to rest. CBD promotes rest and relaxation, allowing your body to regenerate with a night of truly peaceful sleep. And because CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, which plays a huge role in regulating sleep patterns, it can also help stabilize how you sleep. CBD can help enable longer periods of undisrupted sleep. This helps you feel more rested even with fewer actual sleep hours logged. Some research indicates that CBD may even promote more REM sleep – the type of deep sleep that gives you the rest your body really craves.
CBD Counteracts The “Scary High”
True, CBD comes from the same plant as THC. However, it does not get you high or make you feel intoxicated. In fact, some experts argue that CBD helps counteract the anxious, paranoid, “scary high” feelings of THC and can work as an anti-psychotic! So the next time you start feeling too high and that paranoia sets in, take a dose of CBD to calm down and chill out.
Settle your senses with The Brothers Apothecary Mellow Mint CBD Tea – the perfect blend of organic Pacific Northwest-grown spearmint and peppermint with hemp-derived CBD. Peppermint helps soothe the stomach, ease tension and relax the mind! As in all Brother’s teas, the CBD included is legal, organic hemp-derived CBD free of marijuana or THC. One mug of this caffeine-free Brothers blend tea will having you breathing deeply. For help drifting off to sleep, try a dose of The Brothers Apothecary Sleep Aid with powerful herbs Valerian, Chamomile, Skull Cap and CBD to reduce anxiety, insomnia, tension and stress. For relief any time, try The Brothers Apothecary Unwind CBD Essential Roller Ball. This roller is formulated with an anti-anxiety blend of calming and uplifting essential oils like lavender, ylang-ylang, chamomile, and cedarwood to relax and refresh your state of mind.