Handling Anxiety During a Global Pandemic
As the world continues to face the global pandemic of Covid-19 also called novel coronavirus, anxiety is on the rise. Isolation, social distancing and generally not knowing what's going to happen next with the virus raises nervousness in us all. Humans naturally want to engage with one another; being told to hunker down and wait indefinitely can make the calmest person anxiousness.
That being said we found it important to briefly post about how CBD can help manage anxiety. The choice to do a CBD regimen is a personal one and the informed consumer is always the best.
We are not saying that cannabinoids, terpenes or CBD solve or cure Covid-19/novel coronavirus. It does NOT. Currently there is no vaccine for Covid-19/novel coronavirus. The CDC and the World Health Organization have the most up to date guidelines on handling Covid-19/novel coronavirus.
Many users of CBD have offered anecdotal evidence surrounding anxiety and stress reduction. Research studies are also yielding the same findings congruent with anecdotal accounts. For example in a study published in The Permanente Journal found:
"The final sample consisted of 72 adults presenting with primary concerns of anxiety (n = 47) or poor sleep (n = 25). Anxiety scores decreased within the first month in 57 patients (79.2%) and remained decreased during the study duration. Sleep scores improved within the first month in 48 patients (66.7%) but fluctuated over time."
What causes anxiety is multilayered from external and internal factors. When it comes to internal factors using the body's own internal endocannabinoid, CBD helps to promote homeostasis in the body by using its own CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Another study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found:
"Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders: at oral doses ranging from 300 to 600 mg, CBD reduces experimentally induced anxiety in healthy controls, without affecting baseline anxiety levels, and reduces anxiety in patients with SAD. Limited results in healthy subjects also support the efficacy of CBD in acutely enhancing fear extinction, suggesting potential for the treatment of PTSD, or for enhancing cognitive behavioral therapy."
CBD does not boost serotonin but it can increase the effect on how the brain and body responds to serotonin. Increased serotonin levels decreases depression. Decreased depression also helps with decreasing anxiety. An additional study also published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found:
"Clinical studies indicate that cannabidiol (CBD), the primary nonaddictive component of cannabis that interacts with the serotonin (5-HT)1A receptor, may possess analgesic and anxiolytic effects.......Overall, repeated treatment with low-dose CBD induces analgesia predominantly through TRPV1 activation, reduces anxiety through 5-HT1A receptor activation, and rescues impaired 5-HT neurotransmission under neuropathic pain conditions."
- Get more sleep
- Yoga and meditation
- Eat healthy
- Stay active, get moving, exercise
- Drink green tea
- Start or reconnect with hobbies
- Talk to a therapist
- Check in with friends and family
- Ask for help
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*Always consult your healthcare provider when introducing anything into your healthcare regimen.