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The Lesser Known Benefits of CBD for Anxiety

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Written by Nancy

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health concerns in the United States. Anxiety affects approximately forty million people, above 18 years of age, in the United States. This comprises of 18.1% of the population. Despite being a treatable disorder, only 36.9% of individuals who are diagnosed with anxiety receive treatment for it.

Most people who experience anxiety are also likely to be diagnosed with depression. Women are more likely to be affected. There are different variations of the disorder other than Generalized Anxiety Disorder such as Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Specific phobias, Post Traumatic stress Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive disorder.

What are the treatment options available for anxiety disorders?

While therapy and medication are the more common treatments for anxiety disorders, there are various complementary and integrative treatment options that have emerged over the years with proven results.

Research indicates that the calming effect of CBD on the central nervous system makes it an approachable treatment for a wide range of disorders. Pre-clinical and clinical evidence have indicated the importance of CBD in neuropsychiatric disorders which includes anxiety.

Effects on Humans

CBD oil in particular works with a brain receptor known as CB1. These receptors are like small proteins which are attached to cells that receive signals from different stimulants, both externally and internally from the body and help the cells respond.

CB1 is understood to alter the serotonin levels, and by increasing it or altering the ability for them to be received more frequently in the chemical processes in the brain. CBD can be an alternative to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors to manage anxiety.

Studies have shown the impact on the physiological symptoms of anxiety as well such as regulating heart rate levels.

Effects on Pets

Lots of pets suffer from anxiety which can be caused by multiple factors such as noise, too many people, or general distress. CBD products are known to help keep them calm, support mobility in their joints and maintain normal brain function.

It is useful in treating dogs that might get seizures, nausea, stress, back pain and gastrointestinal issues. It does not make dogs high or have any sedative effects and has almost no life threatening side effects.

If you want alternative options to treat anxiety for yourself or your pets, then check out the range of CBD products available at the online CBD store The Hemp & CBD CO. in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.

About the author

Nancy

Nancy

I’m Nancy and no, I didn’t always look like I do in that picture on the right. My foray into health and fitness began as a brace-faced, 16 year-old who was too afraid to wear a two-piece at the beach because I felt my body paled in comparison to my much more toned friends.