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CBD for Anxiety
Written by Amelia Whelan on Aug 31, 2021
CBD + ANXIETY RELIEF
Record numbers of people in modern society, predominantly women, suffer from mild to extreme anxiety. Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder, or GAD, is one of the most common forms of anxiety disorders that impair quality of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 15 million adults in the United States have social phobia, and about 6.8 million have a generalized anxiety disorder.
Billions of dollars are spent every year on traditional treatments that usually involve counseling and addictive tranquilizers to treat this condition. Yet, as our doctors write out a prescription, they know that the condition’s cause is unknown.
I believe that because human beings have lived with a fear response since the beginning of time, there must be a way to heal anxiety naturally and healthily. In my eyes, the best way to approach the mild-to-moderate types of anxiety is to treat it not as a disease but as a challenge. I believe that I should use my emotions, not allow them to use me. The challenge for many is to bring the fear response back under control. Otherwise, anxiety can quickly become ingrained and, over time, spiral downward.
In order to find the "answer" to anxiety, we must start by dealing with anxiety by healing its underlying causes. According to Deepak Chopra, If you suffer from anxiety, your mind has gotten into the habit of holding on to fear instead of letting the response follow its natural cycle. What you need to do is to get it back into its normal rhythm. Your body wants to respond naturally but is being held back. Left to itself, the fear response isn't mental; it's physical. There are three steps to get the body accustomed to being in charge of fear again.
1. Get out of your mind and back into your body.
2. Clear the fear response.
3. Calm the body into its natural state of relaxation.
I believe that there is not one pill, powder, superfood, or supplement that will be your answer for anxiety. Although CBD may not be your "cure-all" for anxiety, it may be the perfect all-natural, non-addictive supplement that will help you find calmness and clarity while you work on the underlying issues causing your anxiety in the first place.
In a 2011 study, scientists wanted to study the effects of CBD on people with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder.) The scientists selected 24 people with this condition who had never received treatment for SAD then divided participants into two groups. One group received 600 mg of CBD, while the control group received a placebo. The scientists then asked study participants to take part in a simulated public speaking test while researchers measured blood pressure, heart rate, and other measurements of physiological and psychological stress.
The CBD group showed significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in their speech performance. In comparison, those in the placebo group presented higher anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort.
CBD and other cannabis products have played a huge role in my recovery from anxiety and onset insomnia. CBD and meditation is the first recommendation I share with any friends, family, or private clients who are dealing with anxiety or depression. Use CBD to create an environment for yourself that allows inner reflection and personal growth, and observe as your anxiety begins to dissolve from your current reality.
WHAT BRAND OF CBD DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Fractal Flowers is a company based on Kauai, Hawaii and owned/created by my close friends, Finn and Kyra who are amazing, intelligent and highly experienced growers and herbalists.
Sustainably Sourced: created with the highest quality botanicals while supporting the earth’s ecosystems and sustainable harvesting practices.
Small batch products 100% handcrafted on Kauai.
All products are organic, wildcrafted, vegan, and non-GMO.
Third-Party testing backs all products for safety and dosage accuracy.
Made with love by good people, doing great things.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?
The most important thing to remember is that every person's endocannabinoid system is unique. I recommend experimenting with CBD to find a dose that works best for you and your body. Most people (myself included) report success with CBD with 10 drops of CBD which equal about 25mg of CBD.
Here are three Fractal Flowers CBD oils that may help you in your journey to alleviating anxiety.