Anxiety can be understood as a very serious mental disorder which is afflicting a large percentage of the population and is on the rise with each passing year. While this disorder has its roots in the mind, anxiety also attacks our body, creating various issues like incapability of proper sleep, tingling or numbing sensation in the extremities, deteriorated blood flow, nauseousness and lightheadedness.
Until quite recently, people struggling with anxiety-related conditions had very few healthy treatment options available, because the side effects induced by classical medication are frequently even worse than the anxiety itself.
After an almost century-long worldwide prohibition of cannabis, scientists have figured out that a naturally occurring chemical compound within the Cannabis can be used for an insanely wide range of medical conditions (including anxiety of course), and it goes by the name of cannabidiol.
CBD (or cannabidiol) is the second most abundant cannabinoid in cannabis, right after THC. Cannabinoids are active, naturally-occurring chemical compounds unique to the cannabis plant.
While THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is able to cause a psychoactive effect on humans, CBD only functions in correlation with our internal endocannabinoid system, causing absolutely zero sensations in our brain.
To date, exactly 113 different cannabinoids have been isolated so far, and scientists predict that there are many more useful cannabinoids that are yet to be discovered.
The wide medical range of CBD for health is truly astonishing, and it can be used for alleviation of insomnia, muscle spasms, issues with chronic pain, inflammation, nausea, appetite, psoriasis, disorders of the nervous system, blood sugar, seizures and much more.
It’s important to note that the research of CBD is still in its early stages, and modern science will undoubtedly discover new uses for this extraordinary compound.
We’re now going to focus more closely on the relationship between anxiety and CBD.
Under the anxiety-umbrella, there are several different disorders, which include PTSD, OCD, general anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobias and panic attacks (which if severe enough can result in full-blown panic attacks).
Even though these are all different afflictions, they can be diminished by CBD, because of the way it affects the chemistry in our body and brain.
Cannabidiol functions in a similar manner like the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) drugs like Prozac and Zoloft, by stopping the brain to reabsorb serotonin, leaving heightened levels of serotonin available to be activated by neurons, which in favour makes us feel serenity, calmness and happiness.
Pretty much the only difference is the side-effects Prozac and Zoloft bring along with them, which cannot be said about CBD at all.
Another piece of the puzzle is that CBD has shown to aid in neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the creation of new neurons within the brain, and brain scans of patients suffering from anxiety have shown that they have a physically smaller hippocampus (a section of the brain in charge of memory formation and emotions), than the people who don’t have issues with this malady. Animal studies concluded that CBD aids the “regeneration” of the hippocampus, and by doing so diminishing anxiety from the root so to speak.
As previously mentioned, cannabidiol is a completely non-psychotropic compound, so your perception of reality can never be altered by it.
The CBD actually represses the effects of THC when we’re using cannabis flowers in their whole form. This practically means that you get all the benefits from CBD, without any repercussions, which is utterly impossible to say for prescription narcotics.