Everyone gets anxious from time to time. It is a normal emotion.
But anxiety disorders are different. They are a group of mental illnesses, and the difficulty they cause can cause disruptions to a person’s day-to-day life.
People who have an anxiety disorder have fears and worries that are overwhelming, constant, and even disabling.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorder is a general term that includes a number of different conditions including the following:
Social Anxiety Disorder
This is also known as a social phobia where individuals feel self-consciousness and overwhelming worry about normal, everyday social situations. They focus on others judging them or being ridiculed or embarrassed.
Individuals feel the terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, they may have chest pain, sweat, and feel palpitations (which are irregular or unusually strong heartbeats). They may also feel like they are choking or experiencing a heart attack.
Individuals feel an intense fear of a specific situation or object, such as spiders or heights. The fear goes above what is appropriate and may even cause individuals to avoid ordinary situations.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Individuals feel unrealistic, excessive tension and worry with little or no reason to explain why.
Researchers still do not know exactly what brings on anxiety disorders. They arise from a combination of things including environmental stress, changes in the brain, and even genetics.
Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders
General symptoms of anxiety disorders include the following:
- Sleep problems
- Fear, panic, and uneasiness
- Shortness of breath
- Tense muscles
- Dry mouth
- Not being able to stay still or calm
- Heart palpitations
- Cold, numb, sweaty or tingling hands or feet
But, how can you treat anxiety?
CBD for Anxiety
Early research shows encouraging signs that cannabis may relieve anxiety. CBD is a type of cannabinoid, which is a natural chemical compound found in cannabis plants.
Cannabis oil is said to work with a brain receptor known as CB1. These receptors are tiny proteins attached to a person’s cells. They help the cells respond to chemical signals from different stimuli.
Although not completely understood how CBD affects the CB1 receptor, it is thought that it alters serotonin signals. It is the serotonin that plays a role in your mental health, and not having enough of it can cause anxiety for many people.
The conventional treatment of low serotonin levels is selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as Prozac or Zoloft. But for many people, cannabis oil is a natural, alternative way to manage anxiety.
Studies have also shown some benefits of CBD for treating anxiety in response to other forms of anxiety such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and anxiety-induced insomnia.
If you have any form of anxiety, consider using cannabis oil as an alternative treatment for your disorder. Start your journey back to an anxiety-free life by filling out our application or get in touch with CBD International today.