CBD and anxiety

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Anxiety is an essential characteristic of our body: we need it to detect certain dangerous situations to keep us safe. Unfortunately, a high percentage of the population suffers from anxiety problems for a variety of reasons, to the point of having difficulties living a normal life. To this end, the potential of cannabidiol (CBD) to treat anxiety is emerging.

Symptoms of anxiety

Not all symptoms are obvious. There are many preconceived notions about anxiety, so many people think that a person suffering from anxiety will only manifest it as a panic attack. However, there are many other factors that can show a person’s anxiety including depression, irritability, dizziness, inability to communicate and paranoia.

Anxiety is a psychological trait that affects people in different ways, revealing different types of anxiety disorders (panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorders)

The causes of anxiety are still poorly understood and can vary from person to person. In the case of mental disorders, anxiety can be a secondary problem linked to other psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Recent studies have shown that anxiety disorders can also be inherited or even caused by problems in the functioning of the brain circuits responsible for emotional regulation.

How can CBD relieve anxiety?

CBD, is one of the most common cannabinoids found in cannabis plants. In addition, cannabidiol (CBD) works differently from the rest of cannabinoids. According to experts, CBD can reduce anxiety: it helps to stimulate signalling through serotonin receptors, creating a positive state of mind and a relaxing anxiolytic effect.

A Brazilian researcher has developed a study testing the effects of CBD in people suffering from anxiety. The study was completed with the opinions of the participants and their brain scans. The research concluded that the blood flow patterns in the brain were concentrated in anxiolytic effects. It has been shown that anxiety levels have been reduced after consuming cannabidiol.

Considering that there are more and more people in the world suffering from mental health problems, CBD could be an alternative legal, safe and natural treatment, with the ability to improve people’s symptoms and quality of life. To find out more about CBD and anxiety, we recommend this research report

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