The More You Know: Anxiety, Mental Health, & CBD

Anxiety is the human body's natural response to stress that manifests in feelings of fear, worry, and nervousness. 

According to the National Institute of Medical Health (NIMH), anxiety is the most common mental illness in the US and while over 40 million Americans struggle with some form of it, only 37% receive treatment.  Annually, it costs the US $42 billion, almost a third of the total $148 billion mental healthcare bill. 

A number of studies have shown the potential benefits of using CBD oil to alleviate anxiety symptoms such as restlessness, difficulty sleeping, panic, irritability, rapid heart rate, and muscle tension.

While it's still not fully understood, it is hypothesized that cannabinoids positively interact with the CB1 brain receptor and alter serotonin* levels, the body's chemical and neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire. 

* Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Zoloft and Prozac are conventional treatments used for low serotonin and anxiety management. 

CBD oil is a non-habit forming, holistic, and affordable alternative to help reduce anxiety symptoms without getting high and without becoming dependent on prescription medicine.