Anxiety is a helpful adaptive response to threats to our safety and welfare.
This reaction motivates us to take action and protect ourselves.
However, this response can become counterproductive and negatively impact everyday life. Anxiety-related disorders are a problem for approximately forty million adults in the United States. There are a whole bunch of drugs designed to treat anxiety-related disorders. Although these drugs are sometimes effective, many patients don’t respond favorably. The side effects can be extremely harmful. Plus, tranquilizers such as Valium and Xanax are very addictive. More and more people have turned to alternative treatments. Cannabis provides a non-intoxicating, non-addictive, natural alternative for conventional medications. CBD has steadily gained popularity with both patients and medical professionals. Evidence suggests that CBD offers powerful anti-anxiety properties. It also counteracts many of THC’s problematic effects. CBD has proven successful in treating panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, depression and more. CBD creates multiple actions in the brain that explain why it is useful in treating anxiety. Conventional medication is designed to block reabsorption of serotonin in the brain to increase availability of serotonin in the synaptic space. When the brain is able to transmit more serotonin signals, anxiety is reduced and modd is enhanced. CBD increases signaling through serotonin receptors. Evidence from animal studies have demonstrated the positive effects of CBD in the brain. Consumers of CBD are validating it as an anti-anxiety treatment. While more research is definitely needed, there is hope for those who suffer from anxiety disorders. There is now access to a more affordable, safe and natural remedy. Hopefully, success stories will continue to encourage more people to try CBD.
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