Symptoms of anxiety or anxiety disorders include:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense
- Feeling a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
- Increased heart rate
- Feeling weak or tired
- An inability to think of anything but present anxiety
- Gastrointestinal (GI) issues
- Difficulty controlling worry
- The urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety
While anxiety disorders could be caused by a separate medical condition, or even be a side effect of certain medication, the most common causes are:
- Stress due to an illness
- Stress buildup
- Other Mental disorders
- Having blood relatives with an anxiety disorder
- Drugs or alcohol
If you suspect you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, the first thing you should do is go see a doctor and get diagnosed. Not all anxiety disorders are the same, nor are all treatments. If you are already taking medication for your anxiety disorder, be sure to talk to your doctor as well, as withdrawal from some anti-anxiety drugs can lead to acute anxiety as well as irritability, dizziness, nausea, and fogginess.
If you are suffering with more mild symptoms of anxiety (or if your doctor has recommended it for your diagnosed anxiety syndrome), CBD hemp oil may help you manage your anxiety. It is cannabidiol’s anxiolytic properties that can help provide relief for anxiety by way of how it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system.
CBD interacts with the body’s CB1 receptors, and through this interaction is thought to alter the body’s signals for serotonin productions. Serotonin is one of the body’s chemicals that plays a significant role in mental health. The traditionally prescribed medication to stimulate serotonin are called selective serotonin uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Examples of SSRIs are Prozac and Zoloft, which while they can be effective, are also often accompanied by less than desirable side effects.
Many people with anxiety and depression have had challenges with marijuana because of what some may consider THC’s negative effects on their mental state. CBD, on the other hand, can be consumed in many different ways (tincture, salve, vape, capsule, to name a few) which can allow for the ingestion of the positive CBD properties while avoiding the psychoactive effects of THC.
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