A large percentage of the United States (and the world) are on an unprecedented lockdown due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. At times like this, many of us could use some relief from the anxiety and worry that we are all experiencing. Happy Place Oils is proud to provide a holistic remedy with our organic CBD products. We’ve shared some well-researched information about CBD and it’s use and effects below. Don’t suffer, take the necessary steps to feel better!
Anxiety is your body’s normal response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or uncertainty about what’s to come, which is something we all experience from time to time. However, when these feelings interfere with daily activities, are hard to control, and last a long time, you might need to take some measures to try and reduce your anxiety levels. There is both anecdotal and scientific evidence to suggest that CBD can alleviate anxiety and leave you feeling calmer.
How does CBD work to lower the stress in our bodies and minds? The short answer is, our bodies are designed to receive cannabinoids like CBD. All mammals have an endocannabinoid system, which is a signaling system that allows our cells and organs to communicate with each other. It does this with substances called endocannabinoids (cannabinoids produced inside our bodies), which are neurotransmitters. Plant-based cannabinoids such as CBD can also interact with our body’s cannabinoid receptors, which are integral to the regulation of emotional behavior. Activation of these receptors can reduce fear and anxiety.
The exact way in which CBD affects cannabinoid receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood. However, it may alter serotonin signals. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, and it plays an important role in mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety. For generalized anxiety disorder, CBD has been shown to reduce stress in animal studies. Doses of CBD lowered behavioral signs of anxiety, as well as physical symptoms (such as increased heart rate).
CBD may also benefit people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder*. Those who received CBD instead of a placebo experienced overall reduced anxiety levels. And multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can also help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. CBD may also help treat anxiety-induced insomnia.
Try our mint-flavored CBD oils or our CBD-infused gummy bears for an ingestible form of anxiety relief. For extra stress busting, try our CBD bath bombs with essential oils and epsom salts. Once you experience the effects of CBD, you may wonder why you didn’t try it earlier! Take care of your well-being during this uncertain time, and you’ll come out the other side feeling stronger than ever. Stay safe and stay healthy, from all of us at Happy Place Oils!
* In 2011, a study researched CBD’s effects on people with social anxiety disorder.