5 Everyday Anxieties That CBD Can Help Soothe
1. Coffee Jitters
There’s a reason why coffee entrepreneurs have started infusing their beans with CBD. The anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory properties of the cannabinoid put a halt to the uncomfortable jitters and anxiety that come with too much coffee.
Interestingly enough, both CBD and caffeine engage with adenosine receptors. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter that tells your body when to wake up and when to wind down.
Caffeine can be anxiety-provoking because it blocks adenosine receptors, and prevents them from functioning. This means that other exciting, more stimulating neurotransmitters go unchecked, as calming adenosine is blocked. CBD has the opposite effect, it activates adenosine receptors, putting the breaks back on excitatory brain chemicals.
There has yet to be solid research looking at the ways both CBD and caffeine work in the body. Yet, you may find that the cannabinoid nicely mellows out the caffeine rush.
2. Overthinking and Obsessing over Hypothetical Situations
Sometimes, it can be difficult to be present. Our thoughts are entertaining and it’s human nature to grab onto them and run. Unfortunately, our bodies don’t have the capacity to recognize when a story is real versus all in our heads. This means that we have a physiological response to our worries, whether we like it or not.
This means that we have a physiological response to our worries, whether we like it or not. Obsessing over a worry or story causes both physical and mental stress.
CBD can help with this. Like other anxiety medications, CBD has a strong calming effect. However, it isn’t overly sedative and does not come with a host of uncomfortable side effects. The herbal compound is also a strong antioxidant, protecting your body from the physical effects of stress.
3. Social Anxiety
Some people associate cannabis with increased social anxiety. While high doses of THC may be anxiety-provoking, CBD has the opposite effect. In a way, it’s like breathing in a breath of fresh air.
If you are nervous about going out in public or meeting a group of new people, the cannabinoid helps calm overexcitement in the brain. It produces a mild, mellow sensation that allows conversations to flow easily without added nervousness.
4. Fear of Flying
A little CBD oil before a long flight can definitely take the edge off. It may also help you catch some shut-eye, though it isn’t as powerful as its psychoactive relative, THC. Plop a few drops of CBD oil under your tongue before your flight.
If you’re flying domestic in the United States, CBD hemp oil like ours is perfectly legal to have. Though, make sure that the product is kept in the original container and that the bottle doesn’t exceed 3 ounces if you carry on your luggage.
For some, the fear of flying may be so intense that you need a little more support. However, if your phobia is only mild to moderate, uplifting CBD oil may help you let go of the anxiety and spend a little more time appreciating the fact that jet travel is a truly amazing human feat.
5. Public Speaking
There’s an actual human study behind this one. In 2011, a research team treated 24 social anxiety patients with either 600mg of CBD or a placebo in a double-blind, randomized trial. The patients were then subjected to a public speaking test. At various times during the experiment, scientists measured blood pressure, heart rate, skin conductance, and gave patients a mood evaluation.
Unsurprisingly, CBD outperformed the placebo in managing anxiety symptoms. The cannabinoid effectively reduced anxiety, boosted cognitive performance, and decreased alertness (anticipation, vigilance) than those given the placebo. This is excellent news for anyone with social anxiety but is especially awesome for those who struggle with public speaking.
As this research suggests, CBD actually improved cognitive performance during the presentation. This is a good sign that CBD may be preferable to common anti-anxiety drugs like benzodiazepines, which can make people feel groggy, slow, and unmotivated.
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