Since all of us are facing a demanding time sprinkled with the occasional or should I say perpetual stress and worry of when the tides will turn? At a time like this, we should look into holistic wellness to help with the problems we are facing. Holistic wellness refers to the healing of the entire person who is made up of interdependent parts (eg, body, mind, and soul) instead of targeting the symptoms which are showing. This means that holistic wellness aims to bring your complete body back in sync so we can perform optimally and overcome the situations we are faced with.
Let’s take a quick look at what is anxiety and what causes it?
Anxiety is a completely normal and healthy emotion. Anxiety is your body’s natural response to a stressful situation in order to prepare for what is to come or what is being faced. This could be caused by a lot of different things such as a big meeting with a client, an interview, or any other big life altering event. Anxiety is good until a certain limit after which it can have a crippling affect on you. We need to moderate this anxiety and calm the mind to face the situations that are in front us in the most efficient way.
HOW DOES CBD FIT INTO THIS?
The human body has an inbuilt system that loves cannabinoids, THE ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM. This is made of three main categories. Receptors, Cannabinoids which simulate the receptors and the enzymes which break down the cannabinoids when their job is finished. These receptors and cannabinoids are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune system. With its complex actions in our immune system, nervous system, and virtually all of the body's organs, the endocannabinoids are literally a bridge between the body and the mind. In essence, the endocannabinoid system promotes homeostasis or balance.
HOW DOES CBD HELP CALM THE MIND?
CBD, as the latest research indicates helps with reducing anxiety and stress. Studies revealed a change in the blood flow in the regions of the brain which are linked with anxiety and stress. How exactly CBD helps is still being studied as there are about 65 different target areas in the human body, and it is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of its various therapeutic benefits. Latest studies suggest that CBD counters anxiety by simulating neurotransmitter systems like serotonin.
Serotonin is the key hormone that affects our mood, happiness, and feeling of well-being. It also helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion. Serotonin has about 14 key receptors all over the body, 5-HT1A is the receptor that is thought to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders, is the receptor that CBD binds with. This scientific fact shows the anti-anxiety effect of CBD.
EVIDENCE THAT CBD REDUCES ANXIETY AND STRESS.
Apart from the amazing anecdotes of how people are using CBD to treat their anxiety, there is also a growing body of scientific research that supports the fact that CBD in actuality works. Most of the research at this point has been done on rodents, and now is slowly progressing towards including more human clinical trials to study the benefits of CBD and also to learn how it works.
A recent clinical trial showed how the use of CBD reduced one of the biggest stressors in a lot of people’s live’s i.e. Public Speaking, another trial looked into how CBD can enhance consolidation of extinction learning in humans.
HOW MUCH CBD SHOULD I TAKE FOR MY ANXIETY/STRESS?
When starting a new journey in wellness, it is best to start slow and build-up to the amount which works best for you. This is especially true in the case of CBD, as each one of us is unique in our physique, our internal systems. This makes standardising doses for CBD difficult. Our recommendation is to start low and work your way up to the ideal dose. CBD works best when taken consistently so it has time to build up in your system, you can download our tracking journal and keep a note of how much CBD you consumed and also what you were taking it for, and then put down how you felt after your dose.
HOW TO USE CBD FOR ANXIETY?
There are a lot of ways to use CBD for anxiety, but according to research, the most suited way is to consume it sublingually.
Sublingually means under the tongue, which requires us to place the oil below the tongue for 30-60 seconds, this allows the body to directly absorb the CBD into the bloodstream and get relief faster as compared with edibles which are absorbed via the digestive tract.
Taking CBD will help you calm your mind and reduce the reactions you face while combatting stressful situations which keep popping up. It is a great way to start your journey to holistic wellness as CBD just isn’t anxiolytic, it is also great in reducing inflammation and reducing pain. Enjoy this journey to wellness the Natural way.