With the current chaos going on around us, you are not alone if you feel your anxiety levels have increased. For some, that may mean more sleepless nights or sleeping well yet still feeling lethargic and run down. Anxiety comes in many forms whether it appears as physical symptoms or more internal, like constant stress or worrying.
As we are hearing about CBD in the news more and more, from Martha Stewart eating gummies daily to Hong Kong opening a CBD café. You may be curious to know, will CBD work for you and what exactly is CBD?
CBD is a cannabidiol, a small part of what makes up a Marijuana plant’s chemical profile; each strain of Cannabis plant produces different amounts of CBD. While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is primarily derived directly from the hemp plant, a cousin of the marijuana plant. Since the hemp plant has little to no THC, the CBD that is taken from the plant either as a isolate or as full spectrum won’t give you that “high” feeling. (While this is a quick easy explanation, just know that there are many different and complex components to the Cannabis plant that we are still learning and discovering about.)
Many people have claimed that CBD is a cure all for many ailments. While the Scientific Medical community is continually studying the benefits of CBD, it has been shown to help in 6 different areas; anti-seizure, neuroprotective, pain relief, anti-acne, cancer treatment and anxiety.
So lets just focus on anxiety. Researchers seem to think that CBD may change the way our brain’s receptors responds to serotonin, a chemical linked to mental health. One study showed that CBD could reduce social anxiety in a way comparable to ipsapirone and diazepam (valium). Other studies have shown it can reduce stress, reduce physical signs of anxiety such as increased heart rate. Studies have also suggested improvements in PTSD symptoms like nightmares and replaying negative thoughts. CBD has also shown to induce sleep in cases of insomnia and promote staying asleep.
Is CBD safe? For the most part the scientific community suggests, yes, however there can be side effects such as fatigue, diarrhea, changes in appetite and weight. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.
So while the scientific community will continue studying CBD and its effects; we always recommend checking in with your doctor before taking CBD or any cannabis products, especially if you are taking other medication.
As always, we here at Chronic Kitchen, are not providing any medical advice or advising any of our products as a cure or prevention of disease.
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