Anxiety and depression share coexisting symptoms. They are both debilitating conditions and can lead to irrational thoughts and fears that interfere with daily life. While anxiety is the exhibition of irrational fear, depression is the sustained feeling of sadness.
The number of people suffering from anxiety is on another dimension by itself, but research puts the number of people suffering from depression worldwide at about 322 million.
Over 322 million people of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants suffer from some form of depression. In the US, a report from the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that around 15.7 million adults age 18 or older (6.7% of adults in the US) had experienced at least one major depressive episode in 2014.
Signs of Chronic Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and depression share overlapping signs and symptoms, and they can include each or a combination of the following;
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, or recalling.
- Muscle tension.
- Pain, aches, cramps, or gastrointestinal problems without any apparent cause.
- Changes in appetite or weight.
- Difficulty sleeping, waking early, or oversleeping.
- Loss of interest in recreational activities or hobbies.
- Persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or emptiness.
- Feeling hopeless or pessimistic.
- Anger, irritability, or restlessness.
In this article, we shall use anxiety and depression interchangeably to mean the same thing.
CBD to the Rescue
If you have friends or family dealing with anxiety and don’t seem to get better with conventional treatment therapy, all hope is not lost. Individuals coping with anxiety can find some respite when they use CBD. The evidence shows that using CBD for depression leads to more stabilized moods, sleep, and appetite.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most talked-about cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant. The substance is one of the over 540 chemical compounds in the plant, including THC, terpenes, flavonoids, and plant parts.
What the research says
Research underway suggests that CBD oil has powerful pharmacological effects and can impact individuals dealing with anxiety and depression.
Research indicates that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid receptors in the brain and supports it to maintain a balance in the body system and bodily functions. CBD helps to numb the feelings of anxiety, allowing you to stay balanced and happy.
According to a recent research study conducted to investigate CBD’s role in treating various anxiety disorders, the authors were able to establish a positive case for CBD in the management of anxiety and depression.
The authors examined eight studies relating to CBD’s role in treating anxiety and depression. They found evidence supporting CBD as an effective monotherapy or complementary therapy for treating generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorders.
How to use CBD
There are several ways to use CBD. The substance comes in various forms; oils, vapes, topicals, and edibles. Depending on the purpose of using CBD, you would choose any product types to serve you best. For anxiety management, you would find vapes and edibles the most suitable for you. However, for those who do not smoke or are averse to smoking, CBD edibles are the most obvious choice.
CBD oil tincture for management of anxiety and depression
CBD oil tincture is suitable for everyone and can help people with anxiety consume CBD in a convenient and relaxing manner. In this method, the CBD oil comes in a bottle with a measured dose dropper. All you do is pull some of the CBD oil in the dropper, and place the desired dosage under your tongue for 20-30 seconds. For newbies, drops are a great way to get started on your CBD journey.
How to take CBD for Anxiety
If you are just getting started on a CBD treatment therapy, you should start with low doses and work your way up. It is best to measure your body’s reaction to CBD before you dive into the deep end.
Hemp-derived CBD (with less than 0.3 percent THC) is legal on the federal level ever since the 2018 Farm Bill was signed into law. It is important to note that the FDA has still not approved CBD for use in food and beverage products. Check your state’s laws and those of anywhere you travel. Keep in mind that non-prescription CBD products are not FDA-approved and may be inaccurately labeled.