The Future of Anxiety Treatment

 People around the world have been looking for effective means of ending that terrible, gut wrenching feeling we get throughout life for thousands of years. Anxiety creeps into our lives in many ways, and for some, this condition can slip out of control and destroy daily routines. And while we try to defeat this feeling through means of dieting, exercise, and so on, anxiety continues to strike.

 According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 40 million people suffer from anxiety, while only 36.9% of people seek treatment. Anxiety isn’t a stagnant condition, but rather transitions into different degrees of anxiety. Low amounts of anxiety is a natural part of existing. It can provide motivation as well as a regard for the human condition. On the other hand, panic disorders can wreak havoc on anyone just trying to get through the day.

Sufferers of anxiety typically turn to self-motivating therapies to cope. Scientists know that exercise as well as meditation can help. There are many therapeutic methods that can help deal with it. Some can walk it off, some can think through it, or even distract themselves from it. For those with severe enough symptoms, prescription drugs are often used. These medications can prove helpful for many, but come with an annoying set of side effects. These can include nausea, constipation, loss of sleep and appetite, you get the picture.

Whether it be social anxiety, separation anxiety, or even postpartum anxiety, the uncomfortable sensation is not the only impairment brought from anxiety. Millions will lose sleep, and this can result in insomnia and sleep deprived depression.

Regardless of the situation, anxiety is embedded in human nature. A relatively new health component is being studied further with each passing day, and it’s known and cannabidiol, or CBD.

It’s a component found in hemp and has been shown to work directly with our immune systems via our endocannabinoid systems (ECS). Nearly all living creatures have this as a part of their immune systems, and is designed specifically for metabolizing and processing certain cannabinoids. Click here to learn more.

How does our ECS process differently from medications that are prescribed for anxiety? A receptor (5-HT1A) joins CBD induced antidepressant effects, and increased levels of glutamate, which is the reason it has been termed as a fast-acting antidepressant in the medical field (Linge, Jimenez-Sanchez, Campa, Pilar-Cuellar, & Vidal, 2016). Further research shows that it could possibly reduce onset anxiety triggers, which are common for people with PTSD. Night terrors being a problem among them, and this as well disturbs sleep. However, CBD has been shown to improve and induce sleep for people suffering from chronic insomnia, and can prevent night terrors as well as dreaming in general.

Still, the research behind it is growing, and more and more information is found daily. If you wish to stay up to date on what potential it has on our bodies, you can read more here. You will find plenty of information on different conditions. If you are considering trying it, contact your physician first, as it does affect other
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