CBD and Anxiety: Does it help?

CBD and Anxiety

Let's Tackle the Basics:

So to start, it is clear that many people currently think there is a link between CBD and Anxiety, but is there any fact behind these claims. It is completely normal to be feeling anxious every now and then, as anxiety simply is your body’s natural response to stress. It is a feeling of apprehension about the future whether that’s a big meeting or a big game… Unfortunately anxiety disorders are common in South Africa. Approximately 1 in 5 South Africans are affected each year, according to the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).
At the height of the pandemic and lockdown in 2020, almost half of the population reported high anxiety levels. A study conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (2020) reported that 33% of South Africans were depressed and 29% said they experienced loneliness during the first lockdown period.*
Even our founders, George and Dom experienced a lot of pressures on and off pitch during their professional sporting careers and they found that a lot of the prescribed medications they were offered could actually make anxious feelings worse. We understand that many people want to turn to natural solutions to help them deal with their  symptoms so we’ve rounded up some tips on how to alleviate your anxiety and reduce your stress. Here’s how to identify different types of anxiety, the research behind CBD and anxiety, and how using fourfive CBD may be able to help you too.

 

*Ref. South African Journal of Psychology

Does CBD help with anxiety?

When speaking about CBD and anxiety, we first need to cover what anxiety actually is. Anxiety is describing a feeling of fear and can vary from slight unease to full on panic attacks. In ‘normal’ cases, these feelings are temporary and don’t impact you to day-to-day. However once anxiety turns into an anxiety disorder, this feeling of fear may stick with you all the time and have an increasingly negative impact on your life. In extreme cases, your anxiety might even prevent you from doing simple things, like crossing the street, attending events, or ultimately, leaving the house.

There are many different short and long-term reasons that can contribute to feelings/conditions of anxiety, and athletes are no exception with many finding that nerves prior to an event may affect sports performance. There is now clinical evidence to suggest there are interactions of CBD receptors in the Central Nervous System, which could support better quality sleep and contribute to calmer feelings, positively everyday challenges in our active lives.

Alongside our Central Nervous and Digestive systems, our body has another lesser known system, The ECS or Endocannabinoid System. The ECS is integral in achieving homeostasis within the body and is responsible for maintaining balance in many of our body’s physiological and cognitive processes. These include the regulation of mood, appetite, memory, energy and pain.

CBD is thought to interact with various receptors in the brain, including neurotransmitters in the Central Nervous System which are associated with natural calming and anti-anxiety effects. So early anecdotal studies find there may be a link between CBD and Anxiety, but there is still a long way to g to determine exactly how the link behaves. A good example can be drawn from this Medical News Today article which states -

" The individuals who received CBD treatment for anxiety or depression reportedly experienced improvements in their ability to perform daily functions and reduce pain and anxiety or depression symptoms." *

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