CBD & Hemp For Anxiety
Belonging to the Rose Order (Rosales), Cannabaceae is a family of flowering plants that includes more 270 different species. Other botanically related plants in the Rosales family include apples, pears, plums, blackberries, and hops. This vast array of aromatic plants has been grouped into 11 different genres. One of these 11 genres is called ’Cannabis’. The ‘Cannabis’ genre hosts both ‘Industrial Hemp and it’s botanical cousin marijuana.
Industrial Hemp CBD:
Affectionately coined ‘CBD’s”, nutrient-dense botanical ‘Cannabinoids’ are found in hemp and other beloved well-known plants such as flax, hops, and echinacea.
Generally considered safe and non-addictive, CBD is one of hundreds of phytocannabinoids (plant cannabinoids) which are unique to cannabis. Industrial Hemp contains a relatively high concentration of Cannabidiol (CBD).
With more than 113 known Cannabinoids present in the plant called cannabis. Cannabidiol (also known as CBD) is one of the most prevalent botanical compounds found in the cannabis plant. When extracted from the whole cannabis plant, Hemp CBD’s are naturally rich in amino acids and the perfect ratio of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9. EFA’s both feed and nourish the brain and nervous system and are essential for lasting long-term health.
A brief history of Hemp CBD:
Hemp has an long history of being used as a holistic wellness tool. From 1850-1937 Botanical Hemp CBD was found extensively throughout the U.S. Pharmacopeia. These Hemp based formulas were indicated for pain, inflammation, migraines, nervous system dis-orders, neuralgia, and alcoholism amongst other states of dis-ease. Interestingly, during that time, if you were fortunate enough to own land in the United States it was illegal NOT to grow hemp plants. Some people even paid their taxes to the government in hemp.
In the 19th century, Queen Victoria used CBD-rich cannabis to lessen her menstrual cramps. In more modern times, a telegram from Salt Lake dated May 20, 1947 cited the benefits of CBD’s for epileptic seizures patients.
Today, the therapeutic properties of Industrial Hemp CBD are being researched, tested, and confirmed by clinicians, scientists, doctors, and wholistic health practitioners from around the world.
holistic wellness practitioners as well as those seeking lasting health choose life- enhancing natural tools and treasures whenever possible. Clinical studies along with anecdotal evidence indicate that CBD cannabis may in fact be a universal natural tool that has the potential to benefit (nearly) everyone!
What the research shows:
Since 1946 more than 23,000 peer-reviewed scientific and clinical studies have been conducted on Hemp and Botanical CBDs. The result of this extensive research shows that botanical (plant-based) CBDs are inherently safe and may in-fact have significant health benefits for both humans and other mammals including dogs and horses.
CBD’s studies show that CBD’s have immense potential to benefit those experiencing the following (including, but not limited to): acne, ADD/ADHD, ALS, anxiety, arthritis, autism, bi-polar, depression, dis-ordered eating, migraines, PTSD, seizures (research Charlotte’s Figi’s story) , dis-ordered sleep, stress, and much much more.
– Researches have identified 113 + different botanical (plant based) cannabinoids along with over 400 other beneficial compounds all within in the cannabis plant.
– Full- spectrum CBD contains all of the botanical nutrients found in CBD’s.
notably: amino acids, anti-oxidants, and essential fatty acids.
– Studies show that CBD’s contain anti-inflammatory properties. CBD’s therefore have the potential to help those with inflammatory dis-ease states.
The Entourage Effect / Why Full-Spectrum CBD:
“Cannabis is inherently polypharmaceutical,” Dr. John McPartland notes, “and synergy arises from interactions between its multiple components.”
The numerous botanical compounds found in the Hemp plant produce a synergistic effect. This synergy is called the ‘entourage effect’. In other words, the synergy of the numerous botanical compounds interact with the mammalian body and produce a more profound and positive influence than a whole plant extractions typically include CBD, THC, and more than 400 trace compounds. Many of these compounds interact synergistically to create what scientists refer to as an “entourage effect”. This synergy magnifies the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s individual components–so that the medicinal impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.
It is important o note that lab synthesized ‘CBD’s’ are deficient in terpenes as well as many of the numerous other botanical compounds that work in synergistically with one another.
The Endocannabinoid System:
What is the Endocannabinoid (eCB) System and why does it matter?
Research being conducted on the marijuana plant led to an exciting discovery! What the researchers discovered was an extensive biochemical communication network with receptors found throughout the entire body. This extensive communication network system is found in all mammals including horses, dogs, and humans. This system coined the ‘Endocannabinoid System’ helps to regulate many aspects of one’s physiology and well-being.
What is the Endocannabinoid (eCB) and why does it matter?
– Studies indicates that most, if not ALL humans are deficient in Cannabidiols, also known as ‘eCB deficiency syndrome’.
– All Mammals including dogs, horses, and humans have an endocannabinoid (eCB) system.
– The endocannabinoid (eCB) system is the largest system in the entire human body. Researches discovered that the Endocannabinoid System is the largest system in entire body. Larger than either circulatory, muscular, or respiratory.
Endocannabinoids. The good news:
– Mammals have CBD receptors throughout their body. Amongst these are receptor sites for cannabinoids CB1 and CB2 as well as numerous others.
– Researchers discovered that botanical CBDs mimic the body’s natural endocannabinoid system which is in-fact the largest system in the entire body.
– Botanical CBD’s mimic the bodies natural endocannabinoid system.
– Botanical CBD’s are easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
– Easily absorbed and utilized by the body, Full-Spectrum CBDs contain a plethora of beneficial compounds including amino acids, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.
The Entourage Effect:
It is important o note that lab synthesized ‘CBD’s’ are deficient in terpenes as well as many of the numerous other botanical compounds that work in synergy with CBD and THC to naturally enhance the therapeutic benefits of cannabinoids.
Is CBD Legal?:
In 2018 the ‘Farm Bill’ legalized the cultivation of Industrial hemp in the United States. Industrial Hemp is defined as ‘cannabis with less than 0.3 % THC’. The Farm Bill also removed the various derivatives of hemp, including CBD, from the regulatory boards of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as well as from the Controlled Substances Act.
As of 2019, the DEA, maintains jurisdiction over CBD derived from marijuana (cannabis with more than 0.3 % THC). Although marijuana with more than 0.3 % THC is still prohibited under federal law, in some states (such as Colorado, California, and Oregon), Medical Marijuana is legal under state law.
Not all cannabis is gonna get you ‘high’:
CBD and THC are the two components of cannabis that have been most studied by scientists.
CBD is closely related to another active phytocannabinoid (plant cannabinoid) tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive compound responsible for the ‘high’ that cannabis is most often famous for.
Although both CBD and THC have significant therapeutic attributes, unlike THC, non-psychoactive CBD does not intoxicate a person or make them feel ‘high’. In fact, depending on the quantity of each botanical compound, CBD may actually lessen or even neutralize the psychoactive effects of THC.
Why is this true?:
– CBD and THC act in different ways on different receptors in the brain and body.
– The psychoactive constituent in cannabis comes from marijuana and is called Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is merely one of these 113 + cannabinoids (CBD’s) identified in the cannabis plant.
– CBD’s Derived from ‘Industrial Hemp’ are in fact NON-psychoactive. Remember, ‘Industrial Hemp’ is a ‘cousin’ to the THC rich marijuana plant.
– Many CBD”s found on the market are ‘pure’ THC-free CBD’s while others are within the federally legal limit of .3% THC.
CBD in relation to the brain and nervous system:
Both ‘neuroprotective’ (protects the nervous system) and anti-inflammatory compounds have been found in CBDs. These compounds help regulate numerous systems in the body including the brain and the nervous system.
Clinical and anecdotal research shows that consistent use of CBDs is immensely helpful to those with nervous system imbalances. CBD’s may benefit those with headaches, impaired sleep patterns, seizures, acute or chronic anxiety and/or depression, or a variety of other nervous system imbalances.
Mental Health / Anxiety and CBD’s:
American Psychological Association (APA) describes a person suffering from anxiety disorder as “having recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns.” The APA describes anxiety as: ‘an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.’ The APA goes on to say, ‘the duration or severity of an anxious feeling can sometimes be out of proportion to the original trigger, or stressor. Physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and nausea, may also develop. These responses move beyond anxiety into an anxiety disorder.’
Anxiety signs and symptoms:
sense of panic, danger, or impending doom
increased heart rate
feeling weak and to tired
changes in sleep patterns
Statistically anxiety and anxiety related disorders affects 18% of Americans, or nearly 40 million adults between the ages of 18-54. It is estimated that anxiety one-fourth to one-third of Western Americans suffer from anxiety unwellness at any given time. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, these statistics make anxiety the most common mental health disorder in the entire United States.
Mental Health diagnosis, the six (6) general categories of anxiety
Anxiety disorders form a category of mental health diagnoses that lead to excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worry.
Generalized anxiety disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Specific phobia disorder
post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Social anxiety disorder
Once anxiety and the related symptoms reaches the stage of a disorder, it can and often does interfere with daily life and a person’s ability to fully function and thrive. Anxiety that is persistent and or chronic most likely requires therapeutic treatment. Untreated anxiety can get worse and cause more stress in a person’s life.
Unfortunately only a third of the people who suffer from anxiety receive treatment. This is at least in part due to the stigmas that surround mental health. Those who inherently lack social support and therefore do not feel supported in their quest for mental health and well-being may end up feeling ashamed, isolated.
The good news is that anxiety and anxiety related symptoms are often treatable with therapy, natural remedies, lifestyle changes, and medications.
To be very clear!
Anxiety and other mental health challenges are not something to be ashamed of. There are solutions and help is available.
It is highly encouraged that those who struggle with anxiety and or other mental health concerns actively receive the proper wellness and medical care that they deserve. In fact, the quality of their life depends on it.
Please keep in mind, each person is unique and it may require a combination of different therapies and remedies before finding one that works. doctor and personal wellness team can support the individual in determining which therapeutic options will be most effective.
Prescription Pharmaceuticals and anxiety:
Pharmaceutical companies have developed numerous prescription drugs to treat anxiety and anxiety related dis-orders.
Some well known prescription drugs include:
1) Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) such as Prozac and Zoloft.
2) Tranquilizers in particular benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax.
Natural wellness strategies to help quell anxiety include:
3) time management strategies
5) CBD and CBD product supplementation:
People interested in managing their anxiety with CBD oil should look exclusively at research on cannabidiol, rather than the more generalized studies of THC marijuana. Although there are fewer studies on cannabidiol specifically, the preliminary research is promising.
6) herbal relaxation teas
7) herb based natural supplements
8) time with animals
9) time in nature
10) journaling, writing, and reading
Please note, when left unattended, anxiety and anxiety based symptoms may get worse and at times cause immense problems for people.
What the recent CBD studies about anxiety/anxiety dis-orders:
Peer reviewed clinical studies show that CBD has the potential to decrease anxiety as well as reduce the severity and frequency of seizures. The now in-famous young lady Charlotte Fiji and her family are a profound and heart-warming example of CBD’s transformative potential.
CBD shows the potential to benefit those experiencing the following (including, but not limited to): acne, ADD/ADHD, ALS, anxiety, arthritis, autism, bi-polar, depression, dis-ordered eating, migraines, PTSD, seizures (research Charlotte’s Figi’s story) , dis-ordered sleep, stress, and much much more.
Research published in 2014 concluded CBD oil had both anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects in mammals.
In 2015 researchers released a comprehensive analysis of previous studies conducted on CBD’s. The analysis concluded that CBD’s are indeed a promising therapy for anxiety related disorders including social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety, panic disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Cannabidiol could reduce symptoms of anxiety as reading to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety-provoked sleep disorder in a child with a history of trauma. Researchers found that cannabidiol reduced the child’s anxiety and helped her sleep.
A 2017 study from Brazil titled: The Endcannabinoid System and Anxiety addresses the numerous parts of the brain affected by CBD’s
Plant based medicines for anxiety disorders, part 2 a review:
’Less is more’ is a wonderful adage to use with all natural remedies whether they be essential oils, superfoods, or CBD’s. Begin with a low dose of Hemp CBD (especially if you have little or no experience with Cannabidiol Cannabis Hemp CBD).
Research results show that it is better and more effective to take a few small doses over the course of a day that to take one large dose. Begin with a small amount and observe the effects. Use this same ratio and observe the effects) for the first few days to a week before increasing dosage.
Know your CBD source:
Industrial Hemp is a bioremediator. In other words Hemp helps to heal the earth. This makes it a wonderful botanical to plant wherever the earth needs to heal from either over-harvesting or where the death has been poisoned with poisons such as glycophosphates or other synthetic fertilizers. Hemp is also a bio-accumulator. In other words it uptakes and draws the contaminations and into the plant toxins from the soil.. In this way Hemp is an incredible choice to help heal the earth. It also means that Industrial Hemp grown on the earth in places where these poisons have been used should NOT be made into CBD’s for consumption by mammals. Hemp grown where poisons were used is better made into building materials or fibers such as rope.
Know your CBD source. Make certain the CBD’s you choose to use for your personal health are grown on healthy soil that has NOT been poisoned. This is a really important decision for both the health-positive effectiveness of the CBD’s and to mitigate any possible risk of ingesting toxins.
Are CBD’s Safe?
CBD is respected by many wholistic practitioners, scientists, and wellness advocates as a potent wellness tool. That said and although CBD Cannabis is a very safe and very ‘forgiving’ natural medicine, each of us is individual in our wellness needs. Unlike the more ‘famous’ molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) CBD is completely non-psychoactive making it safe for children, and the elderly.
CBD Safety and Precautions:
Research shows that overall CBD is a very safe substance. This said, CBD can interact and potentially interfere with many commonly prescribed pharmaceuticals. CBD and pharmaceutical drug interactions are potentially dangerous. At sufficient dosages, CBD will actually ‘deactivate’ the cytochrome P450 enzymes, and therefore thereby alter how one metabolizes prescription pharmaceutical blood thinners, insulin, painkillers, and statins. Most of the problematic CBD and prescription pharmaceutical interactions occur when one is consuming high doses of CBD ‘isolate’ products.
This said, please note that those who are taking prescription pharmaceuticals along with CBD’s should be monitored by their personal physician and wellness team.
The good news is that in many instances, CBD’s are shown to help mitigate the unwanted side effects of various pharmaceuticals and actually improve one’s overall quality of life.
Notably, Cannabinoid-opioid interactions show great therapeutic potential. Studies show that CBD may in fact help with those experiencing opioid dependency and or withdraws Studies also show that THC actually enhances the painkilling effects of opiates.
Taking personal responsibility for one’s own wellness program is both empowering and imperative. Your health, overall well-being, and your safety are synonymous. As with anything there is a risk of potential side effects.
Any risk involved with taking CBD and CBD products depends upon numerous factors including: the CBD product itself, the delivery method, and one’s individual tolerance. Proceed with mindfulness when using Hemp CBD. This is especially true history of alcohol or drug abuse or mental illness or if you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Educate yourself on the source, quality, and potency of CBD’s. And, as always consult your personal health care team if you have any questions or concerns.
Each of us benefits from developing a professional relationship with our personal wellness and health care dream – team. Find those who you resonate with and stay in contact with through regular consultations and other life-enhancing wellness sessions. Educate and empower yourself and make well-informed choices that support your overall well-being and lifestyle.
Always consult your personal health care team if you have any questions or concerns in order make well-informed wellness choices that support your overall well-being and lifestyle. Trust your intuition and learn to listen to what your mind, body, and heart benefit from in terms of wellness lifestyle choices.
I believe that regular supplementation of highly nutritious CBDs will have significant long-term positive health benefits, including the potential to help mitigate the negative impacts of a wide variety of dis-ease states.
Karen Asprey is a CBD writer and enthusiast who has made it her one woman mission to break down the taboo of cannabis, and make it more accessible to those who can benefit from it.