So! Who has suffered from anxiety during the pandemic?
It’s likely you, or someone you know has an anxiety disorder, or has experienced an episode of anxiety at least once in their life!
Whether that be caused by minor stressors such as, a job interview or major stressors such as divorce, or moving house… most of us seem to have experienced it.
It is important to remember you aren’t alone when suffering and that there are many different coping mechanisms and alternative therapies out there, such as CBD, which can help and/or alleviate your anxiety.
Research from MIND UK, shows that the population in the UK, during any period of time there are 8% of people suffering from depression and anxiety and 6% of the population who have General Anxiety Disorder (GAD). The population of the UK? That’s a high percentage…
So what exactly IS Anxiety and how do we classify it?
Anxiety is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions which go as far as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), certain phobias to social anxiety and GAD. Anxiety commonly appears in comorbidity with other mental health conditions such as depression. Anxiety isn’t just worry… it can be life consuming for the individual and sometimes can have a domino effect, causing conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which becomes a manifestation of the anxiety.
Usually the underlying cause of OCD… is anxiety!
Have you heard of people who have to count to a certain number before leaving their house? Maybe check all the doors are locked tens, hundreds of times before they can leave the comfort of their own home, only to go back and be compelled to check again?.
Because of anxiety’s comorbidities this the classification for symptoms falling under the umbrella term “anxiety” is difficult, because each person’s experience is unique to them specifically.
For me, (Courtney, founder of Cancalm©) my anxiety would cause me to be unable to leave the house due to fear, this would then manifest itself into only being able to leave the house back in school days without a certain feeling of perfection.
I would firstly straighten my hair within an inch of its life, and from so on, the way my anxiety manifested itself got worse.
What does it feel like to suffer from anxiety?
Well I can only give my real first-hand experience, for me, it almost feels like a brain fog, a huge fear or dread that you can’t explain or even reason with. It can start from anything to just that sudden lump in your throat, stomach in knots, insomnia to physically not being able to leave my room, house or do anything at all.
I went for CBT when I was younger to help with my anxiety, it used to be so bad that I felt if I didn’t perform the certain rituals that my anxiety manifested itself into, such as (as pathetic as it sounds) even just straightening my hair before leaving the house… the alternative would feel worse than death, leading to a full blown panic attack!
Straightening your hair, dreading social interaction and so on may seem trivial to some, but really to the individual are debilitating.
How is it treated?
Like I have mentioned before certain psychological intervention can be used such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), medical intervention such as beta blockers, benzodiazepines or alternative medicine such as CBD.
Whatever works for the individual, this may include a combination of both or a variety of different things to help them treat and manage their anxiety to a level where they can function as a normal human being. Of course all medication has its side effects, this is something to keep in mind.
Why do I keep mentioning CBD?
CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system, which controls homeostatsis, balance and stability within our bodies. It is also the main “conductor” if you like of our sleep pattern, memory, mood, immunity and appetite. A regular intake of CBD has been shown to have positive effects on our endocannabinoid system.
The scientific evidence into our endocannabinoid system and how CBD can help with anxiety symptoms is on the rise, however I cannot make any medical claims about Cancalm CBD and my products due to the legality of the industry. So go check out all the available and credible research articles on Google!
However, to give you a good example of some research; conducted in 2015, study’s show strong scientific evidence supporting the idea that CBD helps the treatment of anxiety disorders and that the endocannabinoid system possibly plays an important role during stages of neurogenesis, so in other words CBD, that targets the endocannabinoid system promotes neurogenesis thus treating anxiety disorders and depression.
The use of CBD for the treatment of anxiety can be both “a quick fix” so short term when going through a situation causing anxiety so can be taken on an “as and when” basis OR as a long-term supplement for those who regularly find themselves suffering with anxiety daily.
How CBD works exactly is by SLOWING down the degradation of anadamide causing a positive effect instantly and overtime… research suggest regular intake of CBD helps regulate sleep, pain, appetite and stress instantly. It has been shown in studies to contribute in the regulation of serotonin levels and regeneration of brain cells in the part of our brain called the hippocampus.
If you have any questions, or are curious about which Cancalm Products work best for anxiety, then get in touch with me! At Info@cancalmcbd.com for quick friendly advice.