When dealing with anxiety, medications can be frustrating. Sometimes they work correctly, and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes medications have awful side effects that actually harm people more than they help them.
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Nonnie’s Nectar wants to change the way people treat medical conditions such as anxiety, helping them live healthier, happier lives and feel better whenever they can.
Let’s talk about how CBD oil can help anxiety symptoms and improve your life overall.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the condition of worrying constantly, or of excessive fear. People with anxiety find that their fear causes behavioral and functional disturbances in their lives, as well.
Anxiety is a commonly experienced emotional response to a real or perceived threat, and everyone experiences it. Anxiety can help keep people alert to possible problems in dangerous situations, or make us more cautious when we should be.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health concern in the United States today, and 40 million adults have anxiety, as well as 8% of children and teenagers.
Anxiety disorders occur when perceived threats are overblown by the mind, leading to difficulty in sleeping, going to work, interacting with others, or simply staying on task at home.
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety?
Different anxiety disorders have different symptoms, but there are certain symptoms that carry across different disorders, making the lives of people suffering from anxiety and the people who love them difficult, and at times, impossible.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of anxiety, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Emotional symptoms of anxiety include:
- Apprehension or dread
- Tenseness or jumpiness
- Restlessness or irritability
- The anticipation of the worst
- Being watchful for signs of danger
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:
- Racing heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Tremors and twitches
- Upset stomach
- Frequent urination or diarrhea
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and while you may have heard of it, you may not know exactly what it is. CBD is a cannabis compound with medical benefits for people and animals (CBD is one of 104 chemical compounds found in cannabis). CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t get you “high.” CBD has famously helped children and adults with epilepsy (just like Nonnie) have fewer or no seizures, allowing them to live more normal, enjoyable, and fulfilling lives.
CBD has been studied scientifically and is now available all over the United States to patients and adults (and children, when approved through rigorous state government and health requirements) to help treat various conditions such as epilepsy, PTSD, inflammation, pain, insomnia, and anxiety.
CBD is made by extracting the compound from the cannabis plant. At Nonnies, our extraction methods maintain the full plant profile for a full-spectrum “entourage effect” in the tincture and salve formulas which offer the most benefits for patients and others who may be helped by our products.
Nonnie’s Nectar products are grown in the U.S.A. with organic farming practices.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD works to relieve various symptoms in the body and mind by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which exists in all people and many animals. Raphael Mechoulam discovered the ECS and the concerted efforts of CBD and the ECS to keep our bodies balanced and healthy.
The ECS naturally helps us regulate our sleep, immune system responses, and pain. CBD acts on the brain’s serotonin receptors, which regulate mood and social behavior.
Benefits of Using CBD for Anxiety
CBD has been proven to help reduce chronic pain by reducing inflammation in the ECS and throughout the body. It can be effective for arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
The World Health Organization ranks anxiety disorders as the sixth largest contributor to disability worldwide, and the side effects of traditional anxiety medications can be severe, ranging from needing higher and higher doses of medications for the desired effects to changes in sex drive, difficulty thinking or remembering, coordination problems, and/or dizziness.
CBD causes none of these effects and can be used as a natural alternative to traditional anti-anxiety medications.
CBD is not addictive and may help treat both depression and anxiety, which often go hand-in-hand in patients. Numerous studies have been conducted on the effects and safety of CBD.
Medicating with CBD is a natural way to help reduce anxiety, and can help with many different types of anxiety. Check out our full line of CBD products.