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CBD Application Could Now Potentially Helps with Anxiety Disorders

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It has become increasingly clear based on recent data and research that CBD has widespread applications for a variety of different afflictions and medical conditions that people face today. In the following piece, we will look at how this wondrous substance may also be able to offer hope and therapy for those suffering from anxiety disorders.

Life can be stressful. Most of us constantly face situations in our daily lives that lead to feelings of anxiety or worry. However, for some people, feelings of anxiety become the dominant emotion characterizing their daily life throughout all their experiences. At this point, such individuals would be best understood as having an anxiety disorder.

Medical research has shown that anxiety disorders can lead to many other complications and can be effectively debilitating for performing basic daily life tasks. According to recent data, as many as 40 million people are known to suffer from anxiety disorders in the United States. Currently, our medical system only has one response for such people: pharmaceutical drugs like antidepressants, Prozac, Xanax, and talk therapy.

Understanding Anxiety Disorder

Have you ever felt socially anxious? Do you occasionally become introverted because you feel anxious about the idea of interacting with other people? If so, it’s important that you understand that you don’t have to be a slave to these feelings. You can fight back. And CBD oil is one possible route to taking up arms and fighting that battle.

The current system for battling anxiety disorders includes a number of combined tools (pharmaceuticals and psychiatric processes) that together add up to a soup that offers many different unwanted side effects as a strong potential result. However, individuals suffering from this condition will often just need to make the best of it and go with this toolset even though it includes so many different unwanted elements in the package.

However, one possible escape from this situation is offered up by CBD oil. As we have covered, CBD does not have any known serious side effects, is non-psychoactive, and is easily accessible and legal across the United States.

Research on CBD for Anxiety Disorder

Recent research is beginning to discover that CBD is able to accomplish many of the same goals as pharmaceutical products such as antidepressants and anxiolytics, but with fewer side effects and fewer risks. Most of this research is based on animal subjects but holds the capacity to translate its results across to human beings.

The results of this research seem to suggest that anxiety levels can be significantly reduced by exposure to CBD.

Some of this research has focused on social anxiety disorder. Social anxiety disorder is characterized by an unreasonable or irrational fear about interacting with other people.

This is many times related to thoughts of how one individual may be perceived by others and a resulting fixation on that perceived perception. Research on CBD as it relates to social anxiety disorder suggests that there may be hope for such individuals.

Some of this research has been operationalized by using public speaking situations as a stimulus to create conditions testable for studying the effects of various substances on social anxiety.

Results seem to suggest that administering CBD to an individual who is about to be in a public speaking situation has shown to materially reduce feelings of anxiety, confusion, and discomfort, allowing such an individual to go forward with the public speaking experience without anxiety.

CBD: An Opportunity in the Making

One seeming flaw in many research designs that have approached cannabis and cannabis related substances in a variety of conditions has been the formation of a comparative framework comparing THC and CBD or CBD and other cannabinoids.

One point that it is important to stress is that THC is clearly the most abundant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant and is also the one that most people reflexively think of when considering cannabis for either medical or recreational uses. THC is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychoactive sensation derived from cannabis consumption. It is the source of that “stoned” feeling.

By contrast CBD is not psychoactive. In fact, interestingly, CBD has been shown to actually counter or reduce the psychoactive effect of THC.

This is important when considering potential treatments for anxiety disorders. This means that strains of cannabis that are high in CBD but low in THC can be extraordinarily effective treating anxiety disorders without compromising an individual’s ability to function in stressful or difficult situations in daily life.

The Path Forward

As with many situations related to the study of CBD as a therapy or treatment, much of the evidence we have is in its early stages or anecdotal.

Therefore, much of the work lies ahead in establishing its capacity to act as a treatment or therapy on a mainstream established basis. However, the data we have so far for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders is extremely promising and should serve as an excellent launching point for more sophisticated and rigorous research.

However, since CBD products are known to have no serious side effects, no potential for overdose, and no psychoactive impact, and are legal in most places around the world, many people are already enjoying the benefits of this substance to help them in many ways in improving the quality of their lives, including those currently suffering from anxiety disorders.

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How Medical Marijuana Treats Pain

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It has become a rather well-known fact that products of the cannabis plant are a staunch ally in the battle against chronic pain. However, for most consumers of medical marijuana for pain, it may still be a mystery as to how this is the case. In the piece below, we’re going to explore exactly that.

Cannabis: THC Versus CBD

Research into the human body and into the cannabis plant has revealed that there are cannabinoid chemicals that occur naturally in the human physiological structure. As such, when people take THC into their body, the cannabinoid receptors found in the human brain respond. The response from these receptors is a triggering of what we might call “the brain’s reward system”. This results in a reduction of pain levels throughout the body. It is also important to understand that THC happens to be a psychoactive compound: it binds to the receptors and produces a psychoactive effect in the brain that is commonly known as being “high”.

Alternatively, CBD does not produce this high. However, it does interact with the pain receptors and exerts some pain relief as well. Turning to the research over the recent years, a number of pieces of research have been released that focus specifically on the impact of marijuana on chronic states of pain. Some of this research has focused on aspects of the cannabis plant in particular, while other research focuses on the plant as a whole. At this point, the main understanding to emerge is that a holistic use of the cannabis plant may provide advantages that are not found when using only certain parts of the cannabis plant. This principle is known as “the entourage effect”.

One 2015 study that focused on the use of marijuana and cannabinoids in combination for chronic pain conditions showed that there was an enormously positive response to this treatment schedule over the course of several subject trials. This seems to have demonstrated the importance of combining both cannabinoids and marijuana in a similar treatment regime to gain the widest possible benefit. Another study, completed in 2016, showed that medical marijuana used for pain resulting from cancer led to a massive 64% decrease in the use of opioid medications. Given the importance of reducing reliance upon opioid medications for patients of cancer who may go on to survive and live otherwise long healthy lives, this is a landmark study with sweeping effects.

The Tip of the Iceberg

While this research is important, it is also important that additional research expands upon this set of opinions and data. The ability of medical marijuana to impact brain states, and therefore reduce the need for opioid painkillers for individuals experiencing major illnesses from which they may someday recover, is an enormously important societal mission. There are many opportunities for researchers to continue to expand upon this body of research.

Over time, we anticipate a number of additional revelations that continue to push the medical establishment in the direction of further support for the primary or secondary use of elements of the cannabis plant in treating major conditions including chronic pain.

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Medical Marijuana for Pain: The Best Strains for the Job

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While the media continues to treat cannabis-related products as a possibly controversial item in today’s culture, it is clear that medical marijuana happens to be an increasingly popular alternative path to many modern medical ailments. This is particularly the case for the treatment of pain. One of the primary reasons for this traction is public outrage that continues to grow over what is now being called “the opioid epidemic”.

Anecdotal and clinical evidence together demonstrate the fact that marijuana is capable of reducing certain types of chronic pain, including pain that happens to result from inflammation as well as nerve damage.

An Epidemic?

In the current world, pain classified as chronic impacts a greater number of individuals than do diabetes, cancer, and heart disease combined. In fact, it may surprise you to find out that chronic pain happens to be the most common cause of extended duration disability in the US today. That’s why it’s such a tragedy that many marijuana-based products actually do not yet have full approval from the FDA, because more study and research is necessary to slate them as publicly accepted cures and treatments.

 

That said, we have plenty of evidence in the form of experiences by people living their lives and dealing with some of these conditions. This is technically classified as anecdotal evidence, but it provides some of the strongest claims to a cultural breakthrough that any treatment can possibly have because it represents real people with real experiences solving real problems in the real world. In addition, from this pool of anecdotal evidence, we can ascertain more than simply the fact that medical marijuana works. We can understand more about precisely which forms of it work best for which situations among which people. And that’s incredibly important.

 

Below, we explore some of these specific issues.

The Best of the Best

To put it simply, the different types of marijuana plants really come down to the following list:

  • Cannabis Indica
  • Cannabis Sativa
  • Hybrids

 

In fact, there isn’t all that much research available on which strains work best for which symptoms in the field of alleviating pain. So, once again, we must return to the field of anecdotal evidence to understand how things really work. That said, it’s important for the reader to understand that the claims below are not made as medically proven facts.

One source that we have is an online survey that was completed five years ago and published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, involving 95 subjects. In that study, researchers found that subjects exposed to the study’s inputs preferred Indica strains for managing pain, for sedation, and for sleep, but preferred Sativa strains to improve energy levels and mood.

The preference for Indica for pain management particularly involved neuropathy, joint pain, non-migraine headaches, and spasticity.

More Is Needed

It should be noted that the study described above was not sufficient as far as scale and scope to push the medical establishment over the fence on medical marijuana. More research is needed involving more subjects to truly demonstrate that the conclusions found thus far are valid and important.

That said, the study is yet another indication that medical marijuana represents a revolution in the treatment of pain management and so many other medical conditions. And that revolution is going to progress gradually over time with momentum picking up as more and more studies like this are completed and their evidence is demonstrated on the world stage.

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Healing Properties CBD and Addison’s Disease

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Primary adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison’s disease, is a very rare condition that impacts the adrenal cortex, resulting in a number of very difficult symptoms, including a lack of appetite, lethargy, possible adrenal crisis, loss of weight, and erratic mood.

One of the symptoms noted above – adrenal crisis – is a particularly acute experience that should be treated as a medical emergency. During that adrenal crisis, one may experience a dramatic loss of blood pressure accompanied by dizziness, lower body pain, and fainting spells.

Such an attack can result in death.

Coming to Grips with Addison’s Disease

The adrenal cortex is a rare instance of the word cortex being applied to something that is outside of the brain. In fact, the adrenal cortex is found on the top of the kidneys, and is made of a couple of different glands.

This is part of the HPA, which is an important axis of connected components that regulate many different functions in the body.

One element of this system is known as the endocrine system, which is in charge of various molecular signals in the body, such as hormones. The regulation of this system is critical in a number of different processes that sit at the very core of our physiological functionality.

On the other hand, the adrenal system is in charge of things like our ability to deal with sudden danger – commonly known as the fight or flight system. This is how we respond to highly stressful and highly dangerous situations encountered unexpectedly during daily life. Much of this is dealt with by the pituitary gland, which produces important chemical components that instinctively energize responses in the body.

For those suffering from Addison’s disease, we see it atrophying of this core system. This interrupts the processes that allow us to behave in a manner that our bodies were designed.

Without this properly functioning system we can end up lacking important responses in certain situations while having those responses happen to us in inappropriate situations. But we can also have a number of other symptoms such as those described above.

The role of CBD In Addison’s Disease

It’s certainly true that Addison’s disease is relatively uncommon. However, CBD is an excellent resource for those suffering from this terrible condition.

In our other pieces, we have previously described the importance of the endocannabinoid system and how it is tied throughout the body’s important systems.

Well, as you might have guessed, the endocannabinoid system is also an important part in dealing with Addison’s disease. Because this is such a critical and interconnected system throughout the body, you’ll find that it has a very complex relationships with many different sources of discomfort, malady, and disease. The case of Addison’s disease is no different.

CBD can be an important component in treating and or preventing a case of Addison’s disease because it isn’t impactful element in the functionality of the endocannabinoid system, as we have discussed in our prior pieces. In fact, much anecdotal evidence exists alongside some genuine research by the medical and scientific community to support these contentions.

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