CBD and anxiety management
Anxiety and stress have become seemingly unavoidable components of the human experience. As of 2019, 18.1% of all American adults – that’s over 40 million people – reportedly suffer from a diagnosed anxiety disorder. Over 31% of Americans (more than 102 million) will be affected by an anxiety disorder of some sort at one point in their lives – making it the most prevalent mental illness affecting the nation. And these numbers aren’t even taking into account the general daily stresses which are likely to affect us all. Anxiety and stress have become so deeply entrenched in the lives of many that they may not even realize they are suffering. It isn’t uncommon for someone who is used to experiencing anxiousness to, after trying something that helps relieve it, exclaim that they didn’t know such a reduction of symptoms was possible.
If you ask us, it says a lot about our culture that so many people are afflicted by anxiety disorders and the associated symptoms to such a thorough degree that they don’t even realize it’s negatively impacting them – they instead think that it’s simply a part of them. One of our primary goals at Fairwinds is to help people realize that it is possible to find relief. We are proud to do our part when it comes to helping people with their anxiousness, all through the use of natural remedies.
What does the research say?
Many people find that CBD products can help provide them with relief from stress, and the evidence is far from simply anecdotal; a clinical study conducted at the Wholeness Center in Fort Collins, CO in 2018 showed that “Anxiety scores decreased within the first month in 57 [out of 72] patients (79.2%) and remained decreased during the study duration” while taking CBD capsules. While it’s undeniable that there is much more clinically-researched information needed regarding this subject, it’s incredibly promising to see results like these! In fact, massive progress has already been made – according to the same study, “In the decade before 2012, there were only 9 published studies on the use of cannabinoids for medicinal treatment of pain; since then, 30 articles have been published on this topic.” And as federal restrictions on the clinical testing of cannabis and its byproducts become more relaxed, we look forward to seeing even more data that back up studies like the one we quote in this blog.
How CBD can help
One of the most important takeaways from this particular study is that most of the subjects involved reported experiencing minimal to no side effects when taking CBD; “CBD was well tolerated, with few patients reporting side effects. Two patients discontinued treatment within the first week because of fatigue. Three patients noted mild sedation initially that appeared to abate in the first few weeks.” This trial was also conducted alongside patients’ current medications and/or therapy – meaning that CBD had little to no interference with other prescribed medicines and treatment plans. This is a critically important point when you take into consideration that many prescribed anxiety medications cannot be taken in conjunction with many other medications, as they can frequently interact negatively, therefore not producing the intended effects. The conclusion of the study mentioned here states, “In our study, we saw no evidence of a safety issue that would limit future studies… CBD appears to be better tolerated than routine psychiatric medications.”
Everyone’s anxiety is different
When it comes to reducing feelings of anxiousness, the most important things (in our opinion) are knowing one’s own needs and determining what works best for them. Our intention is not to claim that CBD is a cure-all (despite its many benefits, it cannot truly provide full support on its own – it’s capable of producing its most effective results when used in tandem with other herbal compounds). We do not wish to imply that traditional medications shouldn’t be used, or that there is one clear, definitive answer for how to best treat anxiousness. Instead, we simply wish to make it clear that everyone should be able to assess their own needs and access the treatment which works most effectively for their individual system!
Whether the best regimen for managing anxiousness includes CBD products like our Release tincture, traditional prescription medicines, or a combination, everyone deserves to experience relief. We hope that you can find yours with Fairwinds CBD!