CBD and Anxiety During Pandemic
As days, weeks, and months pass by with the pandemic still upon us, we are forced to stay within the four walls of our
homes to avoid spreading the COVID 19 virus, hoping that one day, we could again interact with our friends and families
outside, freely like we used to.
As we are indeed just human, we naturally engage ourselves in things that make us feel happy and calm, but during
these stressful times, not all people cope with stress and then get over it right away. Some people become stressed to
the point where the stress sort of starts feeling like “it’s just there”. These people oftentimes don’t know what they are
stressing about, and it becomes even more excessive because we are forced to stay in our homes where we have a
bigger opportunity to be alone with our thoughts to the point of overthinking and we become more anxious. This is
when we look for different aids to help us with our anxiety and restlesness, one of which is CBD.
According to a cross-sectional study of CBD users in 2018, “anxiety” ranks as one of the top three reasons for consuming
the cannabis-derived product, along with “depression” and “pain.” CBD may come in as beneficial to relief considering
nearly 20 percent of the adult population in the United States reports suffering from some form of anxiety. While
research remains scarce, CBD is thought to ease anxiety by helping the body process serotonin, a hormone and
neurotransmitter that plays a role in regulating emotions. The process by which this occurs is thought to be similar to
that of serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), a class of anxiety and depression medications. SSRIs target a serotonin
receptor called 5-HT1A and increase the availability of serotonin in the brain to help boost your mood. While CBD comes
very highly recommended due to its benefits and being more natural, don’t forget to always consult your doctors before
trying out CBD for yourself.
If you are interested in digging deeper into this topic, here are two worth-reading studies on CBD and anxiety:
> One study targetting people with public-speaking phobias showing results of CBD helping in lessening negative public speaking habits
> One study on CBD as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders