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How CBD can help with Anxiety.

Humans have been called “the anxious monkeys,” which makes sense if you think about it – we’re not strong, we can’t run very fast, and we don’t have claws or fangs. Only constant vigilance has ensured our survival for tens of thousands of years.

It’s easy to forget that the pressures of modern life are very recent in the grand scheme of things. Our bodies certainly don’t realize that we’re not on the savannah anymore. So the mental and physical responses that used to serve Homo sapiens very well can quickly become maladaptive, causing problems for us – one of which is anxiety.

There is no shortage of things to be anxious about these days! Anxiety about work, anxiety about sex, anxiety about relationships, anxiety about money and family, and… it can all feel like a multi-car pileup on our interstates. 

To address this complex and often elusive problem, many people have begun to supplement their mental health support with herbal remedies, including CBD. And there’s good evidence that CBD can help a great deal – but to understand why it helps to know how anxiety works in the first place.

How Anxiety Becomes Chronic

Anxiety serves a purpose. Early humans often faced immediate physical threats — like animal attacks and avalanches — and the human stress response evolved to keep us safe. Stress hormones like cortisol are essential to “fight or flight”, enabling us to act quickly and escape danger. 

On the other hand, the stressors we encounter in modern life, like financial and relationship pressures, tend to be ongoing instead of immediately hazardous — but our bodies don’t know the difference.

If there is no outlet for the stress response — no adrenaline-burning fight or tension-releasing flight – we don’t ever leave that “fight or flight” mode. This chronic stress trains our brains to feel anxious. It wants us to “remember” so we can anticipate (and hopefully avoid) more dangers in the future — but this can be physically and emotionally exhausting. 

High levels of stress hormones are known to cause or aggravate many serious health problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Digestive problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Muscular tension
  • Endocannabinoid imbalance

Although a genetic predisposition to mental illness can be a major factor, if you’re under enough stress for long enough, you may develop chronic anxiety even if nobody else in your family has.

CBD’s Impact On Anxiety

CBD affects the body in numerous ways, and studies suggest that cannabidiol’s influence on neurotransmitter systems, neural regeneration, and a phenomenon called “extinction learning” are all keys to its efficacy. 

These mechanisms include:

Effects on serotonin. Most people think of serotonin as the brain’s “happy juice,” but it’s a complex chemical with many roles. Too much serotonin can be just as damaging as too little. CBD, like some pharmaceutical drugs, binds to the serotonin receptor that is thought to play the largest role in moderating anxiety.

Effects on the endocannabinoid system. Your body produces cannabinoids that are structurally similar to the phytocannabinoids found in cannabis (as well as some other plants, like Kava Kava and cardamom). Your body’s version of these chemicals called endocannabinoids to play a major role in many essential functions, both physical and mental. 

Under stress, the body’s system of cannabinoids and corresponding receptors can become unbalanced and dysregulated. CBD may help restore balance to the ECS by boosting the production of the endocannabinoids that are necessary for maintaining so many essential processes.

Effects on neural regeneration. Chronic stress can damage neurons (brain cells). Over time, it may even shrink the brain. It was long thought that once neurons are gone, they’re gone forever, but recent research indicates that’s not necessarily true, and certain parts of the brain can regrow neurons that have been damaged or destroyed. Studies suggest that CBD may encourage neural regeneration, especially in the hippocampus — a part of the brain associated with memory, learning, and mood.

Effects on extinction learning. Ideally, we can “unlearn” anxiety triggers when there’s nothing left to fear and our environment is safe. In cases of chronic, cyclical stress, this is a challenge. Studies on both rodents and humans indicate that CBD can facilitate the extinction learning process, supporting us to let go of anxiety triggers more readily.

Should You use CBD for your Anxiety?

As we’ve seen, constant stress is an unfortunate fact of modern life. It impacts mental and physical health in so many ways that a multi-pronged, holistic approach may be most effective for managing anxiety. Even medical doctors have begun recommending that patients supplement traditional treatment approaches (like talk therapy and prescription medication) with lifestyle practices like yoga, meditation, time in nature, and other relaxation techniques.

So if you choose to supplement with CBD, it’ll work best as part of a comprehensive plan. Consult with your doctor before beginning any new regimen, especially if you’re already taking prescription drugs for anxiety or depression – similar to grapefruit, CBD can interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize certain drugs properly, making them either weaker or stronger.

Once you get the all-clear from your doctor, you will want to select the method of taking CBD that’s right for you. Oils and tonics do not act immediately, but the relief they provide lasts a long time. Swish CBD oil in your mouth instead of swallowing it for better absorption. For a quicker effect in moments of crisis, try a CBD vape pen – just make sure it’s made with ceramic components, and free of propylene glycol. Even a CBD suppository may help a great deal – the tissues of the rectum and vagina are highly permeable, and bypassing digestion can aid in absorption. 

Always choose products from reputable companies that are transparent about their sourcing, ingredients, testing, and manufacturing process.

Hope for Recovery

If you’ve been dealing with chronic stress and anxiety for long enough, it can take time to reverse the damage. A behavioral approach can go a long way towards creating new mental habits, but you might get there faster if you allow your brain to rebuild and relearn on a deeper level. CBD could have a significant positive impact on this process, helping you to feel better sooner.

And curiosity – another essential trait of “the anxious monkeys” – can be an instinct turned ally, if we use it to pursue knowledge, resilience, and integrative treatment modalities that work best for us. 

How CBD can help your pets with firework anxiety!

If you already know that CBD can help pets with more general anxiety, you may wonder if it can also help your pets with fireworks. The short answer is yes, pets can be calmed by CBD treats or oil, and this can help them get through a night of fireworks. Here’s what you need to know about how to use CBD oil to help your pet before the light show starts.

What is the Fear of Fireworks About?

While pets may respond to fireworks in many ways, including hiding, barking, whining, and shaking, almost all are responding in fear to loud noise and flashes of light that they can’t understand.

Unfortunately, if you’ve reprimanded your pets for this behavior, you may have made it worse. It’s natural for pets to be afraid of fireworks, or to think fireworks are a threat to them and to you. After all, such instincts would keep them alive in the wild.

However, other than instinct, veterinarians don’t know why pets seem to be more afraid of fireworks than other potentially fear-inducing experiences. All we can do right now is try to help them get through it. While there are many training techniques and comforting items that could help, CBD could be a great option for your pets.

How Can CBD Help with Pets Firework Anxiety?

CBD works in pets similar to how it works in humans. Unlike THC, CBD does not create any “high” sensations. Instead, it has a calming effect that naturally helps pets get through stressful experiences. Research has demonstrated that CBD can help pets handle anxiety.

Of course, the quality and safety of the CDB treat or oil matters a lot. That is why Deep South Organics creates our products in a THC-Free certified facility. The last thing you want is to have small amounts of THC in your pets’s treat that actually increases their anxiety!

Plus, as your pets is already scared of the fireworks, you do not want to be force-feeding them something unappetizing and increasing their stress levels. Deep South organics offers a taste CBD pets tincture with a natural cod liver old that is appetizing to our four-legged family members. You can put droplets of CBD oil into their water or food.

How to Prepare Your Pets for Fireworks

You shouldn’t just start your pets on CBD a few minutes before the fireworks start. The pets may associate anything you introduce to them for the first time during a scary event with that scary event, even toys, and treats. Later, the sight of the toy or Deep South Organics CBD Pet Tincture may be enough to remind them of the fireworks and upset them.

Instead, give your pet CBD at least one time before July 4th. Make sure that this is a calm, non-eventful day for them. They’ll likely be even calmer than usual, thanks to the effects of CBD, but it’s always important to see how they respond.

Then, you can give your pets another dose on July 4th. Follow the dosing recommendations on your pet-specific product. For example, Deep South Organics CBD Pet Tincture you will give 2-4 drops per every 5 pounds.

Lastly, don’t leave your pets alone in the fireworks and assume the CBD will be enough to comfort them—at least not until you’ve seen them respond a few times. Comfort your pets, offer them treats or other calming toys and techniques you use. If your pets is doing better, you may eventually get to the point that doesn’t need your presence to be calm during the fireworks.

Order Your CBD Treats Before July 4th

As you’ll need to give your pets CBD before July 4th, make your order now. Try Deep South Organics. They provide a 200mg Pet tincture which takes any hassle out of dosing and is packed full of synergistic nutritious ingredients.