ANXIOUS AND EATING?
Anxiety disorders are very common. It’s an unsettling inner feeling of worry, agitation and tension. Anxiety affects nearly one-third of all adults at some point in their lives. There are many types of anxiety disorders. People suffering from anxiety disorders will feel anxious to the point that it impacts their food, weight, work, relationships and overall wellbeing.
FOOD AND ANXIETY
Food can take the edge off anxiety in a heartbeat. If you’re using food to address your anxiety/emotions in this way, you know the instant relief and calm the food can bring.
And, you no doubt also know the weight gain that comes with ongoing anxious eating. Usually, it’s a lot more food than your body needs. Feelings of discouragement, hopelessness and a sense of failure often set it when repeated attempts to not eat anxiously are unsuccessful.
MOTHER NATURE IN HER PLANT MAGNIFICENSE
CBD and other non-psychoactive parts of the plant may be key in the treatment of your anxiety. Cannabis, including hemp products, have the potential to calm the brain. And, if you’re calm…you won’t be reaching for the food to get calm.
TERPENES, the plant oils that dictate aroma, flavor and have medicinal healing properties are also key in treating anxiety because they help calm your system. Terpenes in cannabis and essential oils that can help address anxiety include: Linalool and β-Caryophyllene.
Linalool is found in the essential oils: Lavender, Orange, Grapefruit as well as others.
β-Caryophyllene is found in the essential oils: Ylang Ylang, black pepper, clove and other oils.
Blends are now available specifically for anxiety.
When addressing anxiety, be sure your cannabis products are whole plant so you have the synergistic benefits of the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. And, that your essential oils are pure.
A Vanderbilt University study (2014) found that consuming cannabis can increase the presence of naturally-occurring endocannabinoids, which are reduced as a result of chronic stress. Some researchers think that a reduction of endocannabinoids could be a major cause of anxiety disorders. Thus, taking CBD’s to balance your endocannabinoid system can result in feeling calm.
Canada’s Canabo Medical Inc., studied 146 patients that had been prescribed benzodiazepines (2017). In the study, 40% of patients that were prescribed medical cannabis to treat anxiety and pain were able to eliminate the use of benzodiazepines within 90 days. After a year’s time, that number grew to 45%. Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, are a class of psychoactive medications that lower anxiety levels. They can cause short-term side effects such as dizziness, headaches, and memory impairment.
The Journal of Physiology and Behavior, in the study “β-Caryophyllene, a CBCB2 receptor agonist procures multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice” (2014) concluded that treating anxiety with cannabis, including terpenes, is a viable option to address anxiety as well as depression.
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences: A team of experts from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), University of Calgary and The Rockefeller University summarized their research on cannabis and anxiety.
“The discovery of the endocannabinoid system raised the possibility that endocannabinoids could be important modulators of anxiety, and might contribute to individual differences in anxious temperament and risk for anxiety disorders.”
The Pub Med abstract: “Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of CBD in generalized social anxiety disorder” (2011) reports that the results suggest CBD reduces anxiety in social anxiety disorder.
The University of San Paulo, Brazil and King’s College, England conducted research into CBD and anxiety. At high concentrations, CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A (hydroxy-tryptamine) serotonin receptor resulting in an anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effect.
CBD- a, the raw unheated pre-cursor to CBD, also has a strong affinity for the 5-HT1A receptor (even more so than CBD). Endoca products with raw CBD-a are a promising choice to address anxiety.