Often people who have no personal experience of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) are unable to grasp what is frequently called “free-floating” anxiety.
Free floating anxiety is very different from the anxiety a non affected person feels when they have an impending work deadline, unwell relative or a big exam coming up.
Free floating anxiety, sometimes called (generalised anxiety) is not about anything particular or specific at all. It’s an overall unshakable feeling of dread that hangs over the head of the afflicted like a cloud of doom. Paranoia and a constant unsettled feeling that constantly lurks and never goes away.
Often logically there is no immediate threat to life or livelihood that warrants this feeling but the feeling remains nonetheless.
Anxiety affects around 18% of society in any given year, however over 29% of adults will experience some sort of anxiety at some point in their lifetime.
Anxiety is a natural response essential in dealing with threats to life or liberty. However constant and persistent fears can be produce the opposite of the natural response and can be completely debilitating.
Symptoms arising from excessive anxiety occur in a number of differing types including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD).
Anxiety disorders are precursors to a diminished sense of well-being, higher rates of unemployment, increased rates of relationship breakdown and an increased risk of suicide.
Anxiety treatments include serotonin reuptake inhibitors, serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, benzodiazepines, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressant drugs, and partial 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT)1A receptor agonists. Anticonvulsants and atypical antipsychotics are also used to treat PTSD.
Often these treatments are highly toxic, come with a wide range of side affects and while results vary from one individual to another, taking these drugs often leads people to believe they have exchanged an unwell mental state for what feels like an unwell physical state.
If this is what you have been experiencing, then it could well be time you looked into CBD as an alternative treatment.
CBD is not a cure, however CBD in most cases relieves the anxiety sufferer of the symptoms of the illness, for the period of time they use the supplement.
Anxiety sufferers that use CBD often report feeling nothing, which for the vast majority of anxiety sufferers is a dramatic improvement.
So what is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a phytocannabinoid and a constituent of the cannabis plant sativa.
CBD does not have the psychoactive effects of 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is why pure form organic CBD is legal across Europe. CBD has broad therapeutic properties that help people with a wide range of anxiety type disorders.
CBD will not get the user “high” as the THC levels in legal CBD are 100 times lower than that found in recreational marijuana.
CBD rarely has any side effects, in those rare cases people may get a slightly bloated feeling or an affected sleep pattern. These side affects can usually be diminished considerably by changing dose, delivery method or timing. It is usually recommended that CBD be taken after a meal.
How do you take CBD?
A popular method is 3-5 drops of the oil twice a day under the tongue from a tincture, however people also vape CBD, use a spray or consume in a powdered form as part of a meal or smoothie.
You cannot overdose on CBD, however CBD’s effectiveness is a bell curve, so taking larger amount will not produce better results.
How does CBD work?
The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) that receives and translates signals from cannabinoids.
The body produces some cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) helps to regulate functions such as sleep, immune system responses, pain and a number of other neurological responses.
By increasing the amount of cannabinoids in the body, you improve the performance of the whole system, this in turn alleviates the user from a wide variety of symptoms that were present when the system was operating less efficiently.
What sort of CBD do I need?
Unfortunately the usual suspects that seem to infect every industry are present in the CBD industry too, false claims and cheap ineffective oils sold in designer packaging producing few if any results are common.
So to be clear….
You need CBD from the Sativa plant, it must come from the whole plant, not just the stalk, the seeds need to be from Canada as Canada is the only major government that certifies organic Sativa seeds.
The Sativa plant should be grown on a organic farm in a warm climate, the oil should be extracted using CO2, not chemicals as these affect the constituent properties of the plant, the plant should the be naturally dried in sunlight as industrial drying affects the quality of the product.
Once the oil has been obtained from the plant it should be lab tested for purity and for strength. European CBD oil must have a THC level of below 0.2% to be legal, each batch should then be tested separately in a government laboratory and certified by that laboratory before sale to the public.
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Authored by Jeff Whenman
I am not a Doctor and as such am not able to give medical advice, however there have been 23,000 medical studies on CBD, many of these studies are on the internet, it would be wise to do your own research.