Most of us are familiar with anxiety as it's normal to experience worry and concern at certain moments in our lives. A lot of the time you can identify the reasons or cause for worry and anxiety, which makes it easier to handle the physical, mental and behavioural aspects of the condition. However, some people suffer with constant or regular anxiety or stress attacks, which can seriously impact on their lifestyles and quality of life.

Some of the most common symptoms of anxiety are discussed below alongside more detailed information about the condition and some of the benefits of using cannabidiol (CBD) as a treatment.

Typical symptoms of anxiety

Some of the most typical signs of anxiety include:

Physical symptoms

  • Increased heart rate
  • Tense muscles and wobbly legs
  • Starting to hyperventilate
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Hot flushes
  • Headaches
  • Starting to shake
  • Palpitations

Psychological signs

  • Believing you are out of control and could be experiencing a mental illness
  • Feeling you may die
  • Believing you will faint or lose consciousness or that you are having a heart attack
  • Feelings of paranoia and thinking others are watching you and making note of your anxiety
  • Starting to feel out of sync and that things are much faster or slower than they are in reality
  • Wanting to escape or run away
  • Being edgy and staying alert to everything that's happening in your vicinity

If some of these symptoms sound familiar, it's possible you could be suffering heightened levels of anxiety on a regular basis (https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/get-help/anxiety-information/). One of the most common methods people use to deal with anxiety issues is to avoid the problems causing the worries. Although this helps in the short term, it doesn't actually solve any issues and can reinforce the inner message that these problems are a "danger". Facing up to the situations or issues that cause anxiety can help you reach an understanding about your fears and whether they are valid.

CBD oil for treating anxiety

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to offer a range of health benefits, including helping ease some of the symptoms associated with anxiety. The oil is available throughout the UK and consists of extracts from cannabis plants, without any of the chemicals that can cause users to become "high". It is legally available in the UK, in both retail stores and online and could be used to help you handle your anxiety.

A number of studies have shown that cannabidiol is an effective treatment for anxiety, and can provide much greater benefits than medical or recreational cannabis. This is because some users have found their anxiety levels increase when they take cannabis. A 2010 research study indicated that participants suffered far less social anxiety after taking CBD. Research in 2011 also found that CBD oil could reduce levels of anxiety associated with public speaking. Further studies followed and have shown that CBD is an effective treatment for a variety of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, OCD, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder and post traumatic stress disorder (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319622.php).

How does CBD oil work?

It's believed that CBD works to relieve anxiety by working on the body's endocannabinoid system (EBS), which controls sleep, pain, memory, digestion and the body's immune functions. Although clinicians don't yet have a full understanding of the ways in which CBD oil can help reduce levels of anxiety, they do feel it works on the same receptors as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs.

CBD oil is a natural remedy which won't give the same side-effects as prescribed medications, so it can be a reliable alternative to medicines prescribed by your GP. However, if you've never been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder it may be a good idea to talk to your doctor if you do plan to use CBD oils on a regular basis (https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/healthy-living/mental-health/a25601198/cbd-oil-anxiety/).

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