At one point or another, each of us will experience some form of anxiety. It might happen while we’re fretting over a big presentation, gearing up for a job interview or – like so many right now – struggling with self-isolation. For those who suffer from chronic anxiety, that racing heart and rush of worried thoughts are all too familiar, and it’s understandable that the current climate could be making matters worse.
But what can be done about it? While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution, we’ll show how you can work with CBD for anxiety, and find ways to ease negative emotions while social distancing…
What’s the Difference Between Stress and Anxiety?
It’s important to know the difference between stress and anxiety, because this will affect the way you approach treatment – should you decide that you want to seek medical advice. ‘Stress is the usual response to a perceived threat.’
‘There are instances where stress can be useful, such as when you want to take action or you want to get away from something that could be damaging.’ However, chronic anxiety is ‘when there’s no threat and your mind just goes into overdrive, overthinking, then it becomes a disorder.’
In addition, while many use the words ‘stress’ and ‘anxiety’ interchangeably, stress isn’t typically treated with medicines, while an anxiety disorder ‘needs to be managed and treated.’
How Might CBD Impact Anxiety?
First, the CBD we talk about is what we call the non-psychoactive kind, which you can read about on our ‘What is Green Monkey’ page. What that means is that it’s not like THC, which improves your sense of excitement – it is more about giving you a sense of calm.
So, how might that work? Our brain has so many receptors, and the CBD works with these receptors. Put simply, the human body has at least two known cannabinoid receptors: CB1, which is largely present in the brain, and CB2, which is in the peripheral nervous system. Phytocannabinoids, like CBD, can bind to these receptors and send messages, which may have a therapeutic, anxiety-calming effect. And, because enzymes in the body can’t easily metabolise these phytocannabinoids, it’s believed molecules such as CBD could have a longer-lasting effect.
Should I Consume CBD for Anxiety?
Green Monkey enables consumers to consume CBD in one of the easiest ways (there is no dropper or keeping the oil under your tongue), you simply open the can and drink it!
We’d recommend people to start with one can – 10mg of CBD a day – and then gradually increase to 3 cans per day. It’s also perfect for a nighttime wind-down for that good nights sleep.
3 Ways to Calm Anxiety in Quarantine
Between the flurry of COVID-19 news headlines and quarantine cabin fever, you might be finding anxiety is more persistent than ever before. Try introducing new habits that keep your brain and body occupied. Here are three top tips…
1. Think of it as ‘physical isolation’. Although the governments around the world are talking about social isolation, we’d like to think of it more as physical isolation to keep the spread of the virus at bay – we can still come together socially and feel connected. Apps like FaceTime allow us to talk and share our fears, instead of internalising them.
2. Try to keep moving. Obviously, you can’t go for a long run or play football, but you can still move! Dancing and listening to music is good, or look to social media, where you can find endless on-the-spot cardio and toning workouts, and live-streamed sessions let you interact with the instructors.
3. Focus on the good news. While it’s important to understand and process the realities of the current situation, a lot of news stories will be causing an increase in panic rates. There is a lot of hope in stories of bravery, people getting together, nature getting better, so there will be positivity in the news too. It’s having that balance that’s important.