Anxiety Disorders now rate among the most common medical conditions in the USA, affecting over 40 million Americans. According to a recent study conducted by the American Psychiatry Association, between 2016 and 2017, nearly 36% of those polled said they felt more anxious than the year before.
The symptoms of Anxiety Disorders include:
- Panic attacks
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle tension
With nearly 1 in 6 Americans taking a prescribed psychiatric drug for or anxiety, it is not exaggeration to say that the USA is in the midst of an “anxiety epidemic”.
What are Anxiety Disorders?
There are several types of anxiety disorders apart from Generalized Anxiety. This includes Phobia Related Anxiety, whereby one suffers from a crippling fear to a specific object or situation, and Panic Disorder, which is defined by specific triggers that cause sufferers to experience intense panic attacks. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is also considered part of the extensive family of Anxiety Disorders. OCD is typically defined by recurring thoughts and obsessions that manifest themselves into behavioral rituals and compulsions.
The most common medications prescribed to anxiety sufferers are Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Valium and Serax. While these medications are meant to suppress symptoms related to a variety of anxiety disorders, their prevalence in recent years has coincided with an alarming increase in prescription medication overdoses in the USA.
CBD Oil for Anxiety Relief
Since hemp derived cannabidiol (CBD) products have become widely available to most Americans, many users have found natural symptom relief. Studies have shown that cannabidiol (CBD) has demonstrated both antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects in animal models ( Mello Schier, et al., 2014) and (Zanelati, et al., 2010).
In one of the largest studies on the efficacy of CBD oil for anxiety disorders concluded that the therapeutic properties of CBD were indeed effective.
The use of CBD oil for anxiety relief has also entered popular culture with a number of celebrities including Kristen Bell, Jennifer Aniston and Victoria Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio, declaring themselves avid users of CBD
Safety of CBD Products
Unlike prescription medications, there has never been a fatal overdose of CBD. Interactions with other medications in which the effects of the medications may be increased or decreased are the following:
- HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
- Calcium channel blockers
- HIV antivirals
- Immune modulators
Plants Not Pills CBD Oil for Anxiety
The organic Plants Not Pills CBD products that have been reported as the most effective for anxiety relief include the Plants Not Pills CBD Broad Spectrum (0% THC) Rise Oil in a variety of concentrations and Plants Not Pills CBD Vitalus Gel Caps and Gum Drops. Customers who have purchased these products and followed the Plants Not Pills recommended use guidelines have a reported a noticeable decrease in anxious thoughts and habits. Several have said that “CBD reminds them to breathe” while others commented that “CBD gives me an overall feeling of wellbeing”.
As with any product, the key to effectively treating the symptoms associated with Anxiety Disorders is consistency. Plants Not Pills CBD products are most effective when used as recommended 1-2 times daily. Most users start to feel the difference in their mood along with a reduction of symptoms within 1-2 weeks after consistent product use.