Anxiety is a word that has seen much more use recently, particularly since more information about mental health and mental health disorders has become accessible on the internet. Although anyone can experience anxiety, anxiety disorders are a more persistent and pernicious problem that can severely affect a person’s quality of life.
In this blog, we will be talking about both day-to-day anxieties and stress, as well as some information about anxiety disorders. This blog will also mention a few studies for further reading around CBD and Anxiety and how it may be a viable option for relief in the future.
Keep in mind that none of this blog’s information is intended to diagnose or treat any health or mental health condition. Research around CBD and anxiety is still in the early stages.
If you are looking for more information about stress, anxiety, as well as information about CBD and CBD products, keep reading. You’ve come to the right place!
Day-to-Day Stress & COVID-19
Everyday stress might include being worried about an interview for a new job, meeting a deadline, or worry about our families during the holidays. The definition of what constitutes daily stress, however, is changing in this pandemic world.
With social distancing as the new norm and winter right around the corner, people are spending more time indoors with their families. It can be nice to get more time with the people we love, but it can also be stressful learning how to work productively from home or homeschool children for the first time.
Although day-to-day stresses are expected and differ from an anxiety disorder, reported stress and depression symptoms are on the rise during the pandemic. While some additional day to day stress is normal, it is possible that anxiety during COVID-19 could be impacting your health.
This helpful blog goes into some of the things many of us are feeling and ways to cope. If you frequently feel helpless, anxious, or out of control, please seek help with a healthcare professional so they can get started on a treatment plan for your needs.
Overall, we know stress affects all of us. If you feel your stress is generally well managed on a daily basis, your current tension will likely disperse over time when the stressful circumstance has passed. By contrast, living with an anxiety disorder is more like living with constant fear and panic, even when the stressor is not present.
Below we will go into more about anxiety disorders, which differs substantially from ordinary daily stress, even in the time of COVID-19.
Being stressed or having occasional anxiety is part of everyday life, but what about anxiety disorders? Anxiety Disorders are different from feelings of nervousness or anxiousness. Anxiety Disorders involve excessive fear or anxiety; anxiety symptoms may worsen even when a threatening scenario has passed.
There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Still, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “all anxiety disorders have one thing in common: persistent, excessive fear or worry in situations that are not threatening.”
Anxiety disorders can present with many different symptoms, including those that are emotional and physical. Emotional symptoms of anxiety may include feeling restless, nervous or tense, or having a constant dread about the worst arising from a scenario.
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include trembling, sweating, racing heart, insomnia, feeling tired or weak, and having trouble concentrating. These are more general symptoms that overlap with several anxiety disorders, but there are many different anxiety disorders. We’ll go into the major types of anxiety disorders below.
Major Types of Anxiety Disorders
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the five major types include Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Social Anxiety Disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
GAD often presents as excessive anxiety that interferes with daily life, even when little has provoked the symptoms. GAD’s constant anxiety may be paired with physical symptoms such as becoming easily tired, on edge, or restless.
According to Psychology Today, people with Generalized anxiety disorder “regularly anticipate disaster, often worrying excessively about health, money, family, or work.” If symptoms are milder, people with GAD may be able to hold a job, but more severe symptoms of GAD can make it hard to accomplish simple daily tasks.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
OCD is characterized by uncontrollable and unwanted thoughts called obsessions, as well as compulsions or repetitive behaviors a person repeats in the hopes of getting their obsessive thoughts under control. These compulsions might include repetitive handwashing, cleaning, counting, or repeated checking of things such as door locks.
Unfortunately, the compulsions and rituals people with OCD perform only help temporarily, giving them a brief reprieve from the anxiety their unwanted thoughts cause. People with OCD perform these rituals for at least an hour a day and can’t control these behaviors, which significantly impacts their lives.
Panic Disorder (PD)
Panic Disorder is an anxiety disorder where a person has recurring and often unexpected panic attacks. The extreme fear people experience with Panic Disorder also manifests in physical symptoms such as shaking or trembling, racing heartbeat, shortness of breath, or feelings of being smothered or choked, chest pains, and abdominal distress.
Accompanying the physical feelings of panic attacks, people with PD may, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “feel out of control even when there is no real danger” and make plans to avoid certain situations or people to prevent them. Thus, people with Panic Disorder may not be able to perform routines like going to work or the store, which can worsen social isolation and provoke negative feelings and further panic attacks.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can develop after a traumatic event occurs in someone’s life. Unlike people who experience a traumatizing event and naturally recover from their fear, people with PTSD may continue to experience flashbacks, anxiety, and nightmares about the event even after it has passed.
Certain places, events, or otherwise can trigger a flashback of a traumatic event, leading to the person with PTSD avoiding certain things to prevent re-experiencing the trauma. A person with PTSD may have problems with the memory of the trauma and difficulty connecting with others. People with PTSD can also have trouble sleeping, always be on edge, or have angry outbursts.
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
People with Social Anxiety Disorder have ongoing anxiety or extreme fear of social situations or being judged by others. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), the average age of onset for Social Anxiety Disorder is during the teenage years. People with SAD may be incredibly self-conscious when eating or drinking, for example, or can be generally uncomfortable being watched.
Other signs of Social Anxiety Disorder can include making little eye contact, having their minds “go blank,” and feeling incredibly awkward and embarrassed in front of other people. Physical symptoms can include rapid heartbeat, feeling nauseated, or sweating. Because of these symptoms, many people with SAD avoid social situations that involve meeting new people, such as a job interview or a date, as well as places they feel might feel awkward or embarrassed.
Anxiety Disorder Treatment
Although Anxiety Disorders of all types can result in extreme fear and impact a person’s ability to function in daily life, modern treatments can help with the symptoms of the disorders. Some of these treatments include:
- Therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and several others.)
- Alternative Medicine (such as Chinese medicine, Massage, and other therapies.)
In addition, self-care, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, combined with the above treatment options, may help with anxiety symptoms. A person with an anxiety disorder needs to be in conversation with a healthcare professional or mental health professional.
You might be asking yourself how CBD may help with anxiety. More on what we know about that topic below.
CBD and Anxiety
The research around CBD, anxiety, and anxiety disorders is just beginning. There are many ongoing studies in this area, but none have advanced enough to support a treatment program for anxiety and anxiety disorders. More clinical trials of CBD and anxiety symptoms must be completed for more definitive answers.
A quick Google search reveals many studies and preclinical trials around the area of CBD and anxiety. Several studies reveal there may be promise for future treatment of some symptoms of anxiety.
For instance, this study came from both animal and human studies and “support(s) the notion that CBD exhibits anti-panic properties.” Another such study found that “CBD displays promise as a tool for reducing anxiety in clinical populations,” but warns that further research and caution is needed moving forward.
Overall, CBD is an excellent addition to your self-care routine when combined with a healthy lifestyle and communication with a healthcare professional. However, CBD is not intended to treat or diagnose any disease, nor is anything listed in this blog.
Is CBD Safe?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is generally safe and well-tolerated in humans, and no physical dependence effects have been reported.
Much more research is needed into the long-term side effects of CBD.
CBD can interact with certain medications. If you would like more information about CBD, possible side effects, and medication interactions, please visit the FDA’s website and speak to your doctor.
CBD Options for Full-Body Relaxation
Strength of Hope’s Hemp CBD Oil is perfect for those looking to soothe their nerves or relax into sleep. We pair and blend our premium CBD oil with coconut MCT oil and a Stevia/Vanilla flavoring for an experience that is great by mouth and mixed into various beverages. You might try our CBD Oil tincture mixed into seasonal drinks such a Chai tea, Hot Apple Cider, or a Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Our CBD Oil is excellent for newcomers to CBD, as well as those accustomed to taking CBD products. Each one-ounce bottle comes with either 500 mg, 1000 mg, or 2500 mg CBD in each one-ounce bottle for your needs. You might consider trying some oil around bedtime to relax into a better night’s sleep or midday for a boost of calm energy.
Our original CBD Oil tincture is sure to satisfy, contributing to a feeling of full-body relaxation and soothing day to day stresses. It’s also 100% THC-free.
Strength of Hope CBD Mints is one of the tastiest and most discreet ways to enjoy taking CBD throughout the day. Each mint packs a punch with either 10 mg, 20 mg, or 40 mg CBD per mint and 28 mints per container. The sliding container is a cinch to stash inside your pocket, purse, or glove box for on-the-go use.
Our mints come in two different flavors; peppermint and cinnamon blended with our premium Hemp (CBD) oil. With many of the same benefits as our CBD Oil in an even more convenient package, these mints are great for melting away the day’s tension. Just remember, allow mints to dissolve slowly in your mouth rather than chewing them for the full effects.
Want to learn more about our mints? Check out this in-depth blog. Our Mints, like all our products, are 100% THC-free.
CBD Options For Targeted Relaxation
Are you looking for an option for more topical, targeted body tension relief? You might try our Strength of Hope CBD Roll-On. Our CBD Roll-On comes with a choice of several different essential oil blends to help soothe away day-to-day tension and is combined with our premium CBD Oil.
You might try rolling this smooth CBD Oil onto the temples, forehead, or the back of the neck to help target tension throughout the day as well as tension headaches. Our CBD Roll-On is also great for adding a touch of aromatherapy to your day.
Each CBD Roll-on comes with either 100 mg or 300 mg CBD per container. The formula rolls on smoothly and is a snap to take with you and apply on-the-go. Want to learn more about our CBD Roll-on? Check out our detailed blog here. Our CBD Roll-On is also 100% THC-free.
Strength of Hope CBD Cream is perfect for relaxing tense muscles and joints. Enhanced with Arnica and blended with our premium CBD Oil, this cream sinks deep into the skin precisely where you apply it. Our CBD cream is perfect for after a healthy session at the gym or even to relax into a good night’s sleep.
Each one-ounce jar is potently packed with 250 mg CBD and blended with essential oils and natural ingredients. Some of these ingredients include Shea Olein, Coconut Oil, Cocoa Butter, Menthol, Beeswax, Hemp Extract, Arnica, Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Vitamin E. If you’d like to learn more about our creams and topicals, check out this blog. Our CBD cream, like all our products, is 100% THC-free.
Questions About CBD?
Our “Learn” tab is an excellent resource for information about hemp, CBD, and our products. For newcomers to CBD, you might start with a brief introduction to Hemp and CBD. If you are interested in an overview of how to look for a quality CBD product, check out this blog.
Talk to Your Doctor
Our CBD products are best used in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and communication with your doctor. We always recommend our customers speak with their doctor before using CBD.