Smart Quiz! Which of These Can Level Your Mood While Legally Enhancing Your Bank Account?
Anxiety is a common enemy, and we’d all like to level out our mood when we’re feeling particularly high-strung. People all across the United States suffer daily from medical conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other oppressive and dangerous illnesses. Even just day-to-day stress can take a toll on your body.
Recently, researchers have revealed that cannabidiol (CBD), a component of marijuana, can be helpful for combating many of these issues. If you are struggling to deal with anxiety through expensive therapy or the use of drugs with shady side effects, CBD might be a great option — both financially and emotionally — to discuss with your doctor.
The Stigma on Marijuana
It is only in the last few years that people have started to accept marijuana as a drug for medical use. The stigma is real, thanks to many years of a failed war on drugs that labeled users as junkies or lazy couch potatoes. Now, people are also finding that the list of potential medical uses for marijuana goes on, from pain relief to cancer treatment. The main component of marijuana that drives people to use pot recreationally is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD is a lesser-known, yet very important component that won’t help you get high, but according to research, it may just help you reduce your stress.
Studies: The Real Science
Studies are still being done to find out more about how CBD works. The current evidence shows that it binds to a neuro receptor in the brain that, when adjusted, can have an anxiety-reducing effect. A 2011 study created evidence that CBD can have a positive effect on emotional behavior during stressful times. A group of untreated social anxiety patients took CBD before participating in a public speaking test, while being monitored by researchers. This may sound pretty nerve-wracking, since few people are strangers to the fear of public speaking. However, most of the people who took the CBD showed lower levels of stress and performed better than those who took a placebo. An advantage of CBD is that it doesn’t impair the people using it. They maintain their usual clarity, and some even say that their thinking can become even sharper.
Now that people are slowly coming to accept the possible benefits of CBD, scientists will be able to continue researching these ideas. Unfortunately, using opiates or benzos (Valium, Xanax, etc.) for your stress can lead to serious addiction while cleaning out your bank account. As CBD gains ground as a treatment, however, you may be able to ease the anxiety and level out your mood while protecting both your health and your wallet.
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!