The human nervous system is a complex construction of stop-signs and go-signs, almost like an intricate railway track.
Some tracks lead to calmness and intellectual engagement while others lead to closing down intellectual faculties and hyper-aroused senses. When we’re hurtling down a track that leads to the latter, we feel anxious, stressed, and experience difficulty with concentrating.
What determines which track we’re taking? External signals that are interpreted by our internal mental faculties. If there are signals that represent danger, the body springs to life and puts the nervous system in a state of fight or flight.
Unfortunately, what the body might perceive as a danger isn’t always actually a danger - and - sometimes the body doesn’t receive the signal and we remain in this hyper-aroused anxious state, never regaining that sense of calm and safety.
There are so many different reasons for people to stay in a state of anxiety. It is considered a mental health issue when it becomes disruptive to your ability to function well in daily life and you can’t return to a calm state without artificial help. Here are some of the most common types of anxiety:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder - This condition means that the sufferer is living in a permanent state of worry, fear, and often physical discomforts like heart palpitations, shortness of breath, stomach pain, and lightheadedness (among many others). GAD can also lead to insomnia and an impending sense of doom.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) -Contrary to popular belief, OCD doesn’t always mean a person is obsessively cleaning or tidying. OCD is characterized by the creation of rituals, repeating the same set of behaviours under certain circumstances. These behaviours are often preventative or supposed to provide a sense of security but the relief is only temporary and so the rituals need to be repeated.
Panic Disorder - The physical symptoms of panic disorder include chest pains, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, or abdominal distress. A panic episode can arrive suddenly and with great intensity. There are often no triggers that are easily identified, leading to unpredictable panic sessions.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - PTSD is not only endured by those who faced war or other forms of military combat. Anyone who has experienced trauma can suffer frompost-traumatic stress disorder. Panic episodes, lapses from reality, severe spells of worry and fear and avoidance of certain situations are typical symptoms of PTSD.
Hemp extract can be used to treat anxiety in a variety of different ways. It should be used on an ongoing basis if you have chronic anxiety. A dose at the same time each day (twice a day) can ease the sense of tension in the body.
For severe anxiety and bouts that rise unpredictably, broad-spectrum hemp extract provides a fast-acting relief you can use on an “as-needed” basis.
We recommend a good quality and ethically manufactured hemp oil to treat anxiety on an ongoing basis. The general dosage is 25 mg of broad-spectrum hemp extract in the morning and at night. You can mix it with your morning coffee, take it in a smoothie, or have it in capsule form.
Gummies are also a fun way to pop your daily dose into your mouth before you continue with your day. If you need the extract to take effect very quickly, place the drops under your tongue for rapid absorption.