Some Stats… 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England . 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England. This number equates to roughly 17 million people in England suffer each year. Furthermore, mental health conditions are increasing worldwide. Mainly because of demographic changes, there has been a 13% rise in mental health conditions and substance use disorders in the last decade (to 2017). In relation to anxiety specifically, the associated excess mortality has an immense impact on public health. A recent meta-analysis indicated that approximately five million deaths worldwide are attributable to mood and anxiety disorders each year.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, worry or fear which, when persistent and impacting on daily life may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Generalised Anxiety Disorder, which is one common type of anxiety disorder, is estimated to impact 5.9% of adults in England. Symptoms of anxiety include changes in thoughts and behaviour such as, restlessness, a feeling of dread, a feeling of being “on-edge”, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, irritability and many other symptoms which may not be as well known such as a noticeably faster heartbeat, feeling nauseous, dry mouth and dizziness. Now, if you’re reading this and thinking ‘i get this sometimes’ or ‘i get a dry mouth and fee nauseous sometimes’ then please do not perform self-diagnosis as suffering from anxiety because it is perfectly normal to get nervous sometimes when you go out to a new place, meet someone new or are slightly out of your comfort zone. At the end of the day, its what keeps us young and keeps life exciting, to be able to take risks and thrive to be the best version of ourselves possible. Feeling anxious, particularly about events or situations that are challenging or threatening, is completely normal. However, if feelings of anxiety regularly cause significant distress or they start to impact your ability to carry out your daily life, for example withdrawing or avoiding contact with loved ones, feeling unable to go to work, or avoiding places and situations then it may be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Remember, we are all in this together, friends and family are here to help, colleagues are here to help - we're here to help.
What are the causes of Anxiety and how can CBD Help?
There are many different factors that may contribute to the development of mental health problems like anxiety disorders. These factors include biological factors i.e. the experience of chronic physical illness or injury and psychological or social factors such as experiences of trauma or adversity in childhood, struggles with income or poverty, employment status and family & personal relationships. Getting support - There are a range of approaches for treatment and management of anxiety disorders, and the most appropriate method will vary depending on the type and severity of anxiety disorder, and personal circumstances. Some common approaches to treating anxiety include Psychological Therapies, Self-Help and Self-Management, Medication, Group Support and Other Approaches.
Can CBD help anxiety and can I self medicate CBD?
Within the UK and worldwide - more and more people are turning to self medicate and self-help/treatments for natural solutions to aid with anxiety-related disorders. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a huge increase in the number of people using CBD and a large proportion of those were people who were looking for natural, sustainable and ethical ways to help them with anxiety which was most likely heightened by the pandemic. With a rapidly growing number of people becoming more and more aware of the potential benefits CBD and the cannabis plant possess, the public is rushing to the market in masses in search of the most effective CBD brand and that’s where we come in! We have made it our mission to become the world's most reputable and trustworthy CBD provider and we plan on doing this through our unrivalled attention to detail and passion for the movement of CBD and how it has the ability to take your life and routine to the next level. Several studies suggest that CBD does help with anxiety-like symptoms such as heightened heart rate and shakes. Studies also suggest that CBD does aid with and help to prevent anxiety but in essence more research needs to be done on CBD itself to allow us to have a full overview of the efficacy of CBD.
How does CBD help with Anxiety?
In humans, we have loads of receptors which are protein-based structures that are attached to our cells. They receive signals from different stimuli. CBD is thought to interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors within the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
There is ongoing research into the exact function of CBD in the body and how it interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors but it is thought by scientists and by early research that it may influence serotonin signals. What is serotonin? It’s a neurotransmitter that can orchestrate your state of mind and your mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression In some cases, a lack of serotonin can result in anxiety.
There has been masses of research done into CBD to date and how it has the potential to aid with things such as anxiety, depression, Parkinson’s and a number of other conditions. Multiple studies showcase the benefit that CBD has on people who suffer with anxiety. Furthermore, regulating bodies (such as the national institute of drug abuse) have found that it can also be effective in treating anxiety in animals. The conventional treatment through prescription methods for low serotonin treatment is a selective serotonin rep-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) ,however, some people with anxiety may be able to manage their condition with CBD as a natural and sustainable alternative to an SSRI. With that being said, you should always consult with your doctor or GP if you are planning on altering or making any changes to your current medication plan.
In a test, subjects were observed as having lower behavioural signs of anxiety. Their physiological symptoms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate, also improved after taking CBD
How much should you take if you are looking to use CBD to help with anxiety?
Well, In short. It’s not as straightforward as a one size fits all solution. Everyone is different, everyone will have different tolerances and some things that many work better for some may not work as well for others. Our product range has been designed off the back of years of research into the efficacy of different intake methods, people's preferences and how easy it would be to incorporate into your everyday. Our oils and capsules are typically the products we would recommend to potentially help with anxiety due to the fact that they’re ingested rather than a topical cream that goes directly onto the skin. However, we are seeing more and more people being creative and incorporating CBD into their routine to aid with maximising their everyday. One way we are seeing the cream being used to help with anxiety is by rubbing it on your temples and around your neck area. Not only will it help relax your back and neck muscles but we have seen brilliant results of customers doing this and seeing great results. However, still, the most popular method is to use oils due to the high absorption rate of this method to have it taken through the sublingual glands.
Everyone is different...
We would always recommend that you start smaller and then work your way up, figure out what works for you and act upon that. Our servings are for half a pipette of oils and or 1 to 2 capsules to be taken.
In a 2018 study, male subjects received CBD before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The researchers found that an oral dose of 300 mg, administered 90 minutes before the test, was enough to significantly reduce the speakers’ anxiety. The study only included 57 patients so this is only a small group, more research is needed on a wider range of individuals to determine the correct dosage for people with anxiety.
How to find the best CBD for Anxiety
Even though everyone is different and some things work well for others, one thing that does need to stay consistent is the quality of CBD you are receiving. When purchasing CBD or exploring the idea of using CBD to help with anxiety, you should always make sure that you know exactly where the products are coming from. What is in them and also that you are confident in the proof of this. Something you should always look out for is a COA (Certificate of Authentication) and this will prove the exact contents in the CBD and the strength, by knowing this, you can determine what strength is suitable for you and come to the best match for you. FIKA has placed great importance on the quality of the CBD that we bring to the market, through our unrivalled attention to detail, we believe that FIKA CBD products are the best on the market at a fair price point. We have cultivated a range of products that are ideal for your busy life on the go, to ensure you are getting the most out of your everyday life. Not only to level up your recovery game but also to ensure you are taking your day in your stride