The Importance of Hemp
Hemp comes from the non-psychoactive varieties of the Cannabis sativa plant. Its fiber can be spun into usable material such as clothing, sails and rope and even used for plastic and fuel. Hemp seeds are nutritious, providing 20 amino acids and 9 essential amino acids. They also provide good fats and good flavor to foods.
Historically, hemp was the fiber of choice in the colonial United States. Hemp has the potential to replace most food, disposable and chemical products imaginable.
The Role of Cannabidiol in the Body
The cannabis plant itself has been used to treat neuropsychiatric illnesses since ancient times. Hemp is a particular strain that contains mostly CBD with low levels of THC. Making CBD oil is a process of isolating CBD and infusing it into an oil, such as coconut.
All mammals contain an endocannabinoid system, which means they have neurotransmitters which bind to cannabinoid receptors. CBD produces a feeling very much like the euphoric so-called “runner’s high” and relieves pain and tension. As a sedative, it reduces insomnia without making one sleepy. Cannabidiol has no medication interactions and does not interfere with work and other daily activities.
What is its role in the body? Our endocannabinoid system regulates pain, sensation, stress and metabolism. They also aid in memory, planning and decision making — all problems that anxious, stressed people frequently have.
Contributing Factors to Anxiety
Anxiety is a condition of frequent and great fear or nervous tension. When it becomes disruptive, it is then an anxiety disorder. Some people are just naturally anxious or nervous, while others might have an exacerbating condition, such as depression or stress.
Many doctors think that changes in diet can improve physical and mental health conditions, especially with isolated supplements that one cannot digest or obtain from their existing diets. To get the best nutrition and decrease the severity, duration and frequency of anxiety doctors recommend a diet that is high in:
- B vitamins for skin, hair and brain.
- Omega fatty acids for eye, brain and heart conditions.
These nutrients provide fuel for exercising fight or flight responses. Panic is part of the “freeze” state, and sometimes turns into fight or flight. You can supplement CBD for anxiety treatment with exercise or therapy, if anxiety symptoms are severe and persistent.
It is best to cut down on sugary and caffeinated foods and drinks. Integrating exercise will also decrease the excess energy that would otherwise contribute towards anxiety. It’s also important to eat your last meal at least a couple of hours before bedtime to avoid indigestion, heartburn and sleep deprivation.