Hemp or industrial hemp is a variety of cannabis sativa, mostly used for its fiber or its edible seeds. It is non-psychoactive and highly used for medicinal and recreational purposes. It has a very low amount (below 1%) of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol, a psychoactive compound of cannabis. Basically, it cannot make you high.
What is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is extracted from the hemp seeds, which are high on its nutritional value. It contains Vitamin E, phosphorus, iron, calcium, and a whole lot of other nutrients. The seeds require thorough cleaning and then cold pressed for extracting the oil out of it. Hemp oil works as a natural moisturizer for skin, pain management, anxiety management, improving mood disorders, etc. This article shall specifically focus on how hemp oil can benefit in treating anxiety disorders.
The Extent of Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorder is afflicting a huge number of population worldwide. There may be different forms of anxiety, for instance, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, panic attacks, and other general anxiety disorders. According to a survey recorded in 2016, approx. 275 million people have complained about anxiety disorder globally. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reported around 40 million cases of anxiety disorders in America. As a matter of fact, it is the female population affected more than the male, by such disorders. Women are more likely to have such mental disorders due to psychological or hormonal reasons. A study conducted on 11,463 women as against 8,550 men from different continents, came out with the conclusion that different forms of anxiety disorders are highly prevalent among women than men.
How can Hemp Oil Help
Hemp oil contains a high amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids which can help relieve anxiety issues. Omega 3 fatty acids, also found in fish oil, vegetable oil, flax seeds, provides nutrients to the body to treat psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression naturally. The JAMA Network Open published a review in 2018, which indicated improvement levels in treating anxiety with Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid.
Phytocannabinoids is another component of hemp oil which interacts with our neurological system to create positive effects and treat anxiety. Human body naturally produces cannabinoids called the Endocannabinoids. Phytocannabinoids is found in cannabis sativa and works together with the receptors (CB1 and CB2) of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) for the efficient functioning of body and mind. The ECS is responsible for sending signals throughout the central nervous system of the human body. The CBD compound in hemp oil affects the limbic system (responsible for emotions, memories, and arousal) of the brain.
Additionally, hemp oil also contains terpenes, responsible for giving cannabis the aroma. Terpenes are the fragrant oils proving to have benefits on emotional happiness when inhaled. The therapeutic scent of these oils has a calming effect on the body and the mind. To name a few there is terpene linalool which releases floral fragrance with some amount of citrus and spice as well and terpene limonene having the lemon fragrance.
Ways to Use Hemp Oil
One can consume it in the form of a capsule or apply topically on the skin directly for a soothing effect. It is also available in spray form. For topical use, it is best to go for a patch test first by applying on a small portion of your skin. It depends on the patient which one of these methods proves to be more effective. Hemp oil is also available as edibles.
As an everyday therapy to treat anxiety disorders, one can practically put the hemp oil in a diffuser in living rooms, bathrooms or bedrooms. Women suffering from PMS issues can take a soothing aromatherapy massage using hemp oil to curb it. GLA or gamma linoleic acid, found in hemp seeds can help eliminate PMS symptoms. There are people who get panic attacks while exercising due to heavy workouts. If you are taking Anavar to maintain strength and enhance performance then you can use hemp oil topically without causing harm to the body. So the next time you buy anavar, do keep in mind to also keep your oil ready if in case you undergo panic attacks post heavy exercising.
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Hemp oil, to provide maximum relief, should generally contain 25mg of CBD. As for dosage, there are no specific guidelines for treating any health concerns. Nevertheless, one can apply the Stepwise Dosing Procedure to find the effective amount you may need. The procedure includes starting with a minimum dosage and then increasing the amount until you see the positive effects.
If you are an anxiety sufferer, you can surely give hemp oil a chance. It is a much safer and natural option of treating anxiety than many other traditional methods. The other health benefits of hemp oil will be an added bonus.
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