Vaping CBD for Anxiety – Breathing in Hemp Extract

Vaping CBD for Anxiety – Breathing in Hemp Extract

Vaping CBD and Anxiety

 

I started vaping CBD because anxiety was making my daily existence pretty crappy.

It has changed my life.

In my opinion, vaping CBD for anxiety is an incredibly effective tool to help people deal with panic attacks or unreasonable worry. It’s that awful feeling of looming disaster.

Honestly, vaping CBD feels like it was custom made for people with anxiety.

A Brief History of Anxiety

Basically, humans are hard-wired to avoid danger above all else. Fear and apprehension were vital to survival. They are vestiges of our evolutionary struggles. Life or death – every friggin day.

However, most of us in the developed world are not in any particular, imminent danger.

Maybe not, but you just can’t reason away millions of years of programming.

Plus, for some of us, a slight imbalance puts us back in the jungle – emotionally. You just always feel unseen threats. It really sucks.

For others, physical or emotional trauma has caused more serious imbalances.

Finally we all have hope of something that evens us out – not just blunts our feelings:

CBD – In particular vaping CBD

Causes of anxiety

man with anxiety

Of course, for anxiety, there are varying causes and many degrees of acuteness. CBD could hold promise of relief for many of these.

However, you should always consult a medical professional before starting any form of treatment – especially if you have a serious bipolar diagnosis or PTSD.

I’m not giving medical advice. I’m giving you something to talk about with your doctor.

That being said, anxiety can have many causes. A person could have genetic predisposition, trauma, medication side effects, chemical withdrawal, hormonal imbalances or disruption of chemical messaging in the brain.

Basically, most forms of anxiety involve a problem with chemical messaging. That’s why people emotional disorders are so excited about CBD. It’s a non-prescription compound that appears to improve the signalling in the brain.

Further, vaping CBD for anxiety might even accelerate and amplify this effect.

How Vaping CBD Might Help Anxiety

When done mindfully, Vaping CBD for anxiety calms us is two ways –  breathing and biochemistry

young man vaping CBD

How breathing calms the body and mind

Luckily for us – breathing is an involuntary action. Brain wave frequency, heart rate and breathing all adjust automatically according to our circumstances.

Perceived threat > higher frequency > more rapid heart beat > faster breathing.

Centuries ago we found out we could flip this whole process by mindfully controlling our breath. Controlled breathing calms us down and increases our focus.

Examples:

  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Martial Arts
  • Tai Chi
  • Elite Athletics

Additionally, breathing in the smoke or essence of a plant intensifies the calming effect.

  • Incense
  • Essential oil aroma therapy
  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis

Now, add the biochemical effects of hemp extract to mindful inhaling, and you can start to see how vaping CBD for anxiety can be a powerful tool.

How cbd may ease anxiety

Sadly, the criminalization of cannabis in the 20th century has put us in an upside down situation.

We are getting  studies that indicate it works incredibly well for anxiety and depression. Plus, the anecdotal evidence is mounting rapidly.

But because research has not been allowed, we’re not certain how it might work. But we are starting to get an idea.

Serotonin Receptors 

Human trials are lacking, but here is what we are finding from animal studies.

Serotonin levels are usually involved with emotional problems. CBD seems to increase serotonin production and bioavailability.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is thought work with certain serotonin receptors (5-HT1A) that reabsorb serotonin. When these receptors are blocked by CBD, it cause the brain to send more serotonin signals,  or so the research indicates.

illustration of brain and CB1 receptors

Neuron Creation in the Hippocampus

Even more exciting, CBD may even improve the neuro plasticity of your brain.

The hippocampus is a horseshoe shaped area deep in the brain that is responsible for memory and emotional reactions.  If you have a undersized or deformed hippocampus, you most likely have emotional problems and anxiety.

CBD may help us grow new neurons in the hippocampus. Further, it appears that it might also increase the number of synapses (connections) making the brain more efficient.

If this is true, CBD could someday treat Alzheimer’s as well emotional issues such as anxiety and depression.

Hemp’s Phytochemical Punch

 

We’ve been talking about vaping CBD for anxiety. Howver, CBD is just one particular molecule. Hemp has hundreds of phytochemicals (plant compounds) that appear to be greatly beneficial.

So instead of vaping just CBD, you should be using a full or broad spectrum hemp extract that contains more of these compounds. 

There are dozens of other cannabinoids in hemp that we are just learning about.THC is the most famous. But CBG, CBN, CBC, THCV are some of the others. They are all very different, and researcher suspect that they may play a big part in hemp’s health benefits.

Hemp also contains flavinoids, terpenoids and other fatty acids that we are just learning about.

Plus, hemp produces hundreds of terpenes.

Terpenes and Anxiety

Terpenes are essential oils that give plant their particular smell and taste. We know a lot about them because they are also present in other plants beside cannabis.

Myrcene, linalool and humulene are all have calming effects on the nervous system. 

These terpenes are found in other plants besides cannabis such as verbena, hops and lavender. People have been using them for centuries for their calming effect on the nervous system.

The Entourage Effect

If that weren’t enough, the sum of all these wonderful plant compounds may actually work on your endocannabinoid system as a powerful team

Also, it appears that all of these compounds taken together increase the may effectiveness of CBD. This concept is known as the entourage effect.

So as good as inhaling CBD is, inhaling the whole plant (chemical-wise) can supercharge the whole effect!

Conclusion

So, let’s see.

  • Mindful breathing or inhaling
  • CBD’s effect on the brain
  • Sister Cannabinoids
  • Terpenes/Essential oil
  • Entourage Effect.

Is it any wonder that so many people are finding vaping CBD for anxiety amazingly effective?

I think I’ve made a case for vaping CBD for anxiety.

If you’ve never tried it here’s a good place to start. 

I sincerely hope you find as much relief as I have from it.

Vape on!

 

 

Breath in the goodness of CBD

John Astrab

 

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE IS NOT FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING MEDICAL ADVICE

Neither Hemp nor its byproducts are medicine. They are not intended to treat any specific ailment. We can make no claims as such.

All information, content, and material of this blog post is for informational purposes only and not to serve as a substitute for the consultation, diagnosis, and/or medical treatment of a qualified physician or healthcare provider.

In the end, all healthcare decisions are yours and yours alone.

 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29161743 Pharmacological Foundations of Cannabis Chemovars

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30898678  Cannabidiol attenuates mechanical allodynia in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats via serotonergic system activation through 5-HT1A receptors.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30624194    Anxiety score decreased in 79% of subjects.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23298518   The anxiolytic effect of cannabidiol on chronically stressed mice depends on hippocampal neurogenesis: involvement of the endocannabinoid system.

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