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Can CBD Help With Bug Bites & Stings?

June 29th, 2020 by David Kranker

CBD For Bug bites and stings

There are many things to love about summer. The profusion of bugs is not generally one of them. While insects and spiders play an important role in our ecosystem, getting bitten or stung can be painful and annoying.

Traditionally, bug bites and stings have been treated with a range of home remedies — like putting a baking soda paste over a bee sting, icing the affected area, or taking an antihistamine medication to control the itchiness. Of course, each of these methods has its drawbacks, and may not be entirely effective.

If you’re “bugged” by the pain, itchiness or swelling that often accompanies insect bites or stings, CBD may be a good choice for you. Research indicates that when applied topically or taken orally, CBD may help to control these symptoms.

What Happens to Your Body After You’re Bitten by an Insect?

A bite or sting from an insect can be incredibly painful, or simply uncomfortable. Depending on the type of insect, it may even lead to an infection, allergic reaction, serious illness, or death. In most cases, however, a bite or sting will cause relatively minor symptoms.

There are a number of insects and spiders that bite or sting. This includes ticks, mites, bedbugs, fleas, lice, horse flies, mosquitos, black flies, bees, yellow jackets, hornets, fire ants, and wasps.

When a bug bites or stings you, their saliva or the venom that they inject causes an immune system response. For most people, the immediate response is redness and swelling, followed by itching and soreness. Individuals who are sensitive or allergic to an insect’s venom may go into anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening condition.

Common symptoms of a bug bite or sting include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Tingling
  • Numbness

If you experience more serious symptoms that may indicate an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, fainting, or chest pain, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Most bites and stings can be treated with simple, at-home care. This may include removing the stinger from a bee sting, washing the site, and then applying ice and/or an antihistamine cream. In addition, an oral antihistamine, pain reliever, or an anti-inflammatory medication can be taken to reduce itchiness and swelling.

Using CBD for Bug Bites and Stings

CBD — also known as cannabidiol — is a naturally-occurring compound derived from the hemp plant (a type of cannabis). Unlike THC, another cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant, CBD is not psychoactive and won’t get you high. Both THC and CBD interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).

The ECS is responsible for maintaining homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies. It has been linked to a number of processes in our bodies, including skin and nerve function, inflammation, stress, metabolism, and mood. While scientists are still figuring out exactly how CBD interacts with the ECS, preliminary research has indicated that it may produce positive effects related to a number of conditions and symptoms.

As described above, bug bites and stings often cause pain and swelling due to the body’s inflammatory reaction to venom or saliva. Scientists have determined that CBD may help to reduce both pain and inflammation.

A 2018 review found that CBD is effective in pain management, with no negative side effects. A 2016 study involving rats with arthritis, scientists found that applying a CBD gel reduced pain and inflammation in affected joints. Similarly, a 2016 study and a 2015 review found that CBD reduces inflammation in the body.

Research has also shown that CBD can help with a range of skin issues. In 2014, scientists determined that CBD reduces skin inflammation. It may also help people who suffer from psoriasis, acne, dry skin, dermatitis and systemic sclerosis.

In 2006, scientists performed a study on patients with pruritus — the medical term for chronically itchy skin. After the application of topical cannabinoid creams, 14 out of 22 study participants experienced a reduction in itchiness — with an average reduction of 86.4%. This study demonstrates that CBD may be incredibly useful in controlling a primary symptom of bug bites and stings: itchiness.

While this research is still developing, it shows potential for the ability to help the symptoms of bug bites and stings with CBD. With minimal side effects, CBD in topical or oral form may be something to keep around when the pain, swelling and itchiness of bug bites gets to be too much.

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For most people, being stung or bitten by a bug is a minor inconvenience that results in redness, inflammation, pain and itchiness. But even though these symptoms go away after a few days or a week, it can be hard to not let a bug bite drive you crazy. CBD can help you stop focusing on the bite or sting by alleviating some of the more bothersome symptoms.

Green Wellness Life offers an array of high quality, independently tested CBD products to meet your needs. Products that may be helpful for bug bites include:

While we aren’t doctors and can’t diagnose or treat any medical condition, we are happy to offer the latest research on CBD and its possible benefits. If you are considering CBD, read the studies for yourself, and talk it over with your healthcare provider.

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CBD for Thyroid Conditions: Just the Facts

June 10th, 2020 by David Kranker

CBD For Thyroid Conditions

Most of us never think about our thyroid. It is just something that exists in our bodies, doing its job. Yet if something goes wrong with the thyroid, it can create a host of problems.

Whether your thyroid is overactive or underactive, if you have a thyroid condition, you are likely all too familiar with the symptoms that may come with it; including pain, insomnia, and unexplained weight gain or loss. Untreated thyroid disorders can cause serious health issues over time.

Managing the symptoms of thyroid disorder can be challenging, even if you are currently being treated by a doctor for your condition. Below, we outline some of the latest research on CBD and the thyroid. Read on to learn more — and to decide for yourself if CBD is right for you.

What Are Thyroid Disorders?

The thyroid is a small gland located in the front of the neck that is responsible for producing hormones that are related to a number of vital functions in the body. In particular, the thyroid releases and controls hormones that control metabolism. When the thyroid is working properly, the body will have the appropriate balance of hormones to keep the metabolism working at the right rate.

Thyroid disorders — or diseases — occur when the thyroid makes either too much or not enough hormones. Either condition can cause health problems, including fatigue, weight gain or weight loss, and an inability to tolerate cold temperatures.

Hypothyroidism (or underactive thyroid) occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough of certain types of hormones. This may be caused by autoimmune diseases, radiation therapy, certain medications, hyperthyroidism treatments, a disorder of the pituitary gland, a congenital disease, and even some medications. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include muscle weakness, pain stiffness, and swelling in the joints, thinning hair, impaired memory, weight gain, and an elevated blood cholesterol level.

This condition is diagnosed through blood tests to determine the level of thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH) in your blood. Treatment involves taking a synthetic thyroid hormone medication daily. While these medications can successfully treat hypothyroidism, too much of this drug can cause problems, including shakiness, heart palpitations, increased appetite, and/or insomnia.

The flip side of hypothyroidism is hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. This happens when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine, causing unintentional weight loss, rapid or irregular heartbeat, difficulty sleeping, and other symptoms. It may be caused by conditions such as Graves’ disease, Plummer’s disease, and thyroiditis.

Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed using the combination of a physical exam and blood tests to confirm low levels of TSH. Additional tests may be performed to determine the reason why a person’s thyroid is overactive. Treatment may include anti-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine, beta blockers, or surgery to remove most of your thyroid. Each of these options carries side effects, including liver damage, skin rashes, joint pain, sexual dysfunction, and fatigue.

Can CBD Help Thyroid Conditions?

The cannabis plant contains a number of naturally-occurring compounds, known as cannabinoids. One such compound is cannabidiol, or CBD. Unlike another well-known cannabinoid, THC, CBD is not psychoactive and does not produce a feeling of being high or stoned.

The human body has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for maintaining balance (homeostasis) in our bodies. The ECS is made up of three components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes. The endocannabinoids bind to specific receptors in order to carry out specific functions. Enzymes then break down the endocannabinoids once they have carried out their function.

Research has linked the ECS to a number of processes within the body, including metabolism, chronic pain, motor control, sleep, muscle formation, and skin and nerve formation. Each of these functions contribute to homeostasis, or stability, in the internal environment of the body.

CBD and other cannabinoids interact with the ECS in order to maintain balance. While scientists are not positive about all of intricacies of how CBD works with the ECS, initial research has demonstrated that it may be helpful in several important ways, including addressing pain and inflammation, reducing anxiety, and suppressing seizures.

In addition, CBD could be useful for people who have thyroid conditions. This may be linked to the existence of ECS receptors on the thyroid gland itself. According to a 2002 study conducted on rats, this strongly suggests that cannabinoids may have a direct influence on thyroid hormone activity. In addition, these receptors have been found in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN), an area of the brain that sends signals to the thyroid.

In 2015, scientists performed a study on both malignant and benign thyroid lesions. They concluded that ECS receptors may serve as therapeutic targets to inhibit the growth of this type of lesion.

To date, there has not been a clinical study that specifically addresses the use of CBD for thyroid disorders. However, a number of studies have shown that CBD may help to manage the symptoms that are commonly linked to thyroid disorders, including pain, inflammation, anxiety, and depression. In this way, CBD may be a good option for those who suffer from thyroid disease.

Studies also indicate that CBD may influence the metabolism. The ECS plays a significant role in regulating the metabolism. Compounds that interact with the ECS, such as CBD, may allow individuals with a thyroid disorder to balance their metabolism.

While the research on CBD for thyroid conditions is still in its early stages, the presence of ECS receptors on the thyroid gland and in the area of the brain that regulates the thyroid is promising. If you suffer from hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, CBD may be useful to manage your symptoms.

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When your thyroid is over or underactive, it can wreak havoc on your body. Symptoms of thyroid disorder can range from insomnia to pain to weight gain or loss. CBD may be a good choice if you suffer from these or other symptoms.

At Green Wellness Life, we are not doctors, and cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health conditions. We can provide you with the latest research on CBD, and offer high-quality, independently tested CBD products. We encourage you to take a look at the studies on CBD, consult with your healthcare provider, and make a decision for yourself about whether to use CBD.

If you are curious about CBD may boost your health or wellness, we can help. You can start with our product finder to select the best item for your needs. If you need additional help or would like to learn more, call us at 888-772-7875 or email us at any time.

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Pride Is Here

June 6th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

 

Quinton Cara Oorbeck By Quinton Charles and Cara Oorbeck

We are a CBD company, so why in the world are we writing a blog on this, you may wonder? I, Cara, have been working at Green Wellness Life for two years now, but before GWL, I spent some time (15 years to be exact) in full time vocational ministry. During seminary and ministry I was continuously learning about loving people. I found that as I walked along side people, my perspectives changed drastically. I became less judgmental! I worked hard to become someone who listened and cared about others; everybody has a unique story and when I committed myself to really hearing and seeing all humans, I am usually surprised and often inspired. Even though I have not been a pastor for 15 years, this is a practice I continue to work on. I have found I learn so much from others who are different than me!

Like many people living in 2020, including my co-workers at GWL, my heart is heavy and I am so saddened by the dissension today. As we wrestle with the anger and unrest in our country, we at GWL believe it is becoming increasingly important to honor our history. It is an incredible privilege, as a human being, to connect with and journey alongside one another with a spirit of acceptance and love. Because almost all of us know of or love someone who is gay, bisexual or trans gendered, it is essential to be an organization, as well as individuals, who are committed to caring about all walks of life, despite personal beliefs. So in an attempt to show solidarity and to truly embrace people where they are, we wanted to honor our history and human kinds journey! We believe it is important!

What is Pride?

Pride is a celebration of LGBT history, identity, and progress that has been held since 1970. Starting in the United States, Pride quickly spread to become an international celebration honoring LGBT persons and their work for recognition. Since 2009, June has been National LGBT History Month in the United States. But why June? On the 28th of June, 1969, riots occurred along Christopher street in New York City, outside the now-famous Stonewall Inn. 

The Stonewall Riots

Before the riots can be understood, some context is needed. Why did the riots occur in the first place? What started them?

For years preceding 1969, gays, lesbians, transgender persons, and anyone who did not conform to gender norms were harassed by police, arrested for their sexuality or clothing. For example, it was common for police to entrap gay men in bars and parks by attempting to buy them a drink or flirting with them; once the gay victim responded, the police officer would proceed to arrest them for sexual solicitation.

Gay patrons were also refused service in most bars due to a unique law in New York which denied liquor licenses to any “disorderly” venues. LGBT patrons would be deemed “disorderly” per se, with the consequence being that bars would refuse them service. 

These laws (and others, requiring men to wear masculine clothing and women to wear feminine clothing, or be charged with disorderly conduct) severely limited the amount of places that LGBT persons could go, socialize, and be open about their sexuality. So where did they go?

Most establishments open to LGBT patrons existed on the fringe of legality. With most of the bars open to them being owned by the mafia (yes, you read that correctly), LGBT patrons were overcharged, threatened, and had to frequent places that were not maintained properly. However, these bars offered a space where LGBT customers could be themselves and not fear police violence or arrest. 

The Stonewall Inn was one of these bars. Owned by the mafia (who payed off the police to avoid more frequent raids), the Stonewall was one of the only bars that offered music and dancing to its clientele. Frequented by the more “obviously” gay , it was a place where those who had very little (or, sometimes, nothing) to lose went. Many of them had lost their families due to being rejected, some were homeless due to being kicked out, and most were rejected even by the “respectable” gays (those who managed to blend into the heterosexual world). 

It was at this bar that things would change irrevocably. On the night of June 28, 1969, a police raid occurred. Police arrived at 1:20 a.m. without any indication that they were coming. Typically, the police (who were paid off by the mafia) would announce their raids; they would arrive, check the ID’s of patrons, make sure no one was wearing the opposite gender’s clothing, and leave, allowing the bar to operate for the rest of the night. 

The police stormed into the bar and proceeded to ask for identification from each of the patrons (around 200 that night). This is where things changed. Patrons refused to give their ID’s to the police, and those who were wearing clothing that did not match their sex refused to be arrested (as was customary). At this point, the police decided to arrest everyone in the bar and to take them to the station. 

By now, a sizable crowd had gathered outside of the bar on Christopher street. Estimates put the number of people outside of the bar at around 1,500-2,000 people by the time the first police trucks arrived to begin taking away Stonewall patrons. 

This is when things became violent. 

A few of the bar patrons were resisting arrest, and the crowd was becoming more rowdy. As police tried to contain the crowd, they shoved some people to the ground. At this point, the group of people that had gathered started to throw coins, cans, bricks, and attempted to flip a few of the police vehicles. Police, worrying about their safety, drove off (with some slashed tires). The remaining officers took those whom they had arrested back into the Stonewall and barricaded themselves inside. 

The police actions, aimed at the most vulnerable of the LGBT community, enraged the crowd (comprised of homeless gay youths, transgendered persons, and gays from several minorities), that soon had pulled up a parking meter and was using it to break down the barricaded door. They also lit a garbage can on fire and threw it through a window of the bar. Their home, where they could be out and accepted, had been taken from them by police. Pushed to this extreme, they fought back.

At this point in the night, riot control officers arrived at the site of the Stonewall Inn. The riot control officers (known as TPF, for “Tactical Patrol Force”) attempted to clear the streets by marching slowly and pushing the crowd back. The mob openly mocked the police. The crowd cheered, started impromptu kick lines, and sang. Lucian Truscott, a reporter from the area, reported in The Village Voice: “A stagnant situation there brought on some gay tomfoolery in the form of a chorus line facing the line of helmeted and club-carrying cops. Just as the line got into a full kick routine, the TPF advanced again and cleared the crowd of screaming gay power[-]ites down Christopher to Seventh Avenue.”

By 4:00 a.m. most of the violent confrontation had concluded. For several more nights, protesters and locals pushed back the police, flipped cars, graffitied messages like “Support Gay Power,” and “They Invaded Our Rights,” and stopped cars in the streets, refusing to let them pass unless they admitted support for the LGBT cause. 

This rioting and violence against police (including many fires) continued for 6 days. One year later (and every year since), celebrations have occurred in June, with most on or around June 28 to commemorate the liberation of LGBT persons and the beginning of their active and open struggle for equal recognition. While there had been a movement for equality before, the riots marked the beginning of an era in which LGBT persons would not accept poor treatment. 

LGBT Community and Hemp

Just like the LGBT community, people who support full legalization of hemp have faced enormous hurdles in their path to equal recognition under the law. For example, some of the earliest agitation for the legalization of hemp was by the LGBT community in the 1980s. They sought to legalize cannabis as a therapy for the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic. And it isn’t just one way. Hemp-related businesses and industries have been some of the most supportive businesses of the LGBT community. Maybe it is because they understand how it feels to be overlooked and treated as immoral. No matter the reason, LGBT individuals and the hemp industry have always stood together. 

Green Wellness Life and the LGBT community

Now more than ever is a time to talk about inequality in our society, to celebrate the wins, and fight for those who still are without a voice. To honor the rich history and social justice we have a GIVEAWAY! You can win a pair of Bombas pride socks and a bottle of WYLD gummies as a colorful CBD daily supplement by simply following us on social media and commenting #GWLpride. We are happy to give away these socks as every item purchased from Bombas is an item donated at a homeless shelter. Bombas has donated over 30 million clothing items to more than 3,000 Giving Partners across the country. There are many ways to show pride, but these rainbow socks and colorful gummies are a reminder to live life colorfully and boldly, and speak your truth! The winner will be announced Monday, June 8th, 2020, so don’t miss out on this opportunity! 


CBD & Parkinson’s Disease

May 26th, 2020 by David Kranker

CBD For Parkinson's Disease

Each year, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.Across the United States, nearly 1,000,000 people are living with this condition. With an array of symptoms that affect the body and the mind, living with Parkinson’s disease can be incredibly challenging.

Parkinson’s disease is caused by a decrease in the level of dopamine in the brain due to the breakdown or death of nerve cells that produce this chemical. Dopamine acts as a messenger in the brain. When dopamine levels decline, it leads to the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which may include tremors, slowed movement, rigidity, loss of balance and changed posture, and related conditions, such as depression and sleep disorders.

There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, and the treatments for this disorder can cause significant side effects and may lose effectiveness over time. If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you may be curious about whether CBD can help to manage your symptoms. Below, we outline some of the scientific research on the use of CBD for Parkinson’s disease so that you can make an informed choice about whether CBD is right for you.

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It is a progressive disease, with symptoms starting gradually and eventually becoming more severe. Parkinson’s disease often causes tremors, stiffness, and soft or slurred speech.

This disorder is caused by the breakdown or death of nerve cells in the brain, known as neurons. As the neurons that produce the chemical dopamine breakdown or die, the dopamine levels of the brain decrease. This causes abnormal brain activity, which results in the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Although scientists do not know why this disease occurs, there are certain risk factors for developing Parkinson’s disease, including genetics and environmental triggers. The presence of microscopic markers in the brain — known as Lewy bodies — may be a clue as to the cause of Parkinson’s disease.

The signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease may be different for each person. Typically, symptoms start on one side of the body and will be worse on that side, even after both sides are affected. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include:

  • Tremors: tremors or shaking usually begin in a limb, and often starts in the hands or fingers.
    Bradykinesia (slowed movement): as the disease progresses, a person’s movement may become slower, which can make simple tasks difficult, such as getting out of a chair or walking.
  • Rigidity: in many cases, a person may experience muscle stiffness or rigidity, which can limit range of motion.
  • Loss of automatic movements: this may involve a decreased ability to perform movements that are unconscious, such as blinking or smiling.
  • Impaired posture and balance: many people with Parkinson’s disease have stooped posture or balance problems.
  • Speech changes: hesitation before talking, a monotone voice, and speaking softly, quickly or slurring words may all occur.
  • Writing changes: it may become difficult to write over time.

In addition to these signs and symptoms, many people with Parkinson’s disease experience other problems, such as:

  • Depression, anxiety and other mental health issues;
  • Swallowing, chewing and eating problems;
  • Difficulties thinking;
  • Sleep disorders;
  • Fatigue;
  • Pain;
  • Sexual dysfunction;
  • Smell dysfunction;
  • Blood pressure changes; and/or
  • Bladder and bowel issues.

Parkinson’s disease is diagnosed based on a review of a patient’s medical history, signs and symptoms, and a neurological and physical exam. Blood tests and imaging tests may help to rule out other conditions.

This disorder cannot be cured. However, medications to increase dopamine levels in the brain or that mimic the effects of dopamine are often used to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. In addition, medications that prevent the breakdown of dopamine and that address specific symptoms, such as tremors, may also be used.

In some cases, surgery may be necessary. In deep brain stimulation, surgeons implant electrodes into specific parts of the brain, which then send electrical pulses to the brain. While this surgery can help to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, it will not stop it from progressing.

Can CBD Help with Parkinson’s Disease?

Currently, treatments for Parkinson’s disease most often involve medications that either increase dopamine levels or mimic the effects of dopamine in the brain. These medications are not always effective, and often come with side effects, such as involuntary movements (dyskinesia), hallucinations, loss of energy, purple mottling of the skin, ankle swelling, and compulsive behaviors. For this reason, many individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease may search for alternatives.

One such option is CBD, or cannabidiol. CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is found in marijuana plants, CBD does not have a psychoactive effect. People who use CBD do not get high or feel intoxicated.

While research is still developing on exactly how CBD works in our bodies, scientists have found that CBD interacts with cannabinoid receptors that are located throughout our bodies as part of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is involved with a number of functions of the body, including appetite and digestion, chronic pain, mood, metabolism, inflammation, motor control, learning and memory, sleep, cardiovascular system function, liver function, muscle formation, bone remodeling and growth, stress, reproductive system function, and skin and nerve function. Scientists believe that CBD may work by preventing the breakdown of endocannabinoids, or by binding to a receptor in the ECS that has not been discovered.

To date, significant research has been performed on the links between CBD and the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This includes:

  • A 2018 review published in the Frontiers in Pharmacology found that CBD may be a promising compound to treat and/or prevent movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dyskinesia. Specifically, CBD may decrease psychotic symptoms and sleep disorders and improve quality of life due to its anxiolytic, antidepressant and antipsychotic properties.
  • A 2014 study determined that CBD may help to improve quality of life patients with Parkinson’s disease and no psychiatric disorders.
  • A separate study performed in 2014 found that CBD may help to alleviate REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) in Parkinson’s patients, with the study participants experiencing a prompt and substantial reduction of RBD-related events, without side effects.
  • A 2013 study on rats found that CBD hinders cataleptic behaviors (muscular rigidity commonly found in patients with Parkinson’s disease).
  • In a 2009 study, researchers found that treating patients with psychosis related to Parkinson’s disease resulted in a significant decrease in psychotic symptoms.
  • A small, older study from 1986 found that CBD may help to reduce dystonia or tremors in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

In addition, research has shown that CBD may be useful in reducing the symptoms of anxiety, which may be diagnosed in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

While these findings are promising, much research remains to be done on how CBD may help to alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Because CBD may interact with the ECS in a way that relieves common signs and symptoms of this disorder, it may be helpful for individuals who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and are seeking ways to control specific symptoms.

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If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you know firsthand how devastating this neurological disorder can be. As the disease progresses, many individuals find themselves overwhelmed by the symptoms and by conditions that often accompany a Parkinson’s diagnosis. CBD may be one way to help with these symptoms.

At Green Wellness Life, we are dedicated to helping people who are interested in safe, high-quality CBD products. Each of our products have been independently tested for quality, and are made from industrial hemp that is grown and regulated in the United States. While our team is highly knowledgeable about CBD, we are not medical professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health issues. Instead, we offer information on the latest scientific research for you to review and make a decision for yourself.

If you are considering CBD, we can help. You can start with our product finder, which will allow you to find the best CBD product for your needs. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, you can reach out to us at 888-772-7875, or email us at any time.

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Can CBD Help with Panic Attacks?

May 13th, 2020 by David Kranker

CBD For Panic Attacks

Many of us have felt panicked at different points of our lives. Perhaps we didn’t study for a big test, got called into the boss’ office after screwing up a project, or were in a traumatizing situation, like a car accident. While panicking may be relatively common when you are in an upsetting or dangerous situation, panic attacks are something else entirely.

Panic attacks do not happen because a person is confronted with something dangerous or upsetting. They happen out of the blue, and could occur almost anywhere, like when driving a car or walking down the street. They are often accompanied by physical symptoms that can be so severe that many people believe that they are experiencing a medical emergency.

If you suffer from panic attacks, you know firsthand how hard it can be to manage this condition. You may also be curious about alternatives to traditional treatments for panic attacks, such as CBD. Below, we outline some of the research on the use of CBD for panic attacks and panic disorder to help you make a decision about whether or not CBD is right for you.

Understanding Panic Attacks

A panic attack is more than just feeling scared or having anxiety. When a person has a panic attack, they are experiencing a sudden episode of intense fear without any apparent cause. These episodes can trigger severe physical symptoms, which may lead a person to believe that they are having a heart attack or even dying. Although panic attacks are not life-threatening, they can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life.

Panic attacks usually begin without warning, and can happen at any time. A person who suffers from panic attacks may have them occasionally, or on a more frequent basis. If you have frequent panic attacks, it may lead to a diagnosis of panic disorder.

While symptoms of panic attacks can vary, they often include all or some the following:

  • Fear of loss of control or death
  • Feeling of unreality
  • Rapid, pounding heart rate
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Shortness of breath or tightness in your throat
  • Sweating
  • Hot flashes
  • Chills
  • Nausea and/or abdominal cramping
  • Headache
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Chest pain
  • Numbness or tingling sensation

These physical symptoms are often so severe that people who suffer from panic attacks seek emergency medical care.

Panic attacks can be incredibly debilitating because many people who have one develop a fear of having another one. This may lead people who suffer from panic attacks to avoid situations or places that they believe may trigger another attack. For this reason, panic attacks are linked to a number of complications, including the development of phobias, avoiding social situations, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and an increased risk of suicide or suicidal thoughts.

The cause of panic attacks is currently unknown. Scientists believe that genetics, high levels of stress, changes to the way that your brain functions, and/or having a temperament that is more sensitive to stress may play a role. Risk factors for panic attacks include:

  • A family history of panic attacks or panic disorder
  • Smoking or excessive caffeine intake
  • A traumatic event
  • Major life stress
  • Significant changes in your life
  • A history of childhood abuse (physical or sexual)

Panic attacks can be diagnosed after a complete physical exam and diagnostic tests rule out other causes for the physical symptoms of an attack. A psychological evaluation can also help in making a diagnosis.

In most cases, panic attacks are treated through a combination of therapy and medications. Doctors may prescribe an antidepressant medication and/or benzodiazepines (such as Xanax) to manage the symptoms of panic attacks and reduce the likelihood of another occurring.

Is CBD a Good Option for Panic Attacks?

The current standard for treating panic attacks involves the use of prescription medications (antidepressants and anti-anxiety medicines) that come with a range of side effects, and in the case of benzodiazepines, have a high potential for addiction. These treatments may not be effective in all cases; 45% percent of patients did not get relief from the use of antidepressants in controlled trials.

One potential alternative to traditional medications to treat panic attacks is using a cannabidiol (CBD) product. CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in cannabis plants. Unlike THC — the psychoactive component found in marijuana — CBD does not cause a “high.”

In recent years, scientists have studied the potential health benefits of CBD, including using CBD oil to manage stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Recent research suggests that CBD may be helpful in managing the symptoms of panic attacks.

In 2017, Current Neuropharmacology pushed a study on the use of CBD as a treatment for panic disorder. This report indicated that CBD may act on certain areas of the brain that are related to panic disorder, such as the amygdala. A single dose of CBD, administered orally, reduced the activity in the areas of the brain that typically “light up” during a panic attack. It may also increase the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, such as serotonin, that help to regulate mood.

The study found that CBD does not produce psychoactive effects, induce dependence or tolerance. It concluded that CBD is a promising option for the management of panic disorder, while noting that more research is needed to determine how CBD works on patients who experience panic attacks, as well as the safe and therapeutic doses of CBD oil.

A 2015 analysis reached a similar conclusion, finding that CBD has strong potential as a treatment for a range of disorders related to anxiety, including panic disorder. It noted that in 2010, researchers found that when used on rats, CBD inhibited certain responses the brain that scientists believe may be responsible for panic attacks. Numerous studies have found that CBD can reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety, which may be a contributing factor in panic attacks.

While these findings are positive, more research must be done to determine exactly how CBD may help manage panic disorder and panic attacks. Because CBD may help to regulate the areas of the brain that are associated with the panic response, it may be useful in helping individuals avoid panic attacks or manage the symptoms of a panic attack.

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Green Wellness Life is committed to offering safe CBD products that have been independently tested for quality. We only sell the highest-quality CBD products, made from industrial hemp that is grown in the United States. While we are not medical professionals and cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health issues, we can lay out the scientific research on the use of CBD for you to review.

If you are interested in trying CBD, we are here to assist. Our product finder can help you choose the right products for your needs. If you want further assistance, you can also call us at 888-772-7875 or email us at any time.

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