Because the probably oldest plant on earth still has an "inestimable" potential and a lot of research is being carried out on a medical level, we can regularly read about new experiences and findings on the subject of CBD. Especially in the field of mental illness.
These are now widespread, probably due to our generally stressful lifestyle and other factors that lead to burnout, anxiety or panic attacks.
Around four million people in Germany are affected. It is usually our everyday life that causes anxiety and panic attacks, inner unrest, depression and many other mental illnesses to develop.
Diseases that are sometimes smiled at or not taken seriously by outsiders. However, if you have ever experienced a panic attack or various fears, you know how life-limiting it can be.
What to do about fears and psychological suffering?
First of all, there is probably no person who is completely free of fear. There's a good reason for that, because fear basically saves your life almost every day.
A few examples:
- You look right and left if you want to cross a street.
- You don't leave the house in a storm.
- You hold on to the railing if you want to climb a steep path.
- You fasten your seat belt in the car to reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
It is often fear that guides us - even if unconsciously - through the dangers of everyday life.
For some people, however, the anxiety is exaggerated. In such a case, doctors and psychologists speak of an anxiety disorder.
In addition to depression, anxiety disorders are among the most common diseases with a psychological background.
Expectations are exacerbating the problem
Experience shows that if you do nothing about your fears and do not let them be treated, your problem will probably become independent. Then there is the so-called fear of expectation, i.e. the fear of fear.
At this stage, you then specifically avoid situations and places that trigger certain fears in you. As a consequence, you participate less and less in life; you withdraw.
If you suffer from panic or anxiety attacks, you may also have experienced that physical symptoms also accompany your anxiety. But this is by no means the only problem. Because you often also suffer from a lack of self-confidence and feel at the mercy of others.
Experience reports from those affected also point to permanent sleep disorders in this respect. The anxiety disorders lead to a real vicious circle, with the disease ultimately having a negative impact on the family, partnership or professional life.
At this time, please avoid drinking more alcohol. Doctors have found that sufferers like to drink alcohol in a kind of "self-treatment".
Alcohol consumption may relieve anxiety in the short term, but in the long term it tends to worsen the disorder and often leads directly to alcohol addiction. The permanent use of tranquillisers also poses a great potential danger or addiction.
These are the most common forms of anxiety:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder or panic attack
- Specific phobias
Trigger for an anxiety disorder
An anxiety disorder is usually caused by a combination of different factors. In many cases there is a certain predisposition (vulnerability) in which, for example, you react more easily and quickly than other people to certain stimuli or situations. If stress is added, this often leads directly to an anxiety disorder.
But negative life experiences and events, such as the death of your partner or the loss of your job, can also trigger your anxiety disorder.
Neurobiological aspects of anxiety disorders
Did you know that certain brain regions are involved in the development of fear? Researchers and scientists have discovered that the amygdala (almond kernel), the prefrontal cortex (frontal brain) and the hippocampus are all involved in an anxiety disorder in different forms.
Learning and memory processes and the evaluation of situations and dangers do not work as desired. Instead of recalling your own experiences and thereby evaluating the situation, you assess it more dangerously than it actually is.
You evaluate stimuli overdrawn and react inappropriately with exaggerated fear depending on the situation.
Step-by-step instructions for acute situations
People with anxiety often feel misunderstood. As an affected person you often have the feeling that others cannot comprehend and understand your condition.
But it is also difficult to put into words a state of fear. Especially when there is no obvious threat at all.
How you really feel is something that others cannot comprehend. Such a suffering is therefore often smiled at and the person concerned is not taken seriously. You may have had to listen to the sentence"You just have to pull yourself together".
Pulling yourself together, that doesn't usually work. Patient reports give an insight into the problems that arise for a patient.
Everyone feels differently and has different symptoms. But almost all experience reports make it clear that everyday situations can end in a different state of anxiety.
Testimonials - How do sufferers see their anxiety disorder?
We asked some of our customers how they felt about their situation:
Field report by Sabine, 43 years old: "My
experience is: there are good and bad days. This is actually just like a purely physical illness. If you have chronic back pain, you won't automatically twitch with every step. But then there are days that bring new thrusts with them - and they are then almost paralyzing. That's how it is with my anxiety disorder."
Field report by Anja, 25 years old:
"My head fills with helium during an anxiety attack. My actual focus is fading more and more. It's enough if I have to make a little decision. That slows my throat. It is not possible to answer a very simple question, i.e. to make a decision. My head just won't let me. Somehow it's like a thousand little circles full of thoughts and fears overlapping at the same time."
Experience report by Thorsten, 53 years old:
"You simply have to understand that fears are always based on lies. Lies we firmly believe in. I'm thinking about my kid being involved in a car accident. And already I am climbing into a state of anxiety, which then also becomes noticeable through physical complaints such as dizziness, tachycardia or even nausea."
Do you recognize yourself in their experiences? Then maybe the following steps can help you.
This helps against panic and anxiety
There are some self-help tips to help you get rid of your anxiety and unlearn your exaggerated fear. Sufficient experience has already been gained in this respect.
In severe cases, we generally recommend psychotherapeutic treatment.
If you want to work on your own anxiety states and panic attacks beforehand, you can follow these basic strategic principles.
1. keep moving
Our experience has shown that exercise is good for us. This applies both to an acute case and to a long-term reduction in anxiety reactions.
Sports activities combined with relaxation exercises can reduce your fear reactions. With some disturbances this even works in acute cases. Because an anxiety reaction is physiologically difficult to reconcile with physical relaxation and exhaustion. You benefit from that.
In addition to classical movement, you can also train your vocal chords. Did you know that your head can't produce negative thoughts when you sing? Maybe this can also be a way for you to distract yourself and relax. Best you make your own experiences.
2. confront yourself specifically with your fear
Scientists and psychologists have found that confrontation with your own fears can resolve, reduce and sometimes eliminate them. In this way, you learn that the scary situation or object is harmless in itself.
Steps in this direction will probably cost you a lot of effort. However, such behaviour not only reduces fears, but also strengthens your self-esteem and self-confidence at the same time.
You can choose between two options:
- Either you fight and suppress fear through distraction.
- Or you focus instead on your feelings, don't resist them and just don't flee mentally.
Distraction tactics are probably much easier to implement, but experience has shown that they are not as successful as the second solution.
You can train to focus on your feelings, to confront yourself with your fear. All you have to do is get into the dreaded situations. You may constantly increase the difficulty level during the exercise.
Therapists call this strategy "systematic desensitization".
3. question your worries and fears
It often boils down to the question: What exactly are you afraid of? To reduce anxiety, it is important that you analyze your "catastrophic" thoughts and fears in detail.
The following two central questions can be of particular help:
- Can my fears realistically come true at all?
- What could happen alternatively?
If possible, test your considerations in reality. Get opinions, experiences from other people, too. This helps you weigh probabilities and get your fears under control.
You can find out what's realistic and what's not. In this way you transform your thoughts and fears into a calming self-instruction.
4. Practice in serenity
If you suffer from anxiety disorders, your thoughts and expectations feed the disorder. The fear of fear increases the likelihood that you will have another panic attack.
That's because of your tension; you pay much more attention to possible symptoms. What you need here is called "acceptance-oriented behavior." You don't fight your fear, you observe the symptoms value-free.
You can do this with the help of mindfulness exercises and meditation, for example. Field reportsconfirm this.
Consider panic attacks as a protective function
A panic attack is actually a protective function of our body. This information is not necessarily helpful in the first place, because in an attack it can be difficult for you to rationally recognize that your body is just trying to protect you. If you could just control your mind, you probably would.
But most of us know that panic and fear are temporary. It passes because the body can only change to this state of emergency for a limited time. Thanks to various hormones, the condition is not permanent and we can soon shut down.
And yet he's still burdening us because we're experiencing some of the following symptoms:
- the threatening feeling of impending misfortune
- the inability to calm and relax ourselves
- our logic no longer works.
- cramps in all possible parts of the body
- high blood pressure
- breakouts of sweat
- nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, etc.
This is only an excerpt of the most common symptoms - we could constantly expand the list with new experiences. In this article, however, we want to concentrate above all on finding solutions.
Natural helpers or medicines for panic attacks?
Perhaps you have already asked yourself the question whether other things can help you in addition to the exercises and household remedies already mentioned. Sometimes the pain behind it or the fear of a new attack is deep and you wish for a quick and easy solution.
In the meantime, there are many drugs on a chemical basis that are prescribed by therapists and doctors, sometimes lightly. We are talking about antidepressants and other drugs whose side effects should not be taken lightly at all.
Active ingredients in prescription drugs
Experience report: To solve anxiety states, lighten depressive moods and alleviate depression.
Examples of medications:
- Duloxetine AbZ
Experience report: To relieve anxiety, alleviate depression and relieve sleep.
Examples of medications:
- Doxepin Stada
- Doxepin neuroxpharm
Field report: Should alleviate feelings of anxiety
Examples of medications:
- Pregabalin beta
Experience report: To relieve anxiety, reduce nervousness, alleviate sleep disorders.
Examples of medications:
Experience report: Should solve restlessness, anxiety and tension as well as promote falling asleep and sleeping through.
Examples of medications:
- Diazepam Desitin
Experience report: To release mental tensions, eliminate restlessness and inhibit anxiety.
Examples of medications:
As already mentioned, the drugs in which these active substances occur are burdened with possible side effects. For instance:
- nausea, diarrhea, vomiting
- dry mouth, loss or decrease of appetite
- sore throat and constipation
- drowsiness and dizziness
- speech disorders
- Anxiety, nervousness and depression etc.
Have you already tried one or more of these drugs or active ingredients? Then we are looking forward to a short review on your part, what you could find out after application.
Alternative therapies with herbal remedies
A cup of chamomile tea can have a calming effect. Some ingredients dock to the same receptors in the brain as Valium.
The plant is also commercially available as a preparation. A study by the University Hospital of Pennsylvania showed that the symptoms of patients improved significantly after about eight weeks if the preparations were taken regularly.
Field reports attribute a relaxing effect above all to the amino acid L-theanine contained in green tea. Experience and studies also show that this substance can reduce anxiety disorders. According to the experiences of some users, they appeared calmer and more focused after drinking green tea.
We are not talking about experiences with beer here. The relaxing effect comes from a special oil obtained from hops. It is often combined with lemon balm or mint.
The combination of hops and valerian is supposed to help against sleep disorders.
Experience with lemon balm dates back to the Middle Ages. It was and is still used today to alleviate anxiety, stress and insomnia. From experience, people who consume lemon balm appear calmer and more concentrated.
In Germany, the passion flower is recognised as a remedy for tension and nervous restlessness. Studieshave shown that it can relieve anxiety just as effectively as chemical prescription drugs.
Another natural preparation that might be able to interact with our mental problems is cannabidiol("CBD"). CBD is a cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant.
Although CBD is obtained from the hemp plant, this substance is the antagonist of the contained tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and is therefore not psychoactive. THC, on the other hand, is the substance that is illegal in Germany and acts psychoactively in the body.
But this is not exactly what CBD products have to do with. After all, we don't want to stimulate ourselves in the case of an anxiety disorder or panic attack and get through "high experiences". Let's just relax: CBD is supposed to do exactly the opposite of THC and work against the symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
Researchers and scientists are now investigating numerous indications as to whether CBD could have an anticonvulsant, anxiolytic, anti-inflammatory and antipsychotic effect. There are more and more examples of such experience reports and studies. In 2011, an animal and human studies study conducted in Brazil looked at the fear-relieving effects of CBD.
In the following we will try to find out whether this is possible.
The body's own endocannabinoid system
The human body has a so-called endocannabinoid systemwhich produces endogenous cannabinoids.
It has been found that these endogenous cannabinoids can interact with our endocannabinoid system or the receptors located there. And it is from here that the command is normally given to our brain by means of various messenger substances and hormones to release anxiety- or panic-inducing messenger substances.
With a functioning relationship between endocannabinoid receptors and the brain, such a release only occurs in real, really existing extreme situations. For example, when we meet a pack of wild boar in the wild or when we look down from a high wall into the abyss.
Fear is natural and protects us from doing something rash.
Maybe you have already had your experiences with fears before a job interview, a visit to the dentist or other "unpleasant" situations. These states are considered normal and disappear once we have gone through them.
However, if this natural function is disturbed, various messenger substances are released in excessive quantities and at the most inappropriate moments. Mostly when we don't need them.
- during a traffic jam on the motorway
- in one elevator
- among crowds
- when we are urgently looking for a toilet
- in a long line at the Aldi checkout.
- before and during a longer journey
- in unfamiliar environments etc.
The list of things that give us a panic attack is long. Everyone probably has their own story and their own triggers, which can be expressed in smells, situations, pictures or other things.
What exactly does CBD do?
CBD acts within minutes with our endocannabinoid system and can have a calming and relaxing effect. Even in acute cases of anxiety or panic, it could possibly alleviate the symptoms.
If this is indeed the case, the active substance could provide safety for many in acute situations.
The containment of so-called anxiety messengers makes us less panic-stricken. This is because less adrenaline is released, which leads to rapid heartbeat, high blood pressure, dizziness or cramps.
If the distribution is completely contained or restricted, strong attacks could even be prevented directly.
CBD also has an effect on the nervous system and it may soon be possible for individuals to treat anxiety disorders.
Can CBD products really help me? testimonials
Many of those affected have already tried a number of things, but still the fear remains and life sometimes seems less worth living - in addition to depression and sleep disorders.
Then an independent therapy with CBD oil could be a solution. The CBD, for example, has an effect on an increased heartbeat and blood pressure, alleviates the acute stress situation and the thought carousel in the head. This would have the potential to also reduce acute panic attacks.
Experience reports of our customers show that they already use the product with internal imbalance and tension, and/or various light fears. They suspect that they can prevent panic attacks in advance.
People with diagnosed anxiety disorder who have participated in various research projects are hopeful that panic disorders, various anxieties and depressions could be successfully treated in the future.
The potential of CBD has not yet been fully explored and so far the pharmaceutical industry is against paid official research in this field.
What we know about the drug so far: CBD is harmless and cannot be overdosed or misapplied. As things stand at present, there are no studies that indicate that frequent use of CBD oil can lead to side effects.
Psychoactive effects are also excluded, even if the oils have a THC content of less than 0.2 %. However, this is by no means sufficient to achieve any effects.
We're interested: What are your experiences with panic attacks? What do you use to relax? Have you already had experience with CBD? Which therapeutic measures work for you?
Note: In this article we report on prescription cannabis, prescription CBD or over-the-counter or legal CBD. This Article does not make any proposal as to the possible purpose of the proposal and is for information and education purposes only. Promises of healing and benefits are excluded.