Everyone loves a little self-care, and right now, we probably all need to devote some extra time to ourselves to destress. CBD and self-care seem like a match made in heaven; there are claims galore assuring you that adding CBD to your self-care routine will not only chill you out but it’ll do wonders for your anxiety. But what does the science say?
There are a plethora of CBD self-care products available to buy, from earthy deodorants, sumptuous body creams and dewy facial serums to oils for pulse points, tension and pain relief. You can ingest some CBD drops or you can soak in some hemp bath salts. All of these activities on their own are soothing and can do wonders for your anxiety when you take the time out to do them, however, there is some actual science to back up the claims that incorporating cannabidiol could lower your anxiety.
We know that CBD is currently used to treat insomnia and the chronic pain that is associated with various diseases. (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476) Studies have shown that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties which soothe physical pain and they also suggest that CBD helps people to fall and stay asleep. Both are important factors for physically relaxing your body.
But if you’re looking to address anxiety with your self-care products (which should never replace the advice or medication given by a medical practitioner), studies indicate that CBD decreases anxiety and social phobias by producing an anxiolytic effect in both animals and humans. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128007563000971) CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to help restore homeostasis, (https://www.nordicnaturals.com/healthy-science/cbd-omega-3-fatty-acids-and-the-endocannabinoid-system/) meaning it helps to create a stable equilibrium within the human body and mind. In fact, CBD interacts with several receptors in the body that regulate anxiety and it’s manifesting behaviours. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/)
While it’s true that fear and anxiety are an inevitable and necessary part of life, too much of it can be debilitating; so it’s no wonder interest is intensifying in a natural substance like CBD being an anxiolytic treatment, (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/) that is a drug used to reduce anxiety. Preclinical evidence backs up claims that cannabidiol decreases fear expression and the long term effects of stress. An added advantage of CBD as an axiolytic is that doesn’t produce an anxiogenic effect in people, (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/) that being a drug that will cause anxiety with prolonged use. This bodes well for your CBD anti-stress roll on!
However, it’s always wise to take miracle claims with a grain of salt. There are many declarations that CBD is a cure-all for anything that ails you, it isn’t. Without a higher quantity and a better quality of human studies, the effective dosage of CBD remains unknown and as a supplement in self-care products it remains relatively unregulated. (https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476)
So the verdict? It looks like your self-care routine could benefit from having a little CBD thrown in. Slathering on some cannabidiol or soaking in it may help relax your body and your mind. And even if the science isn’t totally conclusive on CBD, there’s a lot to be said for self care if it makes you feel good.