All of us have experienced being anxious and scared at some point in our lives. Public speaking, phobias, over worrying about something… these are normal manifestations of anxiety. In this article, we want to classify the different types of anxiety. What is anxiety? And… Can Hemp help you?
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of fear and worry. It is our body’s natural response to stress. Some situations make you feel anxious but a little anxiety is normal. Anxiety can help you to be more aware of your surroundings and to focus on the task ahead. However, prolonged anxiety can have a negative impact on your body.
The type of anxiety that lasts for more than 6 months, and/or interferes with your daily activities are extreme forms of anxiety. A person experiencing this may have an anxiety disorder.
There are a couple of known anxiety disorders. These include:
Panic Disorder – panic attacks happening at undetermined times. Someone with a panic disorder will be fearful of not knowing when the next attack will occur
Phobia – these are fears (normally irrational) exclusive to a specific object or situation
Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) – a fear of being judged or being around people
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – repeated behaviors caused by irrational thoughts
Separation Anxiety Disorder – a type of anxiety disorder that may manifest when being away from family, home or loved ones
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – anxiety after a traumatic situation or experience
Depression is also related to anxiety. It has been observed that people who experience depression exhibit one of the multiple forms of anxiety.
Anxiety attacks people differently and the symptoms also vary from person to person. Some may feel an upset stomach or palpitations. Nightmares, panic attacks, fear or worry, and feeling out of control can also be manifestations of anxiety.
The most common symptoms are:
- Lack of focus
Anxiety is very common. Studies suggest that it is observed in 1 out of 8 children. Studies also found that lifestyle changes and medication can help manage it.
Can Hemp help with Anxiety?
Hemp has been found to contain more than 100 different chemicals. It does not have psychoactive properties. Research has also shown that Hemp has properties that may help in managing stress.
Hemp is known to interact with the EndoCannabinoid and Immune System in our body. It binds with different receptors, mostly found in our central and peripheral nervous systems. It is also known to alter serotonin signals.
Serotonin is a chemical that our own body produces. It is made of the essential amino acid tryptophan. Serotonin is known to be a natural mood stabilizer. Low serotonin levels in our system can result in mood disorders such as anxiety or depression.
Hemp shows promise in terms of helping its users manage stress and anxiety. It can be potentially good news especially for people who are experiencing it.
Hemp is a plant that has been utilized by people for far longer than anyone can imagine. Our ancestors have been using it for different reasons: textiles, ropes, clothes, medicine and among other things.
IS VESL OILS MARIJUANA?
No. VESL OILS does not come from marijuana. We derive all our products from hemp.
CANNABIS AND HEMP
In terms of taxonomy and nomenclature, they are the same. Both come from the same family (Cannabaceae) and genus (Cannabis). In fact, hemp products are derived from Cannabis Sativa. But there is a key difference between them; their THC content.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main chemical compound found in Cannabis, the psychoactive chemical. It’s the chemical that makes Cannabis be the “bad guy”.
Cannabis contains up to 30% THC by dry weight, making it illegal in the United States. But Hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Making it legal under the Agricultural Act of 2018.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HEMP ISOLATE AND HEMP OIL
Most customers confuse hemp oil with Hemp Seed Oil. Hemp seed oil is different from Hemp Isolate. Hemp Isolate is derived from the plant’s leaves and flowers while the Hemp Seed Oil is from the seeds of the Hemp plant.
Hemp seed contains a variety of fatty acids and minerals that can help us maintain a healthy body. Hemp seeds are rich in Omega-6 (linoleic acid) and Omega-3 (alpha-linoleic acid) which are very good for your heart. It also contains arginine, an amino acid that produces nitric oxide that helps your blood vessels relax and dilate which in turn help regulate blood pressure.
Hemp seed also contains GLA or gamma-linoleic acid which is also known to reduce inflammation and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Although hemp seed oil is great, research indicates that Hemp Isolate is loaded with potential benefits that can fight and manage anxiety, recover from inflammation and maintain healthy sleep.
WILL VESL OILS HEMP EXRACT SHOW UP ON A DRUG TEST?
VESL Oils products are sourced from USA-grown industrial hemp, and some of our products may contain trace THC levels below 0.3%. Vesl Oils does not guarantee that you will or will not pass a drug screen after consuming our products. It is possible that the trace THC content may show up on various drug screenings.
Our “THC FREE” products are lab tested to contain zero THC. Our products are manufactured using pure Hemp Isolate, however, due to the similarities of Cannabinoid molecules, it is possible to test positive in a drug test. Please consume at your own risk.
CAN ANYONE TAKE HEMP?
Hemp is a natural alternative that, according to recent research, may help to regulate the sleep cycle, immune system, nervous system, among others by interacting with the receptors coursing through-out our body. While hemp is well tolerated for the majority of people and our customers have experienced great results, we can’t say who can or can’t take Hemp. Cannabinoids are not regulated yet by the FDA. We always recommend seeking a health provider or a Naturopath for more information before taking any supplements.
Like any other substance, there are different ways to administer hemp and it varies on its rate of effectiveness. There are 4 main delivery methods: Inhalation, Oral-Sublingual, Oral and Topical.
Inhalation – This is one of the most popular methods. Vaping or smoking Hemp by-passes the “first-pass effect”. Once the hemp goes inside our lungs, it will pass through the capillaries to be distributed throughout our body through the bloodstream and making it the fastest way to get the effects of Hemp.
Oral-Sublingual – This is a popular method because of its convenience. The vast capillaries located underneath the tongue will transfer the hemp’s cannabinoids throughout the bloodstream. This method is also fast and is known to be the most bioavailable, meaning it provides the highest rate of absorption into the body. Our VESL OILS Hemp tinctures are best taken sublingually.
Topical – Hemp topicals, like our Travel size muscle gel (insert gel pictures), target relief in specific areas in your skin, mostly used to aid pain in the joints or specific skin conditions.
Oral – This is the most common way of hemp intake. It is known to have the longest rate of efficacy since it has to travel through our digestive tract and has to pass the liver. The liver enzymes will metabolize the Cannabinoid before entering the bloodstream (first-pass effect). As a result, hemp will be broken down and only a certain amount will be available to the bloodstream. Even though there is a downside in taking hemp orally, it has been known to provide the longest effect, up to about 8 hours.
There are many factors that go into deciding how much hemp to take. Everyone is different and has different needs. We always recommend starting with a small dosage of hemp and increase slowly until you achieve your personal wellness goals.