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Millennials are Flocking to CBD For Anxiety Relief

Lisa Egan
February 22nd, 2019
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There has been a huge surge in CBD oil sales from Millennials.

With this generation being dubbed “the most anxious,” they are often the butt of jokes stemming around being entitled, emotionally fragile, and lazy; but perhaps older generations have jumped to conclusions considering what the pressures Millennials are under.

Recent surveys and studies have found that anxiety is a common challenge for many – and Millennials, in particular, are struggling. Unemployment, financial obligations like student debt, and addictions to technology are some of the surmounting issues causing anxiety in this age group. In fact, this generation is experiencing so much anxiety that in a poll conducted by Quartz found that 18% of the respondents overall said they experience anxiety or depression to the point where it disrupts work “all the time” or “often.” The rate was nearly twice as high (30%) among Millennial and Gen Z employees (aged 18-34.)

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Why are young adults so anxious?

Quartz listed some reasons:

There’s ballooning student debt, for which a job in the gig economy is not particularly well-suited to tackle. So-called helicopter parents, some suggested, have taught middle-class millennials that achieving, not simply being, is all that matters. And millennials are the first generation to grow up with sophisticated mobile technology, and a fierce social-media habit. They’re therefore less nourished, so to speak, by face-to-face interactions, which can alleviate some of the symptoms of stress and depression, psychological research suggests. Meanwhile, all the selfie-posting leaves millennial psyches soaking in humble brags, showboating, and deceptive depictions of other peoples’ picture-perfect lives.

Perfectionism is another factor, according to a report from the American Psychological Association. Last year, the organization found that recent generations of college students have reported higher levels of perfectionism than earlier generations.

From the Chicago Tribune:

This “irrational desire to achieve along with being overly critical of oneself and others” takes a toll on young people’s mental health, according to its research, which analyzed data from more than 40,000 American, Canadian and British college students. Three types of perfectionism were measured: an irrational personal desire to be perfect, perceiving excessive expectations from others and placing unrealistic standards on others.

Recent generations of college students have reported significantly higher scores for each of these types of perfectionism than earlier generations, the researchers found.

Researchers have also found that social media adds comparison pressure, along with the drive to earn money and set lofty career goals.

Pharmaceutical options for treating anxiety carry serious risks.

Many different types of medications are used to treat anxiety disorders, including traditional anti-anxiety drugs such as benzodiazepines (typically prescribed for short-term use), and SSRI antidepressants (often used long-term). Common examples of benzodiazepines include alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and lorazepam (Ativan).

There are many questions about the long-term effectiveness of these medications. HelpGuide explains that “According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, benzodiazepines lose their therapeutic anti-anxiety effect after 4 to 6 months of regular use. And a recent analysis reported in JAMA Psychiatry found that the effectiveness of SSRIs in treating anxiety has been overestimated, and in some cases is no better than placebo.”

These drugs come with serious possible side effects and safety concerns – some of which are significant. Common side effects include drowsiness, sleepiness, next-day drowsiness, dizziness, impaired coordination, slowed mental processing, confusion, and memory impairment.

Drugs.com describes a particularly scary common side effect:

Unusual sleep behaviors and anterograde amnesia may occur with traditional benzodiazepines. Anterograde amnesia is the loss of the ability to create new memories, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past. Several benzodiazepines are known to have this powerful amnesic effect; triazolam (Halcion) is notorious.

Benzodiazepines have a high potential for abuse, addiction, and diversion (illegally selling the drug).

Physical and psychological dependence on benzodiazepines can occur even after short-term use. Withdrawal symptoms can be intense and serious and include sleep disturbances, elevated anxiety, blurred vision, panic attacks, nausea, vomiting, tremors, seizures, psychosis, and hallucinations.

If you are taking a benzodiazepine drug regularly, talk to your doctor before you stop taking it. If you suddenly stop taking the drug without tapering under a medical practitioner’s care, serious side effects – and even death – can occur.

Most prescription drug-related media coverage in recent years has been about the opioid crisis, but as Vice reported last year, it isn’t the only medication that is causing serious problems:

A recent study published in JAMA Network Open found that the number of regular American doctor visits resulting in a benzodiazepine prescription doubled between 2003 and 2015. Meanwhile, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has highlighted that more than 30 percent of opioid overdose deaths involve mixing opioids with benzos, and US overdoses associated with benzodiazepines—the vast majority of which also involve an opioid—grew by a factor of about ten between 1999 and 2017.

Also mentioned in Vice’s report: “…benzo withdrawal can kill on its own by causing seizures”, and “benzodiazepine withdrawal can last months or even years in some cases—and if tapers aren’t conducted slowly and carefully, people’s ability to function at home and at work can be destroyed.”

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With the side effects of these prescriptions, it’s no wonder people are turning to more natural ways of handling some of their mental health challenges.

Like their elders, Millennials and those in Generation Z are turning to safe, non-habit forming solutions for managing anxiety.

Interest in cannabidiol (commonly known as “CBD”) is growing for a wide range of health challenges. Is it possible CBD could replace pharmaceutical drugs in the treatment of anxiety?

It seems possible because a growing body of research suggests CBD has powerful anti-anxiety properties.

According to a survey published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research in 2018, almost 62 percent of cannabidiol users reported that they used CBD to treat a medical condition, with the top three conditions being pain, anxiety, and depression.

Because research is still in its early stages, scientists aren’t quite sure how CBD oil might help treat anxiety. Some research suggests that in addition to working via the endocannabinoid system, CBD may influence receptors involved in the modulation of serotonin (a chemical messenger thought to play a role in anxiety regulation).

A 2015 research review titled Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders published in The Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics found that “existing preclinical evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder when administered acutely” and concluded that “current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders, with the need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.”

Research published in 2011 found that CBD reduced anxiety induced by public speaking in participants with Generalized Social Anxiety Disorder.

A recent report from Healthline described how CBD may help those with anxiety:

CBD oil is thought to work with a brain receptor called CB1. Receptors are tiny proteins attached to your cells that receive chemical signals from different stimuli and help your cells respond.

The exact way CBD affects CB1 is not fully understood. However, it’s thought that it alters serotonin signals. Serotonin is one of your body’s chemicals and plays a role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are common in depression. Not having enough serotonin can also cause anxiety in some people.

The conventional treatment for low serotonin is prescription selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Zoloft and Prozac are both SSRIs. CBD, for some people, may be an alternative to SSRIs for anxiety management. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.

CBD is safe, non-intoxicating, and non-addictive. It is usually well-tolerated, but it can interfere with certain medications. Please consult with your healthcare provider if you are taking prescription drugs and would like to take CBD.

 

For more on CBD, please see Dispelling the Myths: Baby Boomers Still Aren’t Sure About This New CBD Craze and CBD Oil Is More Than Just A Fad: Holistic Vets Effectively Use It On Dogs.

For more studies on CBD and anxiety, please see Project CBD’s Anxiety page.

*This article is for informational purposes only. It is not meant to treat, cure, or diagnose any disease, illness, or any other ailment.

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  1. Maranatha says:

    Anxiety is part of the natural fight or flight repsonse of the sympathetic nervous system. Prove with evidence that anxiety is a valid medical condition and show the diseasecausing it. No such data exists.

    Worrying persistently is not a mental illness. It’s poor coping skills.

    “Gee Sarge, I can’t serve because I have anxiety about the enemy.”

  2. Menzoberranzan says:

    They need to be flocking to a good work ethic. Damn bums.

    • TheGuy says:

      Word, yo.

      You have no idea how spot on you are.

    • Genius says:

      I agree menzo. But hey ya know what actually works for all over aches and pain? Organic tumeric gold liquid (tumeric extract) from natural news dot com store. I had my doubts but have been using it and I’ll be damned it works! It also has a shitload of other benefits to boot. Probably the best herb you can take. I also take fermented chlorella and a cup of Emergen-C everyday and I have yet to get a cold or anything. Cheap stuff and works! I have head to work with some millenials lately and &%$# they suck! Stupid and lazy as can be (especially the black ones).

      • Stupid and lazy indeed, won’t even help at home when they are way into adulthood leeching off stupid parents who raised these losers. All these bums do (males esp) near me is play game consoles, social media addicts incl cell phone freaks. Lazy future welfare morons. The mill. women usually marry older men or ones that have jobs since the minority do work and live on their own. Parents don’t instill work and moral eithics while young, zero discipline in schools and home. Stupid parents raise stupid kids who let kids rule over them.

        • TheGuy says:

          I don’t doubt you, but the thing with the mil women marrying men with jobs is they’ve swapped one set of parents for another. How does this make them different from the mil men, aside from the bail-out opportunity? Also do not doubt they’re doing this for a second… depends where you are really… the larger urban areas it’s basically “cringey” to them until it isn’t. Usually it isn’t circa 30-something when the shit hits the fan for them and they end up in Montana or Chicago or something.

    • Beaumont 2.0 says:

      I’m the boss. I paid for the privilege at City Hall.

      Also, physically-dominant in my neighborhood.

  3. Paranoid says:

    They should just try Chocolate. They cannot afford the loss of brain function.

    • Beaumont 2.0 says:

      Which city is this. Show me the money. Here is the answer to your math or spelling problem. A Millennial is probably the one, asking these questions, about what is directly under your nose.

      roalddahl.fandom.com/wiki/Mike_Teavee
      “Mike is more willing to talk about his Golden Ticket than his previous incarnations and provides an explanation as to how he found it, which he never did in the book or the previous film (albeit as he is playing video games). He proves to be both scientifically and economically literate: he finds his Golden Ticket by analyzing both the Nikkei Index and the datecodes of the other ticket finds, offset by the weather that day, and then calculating the location of the next ticket, thus requiring him to purchase only a single Wonka Bar.”

  4. Anonymous says:

    When you’re living in your parents’ basement with a college degree in English literature, you have every reason to be anxious. It was a lot easier when I started out than today. All they need is a recession to really put them over the edge.

  5. brian says:

    When you’re living in your parents’ basement with a college degree in English literature, you have every reason to be anxious. It was a lot easier when I started out than today. All they need is a recession to really put them over the edge.

  6. Kevin2 says:

    The Millennial snowflakes have anxiety? My Mother had anxiety eating stale bread with lard on it for dinner as her parents were too proud to go “on relief” (her phrase) during the great depression. She was happy that with an entire family team effort (she scrubbing steps for a nickel and bringing home same) they kept their home. Anxiety is the feeling you have on the Higgins Boat on the way into Dog Green Sector on Omaha beach. Anxiety is walking home with a report card that won’t pass inspecting knowing that the old man was going to use his belt on you and no police officer, councilor, teacher or neighbor were going to intercede before, during or after.

    • TheGuy says:

      What do you think will happen to the marriage rate in this country now that anyone you might be attracted to might, at any moment, start “identifying” as a military attack octopus?

      What do you think will happen to the divorce rate?

      What do you think will happen to the BIRTH RATE?? I mean they’re basically messing around with the concept of legalizing infanticide (not that they don’t already but I’m talking cut umbilical cord outside the womb infanticide).

      Nothing to be stressed about? How about no job no social security no support group of any kind into middle and old age? Once their parents start dropping like flies we’ll just see how much of a “friend” all their dead broke friends really are (answer not at all).

    • Don’t forget ” not having a Montgomery Wards catalog when you get to the outdoor Biffy”, That’s Anxiety.

  7. Bert says:

    [smile on Bert’s laughing puss] story needs correction:

    With the so-called men of this generation being dubbed “the most PUSSIFIED,” they are lazy entitlement buttholes, cuck-a-doodle-daisies, emotionally fragile, physically morbidly obese and lazy.

    Why are 90% of the under 40 “men” on TV sound like homosexuals? Not saying it is good or bad, just saying it as a legitimate question. If they were around in the 1950’s….[pick any torture]

    Don’t woory, my old generation soon will be all gone and then you Bernie Sanders SOCIALISTS can finish destroying America, along with any manhood you “men-cucks” may think you have.

  8. TheGuy says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aV7CoZ84fM

    You. Will. Never. Talk. Me. Into. This. Idiotic. Fad.

    Right right no THC whatever shut up.

    After watching what pot did to my cousin and my ex that’s a big I don’t give a single fuck from me.

    “Oh wow if CBD is so great I bet pot is even better!”

  9. TheGuy says:

    “CBD is not psychoactive!”

    “CBD is effective against anxiety!”

    WELL WHICH IS IT?

    Do you see the contradiction maybe???

  10. I thought I was cool
    When I went to school
    I huffed on the glue
    Like some reckless fool
    They said “What a dunce”
    And “You’re such a waste”
    “You can’t get a high
    When yer sniffin’ white paste”

  11. I predict that future generations will refer to the people born between the years 1900A.D. to 2100A.D. as “Millennials”,since the term refers to the thousand year benchmark, which would place all of us within that perimeter.

    .

  12. Maranatha says:

    PmiphUYwL_0
    This scene from Saving Private Ryan (Omaha Beach)as they are getting clobbered and slaughtered by machine gun fire and mortars is freakin’ intense. That is seriously being in the sh_t.

  13. Mr. Sean says:

    Sure are a lot of CBD advertorials lately.

  14. Grandma Chicken says:

    I’m 62 and was in so much pain going up and down stairs was almost impossible. I was walking stooped over I felt old! I started taking CBD 2 drops 3x a day. All pain is gone and I have so much energy! I’m back on the treadmill. I take the zero high formula. It works! It also helps me sleep.

  15. Mensa Graham says:

    Will CBD alleviate TDS?

  16. Angry beaver says:

    Well I have a prepping question. Two actually.
    1.) Does anyone know of a good chinking recipe? And will said recipe work for the fireplace and chimney?
    I dropped 2 dozen lodge pole pine last summer building a cabin off-grid on crown land. Good spot picked out beside the river. Loaded with trout and whitefish.
    Everything gotta be done by hand. It’s a 3km hike in there. So I’m looking for mud based recipe. Grass? No grass?
    2.) Has anyone ever heard of a knife blade being forged out of a piece of cable?. I recently acquired one seems like good steel. Anyone else have one ??

    • anon says:

      WTF Angry Beaver. Do you think this is some kind of prepper site! Cheers

    • Beaumont 2.0 says:

      Everyone has something mean to say, but noone had answers to practical problems.

      1.) This has many of the same considerations as when pruning a tree, and you’re trying to seal it. Ultimately, you would use what is most available or makes the best sense to you, personally.

      Alkalis used for hardeners are caustic to your hands and eyes, to cordage fibers, wood, and reactive metals. This leaves a clean, white washed-looking finish and is probably hostile to germs.

      Water is supposed to accumulate, behind flammable, expensive tars and glues.

      For it to be absorbent of moisture would cause a problem for perfectionists. But, I have seen moss and sand used in weed-crete-like mixes.

      One possible solution is to us a generous roofline, so as to keep the elements off the chinking, so much as humanly possible.

      2.) The quality of steel changes, when it is heated in different atmospheres, for instance, oxidizing or reducing.

      Also, the final temper is the subject of hot debate.

      • Angry beaver says:

        The mud around here is pretty gooy I know we have a hell of a time getting off our work trucks dries like cement.
        As for the fireplace and chimney looks like I be making baked mud brick.
        River rock tends to crack and break.
        As I said it’s a walk-in cabin you couldn’t get a quad or skidoo in there if you tried. everything will be done with hand tools. The trees should be ready to go this spring.

        • Beaumont 2.0 says:

          Primitive cement is made by cooking bones, beach shells, eggshells, and limestone to an alkali, or simple wood ash has been used as a fixative. People, who handle it wrecklessly will have identifiable low grade chemical burns, which do not typically require a hospital visit.

          Here, in the desert, cactus goo (Or, you-name-it) can be used to further seal the pores in your material.

          People sometimes expected it to be imperfect, would come back later and fix it, every so often — if they had to. Some people think, so long as it serves it’s intended purpose, it doesn’t have to be so artistic.

          Pizza or bread ovens can be made without any refractory material, like fireclay or asbestos, in a world without building codes. It would be tempered and mixed, in a uniform way to avoid cracks. Cracks would be fixed, and it would be used anyway. This is how people ate for thousands of years — the ancestors of snobbish, people telling you it always has to perfect.

          Let them make it perfect, if they can, and say it looks nice, if they are able. Good job, if you can do that.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Mother’s Little Helper

    There’s a Stones song for that.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Millenials were raised by Hollywood,social media,video games and cellphones..As a result of this, you have what you have,which is a soft,sensitive,and mentally weak generation..Don’t worry,future generations will be even weaker and more sensitive than Millenials..

  19. Maranatha says:

    Chinking is different than mortar for a fireplace. Chinking has to be able to handle the expansion and contraction of the logs. Mortar has to handle the expansion and contraction of the fire brick/stone/concrete. The latter has a much wider tolerance.

    Now there are synthetics unless you just want to be historical.
    htt ps://www.hunker.com/12271219/homemade-chinking

    Wattle and daub used to be a mix of 50/50 cow manure and good quality clay (not much sand). That stuff is readily available and cost nothing.

    You can make your own slaked lime by heating limestone to do it in a pinch, but it’s cheap. Due to the wide variances, you really ought to follow directions otherwise you may have trouble as it might not be up to code and not insurable. That is not a place to experiment due to fire risk.

    The strongest mortar was made by the Romans and it was a mystery until two years ago civil engineers figured out that some salt water was in it. You can’t have any salt in mortar if there is any rebar because that will cause corrosion

    • Maranatha says:

      If you were to use modern mortar in some historic homes, it would make for a bad mix as the age of the brick and how it was made can actually reduce structural integrity.

      If the fireplace was made of stone, it still would require firebrick. Elsewhere with load loads outside you can make bricks (if you have the right kind of clay) but obviously not inside as your poor quality bricks would possibly give way. You could use those for wells for example.

    • Beaumont 2.0 says:

      Someone might mimic pozzolan by replacing the volcanic ash with terra sigilata as either are basically the finest of silica.

      If someone was so devoted, you could literally be polishing these things to a glass-like consistency.

      Such might be considered the treasures of royalty, in Bronze Age archeological digs — duly appreciated as fine art, but not vital to existence.

      There are no building codes, in a number of formal states, nor in your BOL. Save the headtrips for zealous inspectors.

  20. Maranatha says:

    ht tp://time.com/4846153/ancient-rome-concrete-cement-seawater/

    You need volcanic ash and sea water. So someone like rellik who has access could make extremely strong mortar.

  21. Big Pharmas death toll is tens of millions. With legalized cannabis the lies and witchcraft like results from pharmaceutical chemical poisoning is more than apparent with their own synthetic versions on the market. Nobody beats mother nature! Their job is to keep you buying while your health deteriorates with zero government oversight as this guarantees campaign cash to continue the cycle. They own the US government including the Food and Drug Administration and all aspiring politicians as the rubber stamp to keep disease and death rampant. CBD has been proven to significantly improve human health from A to Z. Cannabis likewise as this is their biggest fear of loss of revenue. Mr Trump, have you lowered the drug prices yet?

  22. Big Pharmas death toll is tens of millions. With legalized cannabis the lies and witchcraft like results from pharmaceutical chemical poisoning is more than apparent with their own synthetic versions on the market. Nobody beats mother nature! Their job is to keep you buying while your health deteriorates with zero government oversight as this guarantees campaign cash to continue the cycle. They own the US government including the Food and Drug Administration and all aspiring politicians as the rubber stamp to keep disease and death rampant. CBD has been proven to significantly improve human health from A to Z. Cannabis likewise as this is their biggest fear of loss of revenue.

  23. Angry beaver says:

    The mud around here is pretty gooy I know we have a hell of a time getting off our work trucks dries like cement.
    As for the fireplace and chimney looks like I be making baked mud brick.
    River rock tends to crack and break.
    As I said it’s a walk-in cabin you couldn’t get a quad or skidoo in there if you tried. everything will be done with hand tools. The trees should be ready to go this spring.

    • Maranatha says:

      If you use river rock, it has to be THOROUGHLY DRY otherwise trapped moisture can explode when it is heated. It will blow into shards.

      Whew some people are hardheaded. Well then you should research refractory fire brick because that is what you need NOT standard mud brick.

      It is possible to make refractory fire brick.

      Have you figured out how to manhandle the logs because that is not a one person job? You need rigging and a strong pole and four burly guys.

      • Angry beaver says:

        Yes m I’m quite proficient in the bush I grew up out here. As for modern materials as I said a walk-in cabin. Cabins were built in the bush before modern materials.
        This is what I’m building. 8×10 trapping cabin. This style has been build many times with fireplace and chimney I’m simply asking if anyone had a historic recipe for chinking. Yes I’m well aware river rock explodes learned it when I was 5.

  24. Angry beaver says:

    I assure you M.
    I know what I’m doing, i.tjank you for your advice but it’s not a matter of wanting to be traditional it’s a matter of practicality.
    I can not carry more then 75lbs on my back plus weapons. Yes I live in grizzly and mountain lion country. So quick access to weapons is a must.
    The cabin I’m building is for me and me alone to hunt trap and fish from.
    I am well versed in the use of jib poles and bush levers all very traditional old school building techniques. That can be accomplished solo.

  25. Just wondering says:

    Severe anxiety to most young people is thinking about having to get a job and support themselves. DemoRat mantra Gimee, Gimee, Gimee.

  26. Martus says:

    Interesting to note that the more people that do drugs the more confusion they have or because of their drug habits, their children have as to their sexual identities or even reality itself.

  27. Anonymous says:

    How does CBD taste if you use it to mix alcoholic beverages. If it mixes well, it might catch on with the over 40 crowd.

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