It is commonly accepted that Xanax is not an effective or healthy long-term solution for anxiety. In the United States, benzodiazepines are responsible for an unprecedented crisis. In Europe, millions of people take them every year. Is CBD a legitimate alternative to the benzodiazepines known as Alprazolam or Xanax?
CBD shows in various studies to naturally relieve anxiety, but it also shows to slow down addictive tendencies, which may alleviate the withdrawal symptoms that make it difficult for many people to give up this antidepressant.
Alprazolam is a drug known as Xanax. Its abuse has increased in numbers since the 1990s, but it is still prescribed to more than 50 million people each year to treat anxiety. It’s supposed to relieve anxiety, now it’s causing anxiety…
The problem is that anxiety is such a broad-spectrum symptom that doctors dispense prescriptions for Xanax like sweets. This is becoming a problem because doctors are now discovering that it is much more addictive than previously thought.
Benzodiazepine use also increases the risk of road accidents. International studies show a 60-80% increase in the risk of accidents, this risk being multiplied by 8 in the case of concomitant consumption with alcohol. All benzodiazepines are now classified as “level three” dangerous since 13 March 2017, resulting in major incompatibility with driving.
In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the science behind how CBD works and why so many people use CBD as a natural alternative to antidepressants.
Is Xanax the best solution to anxiety ?
It was designed in the 1970s to suppress the body’s “GABA neurotransmitters” which in turn blunt the body’s natural responses, including the response to anxiety. Today, it is most commonly used for the “short-term” management of anxiety. Unfortunately, it is addictive and the “short term” quickly becomes the long term.
So why are 50 million prescriptions of a Schedule IV drug with known addictive qualities each year?
Big profits for big business! (According to Forbes, more than $5 billion in sales in 2013)
Generally , everybody’s anxious. It’s one of the many emotions that make us human. The severity of anxiety perceived differently by everyone and no test required to receive a prescription. This makes prescribing to treat anxiety very easy for doctors around the world. Many people rely on Xanax to treat or cope with personal problems, or even to mask them.
According to Dr. Joanna Starrels, Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
In general, primary care physicians are not able to prescribe drugs with such a high risk of addiction or overdose.
I don’t think people realize that benzodiazepines have a lot in common with opioids. says Dr. Sumit Agarwal, “They are addictive,” he says.
They make you breathe slower, they make you change your mental state. And then, eventually, they can cause an overdose and death.
How Xanax interacts with the body
When your body is anxious, it naturally produces a chemical called GABA. GABA reduces brain signaling that would otherwise excite the brain and cause anxiety… GABA receptors interact to calm the response to anxiety.
Xanax works by increasing GABA levels and increasing the effectiveness of GABA receptors.
However, this can be dangerous because, in as little as 6 weeks, the body begins to depend on Xanax and naturally produces less and less GABA. In the long term, this will only increase anxiety and withdrawal symptoms.
Increased GABA generally associated with increased drowsiness and decreased alertness, memory, muscle tension and anxiety.
How does CBD affect anxiety ?
Unlike Xanax, which treats anxiety by increasing drowsiness and decreasing alertness through its interaction with the GABA receptor, CBD targets a different receptor, the serotonin 5-HT1a receptor, which is responsible for emotional balance and happiness.
In an analysis of previous studies conducted in 2015, researchers concluded that CBD is a promising treatment for many forms of anxiety.
The analysis of the studies revealed that the effects of CBD on reducing anxiety depend on the 5-HT1A receptor, which is located in several areas of the brain.
According to another study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, the effect of CBD on anxiety is based on a multi-pronged approach.
CBD increases the natural human endocannabinoid called “anandamide”.
Like CBD, “anandamide” also activates the serotonin 5-HT1a receptor.
These results are extremely positive for the future of CBD in the treatment of mental disorders that thought to involve altered stress management mechanisms.
For example, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder (PD), social anxiety disorder (SAD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
These results also support the use of CBD as a safe and natural alternative to Xanax.
According to a study from the NYU School of Medicine, human studies confirm the results of early research and also suggest that
The CBD has anxiety-reducing effects and an excellent safety profile.
What are the long term side effects of Xanax?
According to Dr. Marc Fishman, a psychiatrist specializing in addictions.
For many patients, anxiety worsens over time but does not improve.
[Xanax] resets sensitivity so that the new normal becomes intoxication, benzo-addiction, and then it takes more, and then it takes more.
According to the FDA, it is a prescription drug : for the short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. The FDA goes on to say that “XANAX a federally controlled substance because it can be abused or addictive”. According to the American Addiction Center, when people abuse Xanax over a long period, the brain begins to forget how to function normally without it.
Clearly, an alternative to Xanax needed to combat anxiety.
Long-term side effects included
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry mouth
- Evolution of libido
- Increased salivation.
- Difficulty speaking.
- Changes in appetite
- Memory problems
- Reduced coordination
- Urinary retention
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- Low blood pressure
- Liver damage
- Dependence on Xanax