CBD sounds like a promising natural substance, especially with the rising number of CBD enthusiasts spreading the word about its numerous benefits for the body and mind.
If you type “can CBD help with” on Google, you’ll see a pretty wide variety of questions people have already asked the mighty search engine, including whether or not it can help with anger management.
Are you struggling with anger?
Sure, we all feel angry from time to time, and it’s a normal human emotion in response to triggers. Still, like any other emotion, it can get out of control and lead to problems in your daily life, relationships, and work. When dealing with anger issues, you might feel that you have no control over your emotions and are at the mercy of an unpredictable rage attack.
Common signs of anger management issues include:
- Feeling out of control
- Racing thoughts
- Increased heartbeat
- Intense anger
- Feeling agitated
- Frequent anger
Frequent uncontrollable anger can take a severe toll on your mental and physical health. In addition, anger issues can lead to various unwanted consequences and isolation.
The typical way people express their anger is aggressive verbal or physical behavior, but until your anger transforms into physical reality, whether with words you say or actions you take, there are a series of events in your body. For example, your heartbeat increases, your muscles become tense, and you might even feel pain. And even before these occur, your anger begins in your brain; the amygdala triggers anger by stimulating the hypothalamus, as it does in the fear response.
Is there an effective way to prevent anger from making its way through your body and then to physical reality? And most importantly, can a famous non-psychoactive cannabinoid like CBD help manage anger? Let’s find out!
What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural cannabis ingredient – cannabinoid millions of Americans have already tried and added to their routines.
CBD derives from a non-psychoactive cannabis plant – hemp. It is federally legal, unlike its cousin marijuana per the 2018 Farm Bill. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, meaning it won’t get you high or cause euphoric feelings.
CBD and Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
CBD produces various outcomes across consumers, but it delivers its effects through the system we all have in common, and that’s the endocannabinoid system (ECS).
The newly discovered system (1988) plays a pivotal role in many bodily processes, including homeostasis – the body’s internal balance.
Endogenous and plant-based cannabinoids bind to ECS receptors to control many behavioral functions, including aggression. Most studies have concluded that marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient THC in acute doses tends to dampen rather than provoke aggression. However, it also causes numerous unwanted side effects and remains an illegal substance on the federal level.
On the other hand, CBD doesn’t cause these side effects and is federally legal when hemp-derived and containing up to 0.3% THC. Unfortunately, there’s limited research on CBD and its effects on behavioral functions, so there’s no evidence it can directly reduce aggression or help with anger management.
CBD Consumer’s Report
While science has not yet unrevealed CBD’s potential to help manage anger, millions of people in the U.S. have already tried CBD. According to the CBD Insider 2019 U.S. CBD consumer report, 50% of surveyed CBD consumers took CBD for relaxation.
Nearly four in five (78.9%) of these consumers said CBD was effective for relaxation.
People with anger issues have trouble relaxing during episodes of anger. If CBD helps them relax, as it did for 78.9% of consumers mentioned above, CBD could indirectly help them manage anger. Moreover, 38.8% of consumers reported taking CBD for sleep, and 76.8% said it was effective. Studies indicate the link between sleep deprivation and mood changes such as increased anger and aggression. People who get enough sleep each night exhibit fewer emotional outbursts, such as anger, and display fewer aggressive behaviors. Therefore, if CBD helps those with anger issues get adequate sleep, it could help them manage their anger better.
Can CBD Help Manage Anger?
Although there’s a long way until CBD supplements are marketed as a remedy for any mood disorders or anger issues, and it’s likely to take decades for science to unravel all the possible effects of CBD, you may still want to give it a try.
While there’s no guarantee CBD will help, as stated above, it can indirectly affect anger management issues by possibly reducing other factors such as stress and helping you get adequate sleep.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD is safe and well-tolerated in humans and is not associated with negative public health effects. The best way to see if it can help is to try one of the available CBD supplements in the form of sublingual tinctures, oral supplements, or edibles.
Keep in mind that the increased demand for CBD resulted in an overcrowded CBD market with many unreliable brands that cut corners in the production. Always shop for third-party lab-tested products to ensure their safety and quality. Start with small doses (<10mg) and slowly increase the intake as needed.