Sometimes We Just Can't See a Way Out!

We all have days when "the Black Dog" of depression sets in, this makes us stressed, which makes us anxious... which if we don't watch it, slides through anxiety and ends up causing a panic attack! Don't think that just because you have only had 2 or 3 steps of this "4-Step Dance" that it's OK, believe me if you don't take action now.. it's only a matter of time until you get to experience all the moves!

So how exactly do you stop this familiar vicious cycle?

Even if you're lucky enough to have a therapist, and even luckier to have a 24/7 Online-Therapist, attacks are often triggered in situations where "a quick chat with the Doc" is simply not practical.

Breathing exercises are the best go-to DIY solution, that usually work, but again if a trigger situation sneaks up and ambushes you, e.g. some angsty idiot rushes out of a shop doorway, bangs into you, then decides his bad day that just got worse is all your fault, there's no way you can start any mindfulness or breathing exercise in this situation!

So a lot of poor folks find the only way to avoid a situation they can't handle, is not to put themselves in one I.e. they stay home.

But most of us can't afford to be hermits, so how can you "pre-prepare" for such a situation.....

Well medications are the only "obvious" answer for most folks, but we all know (or should) the many pitfalls that these entail - starting with finding a doctor who is familiar and competent with anxiety medications. Then there's: Sexual Dysfunction, Weight gain, Emotional Numbness, Addiction and Dependence, Cognitive Impairment, Drowsiness etc etc etc.

Not trying to scare anyone here, and please seeking professional medical help should always be your first option BUT the medications they casually prescribe can cause havoc in many cases... so again, is there an option - especially  DIY affordable, proven, safe option?

As we're not trying to give medical advice here, so we've compiled and written four reports and books - listed below, two on the huge success being achieved using CBD products, and a further two on the 3000 year old proven natural de-stresser Kava - enjoy.

Demystifying CBD use - Just the facts without the BS

Introduction to CBD , What Exactly is it?

CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant contains over a hundred different cannabinoids, each with unique properties and potential benefits. CBD stands out because it does not produce the "high" associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another prominent cannabinoid in the plant.

CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it doesn’t alter your state of mind or make you feel intoxicated. Instead, it’s known for its potential therapeutic effects. People use CBD for a variety of reasons, including managing anxiety, pain, and sleep issues.

CBD can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana plants, but it’s typically derived from hemp. Hemp plants are bred to contain high levels of CBD and low levels of THC, ensuring that the extracted CBD is non-intoxicating.

In summary, CBD is a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis that offers potential health benefits without the mind-altering effects of THC.

The History of CBD Use

The use of CBD (cannabidiol) is not a recent trend; it's something that has deep roots in history, dating back thousands of years. By understanding the historical context of CBD, we can better appreciate its evolution and how it has become a significant element in modern wellness.



In today's fast-paced world, stress and anxiety have become all too common. Many of us juggle demanding jobs, family responsibilities, social commitments, and the relentless pressure to stay connected and productive. It's no wonder that finding effective ways to manage stress and anxiety is a priority for many people. While modern medicine offers numerous solutions, there's a growing interest in natural remedies that have been used for centuries to promote relaxation and mental well-being. One such remedy is Kava, a traditional beverage with a rich history and a promising future in the realm of stress relief.

Kava, also known as kava-kava, comes from the root of the Piper methysticum plant, which is native to the South Pacific islands. For thousands of years, Pacific Islanders have used Kava in their cultural and social practices, valuing it for its calming and sociable effects. In recent decades, Kava has gained popularity beyond its native regions, appealing to those seeking natural alternatives to manage stress and anxiety.


The Benefits of using CBD Products in the Treatment for Anxiety and Anxiety-Related Disorders

Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown promising potential as a treatment for anxiety disorders, according to several studies. Here are some key points about the benefits of using CBD products for anxiety:

Reduces Anxiety Symptoms

Multiple clinical trials have found that CBD can significantly reduce anxiety symptoms in people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For example, one study showed that taking 300-600mg of CBD led to a significant decrease in anxiety levels compared to a placebo in people with SAD.

Enhances Fear Extinction and Blocks Fear Memory Reconsolidation

Preclinical studies suggest CBD can enhance the extinction and block the reconsolidation of fear memories, which could be beneficial for treating anxiety disorders like PTSD. By promoting fear extinction, CBD may help individuals overcome trauma-related memories and reduce associated anxiety.

Minimal Side Effects

CBD is generally well-tolerated, with few reported side effects, especially compared to conventional anxiety medications. The most common side effects are mild, such as fatigue, sedation, and dry mouth.

Rapid Anxiety Relief

Some studies have found that CBD can provide rapid relief from anxiety symptoms, with significant improvements observed within the first week of treatment. This rapid onset of action could make CBD an attractive option for managing acute anxiety episodes.

Potential for Multiple Anxiety Disorder Treatment

While most human trials have focused on specific anxiety disorders like SAD, preclinical evidence suggests CBD may be effective for treating various anxiety disorder symptoms, including those associated with GAD, PD, OCD, and PTSD.

It's important to note that while the research is promising, larger-scale clinical trials are still needed to fully establish the efficacy and optimal dosing of CBD for anxiety treatment. Additionally, CBD should not be considered a substitute for conventional treatments without consulting a healthcare professional.


Skelley, J. W., Deas, C. M., Curren, Z., & Ennis, J. (2020). Use of cannabidiol in anxiety and anxiety-related disorders. Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, 60(1), 253-261.

Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Neurotherapeutics, 12(4), 825-836.

Crippa, J. A., Guimarães, F. S., Campos, A. C., & Zuardi, A. W. (2018). Translational investigation of the therapeutic potential of cannabidiol (CBD): toward a new age. Frontiers in immunology, 9, 2009.

Bitencourt, R. M., & Takahashi, R. N. (2018). Cannabidiol as a therapeutic alternative for post-traumatic stress disorder: From bench research to confirmation in human trials. Frontiers in neuroscience, 12, 502.

Is Science Finally Catching Up With What the Pacific Islands have Known for 3000 years?

Kava extract has shown promising results as an effective treatment for anxiety, according to several randomized controlled trials.

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2003 found that kava extract was significantly more effective than placebo in reducing symptoms of anxiety, as measured by the Hamilton Anxiety Scale.[2] The analysis included seven trials with a total of 380 participants, and the weighted mean difference in anxiety scores favored kava extract by 3.9 points (95% CI: 0.1 to 7.7).[2]

Another study published in 2001 compared kava extract to placebo in patients with non-psychotic anxiety who had previously been treated with benzodiazepines. The results showed a mean difference of 2.4 points (95% CI: -1.5 to 6.3) on the Hamilton Anxiety Scale in favor of kava, although this difference was not statistically significant.

Importantly, kava extract was generally well-tolerated in these trials, with only mild and infrequent adverse events reported.[1][2] However, there are concerns about potential hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) with long-term use of kava, so it is recommended for short-term treatment of anxiety only (less than 8 weeks).[1]

While the effect size appears modest, kava extract may be a useful option for treating anxiety symptoms, especially for those seeking a natural alternative to conventional anxiolytic medications.[1][2] However, larger and longer-term trials are still needed to fully establish the efficacy and safety profile of kava for anxiety disorders.[2]