Aviophobia in a Post 9/11 World
Yes, we know all the comforting safety statistics about modern air travel. You've told us over and over again how flying is so much safer than driving down a city street. We know that a Boeing jet takes off or lands safely every two seconds. We Avio-phobics even have our own website, full of comforting stats and reassuring charts and graphs. But as the site says, if the odds are one crash in five million, we will still focus on the one.
Our rational minds have absorbed and even accepted this helpful information, and we've even learned the basics of aerodynamics. Yet somewhere, deep down at the subconscious level, we just know that heavy, gigantic, metal thing can't fly. And what about terrorists? When you add the "crazy human" variable to the mix, aviophobia in a post 9/11 world is certainly no picnic.
Racing heartbeat, sweaty palms, dry mouth, and an overwhelming sense of anxiety are some of the symptoms triggered by any "Now boarding flight ..." call for us at the airport. Quite often fear of flying is combined with an element of claustrophobia, the fear of being locked in a closed space. Symptoms may kick in just by anticipating the flight we'll have to endure, according to this article at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
The reactions we experience are all a part of our natural human "Fight or Flight" response to any scenario perceived as dangerous, or life- threatening. In our case, the fear of flying is out of proportion to the actual danger. But there is a natural, biochemical way to correct the brain's out-of-proportion, biochemical response.
Your Brain is Already Wired for Natural CBD Therapy
CBD extracts from natural hemp plants are finding widespread application in treatments to reduce fear and anxiety. In his article, Michael Lewis MD of the Brain Health Education and Research Institute, points out that areas of the brain which control mood, stress, sleep, irritability, fear, and craving just happen to be pre-equipped with receptors standing by for CBD. The biochemical infrastructure for CBD synthesis in the brain is already there. Administering CBD extracts to enhance the brain's natural production reduces stress and anxiety.
CBD vs THC
CBD is not to be confused with the psychoactive THC component also found in the hemp plant. THC as a treatment for any phobia should be avoided. THC could actually aggravate a phobia, whereas CBD works to counteract and balance the THC effects when they are administered together.
CBD taken alone, in the form of CBD oil, produces a calm self-confident mood. Fear of flying is on this list of 10 Anxieties that CBD Can Eliminate at the MJWellness website. They recommend a few drops before the flight to produce a calm "shut-eye" mood that will enable the aviophobia sufferer to enjoy the flying experience. We've got a CBD solution that's even more perfect for air travel.
Keep calm and keep your ears adjusted by chewing some MedCBD gum in flight. Experienced air travelers have long recognized the benefit of chewing gum and frequent swallowing to avoid clogged ears caused by fluctuations in air pressure in the cabin. Having some MedCBD aboard for a long flight can be very reassuring for someone challenging the fear of flying. You can relax and enjoy a good book or the in-flight movie without having to "white-knuckle" all the way to your destination.
We no longer have to cancel vacations that the family was looking forward to. Nor do we continue to put our careers at risk by avoiding business trips which require frequent flying. Surrendering to our disproportional chemical response to flying is a burden placed not only on ourselves. Our untreated aviophobia affects family and business colleagues as well. A piece of MedCBD gum before the flight can expand our world, and give us the calm and serenity we need to get out there and see it.
FDA Declares Cannabidiol (CBD) is Beneficial
The Food and Drug Administration recently declared CBD as "a beneficial substance" as positive testimonials come in from those who have tried CBD infused products. CBD is number 16 on the list of 17 substances the FDA is reviewing. If you have used CBD to successfully treat a phobia or physical ailment the FDA wants to hear from you. You can submit your testimonial at the federal website.