Anxiety can be helped
Anxiety affects millions of people worldwide and is a costly problem. In the US alone anxiety is accountable for $57B of lost productivity and lost wages.
It is no wonder then that with so many constant sources of stress, people often want to move towards a more holistic approach to heal from anxiety. Even medical doctors have begun suggesting that people combine traditional psychotherapy & pharmaceutical treatments with relaxation techniques like yoga & meditation.
If chronic stress and anxiety have rewired your brain, it might take work and time to undo the damage. If you choose to supplement with CBD, it may work best as part of a comprehensive anxiety treatment plan. It is always recmmended to first speak with a trusted medical professional about your plans to use CBD, especially if you currently take prescription medications as CBD could interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize drugs. A doctor or integrative practitioner can also help you rule out any contributing deficiencies and other worrisome health issues.
How does CBD combat anxiety?
1) THROUGH NEUROTRANSMITTERS
Studies currently suggest that CBD counters anxiety by stimulating neurotransmitter systems and neural regeneration. CBD is able to bind with the receptors to decrease certain responses like anxiety, pain, addiction, depression.
Serotonin: Serotonin is mostly associated with happiness. However, the role of this neurotransmitter is actually very complex. Contrary to popular belief, more serotonin is not necessarily better — dysfunction can stem from low or high levels of serotonin, as well as from malfunctions with their receptors. Serotonin has at least 14 different receptors, but CBD specifically binds to 5-HT1A which is thought to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders.
Endocannabinoids: Your body naturally produces cannabinoids, used throughout your body and brain in the endocannabinoid system. This system can become disregulated under chronic stress. CBD can help restore balance to the endocannabinoid system by preventing overstimulation of your CB1 receptors and by boosting your body’s production of endocannabinoids.
2) THROUGH HORMONES
Cortisol: Stress can affect our hormones. It creates an increase in cortisol and CBD can help decerase cortisol production and deal with stress.
Melatonin: The regulation of melatonin becomes increasingly important as we age. During the day, melatonin secretion decreases allowing the body to be more active, energetic and more coordinated. As the sun sets more melatonin is secreted, preparing the body for rest. The body therefore becomes more relaxed. Once we hit 40, with all the stress of daily life, our Circadian Rhythm tends to get altered throwing off the melatonin balance. CBD and terpenes are important in re-establishing our circadian patterns where we can rest and recover our bodies at the right time.
3) THROUGH RECEPTORS
To simply put it, a PPAR (peroxisome proliferator activated receptor) is like a lock on the covering of the nucleus of the cells. It controls and influences the functions of metabolism, dealing with allergies, etc. They can have an impact on how tumors can grow or how they can’t grow, so it has profound effects on the body. The CBD’s interaction with the PPAR is the magic behind how CBD helps with inflammation, sleep, stress, and anything that might be causing distress to the body.
Read more on PPARs and receptors and how CBD can help with Cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, etc.
3) WITH TERPENES, THROUGH THE “ENTOURAGE EFFECT”
Terpenes can easily intensify or downplay the effects of the cannabinoids. As we have come to learn, CBD in combination with other cannabinoids and terpenes, may exude a more boosting and amplified effect on the body. It is the whole plant that does the best job, not just THC or CBD or terpenes alone. While relief does come from using a CBD oil or a THC oil, whole plant therapy has been the most common use.
Read more about the effects of terpenes.
Did you know? There are at least 20,000 different terpenes in existence. Believe it or not, the cannabis plant has more than 100 of these terpenes! Many terpenes that are produced by the cannabis plant are also found elsewhere in nature. These are some of the most popularly used terpenes.