Reduce stress with CBD

As we age, we usually add more stress to our lives. While this is not always on purpose, it is an automatic byproduct of this fast-paced world we live in now. Mental health, which includes stress and anxiety, has risen to be one of today's most important health concerns today. Over the years, numerous studies have surfaced, proving that there is plenty of evidence to suggest CBD's medicinal properties do, in fact, work. Besides THC, the cannabinoid is the second principal component of the pharma logical effects with tons of evidence pointing towards its health benefits. 

Since this cannabinoid (CBD) movement resurgence, multiple studies have shown that CBD's main healing properties are related to stress and anxiety. This is not the first time individuals have looked at CBD as a new way to combat different mental health issues like anxiety and stress. As far as the 1970s, CBD is shown to block the psychoactive and anxiety-like effects induced by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

So, before we move forward anymore, let's take a slight step back. Whether you have physically witnessed anxiety or not. We all have somewhat of an understanding of what it is, but to narrow it down. Anxiety is defined as an emotional state characterized by excessive uneasiness and apprehension as a response to potentially "dangerous" circumstances. With saying that, anxiety has become more of a general term for specific mental illness, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. When it comes to anxiety, the primary diagnostic includes different categories. These include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in which CBD assists in treating all of these different mental disorders.

With that said, our bodies are constructed to absorb CBD and its medicinal properties. In each of our bodies, we have three primary cell receptors responsible for activating the cannabidiol. While they have their differences, they are all needed and used to gain CBD's full effects. First, the CB1 receptor is the most abundant metabotropic receptor in the brain. It is the primary structure that regulates emotional responses' in mind. The main job of the CB1 receptor is to mediate neurochemical homeostasis in the brain, which, in essence, keeps you balanced and mellow.

On the other hand, the CB2 receptor is expressed more through immune cells to supervise cell traffic. It also helps regulate cytokine secretion, a fundamental response to injury and infection in the body. It works by altering the body's response to repair cellular damage and fight off invasive pathogens. 

Now that we have a better understanding of how cannabidiol (CBD) can prevent stress and anxiety. We can dive further into how it works for your body to receive CBD's therapeutic effects and reduce anxiety. The last primary CBD receptor, 5-HT1A, a serotonin receptor, is activated and assesses any innate responses to threats. The receptors, located in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis, serves as a significant output pathway for the amygdala, which is the part of the brain involved with experiencing emotions.

When we ingest CBD, the cannabidiol excretes itself through the receptors—continuing to work by reducing any fear expression and disrupting fear memory reconsolidation and enhancing fear extinction. CBD and cannabis have been used for its medicinal purposes for centuries now. Traced back as far as the third millennium in Asia and Europe, Cannabis became quite a popular remedy for specific illnesses. CBD helps by reducing said anxiety and improve your overall sensation of well-being. While the CBD is not an instant fix, over time, the cannabidiol builds on top of itself, like compounding interest. As we all know, patience is key!

As we move forward, cannabis and CBD research will continue to be at the front of this new wave of medicine and wellness treatments. All in all, CBD is a way to reduce responses to fearful stimuli and fight against social phobia's compounding effects. At the same time, this is still not a perfect science yet. There is an overwhelming amount of support for CBD and anxiety. If you find yourself irritated or overwhelmed at every day or trivial things, then it may be time to look into CBD as a way to make your days more comfortable. Whenever anxiety rears its ugly head, just know, there are safe and all-natural solutions, like CBD, out there for you!

 

 Resources: 

https://bpspubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bph.13724

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079847/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3691841/