When it comes to personal wellbeing, mental health is the phrase on everyone’s lips. In our increasingly fast-paced society and with the stressors of modern life, concerns about psychological wellness are on the rise.
And the symptoms are severe. Anxiety and stress can ruin jobs, relationships and lives, and can have both physical and psychological effects.
What few people know is that the endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in governing how we physically and emotionally react to stress and anxiety triggers. More and more people suffer from anxiety in an ever faster moving time: Fear of losing one’s job, fear of not having enough time for the family, fear of not being enough for the partner – fears come in different forms and are widespread.
The endocannabinoid system and mental balance
The endocannabinoid system is closely related to our mental health. For example, it regulates our appetite, mood and inflammation in our body. If the endocannabinoid system becomes unbalanced, it can lead to pain, a weakened immune system, mood swings, anxiety and depression.
This is because the endocannabinoid system contributes to homeostasis in the body – the maintenance and balance of all biological processes that keep the body functioning. If this system is out of balance, it can lead to various symptoms, including stress, panic and mood swings.
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How CBD and the ECS work together
CBD interacts with two important receptors of the endocannabinoid system, the CB1 and the CB2 receptor. CB1-receptors are mainly found in the central nervous system while CB2-receptors are mainly found in immune-system relevant areas and in the digestive tract.
When CBD is absorbed into the body, it docks into the CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are then activated. By activating these receptors, the whole endocannabinoid system is set in motion and can act where it is needed.
Does CBD have an effect on anxiety?
Of course, there is still a lot of research needed in this field, because research on CBD is still in its infancy.
However, many studies that have already been conducted suggest that CBD can have a positive impact on the endocannabinoid system, so can affect how our body responds to stress and anxiety. But what exactly is the reason for this?
For anxiety disorders it is assumed that the balance of special messenger substances (including e.g. serotonin, which is considered a mood enhancer) is disturbed. Antidepressants or other drugs inhibit the breakdown of these substances, so that the serotonin level in the brain rises and the mood is improved.
CBD also has a similar effect: CBD can bind to a receptor in the central nervous system and thus have an anxiety-relieving effect. This has already been sufficiently proven by various studies.
The wrap up:
CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to help maintain balance in the body, which includes psychological factors. There’s no definitive answer that CBD can “treat” anxiety disorders, but the millions of people worldwide who use CBD to maintain mental balance is testament to its effectiveness.