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CBD, the endocannabinoid system and mental balance

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.


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    Amazing piece and well-written!
    I am quite surprised that CBD is still an under-researched field and still the research is in infancy. It needs research and finally be made legal for everyone with supervision with the help of legal dispensaries, clinics, and doctors. There are a number of side-effects attached to several medicines and they world-wide accepted and acknowledged. Why governments don’t ban them?

    CBD is one of the best alternative medicine out there to treat mental health-related diseases and conditions. It is great for anxiety, sleep-apnea, even mitigates the symptoms related to depression. I came across Nordic oil and was really convinced that I need to try it out and improve my diet. This helped me make a better and happier person.

    I wish you all better health 🙂

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    I am so obsessed with CBD. CBD is a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. Unlike its cousin, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. Marijuana has many curing effects on our bodies. It has proven to be a cure to certain health conditions. Many patients have relieved their chorionic pain using medical marijuana. There is a long debate on uses and misuses of Marijuana but if you manage your dose accordingly it is harmless. I really like this how beautifully you have explained everything.

    1. Akeso

      Thanks Alex!

  3. Akeso

    Thankyou for your feedback. Stay connected with us.

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    I am a very passionate supporter of medical marijuana. I’ve been educating my people about the miracles of medical marijuana and have been researching a lot about how it is helping people with their ailments especially mental illness issues. It happened back in 2015 when I was diagnosed with chronic depression and was left with o other option than anti-depressants. They worked on me but there was a time when they stopped working on me. So I was suggested to use medical marijuana by an angel who saved me from drowning in my brain chemicals. Ever since then I am using medical marijuana and it has completely changed my life. The good thing is I never opted for getting medical marijuana illegally. I made my research and approached people who had helped me. and can continue curing our symptoms with marijuana’s blessings!


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