Everyone suffers periods of mental fatigue or mental imbalance - including depression, anxiety, or just extreme stress. CBD can help you - yes, you! Countless millions of people are too stressed, millions more suffer from mental disorders but CBD is an alternative that could naturally help your mental wellbeing. CBD will not cure you of a clinical diagnosis, like depression, but recent studies demonstrate that the stress-relieving properties of CBD are beneficial to actively improving your mental wellbeing and can aid in being healthier and happier.
The key to CBD and improving your mental wellbeing is by how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, a system that regulates essential human functions such as pain, pleasure, sleep, appetite, mood, among other things. To understand what CBD can do for you, it is good to understand several key things it can help manage.
What is Depression?
Mental disorders like depression can come about with birth or be brought on by an unfortunate event or trauma. Regardless of the cause, the symptoms of depression are often the same: feeling sad, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, changes in appetite, trouble sleeping, loss of energy, feeling worthless, and difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions. CBD acts on serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters and usage of CBD products can help regulate imbalanced levels of these chemicals in your brain.
What is Anxiety?
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” The duration or severity of an anxious feeling can sometimes be out of proportion to the event that triggered it. Physical symptoms, such as increased blood pressure and nausea, may also become evident. These responses move beyond anxiety into an anxiety disorder, of which many are afflicted. Researchers in Brazil and London have observed that, at high concentrations, CBD directly activates the 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor, thereby conferring an anti-anxiety effect.
CBD and your Mind
CBD is one of the 50+ naturally occurring compounds found in all cannabis plants. The human body naturally produces its own cannabinoids (endocannabinoids), of which the cannabinoids in cannabis (CBD, THC) bind. Unlike THC, CBD does not get you "high" and has different, more indirect interaction on the body. CBD also has the unique ability to directly interact with other cell receptors, including serotonin and dopamine receptors. When consumed, CBD interacts with these receptors which can result in the release of serotonin and dopamine throughout the body. This can elevate your mood such that before you were too stressed or anxious to work, and after consuming CBD you feel productive and able to focus on your priorities.
While there are many testimonials and independent studies that give those suffering from mental disorders, CBD is not an alternative to prescription medication, it is a natural supplement. Always consult the advice of a medical professional