When it comes to wellness, mental health is the catchphrase on everyone’s lips. In our society that is functioning faster and faster, and with the stressors of modern life, concerns about mental well-being are growing.
And the symptoms are serious. Anxiety and stress can ruin your work, relationships, and life, and can have both physical and mental effects.
Few people know that the endocannabinoid system plays a significant role in regulating how we physically and emotionally respond to stress and anxiety. Fear of losing a job, fear of not having enough time for the family, fear of not being enough for a partner – anxiety takes many forms and they are more and more common.
The Endocannabinoid System and Mental Balance
The endocannabinoid system (ECS)is closely related to our mental health. For example, it regulates our appetite, mood and inflammation in our body. Imbalances in the endocannabinoid system can lead to pain, weakened immune systems, mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
This is because the endocannabinoid system contributes to the homeostasis of the body – keeping all biological processes in balance that keep the body functioning. Imbalance in this system can lead to a variety of symptoms, including stress, panic, and mood swings.
How CBD and ECSTogether
WorkCBD interacts with two important receptors in the endocannabinoid system, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are found mainly in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are found mainly in areas related to the immune system and in the gastrointestinal tract.
When CBD is absorbed by the body, it attaches to CB1 and CB2 receptors, which are then activated. By activating these receptors, the entire endocannabinoid system is set in motion and can go where it’s needed.
Does CBD affect anxiety?
This question is difficult to answer unequivocally as research on CBD and anxiety is still in its infancy.
However, a lot of research that has already been done suggests that CBD may have a positive effect on the endocannabinoid system, and so may influence how our body responds to stress and anxiety. But what exactly is the reason for this?
In the case of anxiety disorders, it is assumed that the balance of special messenger substances, i.e. serotonin (often considered a mood enhancer) is disturbed. Antidepressants or other medications inhibit the breakdown of these substances, increasing the level of serotonin in the brain and improving mood.
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 proven enough by various studies.
CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to help keep the body in balance, including psychological factors. There is no definitive answer that CBD can „cure” anxiety disorders, but the millions of people around the world who use CBD to maintain mental balance are proof of its effectiveness.