There has been a lot of research conducted to date about whether CBD can help with anxiety and other mental health conditions. Unlike THC based marijuana which gets you ‘high’, CBD does not cause any feelings of intoxication or the ‘high’ that is associated with cannabis. What CBD has been shown to help with is levelling out low serotonin which is commonly associated with depression and anxiety.
So how does CBD actually work?
All bodies have their own endocannabinoid system (ECS) which ensures that our body is always working effectively. When something becomes deficient in the ECS system – for example when our body is ill, tired, stressed or anxious we do not produce enough endocannabinoids. CBD is one of many endocannabinoids that helps to keep our systems running effectively.
How to treat low serotonin levels to combat anxiety?
In the past the standard way to treat low serotonin has been to prescribe prescription only drugs such as Prozac. However it is now known that many prescription drugs can have a detrimental effect on the users, specifically through a tendency toward addiction. So other options for treating low serotonin have been researched and CBD is increasingly being put forward as a useful alternative.
CBD directly interacts with receptors in the brain
It is said that some people with anxiety may be able to use CBD instead of prescription drugs. Although CBD doesn’t boost serotonin levels it can affect how the chemical receptors in the brain respond to the serotonin in the system. Serotonin is known to play an extremely important role in mental health. It is well documented that not having enough serotonin causes anxiety and depression. CBD is a known stimulant which means it can directly interact with receptors in the brain to assist with serotonin levels.
The additional benefit is that CBD has no additional addiction issues for the user. The World Health Organisation says : ‘In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.’
Study shows CBD helps with anxiety
A recent study which was focused on the effects of CBD on people with anxiety. Those involved in the study were given an oral dose of 400 milligrams (mg) of CBD or they were given a placebo. The results showed that the people who received the CBD experienced overall reduced anxiety levels.
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