Anxiety is a pathology that affects humans in different aspects of life, such as social life, health, and productivity. It is a disorder characterized by a variety of neurotransmitter, neuroendocrine and neuroanatomical disruptions. Symptoms of these disorders are the result of disruption in the balance of activity in the emotional centers of the brain rather than the higher cognitive centers.
Around 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety, making this the most common mental illness in the country. In popular culture, cannabis has been known to potentially aggravate anxiety, depending on how you choose to consume it (and how much). So, how exactly does CBD help with anxiety?
CBD is a non-psychoactive molecule, part of the sativa cannabis family that acts as an antidepressant by regulating anxiety and depression-like symptoms. It also significantly affects serotonin signals by binding to the serotonin system’s 5HT1A, which is the receptor most commonly associated with addiction, anxiety, sleep, and pain. CBD is a moderate 5HT1A receptor agonist, which means it initiates a physiological response when it binds to 5HT1A receptors. Participants brain scans in a small 2010 study found that CBD changed the blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety.
It's to no surprise so many people are backing up CBD’s claims. I personally have been using tinctures to aid my anxiety. I love to put it in my morning coffee or just some drops under my tongue. The effects aren’t immediate, but you see the difference when you realize how you respond differently to stress.
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