For anyone battling an anxiety disorder, life can be hard. From racing thoughts, sweaty palms, to a pounding heart, it is one experience that one would wish to fade away in a twinkle of an eye. As usual, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. In this little but detailed piece, we will be sharing with you one particular way of dealing with anxiety. Did you know that one in thirteen people around the world lives with this disorder? This makes it one of the most common mental health disorders on a global scale.
Speaking of medical treatment that can help alleviate the pain, using CBD oil is a unique way of fighting this painful phenomenon. CBD (fully known as Cannabidiol) is a compound that is primarily derived from cannabis plants. As we’ve rightly pointed out, CBD Oil can help relieve anxiety. How? That’s what we are about to share with you.
So, how does CBD work?
It’s not as straight forward as one might think. Anatomically speaking, the human body consists of tons of receptors. A little 101 on what receptors are; these are protein-based chemical structures in the human system that is attached to the cells within our body. Their primary objective is to receive signals from tons of uniquely designed stimuli.
Not trying to drift away from the main topic, CBD interacts with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our system. Now, these receptors can be found in the peripheral of the nervous system and the human’s central nervous system, respectively. Even though the dynamism behind how CBD stimulates the CB1 receptors is not fully known, it can be agreed that CBD alters the serotonin signals.
One thing all depressed patients have in common is low serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter. In simple terms, it plays an important role in the wellness of your state of mind. Speaking of anxiety, not having adequate serotonin may be the reason behind the low mental state.
Treating Generalized Anxiety
There are different forms of anxiety disorders. One of the popular anxiety disorders is GAD (fully known as Generalized Anxiety Disorder). According to NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), it is believed that CBD really helps to reduce stress in other organisms like rats. It is widely agreed that more research needs to be done on General Anxiety Disorder and how it affects humans.
Other Forms of Anxiety
This research was carried out in 2010. The result showed that Cannabidiol indeed helps to reduce the symptoms of social anxiety. Social Anxiety Disorder is one of the common anxiety disorders people battle every day. The result revealed that there is a slight change in blood flow in the region of the brain where anxiety is felt. A year later, another study also revealed that cannabidiol could help reduce the symptoms of social anxiety.
The final verdict is that CBD oil can indeed help to alleviate the symptoms attached to anxiety and depression – although at this point there is no solid medical proof that this is the case – only the research above and a few other studies. The subject really needs a more detailed analysis to show a case of whether previous research is 100% accurate or not.