Anxiety is an increasingly common concern in daily life. It affects how we interact with others and the world around us. Like many others, you may be looking for a way to reduce your anxiety, those overwhelming feelings of excessive dread, worry, fear or nervousness. An estimated 31.1% of adults in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder sometime throughout their lives.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally-occurring plant compound from cannabis sativa that has attracted the attention of researchers, the medical community and people seeking relief from a variety of ailments. Research from the past 10 years is providing evidence for many of the medicinal and therapeutic properties of cannabis sativa, and especially of late, CBD and the endocannabinoid system.
CBD oil works with the nervous system on CB1 receptors to calm or expunge non-existent threats by communicating signals through the central nervous system that alleviate transmission of fearful or threatening feelings. In part, this is done through the activation of anandamide production, otherwise known as the ‘bliss molecule’. Additionally, CBD helps the body process serotonin, the neural chemical responsible for (happy) emotion regulation.
A January 2019 issue of of Pain published a study that demonstrated how CBD enhanced 5-HT1A transmission in rats, resulting in decreased anxiety behavior. 5-HT1A is a serotonin receptor involved with mood.
Neurotherapeutics published a review in an October 2015 issue that analyzed evidence from human experimental, preclinical, clinical and epidemiological CBD trials. Researchers found existing preclinical evidence that “strongly supports” CBD as an acute treatment for social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Researchers published a study in a 2014 issue of CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets, which analyzed CBD effects in rodents. Results produced anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects from CBD-induced animals.
It its January 2019 issue, The Permanente Journal published a report that assessed preclinical and clinical treatment of CBD to ease anxiety. Results of findings concluded that CBD soothes the central nervous system and reduces anxiety.
Further scientific research will continue to shed light on the fascinating aspects of how our bodies interact with CBD.
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