The Science behind CBD for anxiety

Research shows that an estimated 31% of adults in the US will experience anxiety at some time in their lives and each year, approximately 40 million adults are directly impacted by anxiety.

In response, Big Pharma has developed numerous drugs to treat anxiety from Prozac to Xanax to Valium. The problem is, these medicines often come with undesirable side-effects like nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches and they can often become hard to quit taking.  Understandably, people are seeking natural alternatives.

Fortunately, Research has begun to show how CBD for anxiety might help.

Here's what we know so far: Cannabinoids (CBD) are compounds that are derived from the cannabis plant. They work like a “lock and key” with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS)-a vast network of chemical compounds and receptors.

When activated, the ECS regulates a multitude of functions via the nervous system, from inflammation and pain regulation, immune response, and mood.

3 WAYS CBD REDUCES ANXIETY

The exciting thing about CBD (and why we’ve created our Anxiety Tincture) is how it interacts with mood-balancing receptors in the body. Here are three specific ways CBD may help to reduce anxiety:

1. CBD Activates Mood-Balancing Receptors

Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation, and stress response and low serotonin levels make us feel the opposite of calm. CBD may help brain cells transmitmore serotonin signals, with some researchers even noting that this boost may happen even faster than with mainstream medication.

2. CBD Helps to Grow the Hippocampus

The hippocampus is a small organ in the brain that forms part of the limbic system-the region that regulates emotions. Brain scans of patients suffering from anxiety often show a smaller hippocampus and successful treatment requires the birth of new neurons. Studies suggest that CBD can promote the growth of new hippocampal neurons, which could also explain why anxiety is reduced.

Another important receptor in our body is called anandamide. It’s found mostly in the central nervous system, and it’s been called the “bliss molecule” because when we produce it, we tend to feel at ease and relaxed. CBD ensures that we have bountiful levels of anandamide in our bodies by stopping the production of the fatty acids that would otherwise break it down.

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The evidence is mounting from both animal and human studies to suggest that CBD has powerful anti-anxiety properties and the potential to help millions of people impacted every day with this debilitating condition.

Pharmaceutical drugs have played their part in attempting to manage America’s collective anxieties, but we now have a natural and effective solution (without unpleasant side-effects) that is increasingly backed by science. Shop our Anxiety Tincture now to experience  that elusive feeling of wakeful calm now.

December 17, 2018 — Katie Lane

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