CBD for Anxiety
I have suffered from anxiety and depression for many years. When my sister passed my symptoms got worse. Deep depressions caused by grief and extreme fear of death was crippling. A couple years after Kaitlin's death I opened a restaurant and threw myself into work. Long hours and busy restaurant nights left little time for feeling depressed. As time went on and the stress of the business became overwhelming depression and anxiety crept back into the forefront. Last year I was diagnosed with PTSD and began taking a CBD tincture daily. After a couple months I found my depression and anxiety was more manageable, after a few months I noticed less and less "episodes." I was even able to stop my anti-depressant.*
According to the Anxiety and Depression association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental disease in the US, affecting more than 18 percent of the population each year.
Our body naturally produces cannabinoids which are used throughout our anatomy and brain in the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is available in our cells and manages things such as appetite, memory, sleep, mood and perception of pain. The endocannabinoid system can be dysregulated under chronic stress. CBD helps restore balance to the endocannabinoid system by preventing overstimulation of your CB1 receptors and by boosting your body's production of endocannabinoids, alleviating stress.
Studies currently suggest that CBD counters anxiety by stimulating neurotransmitter systems and neural regeneration. Although chronic stress can damage neurons and even shrink brains, certain areas of the brain are still capable of regeneration. Throughout our lives we continue to form new neurons, make new connections, and grow our brains, CBD can boost this process. This means that CBD could help to counterbalance the brain damage caused by chronic stress. Numerous studies have proved that CBD encourages neural regeneration, particularly in the hippocampus. In fact, its ability to reduce anxiety in chronically-stressed mice comes from CBD's power to stimulate the growth of new neurons.
CBD also acts similar to serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that contributes to our feelings of well-being and happiness. CBD mimics serotonin in its ability to bind to some of the receptors such as, 5-HT1A, to improve mood and reduce anxiety and depression.
CBD has been helpful with my anxiety and I hope it is helpful for you. All of our products promote wellness and relaxation to help you be your best you! Give it a shot!
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*You should always contact your Dr if you are already taking medication for migraines and shouldn't stop taking medications without discussing with your Dr first.
Front Integr Neurosci. 2013 Jul 29;7:55. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00055. eCollection 2013.