While life would be better if the sun was always shining, for most of us, this isn’t always the case. Many of us suffer from mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and more. Often, a series of prescription drugs are prescribed to patients who suffer. However, sometimes these traditional medicines can make the problem worse, or, cause other issues to arise as side effects. For example, while your anxiety may no longer be present, the medication has you feeling completely emotionless or zombie-like. Moreover, some pharmaceuticals can become addictive.
If this is the case for you, it might be worth looking into how CBD can naturally help boost your mood. Over the past few years, CBD has generated a great deal of interest when it comes to anxiety disorders. Not only can it help to counteract some of the adverse effects of THC (such as feelings of anxiety and paranoia) when the two are paired together, but it can also have extremely powerful anti-anxiety properties when used on its own.
What is anxiety?
The American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”
Everyone who suffers experiences the mental illness differently. There are a number of different diagnoses, but some of the main symptoms include:
- Restlessness, feeling on edge
- Uncontrollable worry
- Difficulty concentrating
- Trouble sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty in social situations
What is depression?
The APA defines depression as “a lack of interest and pleasure in daily activities, significant weight loss or gain, insomnia or excessive sleeping, lack of energy, inability to concentrate, feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.”
Again, everyone suffering from depression has a unique experience. There is no blanket statement which perfectly defines this illness.
How can CBD help?
While most scientific research so far has been done on animals such as mice, there are also many human studies coming to light as more people continue to turn to this natural alternative. CBD exerts various actions throughout our brain and body that explain why it could be helpful for anti-anxiety and other related disorders.
5-HTA1 is a subtype of serotonin receptor in the brain. Often, these types of disorders are treated with medications that target the serotonin system as a whole. Many over-the-counter medications work to block reabsorption of serotonin in the brain (which in turn increases the availability of serotonin in our synaptic space and helps the brain transmit more serotonin signals rather than re-absorbing).
Similarly, CBD helps the brain send more serotonin signals throughout the body, thus boosting your mood, and in turn, reducing anxiety. CBD can not only relieve physical symptoms – such as nausea, headaches and muscle tension—but it can also work to relieve mental symptoms.
While research is still being completed, evidence so far has shown that CBD can help treat a long list of related disorders.