Living with the Symptoms of Anxiety
Researchers believe that anxiety disorders are caused by any combination of chemical imbalances, genetic predisposition, and environmental triggers. While there are many types of anxiety including situational anxiety, social anxiety, general anxiety, and panic disorders, they have similar symptoms. Just a few of the many difficult symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feelings of impending doom or danger
- Elevated heart rate
- Difficulty catching your breath
- Feeling tense, nervous, or jittery
- Trembling and sweating
- Sleep disturbances or insomnia
- Digestive disturbances including nausea or diarrhea
- Feeling tired, weak, or dizzy
- The impulse to avoid anxiety triggers
When stress triggers anxiety symptoms, it is likely that you will feel the effects of heightened anxiety until the alarm sounded within your sympathetic nervous system is diffused. CBD is shown to diffuse that alarm. To understand how CBD hemp oil could alleviate your symptoms it is helpful to understand what CBD is and how it can work within your body. The answers lie in the regulation of your endocannabinoid system.
CBD Influences Your Endocannabinoid System
Your recently discovered endocannabinoid system is responsible for regulating nearly every significant function in your body, including the processes that regulate your moods and emotional responses. Your endocannabinoid system relies on a complex network of messengers and receptors. It facilitates the communication between your body and your brain. Your endocannabinoid system regulates:
- Stress responses
- Moods and emotions
- Memory and learning
- Sleep cycles
- Digestive processes
- Thermal regulation
- Energy and metabolism
- Reproductive processes
- Cardiovascular functions
- Immune system function
The Messengers of Your Endocannabinoid System
The messengers of your endocannabinoid system are called cannabinoids. There are two potential sources, the messengers created in your body (2-AG and anandamide) and the messengers found in cannabis. Your endocannabinoid system is named for its ability to interact with cannabis. Consider the following:
- The cannabinoids created in your body are your endocannabinoids. Your endocannabinoids (2-AG and anandamide) are created as your body needs them and are rapidly broken down by enzymes.
- The cannabinoids in cannabis are called exogenous cannabinoids. There are two potential sources of exogenous cannabinoids, hemp and marijuana. Exogenous cannabinoids are stronger and longer lasting than endocannabinoids.
CBD is a Non-Psychoactive Component of Cannabis
CBD is the scientific abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the 113 non-psychoactive cannabinoids found in cannabis. Each of the cannabis cousins contains ample amounts of CBD. Only one of the many cannabinoids in cannabis, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) has a psychoactive effect. While marijuana contains high amounts of THC, hemp does not. Hemp contains only trace amounts, .3 percent or less. Hemp oil cannot cause intoxication.
The Significance of Endocannabinoid Deficiencies
When your body is under the taxing influences of stress, illness, or injury, it may need more endocannabinoid messengers that it produces to keep communications running smoothly. This increased need for support can lead to endocannabinoid deficiencies. Many researchers now believe endocannabinoid deficiencies cause disease.
Fortunately, CBD mimics the effects of your naturally occurring cannabinoids and supports the function of your endocannabinoid system. This helps keep your body in homeostasis, the balance necessary to sustain life. Because of its effect on your endocannabinoid system, CBD has the potential to:
- Reduce the symptoms of anxiety
- Minimize the symptoms of depression
- Enhance cognitive function
- Improve sleep
- Boost immune system function
- Reduce withdrawal symptoms
- Improve digestion and metabolism
- Alleviate pain and inflammation