The effects of anxiety can haunt anyone
From an upcoming test to a new position at work, everyone is prone to go through some version of stress which may lead to anxiety or other mental health problems. Although anxiety is a natural part of life, it is important to mention that chronic anxiety affects the quality of life and leads to imbalances in the functioning of the bodies. One way of treating chronic anxiety is through the use of CBD products.
In recent time, CBD has shown to be beneficial in the treatment of chronic anxiety and other mental disorders such as depression. CBD has also been established to be effective for managing other types of anxiety and disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
All these are possible due to the discovery and acceptance of the numerous benefits that CBD has on the nervous and immune systems.
What causes chronic anxiety?
Chronic anxiety is a harmful form of anxiety. One is said to be suffering from chronic anxiety when they are constantly dreading situations and always on edge. When the body is on edge, the flight-or-fight response mode is activated, and this mode is usually a short-term mechanism. When a person is constantly on edge, it can be likened to constantly being in survival mode which is unhealthy.
Chronic anxiety has been associated with genetics. A person can inherit chronic anxiety whether as a dominant inheritance or recessive inheritance. People that are genetically predisposed to chronic anxiety typically have a mutation in the normal response mechanism of the body. Chronic anxiety is also associated with environmental and lifestyle toxins. These toxins interact with the components of the nervous system and distort their functions.
Why chronic anxiety is unhealthy
Chronic anxiety is unhealthy because it distorts the normal functioning of the body. The flight-or-fight mode is meant to be activated only when the body needs it. When it is activated continuously, there are detrimental effects such as fatigue, weight gain, depression, headaches and heart disease.
CBD and anxiety
The ability of CBD to combat chronic anxiety is linked to its interaction with components of the nervous system as well as the endocannabinoid system. The cells of the nervous system known as neurons secrete substances called neurotransmitters that determine emotions as well as other processes. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences positive emotions. Serotonin thus plays an important role in the management of conditions and anxiety. CBD interacts with serotonin to improve its functions.
The effectiveness of CBD in managing chronic anxiety is also linked to the fact that it interacts with the endocannabinoid system to improve the production of endocannabinoids that encourage positive emotions.
It has also been established that CBD influences the regeneration of neurons positively. When neurons regenerate at a faster rate, they are able the secrete the substances required to maintain positive emotions and counter anxiety.
As a person gets older and exposed to certain harmful substances, the cells of the nervous system may die at a faster rate than intended. A person’s gene may also cause rapid death of neurons. CBD counters these negative effects on the brain and combats chronic anxiety in the process.
Research on CBD and anxiety
Several studies have been conducted with humans and rodents to describe the positive effects of CBD on anxiety. A study carried out on human subjects conditioned to react a certain way to a stimulus showed that the group that was given CBD was less anxious but later became anxious when the effect of the CBD wore off.
CBD is especially effective as the component of the cannabis plant that is effective for combating anxiety because the psychological high which is associated with the consumption of other cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol is not associated with the use of CBD. It can also be applied and consumed in various ways and has more medical applications than other components of a cannabis plant.