Is CBD A Missing Link to Lower Anxiety & More Inner Peace?
By Keith Alban
Stress and anxiety are undeniably ubiquitous and largely unavoidable in this modern world. Life presents many challenges that have the potential to evoke a perpetual flurry of stress and anxiety. Pretty much everyone with a pulse experiences some degree of anxiety and stress in their lives. Our subconscious and conscious minds have become hardwired to react to these triggers. Must it be our fate to perpetually succumb to stress and anxiety, or are there legitimate, healthy solutions to ease the perpetual burden that anxiety and stress can sometimes cause?
In studying natural medicine and the mind-body connection for many years, it became clear that we do possess the ability to steer the ship if we consciously choose to do so and take action. Sometimes it can feel like our emotional and mental states are semi-automated based on programmed reactions from the past. Many factors can determine our own personal degree of resistance or susceptibility to stress and anxiety. Some of it is dependent on the internal response of the mind that sends signals to the body, and the ensuing physical reaction of those signals. That physical response to the mind’s creation of stress is what can be improved to some degree. One tool that has been making noticeable headway for stress and anxiety is CBD, or cannabidiol.
Since its inception, CBD has proven that it has legitimate therapeutic properties to the mind and body. While not everyone will respond to CBD, it has proven for some to be a fantastic adaptogen and regulator of the system. This is because of its ability to holistically activate and stimulate many different receptors that govern a wide range of metabolic processes in the body. CBD is also known to support the endocannabinoid system, which is comprised of a vast network of organs, glands, cells, and receptors that help to keep a certain balance in the body. More validation continues to pour in and quantify the positive effects people often feel when supplementing with cannabidiol. So how can CBD help to decrease the burden that constant stress and anxiety put on our frazzled nerves?
The Branches of The Nervous System
The delicate balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches of our nervous systems is crucial to maintaining that feeling of serenity and peace. When we're in a sympathetic state (not to be confused with having sympathy) and those specific neurons are highly active, our fight or flight mechanism secretes damaging chemicals that cause our body’s equilibrium to be affected. When the parasympathetic branch of our nervous system is dominant, it causes much more of a pleasant, easily manageable feeling of balance and comfort throughout the day. This is what CBD may help contribute to. Preliminary studies show that CBD activates and inhibits certain branches of the nervous system. CBD helps to increase parasympathetic neuron expression by interacting with 5-HT1A receptors, which play a crucial role in serotonin and emotional balance. (1,2)
The whole body starts to fall out of whack when we spend too much time in a sympathetic dominant state, which leaves residual damage behind that can cause health problems. Not only that, being in this state of perpetual sympathetic dominance takes a large toll on our minds and emotions. CBD showed activity in multiple areas of the brain like the limbic system, hippocampus, and several others. The limbic system and hippocampus are heavily involved with motivation, emotion, certain behaviors, learning, and memory. This makes perfect sense with the research being seen now with CBD.
CBD Research for Anxiety
you, it’s lack of side effects makes it a great candidate to try with other natural supplements that can takethe benefits even further. (3-5)
A powerful study actually showed that CBD not only made participants with high levels of anxiety feel better, but it actually changed the way their brains responded to anxiety! A 2011 study showed good benefits for reducing anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort associated with public speaking. This demonstrates yet again the balancing, adaptogenic, and regulating effects CBD may have on the brain. Yet another piece of research in 2015 demonstrated CBD's positive effects on multiple forms of anxiety. These results in human-based studies show the consistency and efficacy of this versatile cannabinoid. While this isn't a guarantee that CBD will work for you, it’s lack of side effects makes it a great candidate to try with other natural supplements that can take the benefits even further. (3-5)
Considering the proven benefits, lack of side effects, as well as stellar safety record, CBD is quickly ascending as one of the more effective and gentle ways to manage anxiety and stress. Even a 10-20% decrease in stress and anxiety is very significant in the world of medicine and would contribute to overall health and well being. An added bonus of using CBD is that it may help to slow the damage that constant stress and anxiety puts on our already overwhelmed bodies. CBD may not be a cure for anxiety and stress (no single substance can be), but it may be a helpful tool in the quest for better overall mental, emotional, and physical balance. Nutrients such as zinc, magnesium, inositol, GABA, B6 (P5P), and certain fatty acids and herbs also make a huge difference in anxiety and stress levels.
For more tips and ways to potentially lower overall levels of stress and combat anxiety, please feel free to take a look at our free article “The Top 10 Ways to Maximize CBD Use For Stress and Anxiety”. Here we delve into other options that pair well with CBD for the specific purposes of stress and anxiety. There are many natural tools that aren't being discussed by doctors and other practitioners that can potentially help you make vast improvements in the levels of stress and anxiety you feel on a regular basis.
A powerful study actually showed that CBD not only made participants with high levels of anxiety feel better, but it actually changed the way their brains responded to anxiety! A 2011 study showed good benefits for reducing anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort associated with public speaking. This demonstrates yet again the balancing, adaptogenic, and regulating effects CBD may have on the brain. Yet another piece of research in 2015 demonstrated CBD's positive effects on multiple forms of anxiety. These results in human-based studies show the consistency and efficacy of this versatile cannabinoid. While this isn't a guarantee that CBD will work for