According to recent studies, CBD fine-tunes the endocannabinoid system by turning down the CB1 dimmer switch while mimicking and augmenting CB2 activity (1)
The hemp plant itself is used in many cases to pull toxins from the soil that it is grown in. By the same mechanism, CBD oil will also upregulate the detoxification pathways in the human body. (2)
Cannabidiol (“CBD”) is a compound found in the hemp plant. When ingested, CBD calms the nerves, relieves aches and pains, and aids sleep. CBD is non-psychoactive, delivering the benefits mentioned above without any “high.”
According to CBD Nerds here is a list of recommended CBD dosages that support your bodies endocannabinoid system systems.
The Endocannabinoid System is involved in establishing and maintaining human health. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune system.
CBD activates the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor which helps soothe and calm the nervous system, reducing the “fight or flight” mechanism that can lead us to feel excess stress and anxiety. Activating this receptor also helps with addiction, appetite, sleep, nausea, and vomiting.
Research shows that an estimated 31% of adults in the US will experience anxiety at some time in their lives and each year, approximately 40 million adults are directly impacted by anxiety.
In response, Big Pharma has developed numerous drugs to treat anxiety from Prozac to Xanax to Valium. The problem is, these medicines often come with undesirable side-effects like nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, and headaches and they can often become hard to quit taking. People are seeking more natural remedies.
Fortunately, research has begun to show how CBD for anxiety might help.
1. CBD Activates Serotonin made in The Gut
Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter involved in mood regulation, and stress response and low serotonin levels make us feel the opposite of calm.
2. CBD Helps to Grow the Hippocampus
The hippocampus is a small organ in the brain that regulates emotions. Studies suggest that CBD can promote the growth of new hippocampal neurons, which could also explain why anxiety is reduced.
3. CBD Activates Your “Bliss Molecules”
Another important receptor in our body is called anandamide. It’s found mostly in the central nervous system, and it's been called the “bliss molecule” because when we produce it, we tend to feel at ease and relaxed. CBD ensures that we have bountiful levels of anandamide in our bodies by stopping the production of the fatty acids that would otherwise break it down.
Bottom line CBD has been found to have potential in helping with: