CBD has become a mainstream trend in the last two decades. It is one of the two most famous cannabinoids extracted from Cannabis for industrial hemp. CBD and THC are two active compounds of Cannabis possessing different properties.
THC is intoxicating and can cause euphoric effects whereas CBD is completely safe, non-addictive, and non-intoxicating.
It is estimated that more than 50% of the world population suffers from anxiety and stress. Over the counter medications provided to reduce the symptoms of anxiety might be very effective but they come with some unwanted side effects. CBD has shown to be quite effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety and stress. But before we get into the details of how CBD works in our body let’s have a quick look at the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system
The endocannabinoid system is our body’s main cell signalling mechanism that is responsible for modulating a long list of important physiological functions including, it consists of a concentrated network of CB1 and CB2 receptors that are present in the brain and immune system. The human body produces endogenous cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid receptors and send chemical signals to the brain to carry out various physiological functions.
CBD and ECS
The chemical structure of CBD is quite similar to one of the endogenous cannabinoids produced by the body. Even though CBD cannot directly bind to the receptors it can boost the uptake of the endogenous cannabinoids and reduce their degradation so that they can be used again. The fact that CBD cannot make stronger bonds with the receptors makes it non-addictive and non-intoxicating.
CBD for anxiety
CBD can help in reducing the symptoms of anxiety by interacting with the CB1 and CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system. However, we still need more research to know how this interaction helps reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that plays a key role in the regulation of mood and emotions. Low levels of serotonin are commonly associated with increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Studies have shown that CBD can interact with the 5HT1A serotonin receptors to boost the production and reuptake of serotonin. A balanced level of serotonin in the blood ensures happy feelings and stable emotions.
Interestingly CBD is not a one-size-fits-all compound as there is no Universal CBD dose that can help everybody. CBD is a personal experience and you will have to figure out your own optimum dose yourself. Some researchers show that an oral dose of 300mg CBD could be quite helpful in reducing the symptoms of anxiety. Lower doses of CBD were not found to be effective for anxiety. However, it would be best not to go for an exaggerated dose to have a safe experience with CBD.