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A little science behind CBD, great for beginners.
About the chemical structure
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. Deep research has been conducted around it, with promising results about the potential of CBD oil when it comes to relieving different levels of anxiety.
There’s a remarkable differentiator in the action of cannabinoids, we can say CBD is very special because unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another type of cannabinoid, CBD doesn’t cause intoxication, feelings of euphoria, or the “high” you may associate with traditional cannabis consumption.
More about CBD Anti-anxiety interactions in our body:
The human body works using an intricate and very complex communication system based on different nervous receptors. Receptors are protein-based chemical structures that are attached to your cells. They receive signals from different stimuli, both electrical and chemical reactions.
CBD interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system respectively. The exact way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain isn’t fully understood. However, it may alter serotonin signals and regulate the balance of many substances involved in the communication of, for example, pain signals.
When we talk about Anxiety, we must also understand more about Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety. People with anxiety may be able to reduce it with different changes in lifestyle like more exercise and time in nature + CBD in certain doses. Do talk to your doctor before making changes to your usual treatment or lifestyle.
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