What are mood or anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders are a mental health condition that have a negative impact on a person’s daily functionality. Although a certain amount of anxiety is healthy and helpful on occasion, anxiety disorders go beyond this and can be debilitating and detrimental to an individual’s overall wellbeing. Long term anxiety disorders are not exclusively mental, the repercussions of these disorders can impact physical health too as it is activating the bodies flight or fight response.
These physical symptoms can include panic attacks, sweating, nausea, vomiting, shaking, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing and many other symptoms. Anxiety disorders also include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Mood disorders are another mental health condition that can severely impact an individual’s functionality. Depression for example, is debilitating for those who suffer as it causes individuals to withdraw from family and friends around them, cause an inability to enjoy things that they once loved, cause suicidal thoughts and acts, as well as many other severe symptoms. Both anxiety and mood disorders are a result of low serotonin and long-term disorders can inhibit the production of this chemical which stops the body feeling happy or able to manage stress correctly.
CBD vs THC, what is the difference?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the main compound in the hemp plant that is one strain of cannabis. Many people know the name marijuana and often assume any weed product is related to this. This is not actually the case. Cannabis is the general name that covers both hemp and marijuana strains. The important difference between hemp and marijuana are the quantities of chemical components THC and CBD. Marijuana products, contain greater amounts of THC, over 18%, and lesser amounts of CBD. THC is the psychoactive compound that causes the user to have the effect of being ‘high’. Hemp products, however, are not allowed to have more than 0.2% of THC, according to UK law but they have a high concentration of CBD in. This means that there is no possibility of getting high from CBD products at all; there simply isn’t enough THC in there!
How can CBD help?
CBD is very commonly used to treat anxiety and mood disorders as CBD has been shown to help restore the bodies equilibrium and therefore helping to encourage the adequate production of serotonin that is often responsible for mood and anxiety disorders.
How can CBD cause this change?
In everyone’s body there are many different systems that each have their unique purpose, you would have undoubtedly heard of the digestive system, reproductive system, and immune system, but there is also the endocannabinoid system. Just as all the other systems have a purpose, whether it be to break down food, produce children, or to fight diseases; the endocannabinoid system also has a purpose, and that is to keep the bodies homeostasis regardless of any external factors.
Homeostasis is the regulation of conditions within the body. There endocannabinoid system goes throughout our entire bodies; there are receptors in the skin, brain, spleen, digestive, and reproductive systems which can all bond with cannabinoid compounds. Endo, in Latin means within, so endocannabinoids just mean the cannabinoids within, and endocannabinoid system is our cannabinoid system within us. Fascinating, right?!
As our bodies have cannabinoids receptors throughout, it allows us to process cannabinoid compounds very easily. This means that if our body is not at homeostasis, for example low serotonin production, it may mean that we have a cannabinoid deficiency. Deficiencies are normal and vitamins are available over the counter to ensure that we have the correct levels of B12, Iron or Vitamin C for example. CBD drops can act just like other vitamins that are available: when taken daily they can restore the correct chemical balance within the body. The CBD bonds with the receptors and the increase in CBD allows the endocannabinoid system work fully to help the body achieve homeostasis in the mind and body.
What is the dosage?
Dosage of CBD oil should be regulated. Higher doses do not equal quicker or better results, in fact, it can have the opposite effect. Most people find taking 2-3 drops 2 or 3 times a day is perfect, but CBD dosage is dependent on your BMI, pain level or condition. No person is the same!
Are there any side effects?
Luckily, there have been very few side effects reported for CBD and they are very rare. Some people have reported nausea, or as there are CBD receptors in the digestive system, some people have also been known to have diarrhoea. All these symptoms are manageable and can be correct by reducing dosage, so don’t worry if you haven’t got the correct dosage straight away!
Although this article discusses mental health conditions, it is not intended to serve as a diagnosis. If you feel you may have an anxiety or mood disorder, it is very important to see your GP. If you have already been prescribed medication for an existing disorder, always talk to your GP before considering stopping any medical or change dosage without a consultation and approval. If you feel that CBD can help, and you are on existing medications, talk to your GP to see what your options are.
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