CBD Helps Ease Anxiety, Including PTSD
Medical research into the beneficial effects of CBD continues to confirm what generations of healers have known. Cannabidiol (CBD) provides clear medical benefits when used on patients suffering from insomnia, anxiety, and other neurological disorders. As such, CBD offers a non-addictive, over-the-counter alternative to expensive anxiety medications and other controlled substances.
The Chemical Basis Behind Anxiety
Anxiety disorders result when chemicals in the human body run amok. When working as intended, fear response gives the body what it needs to respond to actual danger. After the danger has passed, or if the danger continues for too long, the switch stays on, leading to exhaustion and even - ironically - the inability to respond adequately to danger.
Individuals who suffer from anxiety generally have a rational basis for their anxiety. For example, a soldier with PTSD at one time was in real danger anytime they heard a loud noise. As such, it was at one time perfectly rational for the body to jump into a state of high alert any time they heard a loud noise. After all, quick reaction could mean the difference between life and death for themselves and others. For perfectly good reasons, the human body learns to shortcut past the rational mind and simply responds, releasing hormones and chemicals designed to make the body act with minimal thought. Unfortunately, this kind of conditioned response does not simply go away when the danger passes.
How CBD Helps Correct Chemical Imbalances
Based on ongoing scientific research, CBD acts as a buffer, altering the flow of neurotransmitters and hormones in the brain, increasing serotonin levels and temporarily slowing the absorption of mood-altering chemicals. In this way, CBD acts quickly to defend the human body from itself. When taken prior to a known trigger, the soothing effect reduces the likelihood of an attack, which in turn begins to teach the body that it does not need to enter a state of high alert in similar situations. Repeated use of CBD together with therapeutic aids can eventually weaken conditioned chemical responses that lead to an attack. Eventually, healing is possible.
Research into the Benefits of CBD
Scientists have only recently isolated CBD as a specific chemical which helps with mood and anxiety. Most scientific statements continue to be preliminary and ongoing. In the future, there will doubtless be drugs targeting specific disorders, perhaps combining CBD with other chemicals. For now, CBD oil and pills continue to offer definite relief in an over-the-counter solution.
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