The post-COVID world can be a tough place in which to manage mental health. Job insecurity, changing social rituals and extended periods of isolation have affected everyone's wellbeing to some degree.
As we enter a transition phase back to so-called ‘normality’ many of us are seeking natural, sustainable solutions to manage our health and wellbeing. The fast-paced, high-pressure demands of modern society, though, mean that keeping your mind, body and soul in sync are paramount to survival, satisfaction, and basic day to day functionality.
Our favourite cannabinoid, CBD, has been shown to help reduce inflammation, improve mobility, muscle-recovery and immunity but most excitingly for us, help relieve stress & anxiety, which in turn improves quality of sleep. With laws surrounding the cannabis plant relaxing in all corners of the globe, laboratories and scientists can now study the compound in much more detail and these studies are revealing more and more about the way that CBD reacts with both the body and mind. We're now seeing scientific data emerge that shows what herbalists have known for thousands of years!
What is CBD?
Let’s start with the basics... CBD is one of two primary cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, of which there are more than 120. Other than CBD, the main compound in cannabis is THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the famously psychoactive component of the plant and the cannabinoid that gets you 'high'.
CBD, on the other hand, has no intoxicating effects despite being derived from the same species of plant, Cannabis Sativa L. The sub-species grown for industrial hemp, the one that we use in all our Goodrays products, contains extremely low levels of THC, while producing high levels of CBD.
As a non-psychoactive compound, CBD isolate is completely safe and non-toxic and won’t make you high.
How Does CBD Work?
Inside the body we have a human endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is responsible for maintaining and moderating many of the vital functions of the central nervous system. The phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant interact with the receptors of the ECS, resulting in better connections between the endocannabinoid receptors and improved functionality of many of the natural systems that keep us operating at our optimum level.
The ECS is one of the most important systems in our body and is responsible for maintaining homeostasis (balance); affecting everything from pain, movement, mood, memory, stress and immune response to blood pressure and temperature control. When you take CBD it helps to support the work that the ECS is constantly doing within your body and since the ECS controls so many aspects of your bodies' natural systems, optimising it with CBD means better functionality, and ultimately, a better you.
So, How Does CBD Suppress Anxiety?
Here’s the payload!
With the correct dose of CBD, the compound gets to work seeking out the ECS and targeting the CB1 receptors. In binding itself to these receptors, which are mostly found in the brain, the CBD helps CB1 connect with the ECS, essentially activating the receptor.
The results of this are the reduction of inflammation within the central nervous system for which CB1 is responsible. With inflammation reduced, the brain produces more serotonin - the neurotransmitter responsible for mood. In helping the brain increase the production of serotonin, the body experiences a reduction in stress and anxiety.
Unlike many of the pharmaceutical products for treating anxiety, CBD offers a natural solution without any known side effects.