Life can be stressful at the best of times, especially in today’s world where there is so much to do and seemingly not enough time to do it. And matters are not helped if we have to deal with a mental or physical illness at the same time. The thought of pharmaceutical, prescription drugs isn’t always appealing, either – we’ve all heard the horror studies about people becoming dependent on painkillers, sleeping tablets and antidepressants.
In cannabidiol (CBD), however, there is a genuine alternative that works to enhance your overall wellbeing, why not causing the problems of addiction, intoxication and nasty side effects that many drugs have become notorious for. CBD does come from cannabis, it’s true, but the products sold in the United States are nearly all made from a non-psychoactive form of the plant called ‘hemp’. This means you can take CBD, without any pesky mind-bending effects, and adverse impacts on your mental or physical faculties.
Let’s look at a few ways in which CBD vape oil wholesale products and others can make your life easier.
CBD supplements the endocannabinoid system
Since the start of the 1990s, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) has gone from being an unknown quantity to one of the most important systems in the entire body. This system of receptors and neurotransmitters known as endocannabinoids is responsible for the regulation of mood, appetite, pain, cognition and exercise-induced euphoria. The ECS is also involved with pregnancy and fertility, and bone health. The endocannabinoids the body creates, such as anandamide and 2-AG, are crucial natural compounds that we can’t do without.
However, according to research, some people experience endocannabinoid deficiency. This can be resolved by taking CBD, which blocks anandamide reuptake – this mechanism allows for the increase of active anandamide levels in the blood. These endocannabinoids can then fulfil their regulatory functions by binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors. Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may also help to promote an optimal ECS, by helping to synthesize endocannabinoids. CBD and fish oil capsules could be an ideal supplement combination if suffering from ECS-related health issues.
CBD reduces stress and anxiety
Most of us have a vice to help us deal with stress and anxiety, and take our mind off our troubles for a few hours. Unfortunately, these vices are not always healthy. It may be fun to drink alcohol with friends, but it can be addictive, and harmful to the liver and mental health. Smoking cigarettes may deliver short-term relief, but the cravings quickly come back to haunt, while the effects are devastating to the lungs. Binge-eating can lead to obesity, while smoking psychoactive weed can lead to reduced motivation and memory issues.
CBD, on the other hand, can be used to tackle high cortisol levels, and relieve anxiety by promoting GABA, a soothing neurotransmitter, and acting on the serotonin system in a similar way to existing anti-anxiety drugs. For quick stress relief, try CBD oil; for enduring effects, experiment with edibles. The great thing about CBD is even with high doses, there is no risk of overdosing or long-term side effects. You can take a few hours to relax without feeling guilty.
CBD improves mood and alleviates depression
Anandamide has many roles, and one of them is to improve mood. This is noticeable not just from the mood-boosting effects of CBD, but the brief euphoria (or ‘runner’s high’) that is enjoyed following exercise. A spike in this endocannabinoid contributes to increased activity at CB1 receptors, where mood is regulated.
This partially explains the antidepressant properties of CBD, but the cannabinoid likely has more profound benefits for mental health. New studies on the effects of CBD on brain inflammation have shown that the substance promotes new brain cell growth in the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus and amygdala. These three areas have all been associated with depression when damaged. While these findings are based on animal studies, it suggests that to treat depression, physical healing to the brain is required, in addition to the chemical tweaks made by SSRI antidepressants.
The upside is that, as long as these results are repeated in clinical human trials, CBD – and other hemp-based cannabinoid treatments – could be used to treat depression more efficiently and successfully than the drugs available at the moment. This can’t come soon enough, with more than 16 million US adults suffering from major depressive disorder, and 1.5 percent of the adult population affected by persistent depressive disorder, according to recent estimates from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.