Hemp extract is popular in part because it contains large amounts of CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds that occur naturally, both in plants and in our bodies. Synthetic cannabinoids can also be produced in a lab environment.
The cannabinoids produced by our bodies are called endocannabinoids. They are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which also includes receptors located throughout the body, prominently in the brain and nervous and immune systems. Endocannabinoids react with the receptors to monitor conditions throughout the body and respond to changes, keeping us in a state of homeostasis, or balance.
CBD, on the other hand, is a phytocannabinoid, a cannabinoid produced by plants. When our bodies become imbalanced and we can’t produce enough of our own endocannabinoids, consuming a phytocannabinoid like CBD can help to supplement the ECS.
Stress is an unfortunate part of life. For many people, stress can become overwhelming, causing prolonged and debilitating anxiety disorders. Growing research and anecdotal evidence is showing support for using CBD as a natural way to ease chronic anxiety and supplement treatment.
Statistics show that annually, over 18% of the U.S. population suffers from an anxiety disorder. This makes anxiety the most common mental illness in America.
Our body’s natural response to stress is the release of hormones like cortisol that trigger the body for fight or flight. This response is intended to be life-saving, ensuring our bodies focus on and respond to dangerous situations.
But in our modern world, stress can be frequent and constant. When we aren’t able to manage stress, and our bodies are producing high levels of stress hormones, it doesn’t just affect our peace of mind. It harms our bodies as well.
Chronic stress is known to damage parts of the brain. Some parts become overactive, while others actually begin to shrink. Over time, stress will change the physical and chemical make up of our brains. This makes it harder to restore balance in the brain once stress is managed.
And, stress hormones cause negative issues throughout the body, leading to poor sleep, fatigue, headaches, depression, weight gain, heart disease, and weakening our immune systems.