According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the U.S., but fewer than 40% of those with anxiety receive treatment. It’s not hard to understand why when traditional treatment options can be ineffective or come with a host of unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, there is a natural solution that is gaining more respect and popularity with every passing day: cannabidiol, also known as CBD.
Cannabidiol is one of the many components of cannabis – known as a “phytocannabinoid” – but it is not marijuana. Most marijuana has high concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another kind of cannabinoid found in cannabis which is the specific component of marijuana responsible for the “high” many users experience. CBD, on the other hand, is gaining ground as a therapeutic substance that comes without any psychoactive effects.
The CBD/Hemp Extract Connection
Hemp extract products, like the ones offered here at Enliven Essentials, are made from cannabis plants specifically bred to be high in CBD and low in THC. Our products contain less than one percent THC, making them impossible to get “high” off of and legal in all 50 states. Enliven Essentials also puts in the effort to use high-quality, full-spectrum hemp extract so that our products contain not only CBD, but also other therapeutic components found in cannabis, such as vitamins, minerals, and terpenes. Keep reading to learn more about how CBD can benefit those with anxiety and shop Enliven Essentials’ collection of hemp extract products today!
How CBD Can Help
CBD interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which operates in a way similar to your nervous system. You may not have learned about the ECS in high school biology, but it is a system found in every mammal, and scientific studies posit that it controls and monitors many of your body’s functions, including pain, appetite, sleep, and – you guessed it – anxiety.
You can think of cannabinoids in the same way as you might think of neurotransmitters like serotonin or dopamine. Just like neurotransmitters, cannabinoids interact with specialized receptors in your brain. Hemp extract and CBD products operate in a similar way to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which interact with your nervous system to block the absorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin to help treat anxiety and depression. Rather than affecting how your body absorbs naturally produced cannabinoids, phytocannabinoids like CBD can act as a supplement to those endogenous cannabinoids to help maintain health and homeostasis.
Scientific Evidence is Growing