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CBD for Mental Health

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CBD oil eases pain and reduces acne, but can we ask more from it? What about mental health?

Approximately 1 in 5 Americans suffer from some sort of mental health issue, most commonly depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Almost 20% of us are faced with anxiety on the daily.

Thankfully, CBD does step in when it comes to mental health by improving cognitive function, boosting feel-good feelings, and damping down stress.

How Does CBD Help with Mental Health?

CBD is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Our bodies have natural cannabinoids active within the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is designed to keep us in homeostasis – it helps us settle back into our natural, comfy state of being.

Too hot? The endocannabinoid system kicks in. Tense with fear? Thank the endocannabinoid system for releasing molecules to keep us in balance.

The most beneficial molecule related to the endocannabinoid system is anandamide. In the ancient text of Sanskrit, anandamide translates to “bliss molecule”. This molecule is a neurotransmitter and does just what it sounds like – assists bringing you to that glorious state of stress-free joy.

When we ingest more CBD from a tincture, vape pen, or edibles, the additional cannabinoids slow down the breakdown of anandamide. Meaning, we have MORE bliss molecules for LONGER! Who doesn’t want a little extra ecstasy?

To add a little more emphasis behind anandamide, it not only brings us harmony, but it also helps improvememory, thought processes, and motivation.

Gut Health and Mental Health

In addition to assisting the longevity of anandamides, CBD oil plays a role in appetite and ensuring the stomach and digestive system is running properly.

This is another responsibility of the endocannabinoid system, thus taking CBD oil supports these processes.

The gut and digestive system plays a huge role in your mental health. Think about the last time you dreaded dinner at your in-laws. Where did you feel the dread? In your tummy!

Serotonin, a hormone that contributes to a happy mood, lives primarily in the gut. Our tummies are also affected by the stress hormone cortisol which is released from the nearby adrenal glands.

Proper digestion and a healthy gut largely impact your mood and how you feel, thus your mental health.

Sleep and Mental Health

Sleep is very important. Surely you see a difference in your performance and your mood after a restful night’s sleep!

According to this Monq review, CBD oil helps you stay in a peaceful sleep longer. It mitigates insomnia and helps implement healthy sleeping patterns.

Since your feel-good receptors are heightened throughout the day as well as your ability to focus, you can get more done throughout the day.  Therefore, nights will be relaxing. Your to-do list is easily put aside, so you’ll be set up for a soothing sleep.

Overall, CBD reinforces your body’s natural ability to help you feel good all day long, and let you rest peacefully at night. Simple things like your body functioning optimally greatly increase your mental well-being!

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