One of the latest breakthroughs in medical research is how the endocannabinoid system (ECS) affects both our bodies and minds. There appears to be growing research that supports how CBD can help you mental health. Let’s delve in!
One of the most powerful lessons I’ve learned a long the way is that we are all a culmination of our life experiences. The reason why we react the way we do has a lot to do with past scenarios. Situations in which we endured trauma, felt intense fear or pain and hardship often affect us in ways we don’t realize. From PTSD to survival mode, we’ve all experienced the emotional and mental turmoil within.
Such experiences can leave us with anxiety, anger or other mental debilitations that diminish our quality of life. These issues and behaviors can impact our relationships negatively, including our employment. Our emotional and mental health is every bit as important as our physical health. But for some reason, we don’t pay as much attention to it.
How our Endocannabinoid system effects our behavior
In an effort to simplify this explanation, I will be as brief as possible. (For further details read here.) The ECS is like a regulatory network that runs through our entire body. It interacts with our nervous system, as well as, our spine and brain.
Our body produces cannabinoids that interact with various receptors. As we age, our body makes less of them, and they die off sooner. However, cannabinoids are also found in plants. So, if your body is not creating enough, or they are somehow inept, you can supplement your bodies cannabinoids with plant-based cannabinoids.
Ultimately, receptors receive cannabinoids and distribute messages throughout the body according to its need at that moment in time. If you just injured your arm, your ECS ensures that your body begins to act to alleviate that pain and facilitate the healing process.
CB1 receptors are found throughout the central nervous system and brain. These receptors use cannabinoids to facilitate our bodily functions from appetite to pain. For our purposes in this article, the CB1 receptors also facilitate thinking and mental agility.
When our level of cannabinoids is low, the ECS is less productive. Thus, we may incur chronic pain, an increase or loss in appetite, as well as, memory loss. Yet, when our ECS is performing optimally, we are more apt to feel better both physically and emotionally.
How does the ECS impact our mental health
I was quite thrilled to run across research that showed a positive impact via cannabinoids and our ECS on our social behavior. A healthy ECS, particularly with increased cannabinoid integration can improve our social interactions by ”promoting sharing, humor, and creativity.” In other words, by ensuring that your body has the cannabinoids necessary to optimize the ECS system, you are more relaxed and open in social situations.
Another research article explained that CBD can help to impair fear memories that are prevalent in PTSD patients. Consequently, the avoidance method that many survivors succumb to becomes unnecessary, and those individuals can resume their daily lives. With less avoidance or flee reactions a renewed normalcy can emerge. So how do you improve your cannabinoid production?
How do you increase your cannabinoid intake? CBD. That’s why it has become such a hot commodity. You may have heard that it has been added to food, drinks, gummies, etc. The FDA is currently considering regulating the product to ensure that the public is getting what the label says they are.
This is a good thing. Buying quality matters. Look for companies who participate in third party testing and provide the results to their clients. Boomer Natural Wellness is one of those companies. Feel free to peruse our blog for testimonials from clients whose lives have been changed profoundly. It may leave you considering CBD too. The only way to know if CBD can help your mental health is to try it!