This article contains a study that provides information on anxiety, the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and how CBD can be used to help treat the symptoms and behavior that is associated with anxiety.
The Endocannabinoid System, also known as the ECS is a vital system of the human body. This system can also be found in animals aside from insects. It was only discovered in the last few decades and very little study has been conducted on it. But what we do know, is that it is a vital system for regulating our bodily functions. It helps our immune system, central nervous system and other bodily functions, which in turn can help our appetite, mood, cognitive behaviour, sleep and memory.
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The endocannabinoid contains many cannabinoids, just like the cannabis plant does, however, the chemicals in our ECS are different to those found in the cannabis plant. Regardless of this, ingesting CBD can have positive side effects on the ECS.
Scientific studies have found that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is an important communication system that is located in various neural areas as well as peripheral organs and tissue in the body. This system is linked to how one perceives and responds to stress, as well as the emotional input, learning, as well as memory formation. It is shown that when the ECS is not communicating stress correctly, a person is at higher risk for mental illness, especially anxiety disorders.
Clinical studies used rodent models to show that targeting the endocannabinoid system, produced a restructuring in the way regulation of “fear learning” was processed. The regulation of ECS altered the anxiety effects in the rodents. If the ECS can be targeting during stress and the development of fear learning, decreasing the body’s response to produce symptoms of anxiety. Targeting the processing within the endocannabinoid system will lead to effective treatment of anxiety disorders.