ANXIETY, COVID-19, IMMUNE SYSTEM & LIZARD GREEN CBD
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It is a feeling of fear or apprehension about what is to come. There is no doubt current day to day life is very stressful with the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and coping with the lockdown. Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing it. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there is a disconnect between your mind and body
Sleep and your immune system
When it comes to your health, sleep plays an important role according to the National Sleep Foundation. While more sleep will not necessarily prevent you from getting sick, skimping on it could adversely affect your immune system, leaving you susceptible to a flu virus.
Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Cytokines are both produced and released during sleep, causing a double whammy if you skimp on shut eye. Chronic sleep loss even makes flu vaccines less effective by reducing your body’s ability to respond.
To stay healthy, it is recommended to get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. This will help keep your immune system in fighting shape, and protect you from other health issues including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity
What is CBD
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of cannabinoid, a chemical found naturally in cannabis (marijuana and hemp) plants. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another type of cannabinoid, CBD does not cause any feelings of intoxication or the “high” you may associate with the smoking of cannabis. CDB is also completely legal in the United Kingdom and many other countries.
How CBD works
Whilst cannabis and its usage by humans’ dates to at least the third millennium BC in written history, it was only recently (1993) that the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) was discovered in in Raphael Mechoulam’s laboratory. “Two eminent scientists said that the Endocannabinoid System is involved in essentially all human disease, “said Mechoulam. “This is a very strong statement, but it seems to be correct”
The human body has many different receptors. Receptors are protein-based chemical structures that are attached to your cells. They receive signals from different stimuli. CBD is thought to interact with the cannabinoid 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid 2 (CB2) receptors. These receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system, respectively.
The exact way CBD affects CB1 receptors in the brain is not fully understood. However, it is believed it may alter serotonin signals. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, plays an important role in your mental health. Low serotonin levels are commonly associated with people who have depression. In some cases, not having enough serotonin may also cause anxiety. Well balanced Serotonin levels contribute to happiness and wellbeing. CBD effects the receptors because it is a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. It prevents the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain so that there is more of these receptors in the synaptic system. It is this process that ensures you are in a more stable and calm condition.
The conventional treatment for low serotonin is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), such as sertraline (Zoloft) or fluoxetine (Prozac). SSRIs are only available by prescription. Some people with anxiety may be able to manage their condition with CBD instead of an SSRI. However, you should talk to your doctor before making changes to your treatment plan.
Whilst it has long been known that CBD benefits people with other forms of anxiety, such as social anxiety disorder (SAD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a limited number of clinical trials have been published. One 2011 study* researched CBD’s effects on people with SAD. “Relative to placebo, CBD was associated with significantly decreased subjective anxiety… These results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in SAD and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas”
CBD is commonly used to address anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia, numerous studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep. In fact, sleep improvement is usually the first, and most regularly reported, benefit discovered by users of Lizard Green CBD.
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