Don’t worry. Be happy. For millions of Americans, that is far easier said than done. Anxiety, depression, and stress are parts of everyday life for many of us. Maybe this is because the past year hasn’t been that great (obviously), or maybe it’s a new job or a big move. Or some other persistent part of your life that you seemingly can’t deal with or escape from. No matter what the reason, without the proper help, you are probably in a horrible mood for a sizable part of your day.
To combat chronic bad moods, many Americans seek help from prescription medications. This synthetic approach to dealing with our health does have short term benefits. However, one must be careful when taking numerous prescriptions which may play negatively off of each other. This can lead to dangerous side effects.
More people than ever are trying natural alternative methods of healthcare. The cannabidiol (CBD) approach is especially popular for those struggling with ways to improve their mood. Below is a brief explanation of what CBD is, what it is made from, and how it can dramatically help improve the daily mood of most people who use it consistently and responsibly.
What is CBD?
CBD oil is a plant-based substance that contains chemicals called cannabinoids. These “feel good” molecules occur naturally within our own bodies. They help us feel relaxed and happy. Our bodies release them naturally during sleep and exercise. These feelings are not the same as experiencing a “high” as one would after taking tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The effects of CBD are much more subdued and nowhere near the psychoactive effects of THC.
Understanding how CBD systems work is crucial in keeping the body healthy and in balance with itself, physically and mentally. When this is accomplished, the general mood of CBD users seems to remain much higher.
How does CBD improve your mood?
Binding cannabinoids to certain cell receptors in the body is what helps our health stay balanced. It also prevents the breakdown of anandamide, a neurotransmitter produced in the body that helps keep us in a positive mood. Taking its name from the Sanskrit ananda (meaning “happiness, pleasure, joy, and delight”) anandamide is sometimes referred to as the “bliss molecule.”
CBD unlocks and bolsters the presence of this molecule. This allows it to withstand attacks from enzymes which break down anandamide and thereby make us less happy through simple chemical reactions. What a comfort it is to know that by taking CBD, we are doing our body a tremendous favor to literally fortify the presence of molecules within our systems that are the direct source of happiness and a more positive mood.
The World Health Organization even acknowledges a whole list of mental health challenges that CBD can help deal with. These include: feelings of isolation, autism, PTSD, and more. CBD can eliminate or ease the symptoms of these and other mental ailments which in turn can have a very negative effect on our mood.
Eliminate Depression, Anxiety, and Stress
Nearly a third of Americans are struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, or a combination of these. CBD has become more popular for people battling these health challenges. This is because it is regarded as one of the best ways to boost our chemical receptors and respond to the serotonin in our bodies. While research is still being conducted to learn more about this process, CBD is widely accepted as being one of the most effective ways to ease or eliminate depression, anxiety, and stress. Many users consider it a far safer and more natural alternative to prescription drugs.
Where should I start?
By now you are probably interested in using CBD to help improve your mood and overall health, but where to begin? With endless choices of CBD-infused products to choose from, what item will work the best? And what levels of CBD should you be looking to use?
There are plenty of ways to use CBD, including edibles, gummies, lotions, creams, oil to infuse your own beverages or meals with, and chocolate. Choose a product that appeals to you the most. Simply start with smaller dosages relative to your body weight, and slowly increase over the following days. Do this until you have reached a point where you can feel the benefits of CBD kicking in directly. This means, you are consistently experiencing a positive mood.
If you have other questions or concerns about how to start using CBD, and how much you should use specifically, we strongly encourage you to reach out to your healthcare provider to learn more. It is especially important for people struggling with mental illness or taking prescription medication to consult their doctor before using CBD regularly. Of course, we at Rooted Hemp are here for you as well. We would love to discuss which of our quality products you should try today. Please do not hesitate to call.