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CBD and CBG to help stress, anxiety and depression

In today’s world

The 2019 Corona-virus outbreak (COVID -19) can be stressful for people. The fear and anxiety of getting sick can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Not only for themselves, but also worrying about the elderly in the family. How you react to the onset of the disease may depend on your background, the things that set you apart from other people, and the community in which you live. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. Adding CBD/CBG FOR STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION to your daily routine can help you manage all the negative feelings in the weeks maybe months ahead.

CBD/CBG for Stress

Stress, anxiety and depression are three things that can trigger each other and quickly become a vicious cycle. Studies (e.g. by Blessings et al. 2015) show that CBD/CBG can have positive effects.

Stress

Stress is considered one of the biggest health risks. It affects both the body and the mind. In the worst cases, stress can lead to serious diseases. The perception and management of stress can vary greatly from person to person and can have different effects on the individual

In General

 Stress, in general, is not necessarily dangerous. It always depends on the severity and duration of the stress. It can have different symptoms. Some people feel it psychologically as low self-esteem, depression, insomnia, or even mood swings. Others feel it physically through heart palpitations, fatigue, or even additional pain sensitivity, or in the worst cases, ulcers.

Cortisol is a stress hormone produced in the adrenal gland. When this hormone is released, it has a stress-reducing and anti-inflammatory effect on the body. However, too much cortisol can have the opposite effect and promote infections or attack the immune system. In itself, the stress hormone is quite harmless as long as it is released in small amounts and over a short period of time.

Cortisol is produced in large quantities, especially during chronic stress and continuous strain. However, if the stress and pressure become too high, production gets out of control.

CBD/CBG for anxiety and depression

Anxiety comes in many forms. It can lead to extreme nervousness, stomach pain, insecurity, even phobia. It usually begins with a fear of social problems and continues with a fear of performing normal tasks of daily living – it can even lead to not being able to leave the house.
Depression often develops from prolonged stress and anxiety disorders. It is a feeling of emptiness and loneliness. It can take away your power over your own body and leave you unable to perform the duties and tasks of daily life.

 

Depression

Depression can be caused by many things, usually psychological stress that causes an imbalance in the brain. Researchers suspect that people with depression, have a serotonin and dopamine deficiency. The dopamine signal is also known as the “happy feeling in the brain”. The release of dopamine gives a feeling of happiness and joy. Serotonin is also a substance (neurotransmitter) that plays an important role in mood, self-esteem, and many other things, and this is where cannabigerol (CBG) and cannabidiol (CBD) can offer a helping hand.

What do the studies say?

Studies, such as the one by R. de Mello Schier et.al, describe cannabinoids such as CBG and CBD as potential tools to help with depression, stress, and anxiety because they can interact with the endocannabinoid system. This system consists of receptors and neurotransmitters that help control most of the body’s functions, both physical and psychological.
When introduced into the body, they enter the endocannabinoid system where CB1 receptors can interact with cannabinoids. During this process, neurons in the central amygdala, where anxiety and stress are controlled, become less active. Normally, self-regulation allows the body to maintain its own rhythm and cortisol levels, but constant pressure severely impairs this specific regulation.

Different cannabinoids to help the same problem

Both CBG and CBD can have a positive effect on health and the body by allowing it to regulate its own response to stress. It should also be remembered that external factors play a role in stress. CBD can do many things, but unfortunately, it may not reduce everyday stress. As explained above, people with depression have less signalling substances like dopamine and serotonin. These hormones play an important role in happiness, self-esteem, mood, and mental balance. If the receptors for these messengers are depleted over time, it means you may have depression.

We cannot cure depression

CBG/CBD cannot cure depression, but studies like the one by Russo et al. have shown that it can activate the serotonin receptor and then provide more self-esteem and a positive mood. In this case, it could have an antidepressant effect. Further research shows that CBD or CBG can be a healthy supplement, but not a cure for depression.

CBG for anxiety and depression.

Although there is little research, there are numerous potential therapeutic uses for CBG that have been mentioned. For example, it can be used to treat glaucoma, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, and Huntington’s disease.

Another interesting area is CBD’s role in mental health and the treatment of clinical depression. Researchers have found that CBG can inhibit the uptake of GABA and serotonin in the brain, which can lead to increased levels of these neurotransmitters in the brain. Decreased levels of GABA and serotonin have been linked to depression, making CBG a promising option in the treatment of this disorder.

It’s also interesting to note that when it comes to GABA, CBG is said to inhibit uptake more effectively than other cannabinoids, namely CBD and THC. This is noteworthy because just like CBD, cannabigerol is not psychoactive and has no intoxicating effects. It can be a mild, alternative mood enhancer.

To end the article…..

Finally, CBG is also believed to boost the production of anandamide, an endocannabinoid known as the “happiness molecule.” Anandamide naturally increases dopamine levels and is responsible for regulating various functions such as sleep, mood, and appetite.

A 2015 study that looked at both humans and rats found that high levels of anandamide helped to boost mood and reduce anxiety. When the enzymes that break down anandamide were inhibited, it led to a decrease in fear and anxiety when threats were perceived.