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FAQ: How Could CBD Help with PTSD?

 CBD molecules interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the CNS, or the central nervous system and in the peripheral nervous system.

Interactions with these receptors prompt the release of serotonin. Medical research has shown that depressed persons exhibit lowered serotonin levels and therefore, it’s no secret that low serotonin leads to anxiety.

Treatment with CBD may also decrease the intensity and impact of  symptoms commonly associated with PTSD, including chronic anxiety in stressful environments.  Exposure to stress can trigger anxiety in PTSD patients and remind them of traumatic experiences. By reducing induced anxiety, CBD may help to regulate the negative effects associated with PTSD.

(The above is not medical advice.)

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CBD for Mood, Antidepressants & Anxiety

CBD works by interacting with the body’s own regulatory system called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

The ECS plays an essential role in keeping the body functioning properly within a narrow range of operating conditions, and controls important functions like mood, memory, stress, sleep, behavior, appetite, pain, immune function and reproductive health. CBD can bind to these receptors in our bodies and activate the Endocannabinoid System, thereby regulating the same functions.

If this seems a bit too geeky all you need to remember is that CBD works a bit like social media- it acts everywhere and controls everything.

How does CBD oil ease anxiety?

As described above,  CBD works with the endocannabinoid system to produce some of the effects that people report, but CBD is also binding to other receptors in the brain like the serotonin (5HT)1a receptor. Serotonin deficiency is associated with depression and other psychiatric disorders, and it is likely that the effects CBD has on mood and anxiety are related to this interaction.

The ways CBD work in the brain are complicated and research is still lacking, but there is evidence to suggest that CBD might even work against depression and addictive disorders. The antidepressant potential, possibly due to 5HT1A agonism, has been explored in clinical studies with impressive results in relieving anxiety and boosting mood. 

Furthermore, in contrast to pharmaceutical antidepressants, CBD does not have addictive properties. You can start and stop using it at any time without side effects. 

We hope this has eased some of your worries about CBD, and can potentially help ease some of your worries in your everyday lifestyle with daily consumption. Please read on for more education or shop our lab-tested, Pharmacist- Formulated products now. 

Written by Robin, Research & Product Development Specialist. 


Not Medical advice. Not intended to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease