Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that is present in hemp, a type of plant close to the marijuana family. It is a non-psychoactive chemical and its customers reported it possesses various medical benefits that can help in relieving symptoms of pain, inflammation, anxiety, panic, lethargy, and many other conditions. An important thing to note is that when taken, CBD allows the person to feel relaxed without the effects of intoxication.
The psychological effects of CBD are essential to the growing use and popularity of this supplement. All CBD products sold within the EU must meet certain standards in order to be eligible. This means they have to be produced from industrial hemp plants and EU-approved seeds.
CBD products are gaining popularity, which means that you probably already heard about them. But what is CBD actually? CBD can be extracted by special technological procedures from the resin glands of female plants, mostly from flowers. CBD can be used as a “natural remedy”, helping the body to put itself in balance when disturbed by disease. CBD gained a lot of interest in recent years, due to its growing evidence to help the recovery of the whole organism.
Let’s start with a basic explanation. CBD is an abbreviated term for cannabidiol, which is a natural compound found in cannabis flowers. CBD must not be confused with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which is probably the most well-known part of the cannabis plant and also the part that affects human perception, feelings of pleasure, and concentration. CBD is prevalent in both the UK and the US, where CBD products can be purchased legally if they are obtained from plants containing less than 0.2% THC. Unlike THC, CBD shows no potential for abuse or addiction.
Interestingly, cannabinoids are in fact, a natural compound of the human body. While plant-derived cannabinoids, such as CBD, are known as phytocannabinoids, the natural ones in our body are called endocannabinoids, which exist in the central nervous system, including the human brain. This system is responsible for regulating various processes in the body, from fertility, appetite, pain relief, memory, etc.
Scientific studies suggest a number of possible psychological benefits from CBD, but for now, we will mention what we know for sure. Thus, what has been proven so far is that CBD to some extent can reduce brain responses to anxiety, creating a sense of relaxation, but very different from that created by consuming THC. Experts agree that CBD does not have the psychoactive effect of THC, but the positive effects on health are increasingly being investigated.
Treating psychological illness with CBD
CBD can be helpful when treating psychological illnesses because it protects neurons from degeneration. Some studies also found that CBD can also prevent the development of Alzheimer’s. It is believed that the use of cannabinoids such as CBD can have a healing effect and lead the body to stability. Researches, as well as personal testimonials from users around the world, indicates that CBD affects diseases and conditions such as stress, psoriasis, but also diseases that are much more common, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and stress.
CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety levels in patients. Researchers are suggesting that it also can be used on patients with PTSD to relieve their symptoms. CBD is known to target a specific serotonin receptor, the serotonin 1A receptor and the effect on this receptor has been shown to induce a lot of its therapeutic properties. In contrast to THC which can raise anxiety levels in some people, studies done by psychotherapeutics suggest that CBD can help reduce anxiety levels in people who live with this disorder.
The psychological effects of CBD
The psychological effects of CBD may lead to its use as a supplement and as a substitute for existing pharmaceutical drug treatments. Studies also show that CBD can help in treating patients with epilepsy and it doesn’t show any of the side-effects that pharmaceutical drugs do. Another psychological effect is the sleep-inducing effect of CBD. When taken before bedtime, studies show that it is effective in promoting calmness and increasing hours of sleep.
Numerous studies have shown that CBD oil can serve as a natural antipsychotic and help treat mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression. CBD oil can be used as a natural antipsychotic with traditional treatment due to its antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory properties. According to these studies, it can be concluded that CBD has a positive psychological effect and potential for the treatment of different mental illnesses.
We are increasingly familiar with the way CBD works, but we know very little about the interaction between CBD and drugs. The treatment of certain diseases with CBD is a relatively new phenomenon. There is much more to discover about the psychological effects of herbal substances like CBD and how our body responds to other drugs. Since CBD is not registered as a drug, it must be considered a nutritional supplement.