CBD impacts many different neurotransmitter systems, namely the endocannabinoid and serotonin systems. Serotonin, an important neurotransmitter, plays a huge role in our mental health. Lower levels of serotonin in your system can lead to a number of conditions such as:
- Fatigue and insomnia
- Irritability and aggressiveness
- Lower or irregular appetite
- Digestive issues or nausea
- Cravings for sweets and carbs
Conventional treatments, via prescription medication, are normally SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, Lexapro, etc. While SSRIs affect the reabsorption of your system’s serotonin, CBD doesn’t directly affect it, but mimics serotonin by binding and activating your body’s 5-HT1A serotonin receptors.
An increasing number of people are choosing to manage their conditions such as anxiety with alternatives such as high quality CBD oils derived from hemp plants. The key here is the hemp as it has negligible levels of THC. THC can overstimulate your receptors which can actually increase anxiety rather than help combat it.