Do the challenges of everyday life stress you out? Or maybe you feel anxious or ‘ramped up’ at the end of your workday. If this describes you, read on to learn what causes your anxiety.
Anxiety starts in your brain
Your anxiety starts in your brain - deep in the Limbic System, which is responsible for emotions, fear and anxiety. The nerve cells in the Limbic System communicate by generating electrical impulses that travel along the cells’ membrane. When the impulse reaches the end of the nerve cell it triggers the release of a neurotransmitter into the space (or synapse) between it and the next cell. The neurotransmitter binds with receptors on the next cell, which cause a unique message to be sent along that cell for processing, and an electrical impulse along that cell’s membrane so it can communicate with its neighbor. In an anxious brain these cells generate too much electrical current, causing them and their neighbors to hyperactivate and the person to feel anxiety.
CBD modulates the electrical activity
Studies monitoring the electrical activity of the brain have shown that anxiety may be the result of hyperactivity of the neurons of the Limbic System. CBD has been shown to bind receptors, preventing neurons from generating electrical currents and calming them. CBD has also been shown to redistribute blood flow within the brain in ways associated with a reduction in anxiety.
Whether or not you use CBD for your wellness, however you’re calmed reducing the hyperactive neurons in your brain may help calm your anxiety – and restoring your basic nature.