With everything that’s happening in the world, from the novel coronavirus to protests, many people are experiencing anxiety. Although we’ve crossed a threshold where businesses are largely reopening and summer is in full swing, life in general can still create anxiety. According to World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in 13 people suffers from anxiety globally. Full spectrum hemp extract may be a natural alternative solution to cope with stress and anxiety by increasing the happy hormones in your body.
What Is Anxiety?
Anxiety is the sense of uneasiness, distress or dread when faced with stressful, dangerous or unfamiliar situations. Often mistaken as fear, anxiety is less specific than fear because when you’re scared, you know what you are afraid of. Each person experiences anxiety differently ranging from feeling nervous or restless to having trouble concentrating. Although anxiety symptoms and signs vary person to person, the human body acts in the same way when dealing with anxiety.
Inside Your Body: A Reaction to Anxiety
When you first feel anxious, your body activates the autonomic nervous system to increase levels of adrenaline. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for subconsciously controlling bodily functions, such as breathing, heartbeat and digestive process. Thus, the rush of adrenaline that the autonomic nervous system activates makes your heart race and your breathing accelerate. After that, stress hormones, such as cortisol, are triggered. These stress hormones increase your glucose levels, which stimulate your muscles for flight or fight mode.
In order for your body to create these actions, your body suppresses the immune system until the situation that caused the anxiety dissipates. After the situation is passed, the immune system will repair and heal your body once again and your anxiety goes away.
Full Spectrum Hemp for Anxiety
Many people reach for full spectrum hemp extract to deal with anxiety, but why? To answer that, we have to look at the endocannabinoid system first. The endocannabinoid system regulates is a natural processes in your body, driven by comprising of chemicals or neurotransmitters known as endocannabinoids. The endocannabinoids bind to a vast network of receptors. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) plays a crucial role in regulating fear, anxiety and how we cope with stress by interacting with CB1 and CB2 receptors. With external factors all around us, the ECS works as a buffer to ensure that our body is in perfect working order. Full spectrum hemp extract interacts directly with a variety of enzymes and other proteins in your body to increase your natural endocannabinoid levels.
With anxiety, full spectrum hemp extract can inhibit the enzymes that break down the feel-good hormones or neurotransmitters. There are three ways that full spectrum hemp extract can help relieve anxiety: first, inhibiting FAAH enzymes from breaking down anandamide; second, interacting with serotonin 5-HT1A receptors; and third, counteracting the effects of cortisol.
Hemp Increases Happy Hormones
Let’s look at anandamide, also known as the “bliss” molecule. Full spectrum hemp extract stops fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) enzyme from breaking down anandamide, a mood enhancing neurotransmitter. It actually binds to the proteins that transport anandamide to FAAH enzyme for degradation, a technique called reuptake inhibition. The hemp extract does this with serotonin 5-HT1A receptors, too. Hemp uses reuptake inhibition to increase levels of anandamide and serotonin. Similiar to anandamide, serotonin is a neurotransmitter that impacts mood and emotions in the brain. Therefore, more anandamide and serotonin can bind with receptors. Full spectrum hemp extract can help improve your mood and reduce your anxiety by giving your body more naturally-produced happy molecules.
Hemp Reduces Cortisol
Full spectrum hemp extract helps regulate cortisol, the main stress hormone. As previously mentioned, anxiety releases cortisol to increase blood glucose levels preparing your muscles for flight or fight response. As a built-in alarm system, cortisol controls your mood, motivation and fear. With anti-catabolic properties, full spectrum hemp extract can counteract the effects of cortisol by preventing it from being released. This stops the activation of flight or fight mode, which can improve your mood, calm anxiety and regulate stress.
Although anxiety is normal, hemp can help ease your mind, preventing life stressors from getting the best of you. Hemp can help improve your mood and alleviate anxiety by enhancing the endocannabinoid system. Natural Recovery uses full spectrum hemp extract, plus nutrient-dense superfoods, BCAAs and probiotics, to help you take control of your life, so it doesn’t control you.