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A healthy brain is one of the essential factors of healthy living. We now live in a busy world with lots of toxins and carcinogens in the air, in the food we eat, the water we drink and the products we apply to our bodies. These items can accumulate to tamper with our brain health thereby exposing us to several levels of brain diseases. By 2050, it is generally believed that the United States alone will have 14 million people battling with Alzheimer’s disease. There seems to be an increase in the expression of mental illness in the last few years, and if the right action is not taken, we may lose a good number of people to mental health disorders.
The use of antidepressants and other over-the-counter prescriptions in the prevention and control of mental disorders is no longer as effective as it used to be all thanks to the adverse side effects experienced when using the medications. The recent introduction of cannabidiol (CB) and the increasing levels of clinical and scientific research aimed at understanding its therapeutic potentials in ensuring mental health has shown that CBD can serve as a better replacement for the antidepressants and over-the-counter prescription used for the treatment and prevention of mental disorders in some people. Some of these activities include but are not limited to the following;
- Improved Immune Response and Neural Health:
CBD interacts with endocannabinoid system (ECS) receptors to boost the activities of the immune system, reduce the expression of chronic inflammations and can also serve as an antimicrobial agent to limit the growth and proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms. CBD can also interact with ECS receptors to boost neural health and assist in the transmission of nerve impulses among cells and the brain. CBD can also stimulate neurogenesis (the growth of new brain cells).
- Triggering Hormonal Balance:
Hormonal imbalance can lead to a wide range of health conditions including anxiety and depression. The interaction of CBD with the ECS can trigger the production and release of hormones for proper body functions and response.
- Reducing the Rate of Anxiety and Depression
Sleep and rest play active roles in mental health. Increased exposure to toxins and carcinogens can lead to anxiety and depression which generally depletes mental health. CBD can interact with the ECS receptors in the Central Nervous System (CNS) to trigger the release of feel-good hormones which affect the sleep-wake cycle and also assist the individuals to tackle anxiety and depression once and for all.
- Reduce the Negative Effect of Free Radicals
The accumulation of free radicals in the body can lead to a wide range of disease conditions including cancer. CBD has been identified to have a strong antioxidant activity which comes in handy in neutralizing the harmful effects of free radicals and boosting cellular health.
Unlike other prescription medicine, CBD can address a wide range of issues concerning mental health by taking care of the problem rather than suppressing it. The use of CBD is safe and has been utilised by all ages irrespective of their health conditions.