First thing: what is PCRHO, Cannabidiol or CBD?
Phyto-Cannabinoid Rich Hemp Oil, CBD or cannabidiol is an extracted product from the cannabis plant (that is, the natural plant where hemp and marijuana come from). This plant produces more than 100 different natural chemical products, one of them is cannabidiol. CBD products themselves contain little or no THC, the psychoactive component found in the hemp plant that causes users to enter a psychoactive state. However, that does not mean that the product can be acquired freely and without legal repercussions in any place, the CBD is still classified as an illegal substance in some states, although the law is often murky and depends on its interpretation. With the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills that have been passed and signed into law the atmosphere for cannabidiol and other cannabinoids is changing for the better.
CBD is available in oils or can be added to creams, ointments and beauty products. It might also be utilized in a vaporizer or can even be consumed through edible foods such as CBD gummies. There has seen a huge increase in the interest and popularity of CBD to treat skin conditions and general wellness problems, as well as for the treatment of a variety of types of anxiety.
The knowledge about CBD and the variety of ailments and symptoms that can be alleviated increases every day with increased research and countless studies legally able to be conducted now. With increased awareness of the positive effects of CBD, the desire to move away from pharmaceutical products prescribed by doctors has never been greater. Of course “Big Pharma” is fighting it tooth and nail.
Thanks to the good results that are being obtained from marijuana for medicinal purposes, it has found a true ally in it to combat anxiety and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or “ADHD”, one of the most common and widespread disorders among a population that includes all ages, and thanks to therapies made with cannabis is improving the quality of life of patients.
Attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD / ADHD) is a neurological disorder characterized by impulsive behavior, inattentiveness, and hyperactivity. ADD / ADHD is one of the neuropsychiatric disorders (which also includes schizophrenia and autism) that is currently associated with a dysfunctional endocannabinoid system within the body.
What is ADD / ADHD?
ADD is the term used to refer to the disorder until 1987, from when it is known almost exclusively as ADHD. ADHD is a complex disorder that manifests itself in childhood (usually between the ages of six and twelve), and the diagnosis is three times more common in boys than girls (although it has been suggested that the symptoms they manifest themselves differently in girls, and therefore, they tend to be overlooked).
Children diagnosed with ADHD have different atypical social behaviors, such as non-stop talking, inability to interpret social cues, restlessness, and inability to focus on quiet tasks. Individuals diagnosed with ADHD may also be impatient and prone to interrupt or behave inappropriately. It is believed that ADHD is caused by a combination of environmental, genetic and, possibly, viral or bacterial factors.
Studies with twins suggest that up to 75% of cases of ADHD have a genetic origin, and several studies have shown that many of the genes involved in ADHD participate in dopaminergic signaling, which is now known to be modulated in part by compounds related to the endocannabinoid system, such as anandamide. Many studies indicate that infection or brain trauma can lead to the development of ADHD later.
ADHD and cannabis use
It has been estimated that between 17% and 45% of adults diagnosed with ADHD abuse or are dependent on alcohol, and 9% to 30% abuse or are dependent on drugs other than alcohol. The anecdotal evidence suggests that a significant proportion of ADHD patients use cannabis to self – medicate, and report that their symptoms are reduced and feelings of “internal unrest” subside.
The relationship between marijuana and its effect on ADHD has mixed evidence in the scientific field. Some studies have shown that the connection between marijuana and positive therapeutic results on ADHD is limited. Other studies have suggested that marijuana would improve cognitive ability and impulse control.
The existing evidence suggests a possible capacity of CB1 receptor agonists, such as THC, anandamide and WIN55,212-2, to mediate some of the effects of ADHD, since mice reared without CB1 receptors showed a decrease in the novelty search behavior. However, since mice reared without CB1 receptors in GABAergic neurons exhibited less behavioral inhibition, the beneficial effect is compromised.
Supporters of its use point out that marijuana has effects similar to conventional medication in restoring the balance of dopamine levels in the brain. On this basis, they suggest that because people with ADHD do not experience adverse effects, marijuana is better for treating ADHD than any traditional medication with known side effects.
Anxiety and CBD
Anxiety is an imperative feature of our body, we need it to detect dangerous situations, and we stay safe. Accidentally, a huge percentage of the population suffers from this type of problems for various reasons, something that makes it difficult for them to lead a normal life. Many of them may not know that the CBD can help them.
Symptoms of anxiety
Not all the symptoms of it are presented in an obvious way. There is a great stigma around this condition usually associated, in a wrong way, with panic attacks. However, there are other factors that can indicate that we are facing the symptoms of this condition:
- Inability to communicate
Anxiety is a psychological disorder that affects patients in different ways. Thus, we find several types of disorders:
- Panic disorders
- Social anxiety disorders
- Specific phobias
- Generalized anxiety disorders
The causes that provoke anxiety are still, in a certain way, something unknown since they can vary depending on the person who suffers. As with many mental disorders, anxiety can be a secondary problem linked to other psychological disorders, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. Recent studies have also shown that this type of disorder can also be inherited and can be caused by problems in the functioning of the brain circuits that are responsible for regulating emotions.
How can CBD relieve anxiety?
CBD, like THC, is one of the most prominent cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. However, cannabidiol (CBD) works differently from the rest of cannabinoids. According to several experts, CBD can reduce anxiety because it helps boost signaling through serotonin receptors, promoting a positive mood and an anxiolytic and relaxing effect.
A Brazilian researcher carried out a study to test the effects of CBD in people with this disorder. The essay was completed with the opinions of the people who participated and with a brain scan that was done. The study concluded that cerebral blood flow patterns were consistent with an anti-anxiety effect. Thus, it was also shown that anxiety levels had been reduced after consuming cannabidiol.
Taking into account that more and more people around the world suffer from mental health disorders, CBD is an alternative to carry a safe and natural treatment with the ability to improve the symptoms and quality of life for people..