In the pursuit of happiness, is CBD an effective supplement to take? We explore the developing links between CBD, happiness and the reduction of negative states of consciousness.
CBD has been demonstrated to be a useful tool, both anecdotally and scientifically, in the pursuit of being happy. Many people who take Mee CBD believe it improves their happiness and general mental wellbeing. Vital research is developing on how CBD can reduce anxiety induced moods and stimulate more happiness.
The research behind CBD and positive brain chemicals
Happiness is largely the result of chemicals working together and with the body and brain to create positive feelings. However, serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels vary between people. And some individuals are more prone to chemical imbalances that result in unhappiness or serious mental health conditions.
Developing research on how CBD encourages positive brain chemicals in a range of mammals is intrinsically related to the endocannabinoid system that’s linked to neurotransmitters in the body and brain. Type 1 receptors are linked to the production of happiness chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
When consumed, CBD has been shown to react with the type 1 receptor. As a result of this interaction, it is thought the cannabidiol compound could be critical in regulating chemical production, boosting mood and increasing happiness.
For a boost of happiness, the endocannabinoid, anandamide, can be consumed and is often referred to as the bliss molecule. It’s found in raw chocolate called cacao, which is why some people claim that eating chocolate is better than sex! Anandamide is also synthesized by the human body. It binds with the endocannabinoid system and provides feelings of happiness and warm heartedness.
The ancient and present-day Mayans use cacao as a ceremonial tool to evoke spirit and bring about happiness. CBD allows the anandamide, the bliss molecule, to bind with the endocannabinoid system more easily. So cacao and CBD are a great pairing in the pursuit of happiness.
Balancing negative patterns and emotions
Research suggests that CBD can reduce anxiety. CBD activates the often near dormant endocannabinoid system which enables our biological pathways to dampen down potentially toxic and addictive chemicals that intensify anxiety. We can then balance our body and mind more quickly than in the absence of CBD.
Our subconscious and bodies can be hardwired to store small or large traumatic events. These can be triggered by the smallest of daily events. As such, we can sometimes be ‘living in the past’ rather than ‘living in the present.’
If, as a child, you see your dog run over by a car you may be overwhelmed by emotions you can’t rationalise or release at the time. As an adult you may then see an injured dog lying in the road and suddenly experience an overwhelming emotional response. It’s unlikely you’ll relate your childhood experience as the reason for this response. The past can influence the present and can play out on a variety of minor and major traumatic memories and events that are stored in the subconscious and the body.
The chemicals released during these triggering events can lead our minds to compound anxious thought patterns. Subsequent mental imbalances can be created and play out as a variety of emotional and physical responses including aggression, depression, anxiety, sadness, and restlessness.
Traditional therapy or integrative body and mind methods, such as somatic or myofascial release, seek to debunk past traumas. The trigger event then no longer induces a trauma-driven emotional response. We can reprogram our bodies and minds to be more proportional to daily events. We can ‘live in the present’. We then feel less anxious and our daily thought patterns are happier.
The anxiety compounding chemicals can be addictive and play tricks on our mind. Much like coming off any type of toxic compound, such as recovering from alcoholism, our body craves the chemicalsand can cause our mind to lapse into creating new traumatic experiences or force us away from remedial behaviour.
Have you ever thought ‘I’m my own worst enemy’ or ‘no matter what I do – I just can’t stop making it worse’? Often this is a chemical imbalance caused by past traumas hijacking our conscious mind and forcing us to fall off the wagon.
As we slowly detoxify these chemicals from our bodies, our general state of wellbeing improves, and we transition from living in the sympathetic nerve system to the para-sympathetic nerve system – the calm state where our minds are relaxed, and our bodies’ immune responses are more effective.
CBD can soften our cravings for these toxic chemicals. It can help restore balance to mind and body, and enable us to live in the present.
Chemicals that cause happiness
Happiness is composed of multiple feelings and emotions, but what is responsible for these sensations in the brain and body? The way we feel is the result of neurological chemicals and neurotransmitters. There are a variety of things happening in our brains when we feel emotions, but four key components are serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins.
Serotonin is one of the most vital hormones in our body. The monoamine neurotransmitter regulates mood, influences memory and aids physiological processes such as eating, sleeping and digestion. Much of what we do subconsciously every day is due to the presence of serotonin. However, not everyone has the same levels of serotonin in their body.
Those suffering from mental health conditions have abnormal amounts of the chemical and are less likely to feel happy.
Dopamine is another neurotransmitter responsible for several functions in the body. Heart rate, kidney function, blood vessels and nausea are all caused by dopamine. Known as the 'reward molecule', Dopamine, is also responsible for the body's reaction to positive activity. After engaging in sex, eating or hearing good news, your body releases dopamine. The body wants dopamine because it feels good, and therefore, we're subconsciously pushed to act and achieve in pursuit of experiencing more of this happy chemical.
Oxytocin is the bonding chemical. When we crave human touch, it's due to a lack of oxytocin. Although oxytocin also makes us feel happy like dopamine and serotonin, the chemical plays a long-term role. Oxytocin makes us feel safe, warm and comforted, which contribute to developing strong relationships that provide happiness through security.
Endorphins relieve pain and enhance pleasure. The group of peptides are considered to be the body's natural painkiller. As neurotransmitters, endorphins work alongside dopamine to reward the body with feelings of happiness and reduce discomfort and upset.
How often should I take CBD?
The endocannabinoid system needs food like any other system in the body. The blood system requires oxygen supplied by the lungs to function effectively and as our muscular skeletal system needs calcium.
CBD is the key food that enables the endocannabinoid system to function more optimally. Feeding the ECS on daily basis then provides for a more consistent and continual function. In this way, the compounding effects of more regularly operating in the para-sympathetic nervous system, alleviates stress related responses and encourage more happiness related responses.
Mee CBD has been specifically designed to easily integrate with existing daily routines. Meaning our customers add Mee CBD’s water-soluble CBD to a daily cup of tea, water, smoothie, or cacao. And because it is designed to look good in the kitchen – it can sit near to the kettle, tap, blender or cacao pot(!) as a constant reminder to make an easy decision to take Mee CBD.
As always, we encourage everyone to consult with a Doctor prior to taking CBD especially if you have an underlying condition.
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CBD as nutrition for balance
At Master Plant and Mee CBD, we like to think of CBD as just good nutrition in the pursuit of balance. Much like meditation is a mental practice for balance, breathwork a breathing practice and yoga a physical practice.
We encourage everyone to give Mee CBD a go – or share with someone who may benefit.