Balance is a popular way to manage things, maybe because its principal allows us to live in harmony with the forces around us. We increasingly fill our lives with more things. More people, more places, more activities and more expectations. It's no mystery that balance has become harder to maintain.
When we feel most imbalanced in our lives is often mirrored by our chemical make up. This state could be what we identify as anxiety and depression, which are associated with an imbalance in neurotransmitters. Although this isn’t always the case. This association might only be identifying the chemical manifestations of depression and anxiety, not the causes. The complexities of depression and anxiety are vast. They probably constitute a crossover of how we are built with how we live.
Could the way we think, move, act…..aka LIVE, influence how we feel? Are we effectively balancing our thoughts, emotions and various aspects of our lifestyles?
Albeit the complexity of depression and anxiety, we could look to re-balance one potential factor which could be at play. The Endocannabinoid System.
The Endocannabinoid System is at the heart of controlling the chemical elements of mood, so by tapping into this system, we can use several natural and alternative treatments for anxiety.
If you've been asking yourself how to reduce anxiety naturally, then you should definitely keep reading.
The Endocannabinoid System, Anxiety and Depression
The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) includes its own Cannabinoids, Cannabinoid receptors and a set of enzymes that make and destroy Cannabinoids. These Cannabinoids which exist within us are called Endocannabinoids. The ECS influences aspects of our physiology across the body, including our hormonal, nervous and immune systems.
The ECS uses Anandamide (AEA) and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), as its main endocannabinoid messengers. These can regulate various functions within the central nervous system, and therefore influence things like:
- Pain perception
- Energy balance
- Control gut permeability
- Function of the immune and nervous systems
AEA and 2-AG interact with the ECS by binding with CB1 and CB2 receptors, distributed far and wide throughout the body. CB1 receptors lay within the brain. A few are also found in the lung, kidney, liver, fat, heart, muscle, and bone. CB2 receptors are densely packed into the immune system and scattered across the nervous system, liver, gut, muscle, and bone.
One of the ECS roles is to regulate mood and brain function, through controlling various biological processes in the immune and nervous system.