Seratonin and CBD
Serotonin - also known as the "happiness hormone", is a neurotransmitter synthesized in the brain and other tissues.
Serotonin is involved in numerous and important biological functions, it acts by interacting with various receptors, carrying out a different effect based on the part of the body concerned.
We can therefore compare serotonin to a key, which in order to exert its action needs to interact with specific locks, represented by its receptors; the interaction between key and locks allows the opening of doors that preside over the control of brain activity and the whole organism.
The main functions of this neurotransmitter are:
- Perception and cognitive function
- Regulation of other hormones, such as melatonin, which in turn regulates circadian rhythms and sleep
- Bone formation and maintenance
- Vascular system
How can serotonin levels be increased?
There are several simple and healthy ways to increase the body's serotonin levels.
First of all we can find a healthy and balanced diet. For the production of serotonin, a substance known as tryptophan is required, which can be obtained from different foods, such as; pasta, rice, eggs, chicken, dairy products, cereals, legumes, turkey or bananas. Essential foods in a varied and balanced diet.
Many take it for granted, but several studies have shown that sunlight has a clear impact on a person's health. There is a correlation between the hours in which the human body is exposed to it and the person's state of mind.
Obviously physical activity, in particular cardiovascular activities such as running, swimming or cycling, helps to stimulate the production of seratonin and other neurotransmitters useful to make us feel good.
What is the link between serotonin and cannabinoids?
Several studies show that the endocannabinoid system and the serotonergic system are closely connected and influence each other.
The two systems work together to maintain the balance of the various physiological functions of the body.
How do cannabinoids and serotonin interact?
According to several studies, Cannabis, in particular CBD has the ability to inhibit both the metabolization and the reuptake of serotonin.
This means that, depending on the dose of CBD, both an increase and a decrease in serotonin production can be determined. So CBD is able to regulate and balance seratonin in our body.
Cannabis, serotonin and depression
A study conducted in mice suggests that the cannabinoids contained in Cannabis Light, especially CBD, could be effective in treating depression, and attributes effects similar to those of common antidepressant drugs, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
Thanks to its effects on reuptake and stimulation on the glands that produce seratonin, CBD is discovering an excellent natural remedy for mild forms of depression.
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