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Hemp on anxiety, depression and drug addiction

About 1 in every 4 adults in the United States suffers from some type of mental disorder. So many people suffer from multiple mental disorder at a given time. In particular, depression tends to co-occur with substance abuse and anxiety disorders. About 9.5% of adults in the United States will suffer from some type of depression disorder (major depression, bipolar disorder, or dysthymia) every year. Anxiety affects a lot of Americans as well. According to John Hopkins University, "Approximately about 18% of people ages 18- 54 in a given year, have an anxiety disorder in a given year. Anxiety disorders include: panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and phobias (social phobia, agoraphobia, and specific phobia)."

It is no wonder that scientists are looking into hemp based extracts for answers. A peer reviewed article from 2016 by Zlebnik, et al, looks at the effects on hemp based extracts on mood and psychiatric disorders. "A review of the findings suggests that CBD may attenuate motivational dysfunction." The peer reviewed article looks at the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human body and how they are affected by hemp based extracts. Hemp based extracts do not bind with these receptors (unlike their famous cousin plant), but rather stimulate these receptors. The stimulation of the receptors is how hemp based extracts have a positive impact on anxiety, depression and addiction.

What is also interesting about hemp based extracts is that they have less influence on psychostimulant reward and reinforcement. In other words, hemp based extracts are non addictive and non habit forming (unlike their popular cousin). Hemp based extracts have also been found to help with withdraw symptoms from certain drug addictions. The peer review article mentions that hemp based extracts have been shown in various research studies to help with nicotine addiction in particular.

What you are probably wondering at this point is how to incorporate hemp based extracts into your daily routine. There are many different ways you can do this and I always recommend finding a high quality hemp based extract source and take it EVERY SINGLE DAY. No exceptions. The biggest thing is consistency. If you do not take hemp based extracts every day, your body will not get to enjoy the full benefits that mother nature has available for you. Oil based hemp tinctures are an easy way to absorb hemp into the bloodstream. Just a few drops under the tongue 2-3 times a day and the benefits will AMAZE you! Edibles are a very popular choice. From chocolate, gummies, candy, hemp infused honey and drinks, these are a fun and enjoyable way to get your daily hemp! Check out one of my personal faves, Axton Gummies. Click on the picture link below. Enjoy!

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