Near the center of our brains we have a twin set of neuron bundles called the amygdalae, responsible for importing cognitive processes, including fear and are fight or flight response.
The discovery that these amygdalae contain cannabinoid receptors – as verified by researchers at Vanderbilt University in 2014 – is a major step in understanding how cannabis can actually treat anxiety.
The idea is that these receptors depend on cannabinoids to do their job, to regulate all of those important emotional processes – as well as a ton of other processes in the body.
But sometimes the body doesn’t produce enough of its own cannabinoids – what we call endocannabinoids. In the case of anxiety, for example, research indicates that traumatic experiences can actually hinder the production of these endocannabinoids.Read More