CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol, is one of the many compounds of Cannabis, a wonder plant containing more than 120 components. It can be planted anywhere within 35° of the equator of earth and takes around 3-8 months to grow from seed to harvest.
Research shows that consumption of this wonder plant can help lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, treat anxiety and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, prevent seizures, and even fight cancer!
What is CBD and How Does It Work?
CBD or cannabidiol is one of the hundred compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD or Vijaya is abundantly found in the northern regions of India and is highly known for its Ayurvedic properties. The leaves of the Vijaya plant are used to extract CBD compounds that are used to repair several body impairments and relieve stress, pain, and uneasiness in the body.
The Vijaya compound is extensively known for its ability to bring homeostasis to the body: a state of complete balance where every function in the body is normal and at appropriate levels. The CBD compound interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the human body to establish homeostasis.
The endocannabinoid system is a comprehensive system comprising several neuroreceptors, enzymes, and endocannabinoid compounds that interact with other elements of the body to bring a state of balance and equilibrium to the body.
Thorough research has indicated that the two receptors CB1 and CB2 are major interactors of endocannabinoids which ultimately help relieve the body of pain, inflammation, stress, and anxiety and also help treat illnesses like epilepsy, Alzheimer's, arthritis, and more.
The enzymes in the endocannabinoid system are responsible for the breakdown of endocannabinoids once their activity is complete. There is much research supporting that CBD prevents the breakdown of endocannabinoids, prolonging their effect on the body. Some studies show that CBD interacts with the body in the manner that endocannabinoids interact with the CB1 and CB2 receptors. Thus, helping the body establish homeostasis.
Vijaya and Mental Health
Mental health issues have skyrocketed over the last few years. There can be endless reasons why one can develop a mental illness. Everyday stress, food habits, lifestyle, living conditions, development patterns and environments, genetic factors, biological conditions, hormones, etc.
There are several cures for treating mental health problems. Behavioral and cognitive therapy, modern medication, lifestyle changes, rehabilitation, adopting healthier coping mechanisms, etc. are some ways one can fight mental health problems. Vijaya is another solution to help one deal with mental health problems like anxiety, depression, insomnia, addiction, eating disorders, and more.
Vijaya by nature has a calming and relaxing effect on the body. It can help regulate several functions, hormones, and stress levels and induce positive effects on the mind and soothe the body.
Benefits of CBD on Mental Health
Treating anxiety disorders:
With vast amounts of the human population afflicted with one or more forms of anxiety, ranging from Social Anxiety to OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), CBD has proven to provide effective relief in pre-clinical trials.
Two separate studies from 2011 found that CBD improved feelings of anxiety and discomfort in people with social anxiety disorder, and a 2015 review of almost 50 independent studies found that CBD can help with OCD and PTSD as well.
While more definitive research is required to accurately quantify the benefits of CBD in anxiety-riddled patients, a general dose of 300-600 mg when taken in the form of oils, capsules, drops, teas, vapor, or candies, can help reduce feelings of anxiety in people.
Treating Severe Drug/Alcohol Addictions:
A controlled study on lab rats by NIH (National Institute of Health) in collaboration with leading scientists around the world, conducted in 2018 discovered that Vijaya can be useful in helping people who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.
It achieves this objective by helping reduce stress and anxiety in individuals, which helps them control their stress-induced cravings and provides them with the necessary amount of patience and headspace to delay gratification and improve their lack of impulse control.
Treating Severe Insomnia and Sleep Disorders:
A study conducted in 2019, cited in The Permanente Journal with 72 adults who had varying amounts of anxiety and poor sleep quality, proved that anxiety scores decreased by 79% and sleep scores improved by 66% within just the first month of Vijaya usage.
The study also cited the usage of the cannabis plant by various different cultures across history to treat a plethora of neurological ailments ranging from seizures to epilepsy!
Treating Eating Disorders:
Vijaya has a property that helps the body regulate eating habits. Vijaya helps to treat anxiety associated with anorexia and eating disorders. By improving the mood by regulating stress and anxiety levels, the brain networks form healthy eating patterns that reduce stress eating that can increase obesity or reduce anxiety and depression and induce hunger, thereby encouraging healthy eating habits.
How to Consume Vijaya to Improve Mental Health
Many prefer taking Vijaya as an everyday supplement in the form of Oil or Extract. Taking Vijaya regularly can build cannabinoid levels in the body that can come in handy in case of an infection or unrest in the body. Vijaya is also consumed in many ways depending on the reason for consumption.
For instance, Vijaya oil is added to the food while preparing by mixing with other oils for easier consumption and assimilation. In this method, Vijaya passes through the digestive system and then reaches the bloodstream. It takes approximately 30-60 minutes for the CBD to take effect and can last for 3-8 hours.
Vijaya oil is also placed sublingually which is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, giving immediate effects that can last from 15-30 min. This method can be extremely useful for epileptic patients and those suffering from anxiety who require immediate relief.
The dosage of Vijaya can vary from person to person. It is best to consult a Vijaya specialist or physician before beginning to take Vijaya to improve your mental health.