With cannabidiol (CBD) touting benefits of anxiety relief and adaptogens creating feelings of calm while fighting fatigue, there is a logical road to travel with these two together as partners in health.
While CBD works to help create homeostasis, or balance, in the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, adaptogens influence the neuroendocrine-immune system, helping to decrease the negative effects of stress on the body. While it may seem intuitive to pair CBD and adaptogenic herbs together, there have been no studies on how these compounds may work synergistically.
Both CBD and adaptogens are plant-based compounds that work to normalize bodily functions. CBD comes from the cannabis plant and is typically extracted from the hemp variety, but can also be derived from marijuana. Adaptogens are medicinal herbs such as Rhodiola rosea, Eleutherococcus senticosus, and Schisandra chinensis.
With an abundance of research still needed around all the cannabinoids including CBD, there are many studies that explain the effectiveness of this popular cannabis compound. One of the functions CBD has when introduced into the body is inhibiting an enzyme that breaks down anandamide, a substance that creates joy and bliss in the body. This in turn can reduce anxiety and increase feelings of wellbeing.
Also, other studies show how CBD can stimulate serotonin receptors in the body. Serotonin is another feel good substance in the body, released often as a reward for eating, exercising, or getting a massage. Some researchers are suggesting CBD may be a good treatment option for addiction recovery. This is because of CBD’s potential to stimulate the release of serotonin without the addictive property or feeling of being high one may get with using addictive drugs.
Adaptogens are said to increase energy, improve mood, modulate negative effects of stress, and help reduce symptoms of depression. Rhodiola for example has been shown in studies to reduce symptoms of depression by balancing neurotransmitters in the brain. Yet another adaptogen, Eleutherococcus, has been found to increase energy, metabolism, and physical performance. The adaptogenic herb Schisandra, is proven to help the body respond and adapt well to anxiety and stress.
Considering the benefits of both CBD and adaptogenic herbs, pairing them together could be beneficial for enhanced feelings of balance within the mind and body.
For example, pairing CBD with Rhodiola could be beneficial for those with anxiety and depression. While CBD helps to ease anxiety symptoms, Rhodiola helps to reduce the effects of depression. Together, they can combat the common duo of anxiety and depression, in theory anyway. Studies are yet to be done to see how these compounds would interact together and if their effects would be synergistic when combined.
Another ideal combination could be CBD and Eleutherococcus for addiction recovery. CBD would help with anxiety that can come along with addiction recovery while also stimulating serotonin receptors typically stimulated while by some addictive substances. At the same time, Eleuthero would fight fatigue and increase energy that can be low for a recovering addict.
Even though both CBD and adaptogens have both been deemed generally safe, the effects of combining the two are unknown until further research is done.
Reducing anxiety, depression and negative effects of stress while increasing positive mood and energy sounds like an ideal reason to combine Cannabidiol with adaptogenic herbs like Rhodiola, Eleuthero, and Schisandra.
Until more is known, proceed with caution, especially if you are taking other medications.