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Dr. Megan Ding, ND

Charlotte Natural Wellness

10722 Carmel Commons Blvd, Suite 450 

Charlotte, NC 28226

Clinic Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9-5PM

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    CBD and Mental Health

    CBD and hemp products are becoming widespread. You can find CBD in almost everything - from drinks to face moisturizers. The active component of cannabis and hemp are called cannabinoids - THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) being the most prevalent.

    The farm bill was passed in early December classifying certain varieties of the cannabis sativa plant into "industrial hemp," which means these varieties must contain less than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive ingredient. Marijuana has more than 0.3% of THC.

    The human body actually produces its own cannabinoids called endocannabinoids. One of these endocannabinoids is called anandamide. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter linked to happiness and is often called the "bliss molecule". It stimulates the same receptors that THC does in the body. It creates that same sense of pleasure and ease without any psychoactive effect.

    There are only a couple of foods that contain high amounts of anadamide: chocolate and truffles.

    Cocoa is a rich source of anandamide. There are hundreds of other chemical constituents in chocolate. Some of them, such as caffeine, theobromine and phenylethylamine, are known to elevate mood. The theobromine actually helps stimulate the brain to release more anandamide.

    Here is a list of other foods that help increase anandamide in the body without actually containing it:

    • Black pepper

    • Apples, blackberries, grapes, peaches, raspberries

    • Broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, potatoes, spinach, squash, tomatoes

    • Green tea

    • Olive oil

    Here are other ways of increasing anandamide in the body:

    1. CBD/Hemp oil - Gets the mental health benefits without the psychoactive properties.

    2. Get in the ZONE - When we are extremely focused, anandamide increases in the body.

    3. Cuddle - Oxytocin is produced during bonding times - sex, breastfeeding, birth, cuddling. It increases anandamide.

    4. Exercise - Ever experience a "runner's high"? It is thought to be a results of increased anandamide.