The search for relief from anxiety and other issues stemming from betrayal trauma is causing some women to look to CDB oil for a solution. But did you know you have your very own “endocannabinoid system” inside your body, and it doesn’t require paying big bucks for CBD oil to use it to your favor? A recent study reveals scientific evidence that some common, easy-to-do activities activate that system and can be used proactively to counter anxiety and other disorders' impact on your body.
“Scientists first discovered the (endocannabinoid) system while trying to understand the effects of cannabis, and named it the endocannabinoid system for this reason.” It is a biological system in our bodies that plays many important roles, especially managing mood, pain, and sleep, among others. And there are things we can do to activate our endocannabinoid system to help us manage the multitude of emotions that come with discovering sexual betrayal in our most intimate relationship.
We’ve all heard of—or possibly felt—the “runner’s high”: that euphoric feeling that creates a lift after running. Now science shows that high is, at least in part, due to the increased circulating endocannabinoids (eCBs), fostered by running. The aim of a study published last year was to try to determine if there might be other activities that we can do that could also give us that runner’s high, but without running. The test would be to see if, after certain activities, there was an increase in the participants’ bodies of circulating eCBs.
Like all scientific studies, it’s heady, boring, and difficult to follow, but for those among us who want to read the science, there is a link in the footnotes of this article. But it’s the study results that prove interesting, and provide useful information you can utilize as you continue to work toward your own healing and recovery from the mood disorders that often accompany betrayal-trauma.
The study examined participants’ response to a handful of activities, including singing and dancing, with the hypothesis that these activities would increase plasma eCB levels. The results showed that dancing decreased negative mood and emotions, and singing was found to significantly improve positive mood and emotions, and also tended to decrease negative mood and emotions, especially singing in a group.
Dancing and singing were found to raise your body's release of its own endocannabinoids, potentially impacting both mental and physical health. This means we can use singing and dancing to help counter mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression, as well as a potential therapy for the pain associated with inflammatory disorders, which often begin after betrayal trauma. This empowers us with one more tool in our toolbelt to use proactively in our journey toward healing.
So, write yourself a prescription and join a choir, or take that belly dancing class you’ve secretly wanted to sneak out and be a part of. You can do it knowing you are doing good recovery work and taking an important step toward proactively working to heal yourself.