Feeling a little down? CBD may help
Depression is a major mental issue not only in the United States, but across the globe. Be it a recent death in the family, the pressure to overachieve, alcohol/drug abuse, or a neurotransmitter imbalance, Depression can be caused by a variety of factors. According to the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) a major “depressive episode” can be classified as:
- A period of at least two weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities, and had a majority of specified symptoms, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, or self-worth.
- No exclusions were made for a major depressive episode symptoms caused by medical illness, substance use disorders, or medication.
In 2017, 17.3 million adults 18+ had at least one major depressive episode which represents 7.1% of all US adults. An estimated 11 million U.S. adults aged 18 or older had at least one major depressive episode with severe impairment. This number represented 4.5% of all U.S. adults. Females had a higher rate than males.
A major depressive episode is not to be taken lightly and we always recommend seeking professional help with any sort of mental illness. While your health care provider may prescribe an anti-depressant or recommend psychotherapy, did you know CBD may also help alleviate symptoms of depression?
Let’s take a look at the way Cannabidiol may ease and alleviate the symptoms of depression.
How dopes CBD help with depression?
CBD has been shown to alleviate anxiety symptoms and is a great way to relax without the use of prescription drugs. Cannabidiol has also been shown to help with sleep problems. Stress and anxiety are usually major symptoms of depression, so just by mitigating these issues CBD can indirectly help with the problem.
Certain receptors are positively influenced by CBD. It is now known that cannabidiol interacts with pain receptors and strengthens nerve endings. The situation is similar with capsaicin contained in certain types of peppers. It’s also important to note the positive influence of CBD. Interaction of cananbidiol with these types of receptors can lead to a reduction in the excitability of nerve cells.
CBD has also been shown ito activate and invigorate certain neurotransmitters. This has a positive influence on the "durability" of the nervous system as well as the psyche.
If you’re looking for a way to alleviate symptoms of depression than CBD is certainly worth a try. There are minimal side effects when on a CBD regimen. Of course if you’re also on prescription medication we always recommend you consult with your health care provider before using CBD for depression or any other issue.
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