Can CBD Help with Depression?
What is Depression?
Depression is a mental health disorder characterized by a persistently sad mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in the ability to work, socialize, and enjoy life.
Depression is the number one mental illness in the world with an estimated 17% of the population suffering from Major Depressive Disorder. It is also the number one leading cause of disability in the United States among people 15-44 while also causing the second leading cause of death, suicide, for those 15-44. It is horrifying statistics like these that has mental health professionals everywhere ringing the alarm bells! Luckily, as society progresses, we are slowly destigmatizing mental health issues and the taboos of speaking about them openly without shame or fear. With the help of a mental health professional, you can treat your depression with talk therapy, medications, diet changes, and herbal remedies may help some too. CBD (Cannabidiol) has been growing in popularity over the last decade as a helpful tool for many suffering from a multitude of various ailments. More recently CBD has been displaying signs of favorable results for a spectrum of mental health conditions, depression included. This isn’t to say that taking CBD will cure your depression, but it may help relieve some of the symptoms while you learn to address your depression more permanently with the help of a mental health professional.
How CBD May Help Depression
Authors from a review in 2018 noted that many studies have shown the anti-stress and antidepressant activity of CBD in animal models. The authors also discovered that the compound worked without activating the brain’s endocannabinoid receptors (CB1) directly, which may indicate that there is less risk of CBD becoming habit-forming, or addictive. This is especially good for treating patients with depression as many who suffer from depression often have/had substance abuse issues. Another study from 2018 found that CBD has promise as a fast-acting anti-depressant. This is fantastic news as almost all of the traditional pharmaceutical anti-depressants such as SSRI’s take up to 4 weeks before the positive effects are noticed. It’s important to note that researchers conducting animal studies of CBD call for more direct research in humans, but their initial results are exciting to say the least and a key step toward establishing how CBD works in the body.
If you think you may suffer from depression, please schedule an appointment with your primary caregiver to discuss treatment options for you and ask if incorporating CBD into your treatment plan is appropriate. Many find CBD helpful in relieving negative symptoms of their mental health issues but it’s not for everyone. If your health caregiver is fine with you trying CBD to help with your depression consider The Heart of Hemp, we are a licensed CBD Manufacturer and offer a wide selection of hemp-derived CBD products including CBD Oils and Chocolates that are always tested by a third-party lab to ensure safety and efficacy. Although we are confident in our products; we also offer a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Please check out our other blogs if you have any further interest or contact us for further questions.
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