CBD oil offers a wide range of benefits to our health. This also includes the treatment for depression. However, people have many concerns about it as it's hard to find reliable information. We will answer some of the questions like, is it safe to use? How to consume CBD oil? Is it addictive?
What is Depression
Depression is a mental health disorder, which affects both your body and your mind. Loss of energy, lack of emotions, no appetite, tiredness, sleep disturbance, reduced ability to think or focus. These are just a few symptoms of depression.
As statistics shows, between 2009 and 2012, about 7.6% Americans aged 12 and above were diagnosed with depression and it was even more common among females and people aged 40 and 59. In 2015, approximately 16.1 million adults aged 18+ had at least one depressive episode in 2014.
What really concerning is, that in recent years, numbers grew significantly. Every year a greater number of people hear from their doctor that they have this mental health disorder.
History of Depression
In the 19th century, German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin became the first doctor to distinguish manic depression. These days we know it as a Bipolar disorder. As doctor Kraepelin was the first one to separate it from other diagnosis, this doesn’t mean depression didn’t exist before. First written accounts of what we now know as depression appeared in B.C. Mesopotamia. In these ancient writings, depression was described as being a spiritual, not physical condition. All other mental illnesses also were thought to be a spiritual ones. As usual for the old times, it was thought that these conditions were being caused by demonic possession. This was the main reason why people who had any mental disorder was dealt with by priests rather than physicians.
The 1950 and 60s, were very important years as treatment and understanding of illness went much further. Doctors noticed that new medicine for Tuberculosis made a good impact on some of the patients with depression. In this, very same decade, treatments with medicine started. Before, the only treatment was psychotherapy. The combination of medication and psychotherapy made a huge difference. Many lives were changed and saved.
New era new treatments
Since the 50s and 1960, scientists have found that depression can be treated in countless different ways. In most cases it all depends on how serious the illness, but equally important is our individuality and our life style choices that we make.
There are quite a few home remedies to choose from, which can be used as an add-on to psychotherapy and prescribed antidepressants.
For example Omega-3 fatty acids that are commonly found in fish. Mostly salmon, sardines, and trout. This substance has been linked to improvement in depressive symptoms and overall brain activity.
Similarly, there is Folate, which is a Folic acid that is found in several foods such as beans, lentils, dark leafy greens, and fortified cereals. All these have been counted as a help to improve the effectiveness of medications used in treating depression.
You can also find St. John’s wort that is very useful. This plant, although still not approved for the treatment of depression by the FDA, but has been linked with increased amounts of serotonin in the body correlating to the improvement of depressive symptoms.
All this and a few more tips like exercising, meditation, or going for a walk in a Sun, might help you. As well as CBD oil.
CBD and some of the conditions
At the moment there is just one drug, which FDA has approved – Epidiolex. It contains a purified form of the drug substance CBD, for the treatment of seizures.
This first step shows, that CBD becomes more recognisable not only by people but by the government too.
Some studies have shown that Cannabidiol may have therapeutic benefits for brain disorders such as psychosis, depression, and multiple sclerosis. CBD has demonstrated some antioxidant qualities and it means, that CBD oil is capable of cleaning up toxic substances, which were obtained from food or generated in our body. Conditions as myocardial infarct, inflammatory bowel disease, and stroke are often in the centre of these toxic substances.
As well, it was found that oxidative stress caused by the release of these toxins generates age-related diseases. For example, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease may have higher risk to develop if toxins are not cleaned out of the body. What's interesting is, that Cannabidiol protects against these degenerative diseases of the brain, also reducing their clinical progression in patients that are suffering from them.
Additionally, more clinical trials have shown that CBD Hemp oils are very effective in treating Epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Cannabidiol might help in the clinical improvement of some autoimmune disease, for example, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.
CBD has other benefits, that are currently under investigation. It includes cannabidiol effects on anxiety and depression, also on social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
How Cannabidiol can help me
It has been found, that CBD Hemp oil for depression can be a very good ally. While CBD does not cure the condition, it has been linked to improvement on some of the symptoms.
Various functions of the body are regulated by cannabinoids help, which is produced in our body (endocannabinoids). These functions include our mood, pain sensation, sleep, and appetite. Interestingly, these substances apply their actions by binding to specific points of brain cells and is called the receptors. Through receptors, they increase the actions of a substance called serotonin. Serotonin acts to improve our mood and reduce stress levels. It also acts by linking to its receptors in brain cells. When these chemical substances links to their respective receptors, a series of events are triggered, within each brain cell encouraging processes that improve our mood and stress control.
CBD oil for depression may help to improve symptoms by regulating the actions of the endocannabinoids and also increase the effects of serotonin.
Is CBD addictive?
The answer to this question is no. It is not addictive and it has no potential for abuse or dependence. CBD doesn’t contain any addictive substances. Not like THC, which could be addictive if used in higher doses.
Side effects and consumption
It is important to know that CBD is most effective when used regularly in maintained doses. To reach the best results, we would suggest to begin with, a dose of 5mg to 10mg. The dose should be increased or reduced until the desired results achieved. CBD oil effects usually last several hours after ingesting the dose. Most people report feeling better for up to 24 hours. In most cases you'll need to wait about 90 minutes after ingesting cannabidiol, to begin to notice all the improvements.
Of course, if you have any serious condition, we recommend that you consult with your physician before starting to use CBD oils. It is important to prevent drug interactions of any medical conditions you may have.
Most importantly, do not discontinue or start any of your drugs while using CBD without consulting with your physician, so there won’t be any interactions with medicine. In our opinion, this is the main side effect with CBD. Other unwanted side effects would be felt, just if taken by too high doses. These symptoms may cause weakening and sleeping. This is why we suggest using CBD oil with regular doses and following instructions on the bottle, in the description of the product or your doctors advise.