CBD – for Anxiety & Depression?

When you talk about herbal remedies, cannabidiol (CBD), is considered as the holy grail of remedies by millions of believers and enthusiasts. Why? Well, CBD has undeniable healing properties – for example, studies show it helps minimise the symptoms of insomnia, reduces chronic pain, helps combat gastrointestinal complications, reduces inflammation, and the list goes on!

Derived from cannabis, CBD is unquestionably getting more popular by the day. You’d be surprised to know just how many people have reported the myriad of health benefits they’ve enjoyed using CBD. However, and more importantly, more people are now gravitating towards using CBD treatments to fight mental health illnesses such as anxiety and depression.

Scientific evidence revolving around the scope of CBD to treat mental disorders is more than promising. And according to research posted in Frontiers in Immunology, it was discovered that CBD tends to have a positive and calming effect on the brain – which was visibly proven through MRI scans.

A Quick Glimpse into CBD

It’s safe to assume that you may just as well know what CBD is – if that’s true, you can hop right into next section of the article. However, for those who’re trying to know more about CBD, continue reading.

There are two main components that make up the cannabis plant – CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While THC is a psychoactive chemical, which is what basically gets you high when you smoke marijuana, CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive elements. And this is one of the primary reasons why so many people around the world are more open to using CBD to treat conditions like anxiety, stress, and depression.

The Effect of CBD on your Brain    

How much CBD impacts your brain is something you will understand after quickly going over an important lesson in the ECS (endocannabinoid system). ECS is by far one of the most important functions in your body – it basically controls each and every internal function within our bodies. From sensation, pain, and movement to psychological functioning like mood, memory, perception – everything!

Your body’s ECS system is like your personal guardian, keeping constant watch over you and as soon as it sees something that’s not working the way it should, and jumps right into action. For example, do you really know why you feel hot and sweaty during a workout? Well, yeah, our bodies generate heat while we exercise, but we also sweat to dispel all that heat and keep our temperature regulated. The sweating is the result of the ECS merging with your CB1 receptors – signalling your body to start sweating and cool down in the process. Amazing isn’t it!

CB1 receptors are mainly found in the brain and scientists believe the receptors act as surveillance to help keep any inflammation in your central nervous system from occurring. The receptors help regulate and distribute the impact of serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter that regulates your mood. As a matter of scientific fact, a lot of antidepressants function by first triggering our serotonin levels, elevating our mood.

The Viability of CBD as a Treatment for Anxiety & Depression

There’s unquestionable scientific evidence and research that points to the positive effects of CBD on anxiety in animal testing. Moreover, there are also informal case studies and reports that claim the viability of CBD for reducing the symptoms and effects of anxiety in humans. However, there isn’t a lot of solid research on how effective CBD is in treating depression – although there have been numerous tests conducted on laboratory animals.

For instance, there was research posted in NeuroscienceNews in 2018, identifying that one dose of CBD was enough to minimize the symptoms associated with depression. The subjects were reported to experience these effects for up to 1 week. Scientists believe that CBD can play an instrumental role in mending neural circuitry, which is located in the hippocampus, specifically in the prefrontal cortex. This is the area that’s adversely affected as a result of depression.

It’s also important to understand that the correlation between depression and anxiety is sophisticated as both mental health conditions are closely linked to poor sleep, chronic pain, and hormonal irregularities that cause mood changes. For example, as soon as we experience increased levels of anxiety, we’re also susceptible to feeling more pain. And when we experience increased symptoms of depression, we’re going to feel even more anxious. It’s a complex relationship, nevertheless, here’s what CBD can do:

The substance is believed to positively impact all the systems in your body that regulate your pain receptors, mood, and sleep – among various other factors. These three vital processes must function optimally to help us sleep peacefully, feel less pain, and balance our mood. You see, anxiety and depression are also closely linked to lack of sleep, chronic pain, and dwindling hormonal irregularities. All of this is caused by a disturbance in the endocannabinoid system.

Scientists believe that supervised CBD dosing can go a long way in helping reduce those racing thoughts we start to experience as a result of heightened anxiety. Those thoughts and a sudden change in mood can lead to poor sleep cycles as well as intense panicking when we get up in the morning.

The scientific evidence revolving around CBD does offer promising truths of how CBD can potentially be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. However, because the substance is unregulated, it’s become very hard to conduct further and more comprehensive research on it. This also means that testing out samples can lead to promising results in some individuals while not in others.

CBD Oils & Extracts

Because CBD is unregulated, it’s important to understand that CBD oil extractions can differ in potency and effectiveness. Not all formulations should be considered equal. However, scientists and CBD experts do believe that tinctures (alcohol-based) and CBD oils are an effective way to take the substance. Tinctures can be placed under the tongue to allow the compounds to quickly absorb in the body.

More information

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Medical Disclaimer

We advise you to consult a medical professional before beginning any new dietary routine. This advisory includes the addition of any dietary supplement or product meant for inhalation. CBD is shown to be non-toxic even in large doses. Even so, a Doctor will be able to provide valuable insight and guidance when working with the CBD compound.