Does CBD really help with depression and anxiety? Let’s take a peek at what some studies show!
Before we dive into the meat of this article, I’m going to start by saying, I for one, cannot be more excited and hopeful about the decrease in COVID 19 cases around the world. I think we all are. I do think we still need to stay safe and make smart choices regarding social distancing. With that said, I am sure that I’m not the only one that has gone through the daily ups and downs worrying whether or not my family, one of my friends or even myself might contract this horrible infection. These issues, compounded with the stress and anxiety that daily life brings us is a lot for anyone to handle. Since my wife and I have never been ones to run to the Dr and get “prescription medicine” that will make all our ailments go away, we decided to research what benefits CBD had to offer. Below we’ll touch on what the professionals think about CBD and the benefits it has to offer for depression and anxiety.
Depression and anxiety disorders are some of the most common health conditions that can have a lasting effect on a person’s health and overall well-being. Depression results in a loss of interest and constant sad feeling. I feel that the state the world has been in the past year, there must be a growing number of people that are experiencing some form of depression.
Studies show depression is commonly associated with low serotonin levels, and in some cases may also cause anxiety. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a major part in our mental health. Many studies suggest CBD is thought to interact with the CB1 receptors (mostly found in the central nervous system) and CB2 receptors (mostly found in your peripheral nervous system). Typically, medical professionals commonly prescribe SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) as a solution. In other words, pharmaceutical drugs. These types of drugs carry a variety of ill side effects.
“It’s been found that when CBD is used, serotonin levels can increase which in turn improves a person’s emotional state and feelings of well-being. Keeping serotonin levels balanced is often a key therapy for people with depression. In a 2018 study, researchers indicated that CBD has promise as a fast-acting antidepressant.” Source: MedicalNewsToday.com
What we have learned is that CBD can be helpful in reducing both depression and anxiety, but there is room for much more research on this very serious condition.
In closing, I want to be very clear – CBD should not be taken as a replacement for physician prescribed medicines without first consulting with your doctor.
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