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CBD for Depression and Anxiety

By Adalid Van Duijn

 

Are you having anxiety issues or experiencing depression? You’re not alone. Everyone has experienced these mental pathologies at least once in their life even though some cases are severe.

Depression and anxiety are two of the biggest mental health afflictions today. According to the World Health Organization, over 300 million people suffer from depression around the world. The United States accounts for about 16 million of the population of the report.

Generally, there are many life scenarios that get people anxious, but if it happens frequently, you may be suffering from anxiety disorders. When left untreated, anxiety can lead to depression which can have debilitating effects on the affected person.

How CBD Can Help Treat Depression and Anxiety

There are several traditional treatments for depression which includes regular exercises, joining self-help groups, leveraging talking therapy, using antidepressant drugs, consulting mental health care professionals (like psychiatrists and therapists) and even a combination of treatment options.

However, scientists are doing extensive research to find alternative ways of treating anxiety and depression. One of their first discoveries in recent years is CBD. CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is one of the 400 different chemicals the marijuana plant produces.

It is used for medicinal purposes because it has low levels of psychoactive cannabinoid known as THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). The low levels of THC decrease the risk of aggravating the anxiety of patients.

When used by the sufferer, CBD interfaces with the body’s natural endocannabinoid system ECS which is located in every cell of the body. The ECS is responsible for several functions in the body like appetite, memory, sleep, and even moods.

Going further, CBD helps to quieten the body’s sensory system when it’s overworking or pushing too hard which leads to a noticeable reduction in anxiety, unwinding of muscles and physical relaxation.

Some of the benefits of CBD to anxiety and depression patients are:

  • Mental calmness
  • Mental and bodily relaxation
  • Improved sleep
  • Improved mood
  • Improved sense of wellbeing
  • Lower dependency on antidepressants
  • Less distracting thoughts

Mental Conditions CBD Can Treat

With a litany of well documented scientific researches as well as human experiences spanning the last 50 years, there are abundant proofs that CBD can help sufferers of mental conditions manage and treat their pathologies. Some of the mental conditions are:

  • Panic disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social Anxiety
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Mild to moderate depression etc.

Determining how much CBD to take can be difficult as there are no official guidelines yet. However, the amount of CBD to take varies from person to person and is determined by factors like the user’s weight, intolerance levels, the strength of the CBD and so on.  Here are some guidelines to help you dose correctly according to your capacity: If you’re a first time user, start with a low CBD dosage, increase your dosage every few days observe its effects on you, if you have to take a larger dose daily, separate into smaller amounts throughout the day, also consult a doctor if you want to combine CBD with antidepressants


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