We live in a
world where virtually everyone is affected by stress, anxiety or depression in
some way. These experiences may be short-term for some, but for many, they’re
ongoing, chronic issues that affect their everyday life.
medication is used to treat anxiety and depression. People are told to find
outlets or de-stressing techniques, like yoga or meditation, to alleviate
life’s stresses. But CBD, or cannabidiol, is now being touted as an effective
way to alleviate these three major mental health issues without any side
science have to say?
(CBD) oil is a natural oil that contains phyto, or plant, chemicals known as
cannabinoids. The body makes cannabinoids naturally when we feel relaxed and/or
secure. They’re also released by the body when we exercise and enjoy a restful
night of sleep.
bind to the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies, and they stimulate a “feel good”
people don’t realize is that the cannabinoid system helps keep the body in
balance. It keeps our digestive system running optimally, keeps pain in check,
combats inflammation, and lifts our mood.
CBD can be
found in cannabis plants as well as hemp. But it will not make you
“high.” THC is responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. CBD oil
that is derived from hemp has virtually no THC, so it does not produce any
psychoactive effects. In fact, CBD has been shown to counteract the “high”
effect that THC creates.
CBD is legal in all 50 states.
Is CBD Effective for Stress, Anxiety and Depression?
that CBD is legal and what it is, but how can it be used to help treat
stress, anxiety and depression?
interesting thing about depression: it causes the hippocampus to shrink. This
particular area of the brain is responsible for learning, memory and emotion.
Fortunately, this area of the brain is also capable of recovering. It’s
possible to develop new neurons and forge new connections. That’s why
anti-depressants are so effective – they stimulate neural regeneration in the
shows that CBD can actually reduce neuron atrophy and death in the hippocampus.
In this way, CBD products can help the brain and
improve memory while
boosting mood and CBD can improve your focus.
research on both animals and humans has found that CBD can help:
feelings of isolation
the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
that CBD can help relax the brain while protecting the hippocampus.
shows that CBD can help with social anxiety as well as psychosis. In the study
involving psychosis, participants enjoyed the same level of symptom relief, but
those taking CBD experienced fewer side effects.
evidence suggests that CBD oil and other CBD products help induce feelings of
relaxation and overall well-being.
While the research is still promising, we still
don’t know the long-term effects of CBD. But for those who have tried
everything for their anxiety, stress or depression and found no relief, CBD
offers a potential alternative solution.