FIGHTING DEPRESSION WITH CBD
First of all, what is depression? Although depression is a complex disorder, it can be best described as a medical illness that has a negative impact on how you feel, think and act. As well as causing profound sadness, depression prevents you from enjoying activities you once loved. If left untreated, depression can lead to an array of physical and emotional problems and reduce your capacity to function at home and work.
THERE IS A VARIOUS NUMBER OF DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS, HERE ARE A FEW COMMON ONES:
- A feeling of worthlessness or guilt.
- Feeling extremely sad and negative.
- Significant changes in appetite; either eating too much or too little.
- Either sleeping too much or having difficulties sleeping.
- Noticeable loss of energy or obvious instances of fatigue.
- No longer taking pleasure in things you used to enjoy.
- An inability to concentrate, think or make decisions.
- Thoughts of death and suicide.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), up to 16 million American adults experienced a "depressive episode" in 2012. That figure equates to almost seven percent of the adult population. Overall, approximately 350 million people around the world suffer from depression which is a leading cause of disability. While regular treatments such as therapy and medication continue to remain popular, CBD is now mooted as a possible solution.
There is an increasing body of evidence which suggests that CBD is an effective method of treating depression. Moreover, CBD is less likely to cause the negative side effects associated with traditional medication.
IS CBD A VIABLE FORM OF TREATMENT?
Although there is admittedly a lot of research that must be completed, early signs are good. If CBD is an effective antidepressant, it is excellent news for patients with depression that are forced to take medication. While drugs are effective in certain cases, the long-term side effects are occasionally dangerous. Also, antidepressants are exceedingly expensive and the adverse side effects from trying to ‘wean’ yourself off the drug range from mild to severe.
WOULD CBD GIVE ME ANY SIDE EFFECTS IF USING TO HELP FIGHT DEPRESSION?
To date, there is no evidence that CBD has any negative side effects. It is only a matter of time before human studies are performed; and if the results are as positive as testing on animals, the era of potentially harmful SSRIs could come to an end.
WHAT IS SSRIS?
Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is a commonly prescribed type of antidepressant that supposedly helps you overcome depression.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF SSRIS MAY INCLUDE:
- Blurred Vision
- Dry Mouth
- Sexual Problems (erectile dysfunction)
Imagine a scenario where the world’s most effective antidepressant is growing all around us.