Depression

CBD and depression

​Depression is a common and serious medical illness that has a negative affect on how you feel and think. It can be completely debilitating, affecting every part of your life. It causes a multitude of symptoms including, insomnia, loss of appetite, listlessness, feelings of guilt and worthlessness as well as a loss of interest in life. It can change who you are and how you think and what you perceive, so at times you don’t even recognise yourself.

Depression can take us to such a low place

Often these times in our lives pass without the need of any intervention apart from the help of our loved ones. Other times the never-ending cycles of depression can take us to such a low place it seems impossible to ever feel ‘normal’ again. This is often when pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed, however these can come with many unwelcome side effects such as nausea, weight gain, fatigue and insomnia and loss of sexual desire to name a few. More concerning is the strain antidepressants can put on the kidneys with prolonged use of antidepressants.

CBD seems to be more effective and have none of the side effects of the pharmaceutical drugs

CBD has been found to successfully treat depression. CBD works in a similar way to pharmaceutical drugs treating depression. It targets the serotonin receptors in the brain, restricting the absorption into the brain so more serotonin floats around the brain allowing more positive signals, so reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Brain scans of people with depression often show that they have a smaller hippocampus, the area of the brain in charge of cognition and memory formation. CBD stimulates the hippocampus and triggers new neuron creation which targets symptoms of depression. In fact in both cases CBD seems to be more effective and have none of the side effects of the pharmaceutical drugs.

CBD promotes better quality sleep, it helps to regulate mood patterns and gives more mental and physical energy, it also has an overall effect of creating balance and homoeostasis. This allows our body to function at its optimum creating an overall feeling of well-being.

CBD can provide long-term relief

The CBD can be taken safely by people of all ages, including children and pregnant women, so can become a long term treatment plan for everyone needing relief from depression.