Fifty years ago, depression was not something many people would speak about. There was a lack of knowledge about it, combined with a social stigma. The prevailing view was that depression was a sign of weakness and that people could “snap out of it” if they wanted to.
Between then and now, a lot has changed. Depression is recognized as a medical condition, and there are many ways to tackle it. In a lot of cases, people find a combination of therapy and medication helpful. But more and more people are exploring options other than pharmaceutical medications.
Why and how is CBD gaining popularity among people experiencing depression?
Many CBD users say that their symptoms have improved when they use the product. Since the campaign to decriminalize the use of marijuana began, the use of products such as CBD has become more socially acceptable.
The many potential benefits of CBD oil products have been emphasized in recent literature since there is a lot of ongoing research taking place. We’re starting to find out more about the substance and how it works in the human body.
CBD and depression: why it has the potential to work
The body produces its own version of CBD naturally as part of the endocannabinoid system. Endocannabinoids are responsible for regulating factors like sleep, appetite, and mood. A problem with this process may trigger many of the symptoms of depression.
Upon their release, the endocannabinoids bind with receptors in the brain. These receptors trigger the actions of serotonin. Serotonin is a substance substantively linked to mood and stress control. A serotonin imbalance can be the cause of depression.
How to use CBD oil to alleviate depression symptoms
A variety of CBD oil products are at your disposal. Taking CBD oil capsules is popular among people with depression. However, you can also ingest the oil sublingually under the tongue or use it as part of your everyday cooking.
The quantity of CBD in different products varies. This is something you should check when buying CBD. As to the dosage, there are no set guidelines. It is recommended that you start with a minimal dose and increase it gradually if it doesn’t achieve the desired result. Your starting dose can be 5-10mg daily. Make sure your CBD product contains less than 0.03mg of THC, the compound from the marijuana plant that has a psychoactive effect on the user.
Users say that they begin to feel the effects of the CBD within 90 minutes and that they last for several hours. But you should bear in mind that each person’s body metabolizes substances differently, so it might not be the same for you.
CBD vs. antidepressants
Proponents of CBD say that they use it instead of antidepressants. If you’re taking antidepressants, you should not attempt to go off them in favor of CBD without discussing it with a mental healthcare professional. You cannot stop taking antidepressants on the spur of the moment. Some antidepressants can only be stopped after a weaning process that involves tapering off the dosage.
If you decide to take CBD oil products in conjunction with antidepressants, you still need a professional opinion. There is a chance that the CBD can interact negatively with your medication and cause an escalation in the symptoms. The same can be said of medicines you use for any chronic conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
While there is a chance you might experience some side effects from using CBD, they are said to be mild in comparison with antidepressants. A lot of people taking antidepressants experience side effects like sexual dysfunction, mood swings, and insomnia. Users report that the side effects of using CBD are less severe. CBD use can lead to weight and appetite changes, an upset digestive system, and fatigue or lethargy.
Bear in mind that evidence of the effects of CBD on depression is anecdotal at this stage. It is more likely that CBD can be used to supplement, not replace, antidepressants. A lot more research studies are needed to see if CBD can take the place of conventional antidepressants.
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