Don’t let anxiety and depressive emotions inhibit you from living a thoroughly enjoyable life. Thanks to CBD, thousands of people have been able to relieve their anxiety and depression to the point where they no longer feel the symptoms controlling them. Mental Health is a serious issue that needs to be addressed and treated when possible. By healing with CBD for anxiety, we can leave behind certain mental issues that have been holding us back. #CBDAWARENESS
Anxiety and Depression
It’s estimated that almost 20% of adults 18 and over deal with a form of anxiety or depression. What’s more alarming is that 40% of cases go untreated. While medication is available, such as SSRIs and SNRI’s, they’ve been known to cause lots of negative side effects, such as.
- increased appetite and weight gain.
- loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction and decreased orgasm.
- fatigue and drowsiness.
- dry mouth.
- blurred vision.
While there is no doubt that these medications have helped, the addiction and negatives that are often coupled make taking them not an option. This is why Cannabidiol, one of marijuana’s non psychoactive properties, is spreading it’s wings as a mental health medication. So far CBD has shown very little, to no side effects, while treating depression and anxiety with better results than pharmaceutical medications.
Anxiety can be mitigated and treated with CBD because of what that cannabinoid does in the brain. It boosts signaling through serotonin receptors and increases generation of neurons in the hippocampus.
Clinical studies in animals have revealed that CBD may act like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac and Zoloft, to prevent the brain from reabsorbing the chemical. Because more serotonin is available in the brain, more neurons are activated. And when those neurons are active, anxiety is reduced and mood is improved.
Similarly, brain scans of individuals suffering from anxiety and depression show a smaller hippocampus (a part of the brain responsible for emotions and memory formation). Scientists have long understood that creating new neurons in the hippocampus (thereby increasing its size) is an effective treatment for anxiety and depression.
CBD has been shown to encourage neurogenesis in the hippocampus and, as a result, improve overall mood and reduce depression and anxiety.
Thanks to both of these affects on our bodies, CBD has greatly reduced the feeling of anxiety and depression in most of those who have added it to their mental health regimen.
CBD Dosage for Anxiety and Depression
Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate. Too much THC, while not lethal, can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. CBD has no known adverse side effects at any dose, but drug interactions can be problematic. An excessive amount of CBD for anxiety could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy.
Here is a starters guide for CBD Dosage for Anxiety
CBD For a Brighter Smile
It’s no easy admitting that we may have underlying mental health issues. With the stigma around “being different” and “crazy” it’s easy to push the root of our problems aside and continue fighting against an invisible enemy. There’s no shame in dealing with, and looking to improve mental health. That’s why we always encourage those who are looking to take control of their symptoms by introducing CBD to their life.