Can CBD Oil Alleviate Depression?

Depression is a delicate subject but also a silent epidemic which wreaks havoc.

In the United States of American alone, depression is among the most common psychological and psychiatric disorders – which takes into consideration only those who have been diagnosed, let alone those who are not. Women are also 70% more like to suffer from depression, in comparison with men.

Unfortunately, those who are suffering from this disease don’t really know what to do about it or how to ask for help. Generally speaking, psychiatric disorders are still seen as a stigma in our society and many people consider a shame (or even a weakness) to admit to such imbalances.

However, modern science has made huge strides into understanding at least what is happening at the biochemical level of someone who is suffering from depression. Turns out that depression is actually the result of a chemically imbalanced brain, where the neurotransmitters are present in a disproportionate balance.

The “routine” way of dealing with this issue in the medical system is to prescribe antidepressants. However, studies have shown that antidepressants do not work for everyone – especially in more severe cases. There are also additional factors to take into consideration – the fact that antidepressants take at least one month to have a full effect, and even then their effectiveness is very subjective, depending on the user and their attitude.

To make matters even worse, recent studies have even suggested that there is a rising rate of suicide associated with the use of antidepressants. Like any other medication, antidepressants have side effects – ones which are not quite discussed by medical professionals or pharmaceutical companies.

Is there a better solution? Recent studies have shown great promise in a plant which has been controversial for a long time…

CBD oil is a specific compound found in cannabis which triggers many beneficial effects on its users – out of which “getting high” is not one of them. In fact, not only CBD oil does not have mind-altering properties, it also has the capacity to reduce the effects of smoked cannabis or THC oil (the chemical compound which elicits the mind-altering effects).

CBD oil is basically the healthiest compound in cannabis which can be used for naturally treating a vast array of health conditions, ranging from anxiety to depression, from auto-immune disorders to cancer and so on. A simple online search will prove that indeed this is one of the healthiest products you can use for your health (without psycho-active effects whatsoever).

What about depression – how does CBD oil work in alleviating it? Well, CBD oil works in one major way – it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (which is the part of your nervous system responsible for promoting rest, healing, rejuvenating and regenerating) and it inhibits the effects of the sympathetic nervous system (which is responsible for eliciting stressful responses, both physical, psychological and emotional, as well as triggering the fight-or-flight mechanism).

Some scientists claim that depression is an adaptive physical and psychological behavior due to excessive exposure to stress (which, again, can be physical, psychological or emotional). So it reasons to say that if you reduce the stress load which your body is dealing with then the depression will also be alleviated – right?

Turns out that this logic is sound and works. Numerous studies have been published recently (such as http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21916860 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24923339 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19732971 ) which shows that CBD oil is not only very effective in treating depression (showing great further promise in developing pharmaceutical drugs based on it) but it is also very effective in treating other psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, schizophrenia as well as other mood disorders.

When it comes to your neurotransmitters and the biological balance of your brain, CBD oil helps regulate your brain system into a more normal functioning and steadies the flow of the system – leading to a more improved and stable mood. This also compounds upon itself because if you feel better then you will also tend to have more reasons to feel better and adopt behaviors which will make you feel more better in the future.

There is yet a scientific study to conclude that CBD oil “cures” depression (and it is highly doubtful that there will ever be such a study on any substance) but the results speak for themselves, as well as countless people who swear by it. CBD oil is one of the best tools you can use to alleviate depression and improve your mood, as well as stabilizing it over the long term. Also, using CBD oil will improve your health in many ways you cannot even imagine – this is an added bonus if you decide to use it.

When fighting depression, you need all the help you can get. Try CBD oil for yourself and you will dramatically increase the chances of getting better.

Check out some other uses for CBD oil here.

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