Updated: Oct 13
Cannabidiol (popularly known as CBD) is a natural compound that has gained immense popularity in the last few years. This is because of the growing research on its potential health benefits, which includes the treatment of depression. There have been some preliminary results in this study, which have all shown promising signs.
As you may know, CBD does not affect the body the way cannabis typically is thought to. There is no THC content so there is no "highness" as a result of the use of CBD. This makes CBD a great natural treatment for many different ailments.
In this article, we will discuss the use of CBD as a treatment for depression and mood disorders, and tell you all you need to know about the effects of CBD as it is used in this type of treatment.
One of the reasons CBD has been showing such promising signs in the treatment of depression is due to its positive interaction with serotonin receptors inside the brain. CBD bonds with the receptors in the brain, allowing more serotonin uptake by mimicking the natural cannabinoids in the human endocannabinoid system. Without proper amounts of serotonin the brain does not function correctly, and feelings of depression and anxiety may occur.
It is fairly common for a person to have depression or an anxiety disorder. These are very typical mental illnesses that come with a long lasting negative impact on the patient’s health, social life, work capacity, and general well-being. So it's definitely best to begin treatment for these disorders as soon as possible. The most common treatments, of course, are pharmaceuticals.
When a doctor prescribes a pharmaceutical drug to anyone who is suffering depression, there are possible side effects. Many of these drugs come with adverse effects and there is a possibility of relapse of the condition or withdrawal symptoms when the patient stops the medication. Such side effects may come in the form of sleeplessness, mood swings, sexual dysfunction, and more.
Studies On CBD
The use of CBD has shown serious promise in treating depression and anxiety. CBD use has also shown very few to no side effects at all in most people. The few side effects experienced by CBD users are very minor, such as nausea, drowsiness, or diarrhea. This is much less severe than any of the many side effects known to occur with heavy pharmaceutical use.
A 2014 study explains why CBD is useful in the treatment of depression. The study shows that in most cases CBD has appeared to interact positively with the serotonin receptors in the brain. By binding with these receptors, intake is increased and mood disorders are less likely to occur.
Serotonin affects several functions in the human body, including a person's emotional state, happiness, and sense of well-being. The balancing of natural serotonin levels in the body is an essential treatment for people coping with depression and other types of mood disorders.
How CBD Helps In Fighting Depression
While CBD does not outright cure depression and mood disorders, it has been found to cause serious improvement in the symptoms of the conditions.
Cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) produced in the body help in the regulation of various bodily functions, such as mood, pain, sleep, and even appetite. The substance exhibits its effects by binding to certain points of the brain cells, known as receptors, by which they reinforce the action of a chemical called serotonin. This in turn improves mood and decreases your level of stress.
Serotonin also works by binding brain cells to their receptors. When the chemicals bind to their respective receptors, a series of events is triggered in each brain cell. This is what stimulates the mood-enhancing and stress-controlling process of CBD.
CBD Oil Dosage
You can enjoy CBD oil in various forms. These include tinctures, concentrates, and even topical forms. However, most of the time, CBD is administered orally. It is, however, important to keep in mind that the efficacy of CBD is best when used regularly as maintenance or preventive doses, although it can be used to treat acute flare-ups as well.
For people who are treating depression, CBD oil may be consumed in the form of capsules or tinctures. People with depression can start their treatment with a dose of CBD of about 5 to 10 mg per day until they achieve their desired result. Since CBD has a very good safety profile, it is fine to start your CBD consumption at this dose.
The effects of CBD may persist for some hours after taking the dose, and most people say they feel better for up to 24 hours. It is, however, not likely that you will observe a change in your body system until about 90 minutes after ingestion of the CBD.
For the treatment of acute flare-ups, the best way to quickly handle the condition is to vaporize CBD. This brings about quick relief from the symptoms. Afterward you should not discontinue the maintenance dosage, though, but instead should continue with your regular CBD dosage.
In conclusion, before you go on to treat depression or anxiety with CBD, you may want to consult with your doctor. This is to avoid any adverse drug interaction or exacerbation of whatever medical condition you may have.