There is a green alternative to pills that could reduce your blues.
Depression is like a dark cloud that is constantly hovering over your head, draining your energy and feeding you with a negative thought process. It is being thrown into a pit of darkness and only you can help yourself out.
Depression is a dangerous mental condition because a person forgets to do his regular activities and doesn’t want to come out of it. It takes a lot of time and effort for close relatives to first detect that there is a problem and then convince the person to see a therapist.
Antidepressants are popped by these patients like candy because they are so heavily dependent on it. While most mental illnesses end after treatment and therapy sessions, depression has higher chances of relapse. Finding a natural solution for this issue is imperative and this blog post explores that option.
Depression and Its Causes
There is an uncertainty when it comes to understanding the cause behind depression. Infact, there are many causes but it is hard to determine which is the real trigger.
Emotional exhaustion, physical weakness, stressful situations or some prevailing untreated ailment can cause depression.
Childhood trauma or any trauma from the past like physical abuse, sexual abuse or mental abuse can lead to depression in later life stages. This is because these issues remain unresolved in a person’s mind, and they go on with life, but, at some point there is a breakdown.
Death or loss of a loved one is one of the leading causes because it is not just the physical absence of a person but also the emotional absence that affects your mind. There is a period of grief that arrives when you lose someone but if it prolongs then the person reaches a phase of numbness, which is depression.
A person can experience depression if there is a family history with depression as it can be transferred through the genes. Major changes in life can be a cause too- moving to a new place, change in diet, change of job etc
It can be due to personal reasons such as social isolation or some other ailment which is triggering feelings of loneliness. Some medications can also make a person fall into depression because of their side effects.
Causes of Depression are many and they can only be ascertained by a qualified psychologist. Let us explore the symptoms of Depression which can help us understand what makes it different from sadness.
Symptoms of Depression
- Low on energy
- Feelings of defeat or hopelessness
- Loss of interest in activities
- Loss in appetite
- Insomnia or excessive sleeping
- Low concentration
CBD and Depression
There is no proof that CBD cures or treats depression but there is enough proof that suggests it helps in coping with depression. CBD or Cannabidiol is a naturally occurring cannabinoid in the Cannabis plant with medicinal properties. It cannot get you high as there is a very low amount of the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) concentration in its composition.
Here is how CBD can help Depression:
- Interaction with Endocannabinoid System
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system that is present in our body which regulates mood, appetite, sleep etc. It has two receptors- CB1 and CB2 through which CBD interacts and sends signals across the nervous system to the brain.
- Stimulating Serotonin
When a person is in depression, there is a chemical imbalance in the brain which reduces the necessary hormones. CBD stimulates the activity of serotonin which regulates mood, sleep, appetite etc. It helps in bringing back the balance in the brain chemicals.
- Improves sleep cycle
Melatonin production is affected when a person is in depression and CBD helps regulate it. Melatonin is released when a person should go to sleep and it depends on sunlight for that. When this production is affected, a person has a risk of experiencing insomnia or sleeping too much. CBD not only increases or decreases quantity of sleep but also improves the quality of sleep.
- Improves Appetite
A major symptom of depression is loss of appetite which makes a person weak and there is tremendous weight loss. CBD helps in increasing metabolism and hence helping a person regulate their diet.
- Boosts Energy
The low on energy feeling is common during depression mainly because of emotional exhaustion and low food intake. CBD boosts energy by activating the necessary neurons and regulating daily functioning of the endocannabinoid system.
- Reduces Anxiety
Depression doesn’t come alone, it is accompanied by anxiety attacks. There are bouts of sudden panic attacks which can further worsen a person’s condition. When you consume full spectrum CBD, it gives a therapeutic effect on your body because of the combination of all necessary components. This makes you calmer and helps you cope up with situations.
Scientific Reasoning: CBD for Depression
There have been quite a few scientific researches that have explored the effect of CBD on depression and if it could be used as a potential treatment option.
You can read them here:
A 2010 study on lab mice concluded that CBD displayed “antidepressant like effects comparable to imipramine”, a well-known antidepressant. Positive results showed for motivation as the experiment involved putting mice in a swimming test.
These results were seen again in 2016 when an animal model study similarly found that CBD was an effective antidepressant. It proved that the mice were more motivated because of oral consumption of CBD.
A 2011 study of the endocannabinoid system and its role in overcoming depression also found CBD to be beneficial. The study concluded that “a deficiency in endocannabinoid signalling is sufficient to produce a depressive-like phenotype”.
A 2016 mouse study found that serotonin and glutamate levels significantly increased after dosing with CBD. There were noted to be antidepressant equivalent effects after injecting CBD.
CBD has proved to be useful in helping many ailments, and so far there haven’t been negative results. If you are experiencing depression or someone close to you is experiencing it, you could try some home remedies and pair it with CBD to see if there is any change.