All of us go through a phase of this at some point in our lives. And most of us, when feeling like this makes a complete recovery and all ends well and it gets sorted with the help of a good conversation with a trusted friend or a good night’s rest. Or both. And we carry on as if nothing was wrong at all just a day or two ago.
But there are those cases where someone just cannot seem to get out of the depth of despair that depression has dumped them into.
It seems to be an eternal vortex that they just cannot seem to escape from, and they need help urgently. This can happen when someone is predisposed due to inherited factors. Or when circumstances are simply too hard to handle and a person becomes continually depressed because of that.
Treating the Symptoms or the Cause of Depression
When depression drives you to see the doctor for help, he is likely to prescribe a light anti-depressant for a period. And move on to something stronger of the first medication does not work.
Whatever the case may be, statistics show that only about 66% of patients treated for depression.
For the rest of the patients anti-depressants will probably alleviate the feeling of depression. But without treating the cause, so as soon as you go off the meds, the depression is bound to return with a vengeance. Besides the symptoms already mentioned, depression may also cause insomnia, loss of appetite and/or daily activities, listlessness etc.
Even in the people that do benefit from using antidepressants, the side effects are concerning.
A good example is the heavy strain that long term use of antidepressants puts on the patient’s kidneys to cleanse the blood from the chemicals contained in the drugs.
Addiction of Antidepressants
Anti-depressants are also extremely addictive. Withdrawal symptoms when discontinued include dizziness, headache, nausea and hallucinations. Recent studies also suggest a high rate of suicide while using anti-depressants. You also need to follow a strict administration schedule, and incorrect dosages may cause illness and adverse side effects.
Treating Depression with CBD
Since the very first time that medical marijuana has been used, people have been ranting on about the healing aspects of the Cannabis plant. Recent studies have shown that CBD also has a great many healing benefits, yet completely without psychoactive reactions. Researchers found that, although also a Cannabinoid, CBD is a completely non-psychoactive substance. And that it works to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC.
More and more research has been done on CBD. Which is now considered a miracle compound because of its great success rate regarding the treatment of all types of epileptic seizure conditions.
CBD has now also been found to be able to successfully and effectively treat depression.
A number of OBX mice (surgically modified as a stand-in for tests with depression meds) were recently tested. The results showed a near instant improvement in mice that were treated with CBD. Observing the mice 30 minutes after treatment with CBD displayed a noticeable decrease in hyperactivity. Which is a distinct symptom of hyperactivity as well as depression in humans.
Why Should CBD be Considered for Depression?
CBD (Cannabidiol) is one of approximately 70 active ingredients found in Cannabis. But unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is another active ingredient of Cannabis and is a psychoactive substance, CBD in not psychoactive at all.
It has been proven that CBD can actually counteract the psychoactive quality if THC. It has also been found useful in the treatment of depression and compared to chemical antidepressant drugs, CBD’s side effects are close to non-existent. And the depression alleviating effects of CBD are almost immediate.
Who Can Benefit from Using CBD for Depression?
Anybody can use CBD for depression without fear. It is not a psychoactive substance, so there is no danger of getting “high” from it. There are also no adverse side effects when using CBD products.
It is, however, important to remember that during a pregnancy or in case you have any other disease. That you should discuss the use of CBD for depression with your medial practitioner or health care professional.
CBD is currently legal in all the states of USA and can be obtained by any person over the age of 18.