Updated: Apr 6
The world of herbal remedies is often scoffed at by those in the medical profession. But CBD seems to be different. Although many praise the product for its healing prowess (treating everything from gastro disorders to insomnia, anxiety, depression, and many more), the compound is also being used for mental problems like anxiety and depression.
What is CBD Again?
If you want to skip the CBD recap, simply skim past the paragraph and onto the next one below. But if you want a quick summary, stick with us. There are many different cannabinoids, a naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant, and CBD is one of them. Although one of almost a hundred, CBD is one of two of the most well-known cannabinoids and is also one of the most abundantly found in the cannabis plant. Although it contains no psychoactive effects, it is celebrated by folks worldwide for numerous health benefits, including depression and anxiety.
CBD products made from hemp can be quite different from CBD products derived from other types of cannabis plants. Because hemp contains no noticeable amount of THC, your CBD product made with CBD derived from hemp should not have any of the psychoactive effects that come from THC.
Navigating the sea of information on CBD and cannabis products can be overwhelming. While you should never begin any new supplement or product without having a chat with your trusted medical professional, it is especially true for CBD and those already on existing medication.
What makes CBD different?
The short and sweet answer is the sheer volume of people benefiting from CBD, even without the human trials to back them up. That, and CBD does not trigger any hallucinogenic responses.
Why CBD for Anxiety and Depression?
There are trials, reviews, and studies that suggest positive reports such as this article published in the Frontiers in Immunology, where the researchers discovered that CBD could dissipate angst visibly, in a way that doctors can quite visibly see on scans.
More research, a large number of animal studies, in particular, suggest that CBD could be an
effective antidepressant. The research indicates that CBD could reduce depression and help with mental problems because of how the cannabinoid interacts with serotonin receptors located in the brain.
Why Does Serotonin Matter?
Serotonin is the primary neurotransmitter that affects many functions, including mood regulation. Many pharmaceutical drugs are designed to increase the serotonin levels in the brain, and serotonin is linked to feelings of contentedness, well being, and happiness.
More studies indicate that CBD can affect the levels of produced serotonin but more specifically on the brain's sensitivity to the natural chemical. These research papers suggest that CBD could help the brain respond to the serotonin that is already being produced.
More research endeavours uncover how CBD has an apparent stress-reducing ability- which could be precisely why those with anxiety or depression are turning to CBD to help manage these conditions.
But How Does CBD Oil Work?
If we want to understand how CBD oil affects the body and the brain, we should begin by looking at the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is an extensive system in the body that can be likened to a communication network.
The ECS is composed of receptors that are located throughout the body, brain, and nervous system. With every pain, movement, internal function, temperature, memory, mood, or sensation, communication is happening within the body- signals a