Depression is one of the significant and most prevalent mental health issues around the globe. According to the World Health Organization (see more), almost 300 million people suffer from depression and can be the main reason for 800,000 suicides annually. The age range for suicide is between 15-29 years old, leading many to conclude depression could potentially root from social media use.
Although there’s nothing we could do about the new trend of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social handles, there are different ways to prevent or help relieve depression. Many studies believe that the use of CBD can potentially help patients with their condition. CBD isn’t just a pain reliever or an appetite-stimulating substance anymore. As sicknesses become more advanced, so should our treatments.
CBD has been a controversy around the alternative medicine community and other conservative users. It’s been two years since hemp was allowed to grow industrially, but rumors grew fast as research was slow to make and finish. Today, a handful of studies made abroad and, in some states, exist on the internet, and we’ll be reviewing relevant ones that link to depression.
But First, What Is CBD?
CBD is also known as Cannabidiol by researchers and other professionals in the field. It is a cannabinoid found in both hemp and marijuana, though the former has it in more massive amounts than the latter, which houses THC. For years Cannabidiol was associated with marijuana and thought both were similar. There are distinct differences between them, and they are discussed below.
Cannabidiol is a cannabinoid, while marijuana is a cannabis species. CBD can be found in marijuana, but THC dominates the cannabinoid count in the said plant. THC is Cannabidiol’s sister compound, but unlike the latter, it can induce psychoactive effects to the user. CBD is non-psychoactive and solely gives the benefits of cannabis.
This is why hemp is the primary source of CBD products. Most Cannabidiol companies, like Cheef Botanicals, make sure their formulas have the same cannabinoid amount as stated on their label. Customers can also access this through their 3rd-party lab test with public access. This lab test will ensure the right number of cannabinoids are in their formula to ensure its quality and potency.
Though THC is a no-no in pet-centric products, the human body has a high threshold for it. Some products tailored for human use add a little THC to their formula within the legal margin the FDA gave (less than 0.3%). This is to make sure the entourage effect takes place in the body. It is when one or more cannabinoid enhances the impact of the product through a synergistic relationship.
If companies are found out to have more than 0.3%, have contaminants in their formula (like heavy metals), used harmful extraction methods, inadequate cannabidiol amounts, their companies or hemp farms could be closed down for good, plus a fine to pay.
CBD And Depression
For years, many studies have tried to show the positive effects on mental health issues. One of these issues they found success in is depression, which affects a large chunk of the human population. This study: https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-019-0012-y is particularly strong on pushing the effectiveness of Cannabidiol to depression, anxiety, etc.
You might think it seems too good to be accurate, but there is a scientific and biological explanation for this. There is a system called the endocannabinoid system in our bodies (even in your pet’s). It focuses on maintaining balance in your body. This means it maintains normal blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, hormones, etc. This role seems almost non-coincidental with how Cannabidiol’s mechanism of action is similar.
Within the system, there are receptors, but depression reacts more to the CB2 receptor found in the brain. Once endocannabinoids or phytocannabinoids stimulate it, an antidepressant effect is brought about. Users could feel a sense of uplifting, a light feeling, and go about their daily activities compared to their state before taking the products.
Though Cannabidiol isn’t the to-go for undiagnosed depression, it still is an excellent choice to consider for those that can’t find any effect in traditional treatments. Before trying Cannabidiol, it is suggested to take medical advice and leave Cannabidiol as a last resort.