Over 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders in the United States—myself included. Then to top it off, many of the same people — over 300 million worldwide also suffer from depression. It’s a double whammy.
Treatment for these disorders typically include things like therapy and prescription medications. However, if you are wanting to skip the antidepressants and take a more natural approach you could try CBD Oils.
What Are CBD Oils?
When I first heard of CBD oils, I didn’t know what to think. Was it just marijuana in oil form? With the rise of states legalizing marijuana, were states just looking for new ways to market this ‘new’ product?
I was right and wrong.
CBD or cannabidiol is an oil made from the flowers and buds of marijuana or hemp plants. These oils are starting to be known for helping depression and anxiety without the mind-altering effects that marijuana produces.
CBD can be taken in many forms. Capsules, edibles, creams, vapes, and of course, CBD oil as well as several others.
Can CBD Oils Get Me High?
If you are worried about these oils getting you ‘high’, there’s no need for that. Like most, when I first heard about CBD I associated it with traditional marijuana and thought it could get people ‘high’. That’s not really true.
CBD oils do not contain the psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) compound that marijuana is known for, which can cause marijuana abuse and dependence. However, some may contain very little trace amounts depending on its source.
Are CBD Oils Legal?
Yes, if derived from hemp plants but sort of if made from a marijuana plant.
If CBD oils are made from the marijuana plant it’s legality depends on where marijuana is legal. Out of the 50 states CBD oils are legal in 33 of them whether it be for medical or recreational reasons.
However, if the CBD oil is made from a hemp plant it’s legal in all 50 states.
If you are considering using CBD oils for any reason please look up the laws in your state. Some states have very specific and picky rules.
It’s better to follow the rules then spend some unneeded time in jail, right?
Helping Depression And Anxiety With CBD Oils
Everyone has heard about marijuana being prescribed to cancer patients for pain and nausea. Or, about how it relaxes you. These same types of benefits are in CBD oils.
Please note CBD has not been approved by the FDA to treat anything at this time.
The Endocannabinoid System
One of the lesser-known systems in the human body is the Endocannabinoid System. This system helps promote homeostasis (you know, balance) in the body.
Apparently, the body contains a lot of cannabinoid receptors and even makes its own cannabinoid-like chemicals. In fact, there are more cannabinoid receptors than any other neuromodulatory receptors in the body.
Plant cannabinoids can connect to these natural receptors in the body to improve mood, among other things.
The Endocannabinoid System is why plants like marijuana have been used for medicinal purposes for a long time.
It makes me think of old movies where the tribe healer would mix up a potion of plants to heal someone.
With depression and anxiety, plant cannabinoids increase the amount of serotonin production.
In case you didn’t know, serotonin can improve mood and reduce stress. It’s like a natural mood stabilizer which is something someone suffering from depression and anxiety desperately needs.
Someone suffering from depression and anxiety often also has a smaller hippocampus. The hippocampus is responsible for controlling some basic emotions—you know like fight or flight.
The smaller the hippocampus is the less willpower someone has to do things. CBD oil can help stimulate new neurons to grow which is similar to what antidepressants do.
There have been several studies that have shown CBD oil to improve the way the brain responds to anxiety. Overall, it made people suffering from anxiety feel generally better but a lot more research still needs to be done.
I suspect with the increasing legalization of marijuana more and more research will be done on this subject. As of right now, the lack of scientific research and regulation makes this type of treatment a personal decision.
Are you looking for a natural alternative to modern medications? Then helping depression and anxiety with CBD oils is worth looking into. It can help improve your mood and reduce stress levels without the need for a prescription.
If this is the path you want to take, I would suggest talking to a doctor who has experience with CBD products. They may be able to give you further insight into how it can help you and suggest safe dosages.