Should You Take CBD Oil for Depression?
By: Ariana Palmieri
If you suffer from depression, you might want to consider using CBD oil as a natural form of symptom relief. CBD has not been proven to cure depression, but more studies are showing the positive benefits CBD has on the brain. Here's what you need to know about CBD oil for depression and ways to use it effectively.
What is depression?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, depression affects n estimated one in 15 adults every year. Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness. It affects the way you feel, think and act. Thankfully, it is treatable. Here are some of the symptoms of depression which can range from mild to severe:
- Feel sad or having a depressed mood
- Trouble sleeping (or sleeping too much)
- Loss of pleasure/interest in activities once enjoyed
- Appetite changes – weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Loss of energy or fatigue
- Difficulty thinking, making decisions, or concentrating
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Slowed movements and speech or increase in purposeless physical activity (ex: pacing)
- Feeling guilty or worthless
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression. Depression is also different from general sadness or grief/bereavement.
CBD and Depression
Luckily, depression is treatable. More people each year are discovering CBD oil is a natural option for alleviating some of their symptoms. It doesn't cure depression, to be clear. Rather, studies show that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system: This is a collection of cell receptors. The corresponding molecules in the human body help regulate essential human functions such as sleep, appetite, mood, pain, and pleasure.
Unlike THC, CBD has a more indirect interaction with these cell receptors. At the same time, CBD has the unique ability to directly interact with other cell receptors, including serotonin and dopamine receptors. Thus, when ingested, CBD influences brain activity and one (happy) byproduct is the release of serotonin and dopamine throughout the body. This, in turn, lessens the symptoms of depression and helps people cope with stressful situations better.
While this is fantastic news, more research needs to be done before CBD oil can be considered an alternative to prescription medication. Any changes to treatment should always be made with the advice of a medical professional first, too.
How to use CBD oil for depression
If you'd like to give CBD oil a shot, we recommend our 1000mg full spectrum CBD oil. For the best results, take a drop or two under the tongue and let it sit there for a few seconds before swallowing. Our CBD oil can also be added to drinks, shakes or smoothies too. This will last you a while and is the most direct way to get CBD oil into your system. If you prefer, you can also try some CBD infused honey instead. It's sweet, delicious, and can be used any way regular honey is used.
Ariana Palmieri is a green beauty blogger who strives to live as eco-friendly as possible. In July 2015 she started her blog, Greenify-Me, to document her own journey with sustainable products and makeup that would benefit the environment. In her spare time she loves to read wellness-related books, devour sushi, drink bubble tea with her boyfriend, and befriend stray cats.