Understanding Human Depression
We all become sad right? Life is hard and from time to time human beings tend to face some ups and downs which change their emotional state to feeling “Sad”. But here’s the thing, for individuals who are suffering from depression, this feeling of “Sadness” tends to extend from being a temporary mood swing to a constant and ever-growing problem.
This constant feeling of sadness soon turns into helplessness, hopelessness or even loss of appetite and the will to live!
Depressions come in a lot of variety and how it affects a person, largely depend on the psychology and physical chemistry of an individual.
Even still, some of the common signs and symptoms of depression include
- A Sensation of hopelessness and helplessness
- Always feeling lethargic
- Either going through insomnia of sleeping in excessive amounts
- Abnormal increase of decrease in weight
- Loss of excitement in day to day activities
- Having a feeling of no purpose in life and losing the will to move forward
- Anxiety attacks
- Loss of sex drive
- Rise of suicidal tendencies
At the moment, the most popular means of treating depression is taking a series of allopathic medications such as anti-depressants. However, the results of these anti-depressants aren’t always satisfactory.
The problem with anti-depressants is that they usually take weeks, if not months to actually start working and show any significant different when it comes to dealing with depression. And the worst part of it all, is the fact that even if it works, it generally tends to work for 1 out of every 3 patients!
And even if it works, the side effects of anti-depressants makes it a very risky venture as prolonged exposure to anti-depressants often leads to addiction and a myriad of side effects such as
- Abnormal weight gain
- Loss of sexual desired
- Blurred vision
Just to name a few.
If you have been diagnosed with depression or you are absolutely certain that you are going through a phase of depression, then chances are that you are already under some form of anti-depressant due to the lack of any other solution!
The good news for you is that, CBD is actually turning out to be one of the most powerful anti-depressant on the planet without any side effects!
But for those who don’t know, let me talk a bit about CBD first.
The Brief Insight Into CBD
First let me take a moment to clear off the very common misconception that plagues mankind which forces them to believe that Marijuana can only be used for recreational purposes. They are, as a matter of fact dead wrong. A regular Marijuana strand is compose of more than 80 different compounds, each with their own attributes, but the two that mostly comes to the spotlight are CBD and THC. The latter is the compound responsible mostly for the euphoric feelings as that strain is highly psychoactive, but CBD in contrast is the biologically active and non-psychoactive strand which has the potential to be used for the treatment of hundreds of potential disease.
How Cannabis Is Helping Your Depression
The process of how CBD actually helps to treat or even cure depression to a great extent is a little bit complicated, but not difficult to understand if explained properly!
The key thing to remember here is that depression itself comes in a number of different forms and is very closely related to chronic stress, brain inflammation and a number of different traits.
CBD tends to work by dealing with each of these symptoms separately which results in the solution.
If we were to consider chronic stress, we have to look at the soothing property of Endocannabinoids. What are Endocannabinoids? Well, these are simply the compounds that are found in cannabis, but unlike THC, these are naturally found in our body.
They have a large number of properties which influence and balance our mood by regulating sleep, appetite, immune system etc.
If CBD (which is also a cannabinoid) were to be introduced to the body as a supplemental cannabinoid, it would very easily work with the body as the body is naturally able to accept CBD. It’s relaxing properties will automatically start to take action to lower down stress.
Then comes the topic of inflammation! Over the past years, it has been seen that whenever the mind undergoes an event of depressive episode, the brain seems to suffer from an extreme inflammation which is caused by a rise of proteins called cytokines.
With a proper combination of CBD and THC, it has been seen that cannabis can act as a very strong neuroprotective agent that seems to seamlessly tackle inflammation by encouraging the growth of new brain cells and increasing the recovery of the brain.
Aside from these Cannabis will also help you to get sound sleep and balance your appetite which will also greatly help you to improve your mood.
- Perhaps the most prominent and recent study regarding the case of CBD and depression comes from a federal funded study where OBX mice where used (mice that were genetically modified to replicate the symptoms of human depression) and were injected with a balanced dose of CBD. It was seem that upon 30 minutes of administration, the mice started to show less hyperactivity which is generally considered to be a symptom of human depression and anxiety. Through extrapolation, it can be assumed that CBD might also help to decrease hyperactivity in human beings would mean that human depression might also be treatable through CBD.
- Another study that took place in 2014 at Tel Aviv University found that low doses of THC greatly help to reduce brain swelling and inflammation. According to Mirian Fishbein – Kaminietsky, Mikhal Gafni and Yosef Sarne, since THC was used in very small amounts, the sample mice did not experience any psychoactive effects. But they were relieved of their inflammation. The same thing could also be considered for CBD as CBD essentially holds all the properties of THC without being psychoactive, which makes it perfect for human beings!