What is Depression?
What causes depression and anxiety? Why do so many Americans suffer from these debilitating ailments, often ending in social isolation and suicide? Doctors have been haunted by this troubling question for ages. Thanks to the miracle of modern medicine, research on the endocannabinoid system may be unearthing new answers.
It’s a widely known fact that the human body contains a system of chemical receptors known as cannabinoid receptors. As such, there are natural cannabinoid producers to interact with these receptors. This is called the endocannabinoid system and the majority of communication occurs in the brain. When abnormalities and imbalances occur between the synapses within the endocannabinoid system, it can have a profound effect on a person’s mood. These mood irregularities manifest themselves as psychological ailments – anxiety, depression, PTSD. Scientists have been studying ways to correct imbalances within the endocannabinoid system through cannabidiol treatments, otherwise known as CBD.
It’s helpful to think of this system as a bunch of wires and your body as a light. If the wires are working at full capacity, then the light will burn bright. If there is something inhibiting the wires from conducting their electricity, then the light will start to get dim. In that case we need to remove whatever’s blocking the wires or, if the wires are broken, improve the flow of the surrounding wires because nobody likes sitting in a room with a dark light.
Your Brain on CBD
Cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive compound found in hemp and cannabis. It has effects which mitigate the feelings induced by THC in cannabis. For extracting pure CBD, the hemp plant is the perfect candidate. CBD effects humans by indirectly activating the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain and increasing the production of naturally occurring endocannabinoids. What’s the secret to this improved production of endocannabinoids? CBD acts as an inhibitor of enzymes that might normally break down these endocannabinoids before they have a chance to bind to their receptors. Because the CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated by endogenous endocannabinoids instead of THC, there is no high associated with treatment from CBD.
By exciting the dormant synapses (the brain’s latent wire connections) CBD restores balance in the receptors. Studies have shown CBD treatments are highly promising in the areas of treating depression and anxiety – both of which are caused by imbalances in the brain. CBD has amazing potential for psychiatric treatment in patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and PTSD because, once inside the body, it acts like an antidepressant or anxiolytic in the way that it enforces chemical regulation.
It’s worth a try
Many people suffering from depression, anxiety, and PTSD feel like there is no way out and often feel worse side effects from pharmaceutical treatment than their initial disorder. We are just beginning to break new ground in learning the mechanisms of the brain. We are discovering new ways, safer ways, to treat people who may be suffering. CBD has been groundbreaking, promising, and life-saving for many people. If you’re one of the millions suffering from depression, anxiety, or PTSD, or have loved ones suffering, talk to your local caregiver about the possibilities of CBD. It can be life-changing.
If you’d like to try CBD and see if it works for you then check out the article we published here.