Depression has been a hotly talked about topic, in lieu of the several incidents of famous personalities succumbing to their inner demons. Robin Williams, Kurt Cobain, Chester Bennington…the list is long and morose. Talented lives snuffed out in an instant, not because of an accident or being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but because they couldn’t handle what the world was putting them through. Many of those who are reading this, facing depression and fighting the good fight, seek help with family and friends, and don’t shy from getting help from a therapist.
Most doctors prescribe anti-depressants to help juggle the various pins of our minds, but the side effects that these anti-depressants cause are rather many. These show up later in life and cause a worsened chemical imbalance in the mind. This is why there has been an uproar among the scientific community to find a safer alternative. This alternative may come in the form of CBD- the herbal, all-natural medication. The studies that point to the link between CBD and depression, are many.
CBD For Mental Imbalance
Depression is the result of a shortage of ‘feel good’ hormone (anandamide) in your system. Apart from anandamide, there are other chemicals that are linked to excitement and liveliness, such as dopamine & adrenaline, which are not produced in sufficient quantity, causing you to have mood swings and feeling empty/down. CBD can however help tip the balance in your favor.
CBD works by binding to certain receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is responsible for regulating many functions of the body and acts as a pivoting point to various systems such as the endocrine, immune, cardiovascular, central nervous system and many others. The prime focus is, however, on the endocrine and the central nervous system- both of which need to work in perfect condition to maintain mental health.
CBD interacts with the CB1 and the CB2 receptors, which causes a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain. The serotonin receptors are responsible for balancing the emotional states. This means a balanced serotonin level, as triggered by CBD helps significantly in relieving the symptoms of depression and the root cause.
CBD for mental health is being studied more deeply and in time we will be able to find an effective cure for anxiety and depression. Until then, focus on your well-being, be around those you love and place a little trust in CBD, it will help you.