CBD for Anxiety and Depression

CBD for Anxiety and Depression
10 September 2020 m1gh7y-C8D

CBD has become one of the most well-explored chemical compounds taken out from marijuana or cannabis sativa. It offers numerous health assistances and has become more popular because of its non-psychoactive behaviour. The capability of CBD to fix with the endocannabinoid receptors makes it quite helpful for tackling mental health problems, including depression and anxiety.

CBD for anxiety and depression

There are different forms of anxieties affecting our daily lives, and there is no effective treatment method for it. Research suggests that CBD can help treat:

  • Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Panic disorder (PD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Social anxiety disorder (SAD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

CBD can treat the underlying issues that are a significant cause of anxiety. Low levels of serotonin contribute to the development of depression and anxiety. Antidepressant and anti-anxiety medicines given to treat depression and anxiety can cause several health problems such as mood swings, sexual dysfunction, insomnia and agitation.

CBD has the ability to push the serotonin receptors to uptake serotonin, creating a happy feeling and uplifting mood. CBD can also boost the uptake of endocannabinoids which regulate several functions to keep the body in its normal state.

Even though CBD is entirely safe, some users may face vivid dreams or sedation. An optimum dose of CBD can help reduce anxiety; however, you should always consult your health care practitioner for the right quantity and type of CBD.

Side effects of CBD 

Research has proved that CBD has no potential side effect; however, some people still may experience diarrhoea, fatigue, change in weight, appetite and vomiting. It is important to note that CBD can also interact adversely with antidepressants and many other over the counter medications. Make sure to consult your doctor if you are taking any other medicines for other diseases.

References

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