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Depression, a mental disorder accompanied by persistent depressed mood or loss of interest. It hampers one’s day-to-day activities and is the leading cause of disability among approximately 350 million people worldwide.

If it is left untreated, it can lead to a myriad of physical and emotional problems such as guilt, feeling sad, negative thoughts, changes in appetite, sleeping issues, thoughts of death or suicide.

The most common treatment for depression are anti-depressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), antipsychotic drugs and other medicines,

The most common problem with these medicines are various side effects.

However, it has been seen that CBD can be used as an alternative method for treating depression. It is a cannabinoid which is making news in the community for its healing properties. According to many users and number of studies, CBD has been found useful in treating people with depression. Unlike THC, CBD provides relief from pain instead of getting one high.

Endocannabinoid system and its role :

Humans have an endocannabinoid system which comprises of CB1 and CB2. These receptors respond especially to cannabinoids, which are found in the cannabis plant.

The primary endocannabinoid receptor is CB1 receptor, which is located in the brain and throughout the nervous system. The primary endocannabinoid receptor is the CB1 receptor, which is located in the brain and throughout the nervous system.

Depression is the result of chemical imbalance in the brain which can impact person’s nervous system drastically.

Research:

Jose and Alexandra Crippa and his colleagues at the University of San Paulo in Brazil and King’s College in London observed that CBD directly activates 5-HT1A (hydroxytryptamine) serotonin receptor, this promotes the anti-anxiety effect.

In 2014, a study conducted on animals showed that CBD acted as an anti-depressant and anxiolytic-like compound. The animal model was subjected to various tests such as the swim test, conflict tests, and a maze. When they were treated with CBD, the subject showed a lower level of anxiety and depression.

A 2016 study reported, “our results demonstrate that CBD exerts fast and maintained antidepressant-like effects as evidenced by the reversal of the OBX-induced hyperactivity and anhedonia.”

What is the recommended CBD Regimen for Depression?

CBD can be used regularly to get the maximum relief. However, to manage depression, it is recommended to ingest the full spectrum of CBD oil, daily in the form of tincture or gel capsules. People suffering from depression should start with 5-10 mg per day of CBD. If relief is not felt, then you can increase the dosage of CBD. As there are no side effects of CBD, so you can increase the dose to 25mg in the form of gel capsules.

Many people have found relief for a whole day from chronic pain after ingesting CBD. The thing to be noted is that full effects will show after 90 minutes of ingestion.

But, before you start taking CBD oil, ensure that you have medical marijuana recommendation by a licensed doctor; otherwise you can get into trouble as cannabis-derived CBD in illegal in some states.

Don’t worry, get familiarized with your state laws and try CBD today and get relief from the various ailment.