Cannabidiol (CBD) has been quite the buzz these days. For those that don’t know, CBD is commonly derived from the hemp plant. The product is typically extracted as an oil and used as a tincture. Most CBD products will not produce a “high” feeling. This makes CBD an effective treatment for various diseases and ailments.
Recently, CBD has been gaining popularity for its treatment of various mental illnesses. Most people first hear about CBD being used to treat anxiety. This is the most known mental illness among many people today. As CBD is becoming more and more trendy, people are beginning to wonder if CBD can “really” provide the benefits companies are claiming. Those that are just now learning about CBD wonder if it’s just another “fad” or “hoax.”
I have written this article to explain the various mental health problems that CBD has been known to relieve. I hope the article will help clear up any confusion among newcomers and provide reliable evidence behind these claims. I have referenced various scientific studies at the end of the article that will help you continue with your research.
In this section. I will briefly mention the various mental health problems that CBD has been known to relieve. I will only go into detail on a few throughout the article.
Through animal testing and studies on humans, scientists believe that CBD can benefit those suffering from schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis, substance abuse disorder, and even symptoms of autism.
I will provide additional detail focusing on anxiety and depression. These two mental health illnesses impact the most people compared to other mental illnesses. Anxiety affects over 40 million people in the U.S. alone. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide. These numbers are shocking. Many of those suffering don’t seek help, and if they do, they are prescribed medications that can lead to additional problems like addiction.
CBD and even psychoactive marijuana have shown promising results for those suffering from anxiety. In one study, human models were given 300 mg of CBD. This caused a significant decrease in anxiety levels after a simulated public speaking test. In another study, 600 mg of CBD were given to patients suffering from social anxiety disorder. The subjects experienced a significant decrease in anxiety and showed less cognitive impairment.
These positive results provide light into the therapeutic benefits of using CBD during clinical therapy. Many doctors will not begin to incorporate CBD into their practice until additional research is done.
CBD has been thought to alleviate symptoms of depression, but most studies have only been conducted on animal models. In a 2014 study, CBD acted as an effective antidepressant when given to rats. The same results were shown in a 2018 study when scientists found that CBD can produce rapid antidepressant effects, and these effects were sustained overtime. These scientists concluded that, “Cannabidiol induces rapid and sustained antidepressant-like effects through increased BDNF signaling and synaptogenesis in the prefrontal cortex.”
Some readers may be more curious as to “how” CBD interacts with the brain to produce these effects. We now know that CBD creates a positive reaction to serotonin receptors in the brain. The compound produces these effects through its involvement with 5-HT1A receptors.
Is it right for you?
CBD is an effective compound that is beginning to gain popularity as an alternative medicine. Even though we are beginning to see promising evidence for the future use of CBD for treating mental health problems, we need more human research to determine if it is safe and effective. Recent studies suggest that CBD can provide an effective and safe natural treatment for various health issues. So far, we know that CBD has potential, and the compound is non-habit forming, meaning that users are not at risk of developing an addiction. Before deciding that CBD is right for you, consult with a doctor about how to use it and the risk of interactions with other medications. I hope you found this article helpful. As always, do your own research before using CBD. Happy Hemping!
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been known to treat epilepsy, anxiety, depression, pain, insomnia, and many other health conditions. CBD is commonly extracted and digested as an oil. There are many ways to extract CBD. Typically, companies use CO2 to extract the compound. Other companies use fatty oils combined with heat to bond the compounds together, sometimes even using the whole plant. When extracted, CBD can be isolated. This means that the final product contains no other compounds that are found in the cannabis plant. You may have noticed that many of the CBD products available are advertised as “CBD Isolate” or “Full Spectrum CBD.” Full spectrum CBD contains all the compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant. This could be other cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Each form of CBD can provide your body with different effects. Even the plant your CBD was derived from can vary on potency. The different forms can become confusing for consumers. You may be wondering, which form of CBD is best for me? I have written this article to discuss the differences between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate to help you make the best choice.
Let’s first start with CBD isolate. CBD isolate is commonly seen as a powder, but can still be digested as an oil. The isolate contains only CBD. All of the plant matter and compounds are removed. CBD isolate contains no THC, this means that there is no possibility of psychoactive effects. This can be helpful for those who want to benefit from CBD, but may have to take a drug screening test. This can be ideal for those that are sensitive to THC or first time users. When digested, the product is tasteless and odorless. The product is commonly extracted from hemp, due to the low amount of THC naturally found in the plant.
Even though CBD isolate can benefit your body, you may not be utilizing the medicinal potential found in full spectrum CBD. The spectrum of all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils creates an “Entourage Effect.” This means that all of the compounds used together magnify the effects of each cannabinoid. This can provide more relief. Studies have shown that CBD isolate does not increase with higher dosages. Compared with full spectrum CBD, the effects are enhanced with increased amounts. This makes full spectrum CBD the ideal choice for medicinal uses.
The decision comes down to what the user wants from their CBD. As discussed, CBD isolate will not test positive for THC on a drug screening, and the product is tasteless and odorless. The product has no risk of causing psychoactive effects. This is the purest form of CBD. However, the medicinal benefits are not as broad. Full spectrum CBD will provide you with the full benefits of the cannabis plant. This can be ideal for medical patients that don’t want to get high. Research into CBD will continue as the plant becomes legal. This will be very important for future medicine. Until then, it may take some time to figure out what is best for you. I hope you enjoyed the article. Keep spreading the word on the benefits of CBD!
Sean Huber has been working in the cannabis industry for five years. His experience includes hempcrete construction, cannabis cultivation, social media marketing, and cannabis accounting services.
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