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Throughout history, depression have been the cause of many disasters and much emotional chaos. Even when the sun is shining, the birds are singing and everyone around you seem happy, full of joy and optimism, you may still feel sad and depressed, as if all hope is lost. Depression is a disease characterized by a long-term period of sadness, dejection, less energy, and a lack of interest in things that used to make you happy. Right now, more than 2 million Britons suffer from depression, which is the most predominant mental health problem worldwide. In the following article, we look at how cannabis with CBD has shown to help people with depression.

Most of us go through a time of hardship in our lifetime. And for most of us, this time passes quickly and all turns out well in the end. For some, the support from a good friend can do the trick. Others might just need a good night’s rest in order to proceed as though nothing has happened.

But for those affected more severely, a person cannot simply step out of the depths of despair, anguish and abandonment. It is like an evil circle of bad thoughts that does not seem escapable, and people often need professional help to climb out of this deep, emotional hole. Some can be predisposed to depression due to hereditary factors, while the circumstances and pressures of life can be harder for some to deal with than it is for others. No matter the cause, there is always a solution.

 

Treatment of the symptoms or cause of depression

When people with depression seek professional help, their GP will often prescribe a mild antidepressant. If this does not work, the patient may be offered a stronger medicine. However, antidepressants can actually cause feelings of depression, but will not be able to treat the root cause of the depression.

In addition to the feelings above, depression can also cause feelings of guilt, regret and remorse, as well as trouble sleeping, loss of appetite, inner turmoil, restlessness, and anxiety.

Even for those that benefit from antidepressants, side effects are far from uncommon.

A good example is the heavy load that the long-term use of antidepressants can put on a person’s kidneys, which are under extra pressure to cleanse the blood of the chemicals that the medicines contain. Traces of antidepressant medicines can stay in the body for up to 120 days after taking the last pill.

 

Addiction to antidepressants

Antidepressants can be extremely addictive. While some argue that the pills are not addictive in the usual sense of the word, several scientists and researchers have found there to be a “discontinuation syndrome”. This condition presents itself when a patient tries to stop taking antidepressants, but suffer the dire consequences of doing so: dizziness, headaches, nausea, fever, panic attacks, and hallucinations are among the symptoms of discontinuing a regimen of antidepressants.

As such, antidepressants are not addictive whilst a patient take them, but addiction withdrawal symptoms do occur for many when they try to stop taking the medicine.

”People get the exact same symptoms when they stop taking the drugs and in our view this makes it necessary to categorize SSRI [antidepressant] drugs as addictive,” says Danish scientist Margrethe Nielsen, Ph.D., noting that 37 out of 42 of the symptoms of discontinuation are identical to symptoms of addiction.

The prescription rates of antidepressants in Britain have doubled over the past decade, and the reason for this is simple, according to Dr Robert Lefever:

“The prime purpose of prescribing antidepressants is to enable doctors to avoid being blamed for patients’ suicides.”

Even the National Institute for Health, supported by the NHS, confirm that antidepressants do not work as prescribed. In fact, clinical studies show that the effectiveness of antidepressants are only slightly better than placebo, and with more and more people being “parked” on these types of medicines by their GPs, a natural question needs to be asked:

Is it in the best interest of the patient to take antidepressants?

Unfortunately, there is not simple answer to that question. Each individual reacts differently to any drug, no matter the purpose. But it is relevant to look into alternatives, if you are suffering from depression and do not find relief in what the doctor ordered.

Though we would never advise you to defy you GP, we do believe that there are alternatives out there – and we have made them readily available to you.

 

CBD oil for depression

Since the first time that cannabis oil with CBD was used for medical purposes, people have been seeking out the plant’s natural and healing aspects. recent research have shown that CBD has many beneficial properties and is completely free of the psychoactive effects normally associated with the cannabis plant. Therefore, you cannot get “high” from CBD.

CBD researchers found that in addition to being a non-psychoactive cannabinoid from the cannabis plant, CBD also has anti-psychoactive properties. This means that it can counteract the psychoactivity of THC, the compound that can give you a “high”.

More research needs to be done, but the knowledge and anecdotal evidence of people who have used CBD to ease their ailments shows promise for CBD as a beneficial treatment option for a long line of conditions and diseases. One of them is depression, on which CBd has shown to have greatly beneficial properties.

 

Why consider CBD for depression?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is among the more than 70 active compounds of the cannabis plant, known as cannabinoids. As opposed to its cannabinoid cousin, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non-psychoactive.

in fact, research has shown that CBD can even counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, which is one of the properties that can prove to be beneficial in the treatment of depression. Compared to chemical antidepressant medicines, CBD has virtually no side effects, as it is made from completely natural plant extracts. The calming effects can thereby be a viable alternative treatment option for people with depression.

 

Who can benefit from CBD oil?

Anyone can use CBD for depression. As a non-psychoactive compound, there is no risk of getting “high” or feel any other uncomfortable side effects. While some may feel drugged or a general sense of discomfort when taking prescription medicines filled with chemicals, CBD cause no adverse side effects because it is completely natural.

Scientific proof from animal test studies as well as anecdotal evidence from experienced CBD users, we have started to gain a more in-depth understanding of how CBD oil can benefit the brain and the body. People all over the world, both those affected and unaffected by depression or anxiety, have started to validate the positive effects of CBD as an alternative to the often harmful prescription medicines. And considering the huge social and financial consequences that depression and anxiety has on our society, then CBD shows great potential as a natural addition to the treatment of such conditions.

Why not try a completely natural and harmless treatment option, before diving in to heavy-duty medicines filled with chemicals and nasty side effects?

Though more research is certainly needed, such as randomized and controlled clinical studies of the long-term effects and potential of CBD, the current evidence is hard to argue with: CBD can be a reasonable alternative to the often-used medicines and can even be used as a supplementary element to current therapeutic remedies.

 

CBD is a safe alternative

Our CBD oils are extracted from fully organic hemp plants, which makes the CBD even more pure and safe to use. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes hemp as a food group with the ideal 3:1 ratio of Omega 3 and 6. This optimal relationship between organic compounds and essential fatty acids in perfect balance can help the body sustain its health and even heal itself. And in the long term, the use of CBD could even prevent the probability of developing cardiovascular diseases, diabetes or depression.

Moreover, the WHO also put their stamp of approval on the safety of CBD, when they in December 2017 released a report stating that CBD is safe, has beneficial properties and causes no harm to patients.

No matter which choice you make, we encourage you to consult your GP on the treatment options available for your condition. But in the end, it is fully your decision to make, which treatment your prefer. So make sure to listen to your own body – it is yours to guard and respect.

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