Sadness, not feeling like getting up in the morning, lacking the desire to do things – we all have these feelings from time to time. It is normal for human beings, especially in the wintertime, when it is grey and cold outside. Also chronic pain from issues such as arthritis, injuries, prolapsed disc, PSTD and more can be the cause of depression. Additionally 60% of children with diagnosable depression are not getting treatment, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute – Children´s Mental Report.
Fortunately we have a natural remedy called CBD oil when these feelings overwhelm us.
CBD has alleviated symptoms of anxiety and depression for thousands of years and research has finally isolated how it works. CBD activates the 5-HT1A receptor, which is involved in how the brain interacts with serotonin – one of four main molecules in the brain related to feeling of happiness and well-being.
Depression is also been linked to gastro-intestinal diseases because serotonin is also produced in the gut. People are reporting tremendous benefits for gut health using CBD, and this might be another reason why people are being relieved from depression.
And lastly, inflammation and depression are strongly linked, and CBD is a proven anti-inflammatory. When treating inflammation, we are simultaneously treating depression.
If you seek medical help for depression you will most likely be prescribed medication that targets the serotonin system, like Prozak and Zolok, called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI). These medications work by blocking the Serotonin reabsorption in the brain so there is more Serotonin available. However, these SSRSs have a long list of adverse side effects, suicidal thoughts being one of them.
CBD indirectly affect the same Serotonin receptors as SSRSs, but without the side effects. Unfortunately, most medical providers have very little knowledge on the endocannabinoid system and the therapeutic effects of CBD.