Treat Depression with Cannabis Oil
We live in exciting times where the world is starting to accept that it is possible to treat depression with cannabis oil. Minds are opening to new therapies and new medications which are less harmful to body and mind than many other prescribed pharmaceuticals. We also live in depressing times where events in the world can be overwhelming: climate change, disastrous weather patterns, too much to do in busy lifestyles, work pressures, parenting pressures, traffic stress, addiction issues and so much more. But knowing that it is possible to treat depression with cannabis oil provides a sense of relief for many people who are depressed.
CBD-Enriched Cannabis Oil Can Help Relieve Depression
The cannabis plant consists of numerous cannabinoids which interact with the endocannabinoid system within the human body. The two most common cannabinoids are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), both powerful healing agents. THC is a psychoactive cannabinoid which can cause side effects such as paranoia, anxiety and fatigue. It is also a natural healer if used responsibly. But CBD is completely natural and non-psychotic with no side effects whatsoever. It can also act faster and safer than conventional medications – which often cause harmful side effects. So how do you treat depresssion with cannabis oil? You make sure it is CBD-enriched!
The Endocannabinoid System in Balance
Receptors in the endocannabinoid system respond to cannabinoids in the cannabis plant and CBD is the cannabinoid which has a huge positive effect on mental issues. The CB1 receptor is found in the brain and running through the central nervous system. Often, depression can be caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, and it is a fact that depression finds its roots in the nervous system. When someone is depressed, it is a direct sign that their endocannabinoid system is out of balance and this immediately affects moods, quality of sleep, energy levels, bodily functions and diet. The body’s innate homeostasis is compromised and it makes sense to find the balance again and then back to real health. When out of balance, the body is dis-eased and needs to regain its immune system health.
CBD is an Anti-Depressant
Research has shown that CBD is an anti-depressant and can treat anxiety. Using cannabis oil to treat depression gets faster results than your common anti-depressant pills. While stimulating the endocannabinoid system, the cannabis oil also assists with the development of nervous system tissues. Mixing CBD with THC mitigates the psychocative qualiteis of the THC which then addresses depression. The THC changes the way we react to negative emotions and events in our lives as it interacts with receptors in the brain linked to our endocannabinoid systems. Using the THC-CBD blend, or CBD on its own, treats depression, allowing patients calmness and a chance to sleep better, eat better and enjoy elevated moods.
What is Depression?
Depression can be defined as a feeling of emptiness or sadness which can last a few weeks to many years. There are varying degrees of depression, ranging from bouts of sadness during the week to extreme bipolar disorder issues, with extreme highs and lows that last weeks. Symptoms include anger, irritability, loss of interest in hobbies, loss of memory, anxiety, restlessness, and even thoughts of suicide. Patients feel extremely tired, grumpy, in pain, experience weight loss or gain, cannot sleep or sleep too much and cannot make decisions or concentrate. Depression can be caused by:
- abuse of addictive substances
- disease or pain
- low self esteem
- physical, verbal or sexual abuse
- post traumatic stress disorder
Medical Cannabis Oil Can Treat Depression
Medical cannabis oil can treat depression as it returns the endocannabinoid system to a balance of moods, immune system functioning, metabolic functioning and general health. Endocannabinoids (chemical compounds produced by the body) in the brain regulate physical activity, thoughts, emotions, behaviours and more. Cannabis cannabinoids are similar so can play a similar role. Chronic stress has been found to reduce the creation of endocannabinoids in the brain which is where cannabis oil can help to return the brain to its normal levels of functioning which may ease the depression.