Depression and major depression disorders are the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in the world.
In the last year, nearly 7% of adults have suffered from one major depressive episode – lasting two weeks or longer – with 10 percent of physician office visits mentioning depression as a topic of conversation.
The potential negative effects of depression are great; each year, over 44,000 American lives are lost to suicide, with depression noted as a common link.
For those who seek help, therapy, lifestyle changes and medications are often recommended. Unfortunately, finding a target treatment is often a long process with periods of worsening depression and other side effects, including:
Currently, researchers are looking for a better way. Studies are currently being conducted to create a novel line of anti-depressants (that affect and help regulate the endocannabinoid system) using cannabinoids like CBD as a more natural treatment option.
Preclinical and research findings indicate that, by enhancing the signaling of the endocannabinoid system, CBD may be able to reduce activity related to neuroendocrine stress while enhancing serotonergic and noradrenergic transmission – similar to how current anti-depressants function, but without the side effects.
Other research indicates that CBD may provide more fast acting benefits, with a shorter time period between consumption and positive effects for those suffering from depression.
The fact that CBD can help to combat the side effects of depression, allowing sufferers to function at their optimal level of performance, is nothing short of positive.
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