The truth is, as Cannabidiol (more commonly known as CBD) gains popularity in today’s society, more people are using it to their advantage – particularly when it comes to improving their mental health. CBD is commonly known for treating ailments such as chronic pain, however not many people are aware that CBD is also great for treating mental health ailments such as depression and anxiety. CBD has proven to be an effective tool in managing these conditions, and helping those who suffer from them live happy, productive lives.
A 2014 Stats Can survey found that 4.7% of Canadians currently suffer from major depression. Moreover, a similar survey from Stats Can found that 11.6% of Canadian adults suffer from anxiety, or similar mood disorders. These numbers along are a huge signal of the potentially vital role that CBD could play in improving the mental health of Canadians.
CBD as a Depression Management Tool
CBD is by no means a cure for depression, but it is a very effective tool in treating and managing its symptoms. This is thanks to the human body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating functions such as mood, sleep patterns, appetite, and pain perception. CBD stimulates our bodies’ cannabinoid cells – CB1 and CB3 – which enhances their ability to do their job in managing those functions properly.
CBD has also been clinically proven to boost your body’s serotonin production – a chemical whose main job is to regulate stress and manage your mood. For example, vaporizing CBD immediately stimulates brain activity, intensifying the bond between those cells and serotonin. CBD studies performed on lab mice have gone on to reinforce its anti-depressant properties – those who were administered CBD showed more motivation and physical endurance than their non-CBD dosed peers.
CBD and Your Anxiety
Along with a proper diet and regular exercise, numerous studies have found CBD to be one of the front-running methods in combating anxiety. Vaporizing Cannabidiol is able to reduce stress and anxiety by subduing the detrimental effects of negative past experiences, and fully allowing you to focus on the present moment.
A 2011 study on individuals suffering from Social Anxiety Disorder found that CBD greatly reduced their stress levels in certain high-pressure social situations, such as public speaking engagements and networking events. Although their anxiety levels didn’t completely vanish, CBD allowed them to simply function more normally – and happily – than they otherwise would have.
A similar series of studies found that CBD was also an effective tool in combating and reducing anxiety ‘trigger points’, proving it to be a comprehensive and effective tool in one’s treatment arsenal.
How CBD Can Help Substance Abuse Withdrawal
As CBD has gained public popularity, so has its role in the safe and effective treatment of substance abuse withdrawal symptoms – especially in the midst of the growing opiod crisis.
Studies have concluded that vaporizing CBD can significantly alleviate withdrawal symptoms, at all points of addiction. This is achieved due to its properties of counteracting depression, anxiety, psychosis, and general pain.
More specifically, when you vaporize CBD, your brain’s ‘reward processes’ are rewritten, meaning that the euphoric sensation that is commonly produced by drugs is greatly diminished. Moreover, vaping CBD helps addicted individuals work through the tougher symptoms of withdrawal such as anxiety, pain, sleeplessness, and most importantly: cravings. CBD has shown incredible progress in helping addicts get off the substances they are addicted to, and keeping them off.