What is Depression?
3 Million. Think about that number for a second. 3 million people suffer from some form of depression each year. Let’s break it down even further. Depression affects an estimated one in 15 adult in any given year, according to the AMA. Depression (major depressive order) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression can strike at anytime in many different forms:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Peripartum Depression (previously postpartum depression)
- Seasonal Depression
- Persistent Depression Disorder
- Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
- Disruptive Mood dysregulation disorder
- Bipolar Disorders
Depression is a mental condition that presents mental and physical symptoms. Several factors result in developing depression such as being born with a chemical imbalance, traumatic or unfortunate events. No matter how a person develops depression, if not recognized and treated can become a more serious issue.
How does CBD help depression?
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is another, much more famous cannabinoid. Unlike THC, however, which is psychoactive and responsible for the “high” associated with cannabis, CBD is non-psychoactive and interacts with endocannabinoid receptors in a different, more indirect way. Additionally, and uniquely, CBD interacts directly with other receptors too, including those for dopamine and serotonin.
When ingested, CBD oil can influence brain activity. One effect of this is that it stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine throughout the body. Two studies recently discovered this. One, conducted in 2011 while analyzing the modulation of serotonin in endocannabinoid signaling, found “ample evidence that endocannabinoids are important regulators of stress responses.”
This leads scientists to conclude that, during depression, phytocannabinoids, or those found in plants, such as CBD, are able to regulate your response to stress. Another study, led by Jose Alexandre Crippa and colleagues at King’s College in London and the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil found that, at high levels, CBD reduces anxiety by directly activating the 5-TH1A, or hydroxytryptamine, serotonin receptor.