CBD and mental Health

Effects of CBD For Mental Health

What you need to know….

In 2017, 3.8% of the global population was reported to suffer from anxiety disorders by Our World in Data. One out of ten people get diagnosed with a mental health disorder globally. Anxiety outpaced depression, making it the most common mental health disorder. Rather than commonly prescribed treatments, most people are turning to CBD products to treat their mental health disorders. Whether it’s using, CBD oil for anxiety and depression, to cbd edibles for an easy way to medicate any time of day.

People with anxiety or depression disorders are more likely to visit a healthcare provider and even more likely to get hospitalised for psychiatric disorders than those not suffering from anxiety disorders.

Anxiety, PTSD, DEpression, and more…

41% of cannabis users were reported to swap their anti-anxiety medications for cannabis in a survey conducted in 2017, with 40% attesting to the fact that CBD was more effective in relieving medical conditions like anxiety.

Most people with anxiety fail to seek the right treatment because the cost of treatment in the US is expensive. A low-cost treatment like cognitive-behavioural therapies cost roughly $100-$120 or more per hour.

An average citizen with minimum wage suffering from anxiety may have to work several jobs just to afford a session. To top that up, not all healthcare insurers provide coverage for specific medications, which makes it even more difficult for those suffering from anxiety to manage the symptoms.

Hence, many people suffering from anxiety prefer to turn down medical treatment and cognitive therapies and turn towards Cannabidiol or CBD to manage and help treat their anxiety.

However, Cannabis has been previously deemed unsafe by health regulators because of its psychotropic cannabis counterpart – THC – the compound that makes one ‘high’. Luckily, extensive research has helped undermine these previous stereotypes regarding cannabidiol and CBD and proved that it could provide therapeutic benefits to patients.

Is CBD Effective for treating mental health disorders?

Research shows that CBD can help treat severe medical conditions like multiple sclerosis, cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, and depression. Hence, CBD products like tinctures, patches, and topical have become popular because they do not need direct consumption, as all you have to do is apply the oil, patch, or cream on your body.

CBD products have been products of interest in treating social anxiety and anxiety disorders. FDA even approved the use of cannabidiol in treating epilepsy. A recent clinical trial has shown that CBD can effectively reduce anxiety.

The Permanente Journal published a study reporting that 79% of participants experienced a reduction in anxiety. Hence, these preliminary results on the positive effects of CBD have made mental health advocates to consider CBD for depression and it’s anti-anxiety effects.

Even though the way CBD works to treat anxiety and depression isn’t fully understood, it hasn’t stopped millions of people in need of symptom relief from using CBD. It is reported in a 2019 Gallup Poll that 14% of Americans use CBD.

In another poll, 37% of CBD users use it for anxiety, with participants reporting that it is highly effective. Hence, for the many Americans struggling with social anxiety and anxiety disorders, CBD helps provide a way for them to use a holistic approach to manage anxiety by utilising the natural interaction of CBD with the body.

Types of CBD

CBD is available in a number of different forms and products. Cannabidiol can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana plants, which differ in terms of how much CBD and THC can be extracted.

CBD from hemp plants contains only small amounts of THC that are not sufficient to produce subjective psychoactive effects. CBD produced from marijuana plants, however, may contain varying amounts of THC which can produce unwanted effects.

There are also three main types of CBD available.

  • Isolate contains only CBD
  • Full-spectrum contains other compounds found in the cannabis plant, including THC
  • Broad-spectrum contains other compounds from the cannabis plant but not THCPeople may choose to take a full-spectrum product because research has shown that when cannabinoids including THC and CBD are taken together, it magnifies the therapeutic impact, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.15 Research also suggests that CBD can actually counteract the negative effects caused by THC.16

Like full-spectrum CBD, products labeled as broad-spectrum contain multiple cannabinoids, which are purported to provide the therapeutic benefits of the entourage effect without the psychoactive effects of THC.

Some of the ways that CBD can be used include:

  • Oral: This includes oils (which are made by infusing cannabidiol with a carrier oil), oil tinctures (which are produced by combining CBD with alcohol or water), sprays, and capsules.
  • Topical: This includes salves or lotions that are applied to the skin
  • Edibles: This can include candies, gummies, and beverages.
  • Inhaled: Some CBD oils are specially formulated to be used as vaping oil, although there has been an increase in concern about the health dangers posed by vaping.

Topical solutions may produce localized effects, but only those taken by mouth are likely to produce any mental health effects. It is important to note that while there is a wide variety of these products available on the market, the FDA has not approved any over-the-counter (OTC) CBD product. Many of these products may vary in terms of what they contain, their potency, and their effectiveness.

A recap

CBD has shown a wide range of uses for different ailments whether it is physical or mental health. Many experts remain optimistic that CBD may prove useful for a range of mental health conditions. CBD has shown therapeutic efficacy in a range of animal models of anxiety and stress, reducing both behavioral and physiological (e.g., heart rate) measures of stress and anxiety.

If you’re unclear as to what product would work best for you, that’s okay. There are a lot of different products, strengths, and ways to use CBD but that’s the reason we’ve devoted our time to learning everything we can about the Cannabis Plant. Stop in East Tree CBD Dispensary or shoot us a message with any questions, comments, concerns, or general information, and we’ll be able to help provide clarity, give you a recommendation, and set you down the right path to tackle your mental health.

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