What is CBD Hemp Oil
CBD is the most prevalent compound found in cannabis, with up to 40% of cannabis resin consisting of CBD, according to the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute. It does not contain any psychoactive properties, so it won’t give you the traditional “high” associated with cannabis use. Instead, users report feeling relaxed after inhaling or ingesting CBD.
Although cannabis remains illegal on a federal level, hemp-derived CBD has been legal nationwide since the Agriculture Improvement Act passed in December 2018 (Food and Drug Administration | FDA). It can be administered through vaping, tinctures or capsules, eatables, and a variety of other safe methods.
Since its legalization, CBD has cropped up just about everywhere. It’s in head shops, spas, salons, coffee shops, online, and even clothing retailers such as Urban Outfitters. There are currently over 850 marijuana-derived CBD-only brands and at least 200 hemp-derived CBD brands, Brightfield Group reports. Statista projects the CBD industry will be a $1.5 billion market in the US by 2020.
CBD and Mental Health
CBD has both anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic properties, making it a promising treatment for those suffering from anxiety disorders and schizophrenia.
Research published in Neurotherapeutics found evidence indicating CBD could serve as a potential treatment for anxiety. The Journal of Psychopharmacology also found it effective in reducing anxiety experienced by those with Social Anxiety Disorder.
Brightfield Group also reports 42-percent of individuals with anxiety and depression have stopped using prescription medication in lieu of medicinal cannabis. 80-percent have found CBD extremely effective in treating their symptoms.
CBD Oil and Depression
Major depressive disorder is a mental health condition associated with prolonged periods of sadness, worthlessness, and suicidal ideology, according to the American Psychiatric Association. This can lead to a variety of unpleasant symptoms including: trouble sleeping, changes in appetite, apathy, difficulty concentrating, and chronic fatigue.
The efficiency of CBD as an antidepressant is still being studied and new discoveries are being made every day. Although the research is still in its infancy, the evidence found so far shows an incredible amount of potential for it as an effective treatment option. It can be used as an alternative to prescription medications or in addition to them.
Multiple studies have found it effective in alleviating the symptoms of depression and mood disorders. The endocannabinoid system is made up of cannabinoid receptors, which are present throughout our brains. According to Acta Psychiatr Scandinavica, the endocannabinoid system plays an important role in mood regulation and other brain functions.
In a review of current research on CBD oil in treating depression, researchers found multiple animal studies of CBD demonstrating antidepressant properties. One study found the effects similar to that of imipramine, a popular antidepressant – but without all of the negative side effects associated with imipramine.