CBD for Mental Health
If you live in a place where CBD is legal, you have almost certainly noticed it: CBD is everywhere. There’s good reason for this: Millions of users and some scientific evidence has found that CBD might be helpful at addressing a slew of problems, both physical and mental. The changing legal scene and increasing awareness of CBD’s benefits have turned the drug into a booming industry which, according to one estimate, may generate $22 billion by 2022.
CBD has become popular because people have found it helpful. One of those areas which it may be helpful is mental health.
CBD For Depression & Anxiety
Some evidence indicates that CBD can be helpful at addressing depression. This would work by boosting the body’s ability to bond with serotonin and impacting the ability of the body’s endocannabinoid system to bond with the appropriate chemicals.
A 2014 study claims to have found that CBD has antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects on animals and may have the same impact in humans, while a 2018 review found the same, also noting that CBD may have neuroprotective protective properties.
CBD For PTSD
Additional studies claim to have shown that CBD may be effective at treating PTSD. In April 2019, a study of 11 patients treated with CBD found that ten experienced statistically significant relief from their PTSD symptoms. The study found that more research is needed, but did note that CBD may have the potential to be effective in helping patients address PTSD.
It is worth noting that many states – such as Pennsylvania – allow for the prescription of Medical Marijuana to treat PTSD. While CBD is not marijuana (it lacks the necessary THC content to intoxicate anyone), both marijuana and CBD come from the cannabis plant, which may indicate that the cannabis plant has the potential to help address PTSD symptoms.
CBD For General Well-Being & Relaxation
CBD cannot get anyone “high” – however, countless anecdotal reports, and some studies claim to have found that it can increase the sense of well-being. Studies have shown that CBD can induce a sense of relaxation and well being – one which assist patients in sleeping.
It is important to note that more study is needed. Furthermore, while some evidence indicates that CBD may be helpful in addressing mental health challenges, that does not mean that you should take it in place of any other scientifically proven medication or other forms of therapy. No evidence current exists which supports the notion that CBD can replace any other form of therapy, but it is possible that it can be helpful in addressing certain mental health problems. As such, it should be viewed as a supplement, not a primary method of treatment in and of itself.