CBD Oil, Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are devastating, and can ruin the lives of a person and the people around them. Some symptoms are so pronounced that people cannot function. There are ways and means of battling such issues and gaining relief however, and the wide range of treatments has had a few new additions over the last few years.

One of the biggest and most profitable (for pharma companies) solutions involves medication. Drugs that help to relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression have been around for a long time. They’ve also been quite successful, with the only payback being that they can cause significant side-effects, many of which are unpleasant and difficult to get rid of.

Some of these side effects can be even more harmful to mental health. Insomnia, for exam, if left unmanaged, can do significant damage to brain function.

People have been known to ‘come off’ drugs that treat depression, purely because of the side-effects and their impact on the patient's lives. In recent years, there has been one other treatment option, one that has been shown to have a major impact on those symptoms, and a reduced number of potential side-effects.

CBD oil is a relatively new entry on the anxiety and depression relief scene. It’s now widely available too, which makes it an accessible option. The good news is that CBD oil has been used in numerous tests over the last few years, all of them proving to be very positive.

In a study, 24 people who had anxiety received either 600mg of CBD or a placebo. Then they were placed in a stressful situation, whereby they had to do some public speaking. It’s worth stating here that the participants had social anxiety disorder. 

The participants that had the CBD suffered less anxiety, and less discomfort when they had to perform the public speaking task. 

Looking deeper, a major study back in 2010 involved a number of mice who were given CBD. The tasks they were set involved swimming and exploration. Both these tasks brought fascinating results. The swimming and the exploration showed that there were fewer periods of immobility, for example, and mice that had CBD showed no reduction in exploratory behavior. 

Any side effects?

Yes, there are side effects, but these are nowhere near as disruptive as those connected to antidepressants, for example.

This who use CBD can experience the following:

  • Changes in appetite or weight. These may not be significant, but there could be some side effects in this area

  • Tiredness. There can be some considerable tiredness and general fatigue attached to using CBD. 

  • Diarrhea. This is a potential side effect, but it will not be a prolonged bout of diarrhea. 

What’s interesting here is that CBD has been quickly shown to have considerable benefit for sufferers of anxiety and depression. It has fewer side effects than antidepressants, and can truly help to make things easier and more manageable if you suffer from anxiety or depression.

One last point needs to be made. If you are considering using CBD oil, just make sure you check with a doctor first. This is because it can react with other substances, sometimes in a negative way.