Lack of drive, inner emptiness, listlessness and sleep problems – unfortunately, many sufferers know these symptoms all too well. Thoughts circle in an endless loop, there is no way out in sight and coping with normal everyday life seems impossible. If these feelings persist over a longer period of time, they may be signs of depression. Depending on the state of the day, these emotional states can vary in severity. In any case, the quality of life of those affected is enormously impaired, and their everyday life is even partially unmanageable. According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), around 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression. Adolescents and young adults in particular are affected more frequently today than ever before, and the number of people suffering from depression is rising steadily. Nevertheless, even today people often remain silent about it – many people suffering from depression do not dare to talk about it.
CBD as a natural help for depression
In addition to psychotherapeutic treatment, people are often treated with medication. Psychotropic drugs, such as antidepressants, are a very important component in the treatment of depression. Although drug treatment with antidepressants brings an improvement, it also has side effects. For this reason, many sufferers are looking for a good and natural adjunctive therapy in the treatment of depression. CBD could be such a natural support in the prevention and recovery process.
Mode of action of CBD
Unlike THC, CBD has a non-intoxicating effect and is already used in pain management in several countries due to its multiple properties. But not only that, CBD may help regulate many other significant bodily functions by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) by binding predominantly to two receptors (CB1 receptor and the CB2 receptor). These influence basic body functions such as sleep and appetite, mood and pain perception, and even memory
Scientists assume that CBD can have a positive effect on the body’s serotonin balance by also binding to the serotonin receptor. In addition, depression can negatively affect sleep, as sufferers are often unable to fall asleep or sleep feels non-regenerative. CBD can help the body fall asleep better on the one hand and also sleep through the night on the other. This, in turn, is important for coping with an already difficult daily routine.
CBD can support the body to increase the general well-being. However, it should in no way replace drug treatment without consulting the attending physician.