We as humans live our lives in many ways, varying from socio-economic climate to cultural normalcy based on the ideals presented before us from childhood onward. This world is home to a multitude of walks of life and no one lifestyle can be considered “the best” or most preferred. Simply, we all grow differently and have gathered many forms of experience over the years, which has either directly or indirectly influenced our health in a number of ways. Empirically speaking, we are the product of our environments, regardless of our prescribed demographic. Although this is only half of the story, purely conjecture here but I believe that honest human free will plays a part. More on that later on. Perhaps most notably, our mental health often takes the biggest toll as we navigate through life only to be railroaded by what seems to be inherently tortuous within our own collective mindsets. Mental health is no joke, and to ensure quality treatment of mental health, in addition to professional help, one might opt for a more natural approach. This my friends is where CBD fits into the picture.
In my own experience, mental illness has both rattled my psyche/body/soul and liberated me as well. It is very hard to imagine my life without having been through the bouts of crippling anxiety that have become such a constant in my life. The beauty of this experience is the relief that is felt when the anxiety is lifted and you can freely live a life that is more care-free and open. Who doesn’t want to take family trips, or go to sporting events? Dates or business functions that include socializing? It is not practical to think that one can persist in life wallowing in the depths of depression or scared to death continually by anxiety and the like.
Whenever crisis hits, the first order of business is usually for the sufferer to act, to make change, although this is not always the case. I don’t claim to be an expert on mental health, certainly not able to accurately diagnose and to design a treatment plan for anyone suffering from mental health issues. At the very least, I can speak on behalf of my own experience and say that certain natural remedies may help establish some sense of relief. CBD in particular has made a difference in my life, and that is no marketing gimmick, this is real deal experience folks. Trial and error, letting the process work its magic, or simply align me in ways that many traditional treatment methods cannot achieve.
So how does CBD actually help to treat anxiety/depression?
Much like traditional antidepressants, CBD may boost signaling through serotonin receptors. Serotonin is a chemical located in the brain which is partly responsible for emotions. CBD enhances 5-HTIA transmission and may affect serotonin faster than SSRI’s. CBD may also promote a process known as “neurogenesis”. This occurs through the birth of new neurons located in the hippocampus, a major brain area used for memory/cognition. When an individual is experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental illness, the hippocampus becomes smaller and less active, therefore causing some mental distress and trouble thinking clearly as a result. CBD works to promote both neurogenesis and neuroplasticity in order to create new, stronger chemical bonds in the hippocampus region of the brain. CBD works in a similar manner to commonly used anti-inflammatory medication, anti-convulsant, anxiolytics and antipsychotics. The only difference is that CBD is a purely natural product, meaning that you can expect little to no side effects when using CBD compared to other medications. In addition, CBD is naturally programmed to work in symbiosis with the human body, to promote long-term wellness and stabilization. Other medications simply mask the issue at hand and provide only short-term relief. In my honest opinion, I view CBD as the progressive alternative to most other medications for anxiety and depression. Not to say that at times those medications aren’t needed, but CBD may very well produce lasting relief without all of the side effects. CBD does wonders for the physical body and the mind.
In conclusion, the evident truth is that CBD can help in treating mental illness. Of course, everyone is different so please be aware that what works for one person may not be what necessarily works for you. Some people require a high dosage of CBD to jumpstart their recovery, whereas you may only require a minimal dosage for simple maintenance. No one mental illness or human experience is the same, so therefore the treatment is variable. CBD may not be the one answer, but perhaps an integral part of a broad solution. The human mind is infinitely complex and there can be many reasons why someone might become depressed or anxious, or even develop debilitating psychosis. No mental illness is simple, and therefore the treatment is not simple. CBD can simply help restore natural order in the brain and assist in the process of becoming well and sustaining that wellness. Love yourself and understand that mental illness cannot and will not define you. Now more than ever, support is available, and the stigma has been lifted. There’s no shame in seeking help, no matter the method or form. Perhaps CBD can help.