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CBD Oil for Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar

August 29, 2022 4 min read

CBD Oil for Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar

CBD Oil for Depression, Schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, Bipolar

Mental health is one of the most important parts of our human life, especially in stressful modern life. Going through our daily lives can adversely affect our mental health and cause depression, PTSD, and PTSD, among other mental disorders. This article looks at how CBD can treat depression, Schizophrenia, PTSD, Anxiety, and Bipolar disorders.

CBD is one of the compounds in the cannabis plant that is under research on various health benefits, including acne, arthritis, and even diabetes. Although Cannabis has been used for medicinal practices for a long time, the recent loosening of regulation of the drug has given rise to the demand for CBD products. Evidence has linked CBD to helping those with mental health disorders. This article explores how CBD oil can treat the mental disorders outlined above.

CBD and THC; What You Need to Know

There are over one hundred components in the cannabis plant, but the main and dominant components are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is dominant in the marijuana plant and is famous for making users 'high'. However, CBD doesn't have side effects, increasing popularity due to its therapeutic benefits.

According to Lim et al.  (2021), the industry has promoted CBD as a natural remedy for diseases such as acne, arthritis, and cancer. However, an increasing number of people claim CBD might have health benefits for those suffering from mental disorders such as depression, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and bipolar disorders. Studies are still underway to determine how CBD might be effective on these disorders.

Depression

Depression is a psychological disorder that affects how you feel and act, and it also affects how one interacts with people. This might cause a persistent sadness and lack of interest in the things you might normally enjoy doing. Several factors might cause depression, including environmental stress and unprecedented life events. CBD is thought to help those suffering from depression by affecting the serotonin hormone. Although CBD doesn't directly affect its production of serotonin, it affects how the brain interacts with the serotonin in the system. Laczkovics et al. (2021) showed the advantages of using CBD for depression; however,  more human trials should be done to ascertain if it is suitable.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia involves the breakdown in the relation between a person's reality and sense of thought. It causes a person to see or hear imaginary things, affecting how they think and leading to disorganized thinking or speaking. However, CBD has shown potential in its treatment.

Although there still needs more research on how CBD might be useful to help those with schizophrenia, there is definitive evidence as shows that it provides positive possibilities. Pierre (2019) showed that CBD had been linked to an improvement in patients affected by psychosis by affecting the levels of anandamide.

ADHD

ADHD is a mental disorder that might cause people to have difficulty focusing and be easily distracted. This might affect how a person interacts at home or school and has adverse effects. However, with the evolving world of medicine, CBD has shown positive properties that people use to treat ADHD. Dawson & Persad (2021) reported that CBD might improve the brain's function and help reduce the symptoms of ADHD. Due to CBDs' ability to with anxiety by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, might people with ADHD improve their focus. Nonetheless, most of the research is on its infantry stage, and more research is still required.

PTSD and Anxiety

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental condition that affects many and is mostly caused by past traumatic events. Anxiety and PTSD are linked. Bryant (2022) showed that the symptoms of PTSD might include anxiety, dizziness, forgetfulness, depression, and trouble focusing. Although there might be a lot of medical options for PTSD, some patients are unsatisfied with these medications, which results in alternative medicine.

Some patients opt to use CBD, which interacts with the receptors affecting the serotonin levels in the brain leading to reduced anxiety. Shall et al. (2019) suggested that CBD balances the mood hormones and helps reconsolidate flashback memories that can cause PTSD.

Can CBD help with Bipolar?

Bipolar is a mental health disorder that mainly causes an extreme change in mood and energy and causes a lack of concentration. It is normally characterized by two main phases, extremely happy or depressed; although there are many options for patients, some might not be comfortable with them.

According to Meyer (2022), CBD has positive effects on people suffering from Bipolar; it cushions the brain from damage and reinforces healthy neurotransmission in the brain. It interacts with the endocannabinoid system and has been previously linked to promoting calmness in Bipolar patients. However, there is undergoing research on how CBD affects those with Bipolar.

Conclusion

CBD has been linked to many positive health benefits; however, as more research is still underway, it is too early to understand how CBD works fully. However, CBD has been claimed to help many suffering from depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD, Anxiety, and bipolar. Although many medications are available for treating these mental health disorders, some claim the drugs have negative side effects. You, too, can join the growing number of people opting for CBD products as a natural way to try and combat these health conditions.

References

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Dawson, D. A., & Persad, C. P. (2021). Targeting the Endocannabinoid System in the Treatment of ADHD. Genet Mol Med, 3(1), 1-7.

Laczkovics, C., Kothgassner, O. D., Felnhofer, A., & Klier, C. M. (2021). Cannabidiol treatment in an adolescent with multiple substance abuse, social anxiety, and depression. neuropsychiatrie, 35(1), 31-34.

Lim, X. Y., Tan, T. Y. C., Muhd Rosli, S. H., Sa’at, M. N. F., Sirdar Ali, S., & Syed Mohamed, A. F. (2021). Cannabis sativa subsp. sativa’s pharmacological properties and health effects: A scoping review of current evidence. PloS one, 16(1), e0245471.

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Shallcross, J., Hámor, P., Bechard, A. R., Romano, M., Knackstedt, L., & Schwendt, M. (2019). The divergent effects of CDPPB and cannabidiol on fear extinction and anxiety in a predator scent stress model of PTSD in rats. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 13, 91.