Using CBD for Depression

Using CBD for depression is quickly becoming a popular alternative to prescribed antidepressants for many. Sadly, around 250 million people worldwide have depression, and that number comes only from those with a professional diagnosis. Plus, some people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), feeling depressed only when the days become colder and sunlight is limited (which is exactly why I could never live in Alaska — even with a metric ton of weed!).

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What Is Depression and What Causes It?

Depression manifests itself in many ways, the most obvious being a depressed mood. But depression also shows up in many other forms, such as losing motivation and interest. It also causes a wide variety of physical symptoms ranging from loss of appetite to sleep disorders and more. According to researchers, a primary reason for depression is a lack of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. These are the two messenger substances responsible for your well-being and happiness. They are sometimes called the “happy hormones.” However, depression isn’t just based on a lack of messenger substances. Several psychosocial and neurobiological factors can also cause or promote depression, such as:
  • Genetic factors
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Imbalance of messenger substances in the brain
  • Social isolation (Have you heard of this pandemic thing?)
  • Chronic stress or overwork
  • Life events such as losing a loved one
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Physical illness or pain
Depressive episodes can occur at any age, and the probability of developing depression in one’s life is between 7% and 18%. It affects women about twice as often as men.

Recognizing the Signs of Depression

Keep in mind that a temporary low mood doesn’t automatically mean you’re depressed. When seeking the cause of depression, doctors differentiate between psychological and neurobiological aspects. So, your diagnosis might depend on whether you have a genetic predisposition for depression or whether it has developed because of traumatic experiences or other reasons. The following symptoms can indicate signs of a depressive illness:
  • Unexplained pain in head and body
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Lack of energy and drive
  • Persistent tiredness and sleep disturbances
  • Decrease in sexual desire
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Rapid mood swings and irritability
  • Lack of motivation and listlessness
  • Sad, depressed mood
  • Loss of appetite
Some of these symptoms may seem a bit unusual, and you might not even immediately associate them with depression, but these are just a few things you can look out for.
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