Cannabidiol is now going mainstream as a safer alternative to many of the addictive medicine options in the market. Cases where people benefit a lot from CBD as an alternative treatment, include those who suffer from anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s, as we’ll discuss below.
The key however is to understand that this is not merely a suggestion based on hearsay, but that Doctors are increasingly more making their recommendations on the bases of new emerging research.
You can find interesting discoveries about CBD cannabidiol research here in an article by Terravidaonline, who are leaders in CBD. This is a great starting point for anyone who consider treating anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s with CBD.
A broader look at what we know about treatment with CBD:
Mental illness has become one of the major chronic diseases in America and worldwide. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adult Americans (18.1% of the population) every year, making anxiety the most common mental illness in the US.
Depression is another major mental illness affecting 16.2 million adult Americans (6.7% of the population) in 2016. At global level about 300 million people (4.4% of world population) suffer from depression and that number is growing, according to World Health Organization.
Alzheimer’s disease is another common mental health problem, affecting around 5.7 million Americans of all ages in 2018 and around 44 million people worldwide.
Unfortunately, the medication that the sufferers get does not work for everyone, and where it works it only suppress symptoms without treating the disease. The pharmaceuticals have side effects such as addiction, drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction and headache. Affected people and scientists are now turning to natural remedies and the popular remedy these days is cannabidiol.
The current interest in the use of cannabidiol or CBD for medicinal purposes is not surprising considering that cannabis was used medicinally for thousands of years in Asia and Africa. Now scientists are confirming the many health benefits of CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid from hemp.
At first there was interest in the physiological benefits but now the interest has extended to the alleviation of anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.
CBD for Anxiety
The use of cannabis for anxiety is recorded in a Vedic text 4,000 years old. Now there is a growing body of research in which CBD consistently reduces anxiety especially when there is high concentration of it in a plant. In one study done by the University of São Paulo, CBD was found to significantly reduce anxiety in people who had social anxiety disorder.
A review published in Neurotherapeutics found that CBD is effective for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, general anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. In other words, CBD alleviates all forms of anxiety disorder.
CBD for Depression
There are a number of personal testimonials that indicate that people can get relief from depression by using CBD. Independent studies have found that CBD effectively improves symptoms of depression though so far it has not been found to cure the condition.
In studies involving mice, CBD had fast anti-depressant effects which were as strong as a standard antidepressant and the effects were maintained over time. There is hope in CBD for depression sufferers but of course more research is needed before it can be considered as an alternative remedy.
CBD for Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a prevalent neurodegenerative disease that affects the quality of life of sufferers and their families. Scientists are looking for ways to help sufferers through the use of CBD. In one study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, CBD prevented loss of the ability to recognize faces of acquaintances.
This is evidence that CBD can potentially prevent or slow down the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
While more research is needed for the use of CBD in mental health, there are good indications that it is effective. In the US, CBD became legal at federal level and in all states as from December 20th 2018, therefore sufferers of anxiety, depression and Alzheimer’s disease can now use it without any legal consequences.
However, CBD is a powerful compound and it will interact with any medication that you might be taking therefore get advice from your medical practitioner before taking it. More Doctors than even seems supportive of CBD these days.