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CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. CBD has gained popularity over recent years because of its positive effects on treating many diseases and disorders, one being depression. Experts believe that CBD has positive effects on treating depression because of the compound’s ability to reach the serotonin receptors in our brains.
As stated above, the CBD compound has the ability to reach the serotonin receptors in the brain. Studies have shown that low serotonin levels are linked to depression, because serotonin is the hormone that controls humans’ moods and happiness. While CBD doesn’t directly boost serotonin levels, it affects the way the brain receives the serotonin that is already in your system. Studies show that these positive effects on serotonin receptors result in both antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and anti-stress effects.
Studies have shown that CBD has benefits over prescribed antidepressants for a few reasons. One of these reasons is that CBD has no harmful side effects, which antidepressants may be linked to. Some of these side effects from traditional prescription antidepressants include headaches, nausea, weight gain, insomnia, and sexual problems. CBD is not correlated with any of these side effects, making it a better option for some people. CBD has also been proven to work faster: while most antidepressants take somewhere around a week to begin working, CBD’s effects can be felt within the same day in some cases. With these advantages in mind, always talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about CBD for depression before you stop taking antidepressants.
CBD products come in many forms: they can be ingested orally, inhaled, or applied to the skin. Each method is best for different things, and for depression we recommend using CBD orally. CBD for oral use comes in many forms including pills or capsules, liquids, and food products. In all of these forms, CBD is absorbed in your digestive system after being swallowed. After taking CBD orally, it generally takes 1 to 2 hours for effects to be felt. CBD can also be put under your tongue using a dropper, and held there for about a minute. When this method is used, the effects are felt a little bit faster - somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour.
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