Three mental health conditions which respond positively to hemp and CBD oils
Though CBD and hemp oils offer a lot of promise for a number of physical conditions, they have also been found to be beneficial for mental conditions too. Here are a few to consider.
According to the American Institute of Stress, three out of four Americans (77 percent) report that their stress is elevated to the point where it is creating physical symptoms. Additionally, the top three stressors in the U.S. are:
- Job pressures (tension with co-workers or bosses, or work overload)
- Money pressures (unemployment, reduced retirement benefits, high medical expenses)
- Health pressures (a terminal or chronic issue, or some other type of health crisis)
Other common stressors include relationships, a poor diet, too much media, and not enough rest. This often results in them feeling irritable or angry (50 percent), nervous (45 percent), fatigued (45 percent), or ready to cry (35 percent).
Though stress is known to increase blood pressure and heart rate, some studies have found that CBD can help reduce these effects. This decreases the impact that stress has on the body overall.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America indicates that, worldwide, approximately 322 million people suffer with depression. Oftentimes, these feelings of extreme and lasting sadness appear after experiencing the death of a loved one, suddenly finding oneself unemployed, or the ending of an important relationship.
Some studies have found that CBD can potentially help individuals overcome these types of feelings. It is suggested to work the same as it does for PTSD victims, by positively interacting with 5-HT1A neuroreceptors.
Research published in the journal Neurotherapeutics shares that current evidence “strongly supports” the potential of using CBD to help treat anxiety disorders. Its ability to decrease autonomic arousal and fear expression can help lower a person’s anxiety levels, while CBD also works to extinguish fears and prevent stress related to those fears from taking a toll on the body.
Some studies have even found that CBD can reduce anxiety in pediatric patients. For instance, one case study involved a 10-year-old girl who had been abused by her parents. As a result, she suffered from anxiety and difficulty sleeping. However, after taking 25 mg of CBD supplements at night and 6 to 12 mg during the day via sublingual spray whenever she felt anxious, the girl reported decreased anxiety and improved sleep, with no negative side effects.