Could CBD Be Your New Antidepressant?

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There are many reasons people change anti-depressants. Many times, people have to go through several different kinds of medicine before they find one they can finally settle on. It can be a dangerous game playing with your brain chemistry, the slightest off balance could do permanent damage or make symptoms worse. Many are choosing to switch from antidepressants to cannabidiol (CBD) because of its many appealing qualities that include protecting the brain.

CBD is a chemical found in the cannabis or industrialized hemp plant. It works with the endocannabinoid system to make sure that it maintains the body’s normality. If the endocannabinoid system is failing in an area, such as the deliverance of dopamine, CBD has shown to be just as effective as an antidepressant to regulate brain chemistry.

Why Are You Thinking About Making The Switch?

It's Just Not Working

If you feel like no matter what pill they prescribe you still find yourself feeling the same, that is a good reason to try other methods. It may help a little, but the world is fuzzy and unexciting. Some medications work great for some, and others it doesn’t at all. This is because we all have something different going on in our brains, and the doctor has to figure it out. The great thing about CBD is that it is a regulator. The problems that happen in the brain during depression are lack of chemicals and stimulation. CBD encourages the brain chemistry to function normally, acting as a great anti-depressant. So much so, that people who take it without depression will feel uplifted.

Side Effects

There are pesky side effects that can start harmless but end up being real issues to your health. Extreme weight change, fatigue, and an altered perspective which may not have been what you envisioned when you thought you would take this pill to feel “normal.” A lot of people feel the urge to quit taking anti-depressants altogether because they experience a “numb” feeling. If this is a problem you face, switching to CBD can be a good alternative. It doesn’t have the zombie side effects many medications have, making you the best you that you can be, instead of a controlled version.

High Risks

One of the most considerable risks in taking anti-depressants is having suicidal thoughts. This is extremely dangerous with the “pick and choose” method of figuring out what medications work best. There are also medications that lower your libido, which even if you aren’t exceptionally sexually active that could still make your depression worse. Some anti-depressants have even been known to harm the brain, causing hallucinations and tremors even after the medication has left the system. If this is a reason you want out of the anti-depressant game, then there is more good news. CBD doesn’t hold any of these high risks. One of its primary functions is to protect the brain and to prevent the commotion inside from hurting it as well. CBD can be your brain’s bodyguard.

 

Quitting anti-depressants cold turkey can do permanent damage to your brain, and will be excruciating while you do it. If you genuinely would like to make the switch, talk to your doctor about how you are feeling from your medication. Tell them it doesn’t work, is too risky for your health or isn’t bringing in enough benefit to counter the side-effects. Then explain to them why CBD might be your best option, and hear what they have to say. They could help you find the right ratio that could have you back to normal in just a few weeks.

Sarah Potts

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