Mayday, Mayday! May is Mental Health Awareness month. We’ve had 3 days of snow and gray days here in Colorado and I’m ready to get back to sunshine! Thankfully, I don’t have depression, but I do have friends and family that have been affected by it.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it is estimated that nearly 40 million people in the United States (18%) experience an anxiety disorder in any given year according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

An estimated 6-7% of full-time workers in the United States live with major depression, according to data from the Center for Workplace Mental Health. In addition, data indicate that employees with depression miss an average of 31.4 workdays each year and lose another 27.9 workdays to unproductivity, which costs employers an estimated $44 billion annually. This sadly doesn’t include the cost to personal lives outside the workplace, which can be devastating.

The short answer is NO, CBD cannot treat depression. Antidepressants cannot cure depression. However, like antidepressants, CBD oil can help alleviate symptoms of depression. depression is typically treated with antidepressants like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and antipsychotic drugs. However, CBD has recently gained popularity as an alternative treatment for depression.

Endocannabinoids are produced naturally in our bodies by the brain. They work as neurotransmitters transmitting information from one cell to the next. An imbalance in the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS) activity in the brain can affect feelings of anxiety and depression. CBD oil helps the ECS system and specifically receptor 5-HT1A, which releases serotonin, fire more effectively. CBD can mimic serotonin by binding and activating your body’s 5-HT1A serotonin receptors. This increases serotonin production and stabilizes its presence in the body. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that impacts various parts of our body and impacts emotions and motor skills. It is a natural mood stabilizer that helps with sleeping, eating, and digestion.

Low levels of serotonin production can lead to depression. Using CBD oil can result in the production of more serotonin to help ease depression. CBD has the ability to regulate one’s response to stressful situations and help with other associated disorders.

It’s estimated that 33% of patients find antidepressants ineffective for the treatment of their depression. It can take up to 6 weeks to tell if the anti-depressant is effective if at all. Side effects of antidepressants can include drowsiness, agitation, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, headache, and addiction.

If you are looking for a natural solution and more immediate relief, try Nature’s Best CBD Oil. Nature’s Best products are organic, pure, full-spectrum, and tested 3x in independent labs. Each of our products is individually tracked and traceable through our quality processes. Know what you are buying, the quality, and who you are buying from. Above all else consult your doctor for any change to your health and wellness protocol. Take good care!