Does CBD work as a mood stabilizer?

Many of us currently have or have suffered from some type of mood disorder in our lifetimes. Whether it is severe or mild, there is no doubt that the up and down rollercoaster of emotions has a negative impact on our life and those around us.  Here are some stats about Mood Disorders in the USA:

  1. Nearly 10% of adults will experience a mood disorder (given year)
  2. Women are twice as likely as men to suffer from depression.
  3. About 14 percent of youth between 13 and 18 will have a mood disorder.
  4. Mood disorders and substance abuse are highly likely to co-occur.
  5. Adolescents with major depression are more than twice as likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.
  6. More than 80 percent of people who have symptoms of depression are not being treated.

People with mood disorders are generally prescribed medications to keep them centered, however CBD (Cannabidiol and other Cannabinoids), we are learning, can also be used as a natural alternative for stabilizing your mood.

What is a Mood Disorder?

10% of all US Adults will experience mood disorder in a given year.

Mood disorders are defined by a serious change in mood that cause disruption to life activities. Though many different auxiliary types are known, three major states of mood disorders exist: depressive, manic, and bipolar. Major depressive disorder is defined by overall depressed mood. Elevated moods are defined by mania or hypomania. The back and forth rollercoaster between both depressed and manic moods is characteristic of bipolar mood disorders.  Everyone experiences brief periods of sadness, irritability, or euphoria. Characteristic of someone with a mood disorder, these feelings are stronger and last longer than normal, therefore interfering with day-to-day life.

Types of Mood Disorders:

  • Major depression: loss of interest in activities, with sad or hopeless mood, that lasts two weeks or more
  • Bipolar disorder: alternating periods of depression and mania, which is a contrasting, highly elevated mood
  • Dysthymia: constant, low-grade depression lasting two years or more
  • Mood disorder related to another health condition: depression that occurs as a symptom of other major or chronic illness, such as cancer
  • Substance-induced mood disorder: can occur based on use of prescribed medications or treatments, or as a result of substance abuse

While the exact cause is not known, most mood disorders are linked to chemicals in the brain, called neurotransmitters, which regulate moods, feelings and behavior. It is thought that changes in the levels of these neurotransmitters can lead to mood disorders. In some cases, it appears that family genetics may contribute to mood disorders, though environment also plays a major role.

For people suffering from mood disorders, common treatments include mental health counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication and lifestyle alterations. While these may be effective, there may be other natural and safer options to consider that may be just as effective, if not more.

If you are someone that is dealing with extreme moods that interfere with your daily activities, and looking for a natural alternative, CBD may be something you want to check out. Many people have found it to be an effective treatment option, but please consult your physician before adding CBD into your daily routine.

How can CBD help stabilize your mood?

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Many studies are focused on explaining how CBD interacts with the Endocannabinoid system. This is a system in our body comprised of receptors that interact exclusively with cannabinoids like CBD.

Cannabidiol’s interaction with the receptors of the ECS is the reason behind the amazing benefits of CBD. The Endocannabinoid System is one of the body’s largest neurotransmitter networks. The best way to think about the ECS is as an integrated balancing system for the body.

The Endocannabinoid System is responsible for keeping a variety of physiological and psychological functions in homeostasis including mood, sleep, memory and appetite.  Furthermore, When CBD reacts with a receptor such as dopamine, it can help the body produce more cannabinoids and regulate behavior and cognition.

Should I use CBD to stabilize my mood?

If you are suffering from debilitating mood swings, CBD may be a natural and effective mean to improve your symptoms, and effectively, your daily well-being.

CBD helps return your Central Nervous System to Homeostasis

Before adding CBD to your daily routine, speak to your doctor or other medical professional. Other important factors include buying your CBD from a brand you trust. Always check if the company provides a CoA of their products and that it contains the advertised amount of CBD.