Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health concerns in the world today. In fact, the chances are fairly good that you, the reader, have dealt with (or will deal with) a clinically-diagnosable level of anxiety of depression at some point during your lifetime—whether it’s lasting or temporary.
According to statistics released by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common mental issue affecting the U.S., with as many as 40 million adults (18+) having been diagnosed with a significant anxiety issue. If you do the math, that’s a massive 18% of the American population. Depression has some scary statistics, too; as of 2014, approximately 15.7 million adults in the United States were diagnosed with at least one major depressive episode in the previous year. The ADAA facts on depression go on to say:
“At any point in time, 3 to 5 percent of adults suffer from major depression; the lifetime risk is about 17 percent. As many as 2 out of 100 young children and 8 out of 100 teens may have serious depression.”
Unfortunately, anxiety and depression often go untreated. Some individuals simply fail to accept their diagnosis, some cannot afford treatment, and others do not feel comfortable taking commonly-prescribed medications (or have some other medical reason they cannot). As a result, both researchers and sufferers have begun to turn to options outside of the mainstream.
In the last few decades, research into the benefits of cannabis-based treatments for mental illness has become a significant point of interest. In 2008, a study by Austrian doctor Kurt Blaas suggested that not only is the stereotype of cannabis use inducing anxiety and depression unsupported by existing research, but that cannabinoids can actually reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. In his study of 75 patients, Blaas found significant improvement in those who were treated with the cannabinoid dronabinol.
Of course, cannabidiol and dronabinol are very different chemicals, but we do know that CBD oil has shown various anti-psychotic properties and other mental health concerns. Plus, there is plenty of colloquial evidence from those who have used CBD oil for anxiety and depression. Those who believe in CBD’s benefits for depression and anxiety argue that the treatment works faster and with more impact than standard treatments.
As with any other medical condition, it’s important that you consider your own personal experience, medical history, current or former medications, and the advice of your doctor before you delve into cannabidiol treatment.