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In the United States, more than 40 million people suffer from mood disorders. And yet, only about a third actively seek treatment, largely due to social stigma and the lack of financial resources. Imagine what would happen if these individuals had access to an effective natural solution. That’s the promise of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.
CBD, short for cannabidiol, has long been touted as an effective remedy for mood disorders. It isn’t uncommon to come across bold claims of this “wonder drug” in the holistic health industry. But, how much truth is behind those claims?
Quite a bit, as it turns out — especially in the case of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. The latter contains the “full-spectrum” of phytocannabinoids and terpenes. While more research needs to be done, numerous studies have shown the positive effects of CBD in treating mood disorders. Join us as we consider these studies, examine their findings, and arrive at some critical conclusions.
As you explore the use of Hemp Oil, it’s important to remember that it’s just one of 100 beneficial compounds found in our Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. Thus, our sustainably sourced product can have a powerful impact on your health in more ways than one.
About Mood Disorders
Before we dig into the potential effects, it’s important to understand mood disorders. Most of us have experienced stress, whether it be from a dreaded phone call in the middle of the night or an email from the boss at the worst possible time.
And, stress symptoms often appear without warning. They may include sweating, tremors, increased heart rates, hyperventilation, and even insomnia. Those experiencing it tend to feel backed into a corner, unable to perform even the basic functions of life.
In some cases, these symptoms are derived from a pre-existing medical condition. According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), 6.8 million adults suffer from GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) every year. GAD is characterized by incessant worry about a number of things. Those afflicted feel helpless and unable to control their mood swings.
That’s an important part of understanding how cannabidiol can help. It works by modifying serotonin levels in your brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that “transmits” messages between brain cells. If you have low serotonin levels, you may suffer increased levels of anxiety, irritability, and depression. Cannabidiol works, regardless of your ability to control your moods.
What the Research Says About CBD as a Treatment for Mood Disorders
First, a note of caution: CBD isn’t an automatic, unreserved treatment for mood disorders. The medical research isn’t extensive enough to draw any such conclusions. What research has been done, however, has been overwhelmingly positive in terms of its effectiveness. In this section, we’ll dig into the various studies highlighting the advantages of CBD as a treatment for mood disorders.
Let’s begin with a broad statement by the World Health Organization:
There is… preliminary evidence that CBD may be a useful treatment for a number of other medical conditions, (with anxiety among them).
That statement, of course, is backed by an increasing number of studies leading to the same or similar conclusions. Each of them is worth examining in its own right.
Our journey begins with a study in the 1970s, which found significant reductions of anxiety in test subjects injected with CBD. However, the study didn’t uncover exactly why the treatment had this effect.
Meanwhile, another study examined the effect of cannabidiol on public speakers, an environment generally known to produce situational stresses. The researchers found that the group given CBD saw a significant reduction in negative moods and an increase in cognitive performance, compared to the control group. But again, it was unable to determine exactly how CBD was able to achieve this effect.
Other studies have found similar results. In fact, a 2015 analysis of previous medical research found evidence of CBD reducing a variety of mood-related disorders:
- Social anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Recent Research on CBD and Mood Disorders
Meanwhile, recent research has uncovered the reasons for the effectiveness of cannabidiol as an anxiolytic treatment. In 2010, a study sought to identify how CBD affected the brain mechanisms involved in human emotion. In the course of uncovering the fact that CBD can significantly reduce symptoms associated with SAD (social anxiety disorder), the why became a little clearer.
The study included brain scans of participants. In these brain scans, researchers found changes in cerebral blood flow. In particular, treatment with CBD altered blood flow in the limbic system. Anxiety occurs when the emotional center of the brain (the amygdala in the limbic system) overpowers the cognitive decision-making part of the brain. In the CBD group, the limbic system had normal rather than decreased blood flow levels.
Other research suggests that CBD works by binding itself to CBD1 receptors, which can affect serotonin levels. Receptors are protein-based cell structures that can receive signals from neurotransmitters like serotonin. Because mice and humans react similarly to the interactions between CBD and CBD1 receptors, we consistently see the same effects of CBD in both.
That’s a lot of research, all pointing to the same conclusion: while not proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, the evidence is mounting that cannabidiol is a significantly powerful remedy against mood disorders. But beware: not all types of CBD have this effect.
How Does Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Compare to Most CBD Oils?
Examine any of the above studies (and the analysis of those studies) closely, and you’ll find a common refrain: notes of caution, due to the fact that not all CBD is made equal. In fact, the CBD used in these studies may not be the same thing you buy over the counter. There’s a reason for that.
As it turns out, CBD oil is a broad term. Very broad, in fact.
CBD, in short, is an active chemical compound in the cannabis plant. That means CBD oil can refer to anything from the isolated compound added to a carrier oil to CBD extracted from hemp. It can also refer to any synthetic oil that approximates CBD. Naturally, none of these products are quite the “real deal.”
Compare that with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, which contains more than 100 different phytonutrients and phytocannabinoids. In other words, this particular oil matches what its name suggests. All the benefits from the plant are right there. They’re never isolated, and the resulting product is free from synthetic elements.
That’s an important distinction. It’s tempting to look at any of the studies we cited above and conclude that all CBD oils at your pharmacy can produce the same effect. In fact, the opposite may be true.
For instance, the Center for Disease Control has reported cases of acute poisoning from synthetic CBD oil products. Essentially, these types of products offer few benefits and can actually be dangerous for your health.
This, in turn, leads us back to full-spectrum hemp oil. It’s a guaranteed natural solution, extracted from most parts of the plant. That’s why we at Synchronicity believe so strongly in our products and the benefits they confer.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and Mood: The Legal Question
Even though the research is not 100% conclusive, the anxiolytic benefits of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil are becoming clearer. Of course, you may still feel nervous about whether you should actually take this product, based on preconceived notions about its origin.
First, a reassurance: Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is legal at the federal and state level. This means you can use it freely in all 50 states. That’s because it doesn’t have appreciable levels of psychoactive THC, which is typically associated with the recreational use of marijuana.
In fact, hemp oil effectively blocks THC receptors, thus reducing any hallucinogenic effects. The amount of trace THC present in Hemp Oil is so low that you’ll pass most modern drug tests.
So, the clear answer is yes. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is a legal and ethical way to treat mood disorders. While that’s reassuring, it’s still important to consider the potential side effects of this treatment, minimal as they may be.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and Mood: What Side Effects Should You Worry About?
Generally, in comparison to other anxiolytic treatments, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is safe for most people. Its use also doesn’t result in tolerance buildup. In fact, studies show that CBD use actually results in reverse tolerance, where less is needed to produce the same effects over time. That said, the FDA continues to advocate for further studies on its long-term effects.
It’s important to know, though, that Hemp Oil may interfere with other prescription drugs. When used in conjunction with pain medications or OTC anti-anxiety drugs, negative reactions may result. This includes headaches, stomach pains, tiredness, and dizziness.
Once again, these side effects are mild compared to those from other mood-control medications and faux CBD oils. Potentially negative side effects can also include anxiety and extreme mood swings, counteracting the reason you’re taking the medication to begin with.
These potential side effects lead to two clear takeaways as you consider Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil for treating anxiety:
First, use only the products you trust. An ethical company that extracts Hemp Oil sustainably should take precedence over one that is less forthcoming about its production and extraction processes.
Second, consult with a medical professional. While low doses of Hemp Oil are generally safe, it makes sense to consult with your primary care physician, especially if you’re on a prescription regime. That way, you can minimize any risks you may otherwise incur from introducing CBD into the mix.
Of course, you should also make sure you get the serving size right. That’s what we’ll discuss in our final section on the topic.
What is the Right Serving Size for Treating Mood Disorders with Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil?
More isn’t always better. Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is generally effective in treating anxiety. Because the product is 100% natural, taking too much won’t harm your body. But, you still want to make sure that you get your Hemp Oil serving size right.
First, servings differ in strength depending on the manufacturer. Determining the right potency starts with looking at the label and identifying just how strong the suggested serving is. High-quality, sustainable, and natural Hemp Oils like ours are tested for purity and potency, so they’ll differ from other products you may find on store shelves.
Second, start small. When you use Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to address your mood disorder, you don’t have to start with a full serving. Instead, start with smaller doses to see how your body responds. Use a tincture or dropper to make exact measurements and gradually increase your serving size to see if it makes any difference. Over time, the ideal dose will come naturally and be unique to you.
Finally, give it time. As mentioned, Hemp Oil isn’t a wonder drug that will make your problems disappear instantaneously. Yes, you may feel its positive effects within minutes. However, some of our customers tell us that it may take a little more time. So, allow a couple of hours after you ingest Hemp Oil before you judge its efficacy (or lack thereof). Be sure to see our post on “How much CBD should I take?“
Using Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil to Treat Negative Moods
So, there you have it. While not conclusive, the evidence of CBD’s positive effects in treating mood disorders is beginning to mount. And while those results are somewhat unreliable considering the broad spectrum of CBD products on the market, they’re especially relevant when compared against the natural effects of Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil.
This type of oil is not only legal in the United States but has also been proven to be effective in a variety of ways. As long as you know how a manufacturer sources its CBD, you can expect positive effects from its use.
Yes, you’ll have to determine the right serving size for your needs, and you may still experience some mild side effects from its use. But, if you suffer from any type of mood disorder and your doctor has approved its use, Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is well worth a try. If, however, you’ve already tried it and seen its benefits, we’d love to hear from you. Share your thoughts with us on social media!