Depression is a common mood disorder that ranges from mild to severe. While it seems like hemp extract is all the rage, it’s been around for quite some time and is very helpful for depression. Here’s 5 reasons why hemp helps depression.
What is Depression?
According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in daily life.
It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.
It’s often said that a chemical imbalance is behind depression, but that statement doesn’t take into consideration how complex the disease is. It has many triggers such as abuse, trauma, stress, other health issues and even medications that you take for a physical ailment.
If you read the pamphlet that comes with many medications, depression is listed as a side effect. Unless you know about this, you may not connect the dots.
Researchers at Harvard Medical School offer this information regarding medical issues and depression:
Certain medical problems are linked to lasting, significant mood disturbances. In fact, medical illnesses or medications may be at the root of up to 10% to 15% of all depressions.
Among the best-known culprits are two thyroid hormone imbalances. An excess of thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism) can trigger manic symptoms. On the other hand, hypothyroidism, a condition in which your body produces too little thyroid hormone, often leads to exhaustion and depression.
If you’re one of many who can’t take depression medication (or don’t want to), hemp extract may offer help.
Why Hemp Helps Depression
Hemp oil has abundance of healthy chemicals which are essential for human wellbeing. And the human body just happens to have an endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a system of natural biochemicals and corresponding receptors which are responsible for balanced brain and body function.
- There’s no side effects such as nausea, lowered libido, weight gain or fatigue.
- You personally can determine the best dosage that works for you. Start with a lower mg and work up from there.
- It comes in several forms, most notably tinctures. This is ideal if you struggle to swallow pills.
- If you’re already taking depression medication, hemp extract may help it work better.
- Hemp contains an abundance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that are highly concentrated in your brain which is awesome for your brain health!
Many of us struggle with anything from the blues to full blown clinical depression. It’s always best to talk with your doctor. Depression isn’t something to hide or be ashamed of so please don’t try to go it alone.
I take a dropperful of hemp extract every night before I go to bed and it has helped me with mild depression. I believe in the power of nature and that’s why you’ll find a variety of hemp products in the Scented Balance aromatherapy shop:
Hemp Extract in 250, 500 and 1000 mg
Hemp Hearts – great for smoothies and salads
Next time, I’ll talk more about the other health benefits of hemp extract. I wish you many blessings and be well!
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