Veterans Treat Depression with CBD- Hemp Oil

Veterans treating depression with CBD/ Hemp oil.

 

CBD oil, also known as hemp oil, is used to treat different kinds of pain. The amount of the compound to be extracted from the cannabis or hemp oil depends on the way that plant has been bred. A major amount of clinical CBD oil comes from the industrially developed hemp. This composition has a lesser amount of marijuana than CBD. Cannabidiol is the main compound that generates relieving action. Cannabidiol is extracted from the cannabis plant and is added to the carrier oil. This whole composition is known as CBD oil.

  • Full-spectrum CBD consists of all the terpenes, cannabinoidsflavonoids, and fatty acids found in the hemp plant, all of which have a therapeutic value of their own and help create what’s known as the entourage effect.
  • Broad-spectrum CBD is a little bit of both. Broad-spectrum CBD is full-spectrum CBD without any THC (a compound that may make you high). It offers all the entourage benefits associated with full-spectrum CBD, without any chances of THC being ingested into the body. [1]

Now you might be wondering about the uses of hemp oil, well, the following are a few of the diseases that CBD plays a major role in relieving:

  • Arthritis Pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Pain

On the other hand, over and unprescribed dosage of hemp oil may cause some issues as well:

  • Tiredness
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite
  • Weight Gain or Weight loss.

 

Depression in Veterans

Veterans are the war heroes who have served for a long time in an army or navy. They face quite a lot of anxiety and depression, probably due to all the gruesome details they witness during the war times.

Moreover, depression is getting more and more common in veterans. This happens due to the substantial challenges veterans face during their transition to civilian life. They are not much used to the new community, and developing a new connection with a new social circle becomes very challenging.

Depression is generally a great issue and most of the veterans end up committing suicide because of it. In 2017, a very concerning report was circulated that almost 20 veteran suicides per day were documented [2]. This is all because of the fact that they do not get as used to this lifestyle, out on the field, watching your friends and acquaintances lay down their lives right in front of your eyes is something not many can get over.

 

The requirement of a natural remedy - CBD/Hemp oil

 In 2016, the Veteran Association reported that they are helping out almost 66,000 veterans who suffer from opioids addiction. These numbers are extremely alarming. [2]

Results indicate that overdosage of opioids (prescribed to deal with chronic pain but in return cause anxiety, depression, stress, and social instability) and a few other medicines that were prescribed to veterans when they were injured, were the most common reasons for these deaths. A major number of these veterans live with combat-related chronic pain, this is a deteriorating condition that affects their daily life and causes mental instability.

Above figures suggest that the use of CBD is a much better substitute of opioids. Cannabidiol helps in relieving pain, both mental and physical, plus it helps in enhancing a person’s mood and mental stability too. Currently, CBD is suggested to help such cases, but the medical community is still working on enhancing this product to make it more suitable for use.

 

Are you a veteran or a retired army officer suffering from depression?
Because, if you are, then the use of CBD might be the only best option for you to get yourself relieved of your continuous worry and mood swings. As the researches explain and the chemists suggest, hemp oil is a healthy reliever and does no kind of health damage if you consume it in the right proportion and on the right time.

 

CBD as a cure to Depression

Fighting long battles and watching your fellows lay down their lives fighting in the field can be heartbreaking. Veterans go through a lot, both during the battle, when they have to fight in order to protect their loved ones and back at home when they’re with their family but completely in a state of shock after losing a few of their fellow course mates. Depression can hit them at any moment. Although a veteran is highly trained to tackle such situations, the training field is nothing as compared to the reality. 

 

The moment a veteran starts to overthink. Depression hits him like a bus. This was proved by a study in 2004 by Ann Clin Psychiatry which showed that 32% of the veterans surveyed, were suffering from major depression [3].

 

There are countless artificial remedies available to cure depression but some of them work and some of them don’t. The major drawback of artificial medicines is that they are not as reliable as a natural herb remedy. This brings us to a new trending medicine which has several benefits regarding pain. Both mental and physical.

 

Cannabidiol or CBD can help a veteran reduce his stress and depression levels. Hemp oil is known to produce anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects on the patient using it [4]. Patients using artificial medicines are prone to side-effects like mood-swings, agitation, and erectile dysfunction. CBD has neven shown any such side-effects because of which holds a good reputation in the eyes of many doctors and researchers [4].

A major cause of depression is the low levels of serotonin produced in the body. Due to stress and overthinking a patients body is unable to produce the right levels of serotonin to tackle depression. CBD does not increase serotonin levels, but it helps your brain receptors to efficiently respond to the chemical that’s already present in your body.

 

Furthermore, the initial cause of depression is stress. CBD is proven to produce anti-stress effects which contribute a lot in fighting depression [4].

 

CBD works like an energy drink for the chemicals present in the body.

 

There are not many scientific results on this, so making any definite claims won’t be appropriate. The benefits of CBD are very little known. But many types of research show it can be used to treat depression. A veteran should consider using CBD to tackle their depression keeping in mind the view of a doctor.

 

References

  • https://www.cbdschool.com/what-is-broad-spectrum-cbd/
  • https://www.binoidcbd.com/blogs/news/how-cbd-oil-helps-anxiety-and-ptsd-for-veterans
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15328898
  • https://www.healthline.com/health/cbd-for-depression#cbd-vs-antidepressants