Depression is a mood disorder characterised by low mood, lethargy and sometimes even anger and physical pain.  Depression can even affect a person’s sleep, their ability to concentrate and their appetite/weight.  

Oftentimes, depression can present itself with anxiety and the person can feel overwhelmed, extremely stressed and at times, paranoid.

None of these symptoms make it easy to live a normal life with all of its physical and emotional challenges. 

Managing anxiety and depression requires learning strategies, typically through a  therapist.  The application of these techniques requires effort and discipline. It must be really insisted upon by the person suffering from depression to be effective and help in achieving some normalcy in daily life.

Treatments may include:

Therapy: CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), mindfulness and problem-solving therapy amongst others.

Medication: for example, antidepressants and mood stabilisers. 

Alternative therapies: hypnotherapy, acupuncture and natural supplements.

In recent years, advanced technology has allowed scientists to isolate the benefits of cannabis, without any of its shortcomings. 

The result is CBD, an innovative and natural substance that is increasingly being recognised for all of its wonderful properties, including managing symptoms of depression, smoke-free and without the need for a prescription, contrary to antidepressants and mood stabilisers, and without the risk of addiction and side-effects of prescription medications; without mentioning the difficulties of acquiring them through medical insurance.

CBD, cannabidiol, is a derivative of the cannabis plant.  It is one of two key elements in the cannabis plant, along with THC.  However, unlike THC, it will not make you “high” since it is not psychoactive.

CBD works by interacting with the endocannabinoid systems in the body.  It is not well known how these systems work but by interacting with the body’s cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2), CBD can affect the body’s immune system and contribute positively to overall health and increased well-being.