30% of adolescents 13-16 years old have an anxiety disorder – that’s every 3rd teenager you see on the street…. 20% of all teens experience depression before adulthood, and close to 15,000 young people 14-24 die by suicide each year. These are hard to swallow facts. The normal prescription anti-depressants come with a long list of addiction, side effects, and “numbness” to life. This is not how we want our young adults to grow up. What can we do to fight the artificial world of social media? Many parents have wondered is CBD safe for teenagers when it’s derived from cannabis. Let’s take a look!
Table of Contents
1. CBD and how it works!
An acronym for cannabidiol, CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid, (following THC), found in the cannabis plant. A major difference in the two compounds is that CBD is completely non-intoxicating. THC however, is the compound responsible for giving users the “high” when they smoke or consume cannabis. CBD works by helping bring the body to a state of homeostasis or equilibrium. Proper homeostasis ensures that all systems in the body are running optimally. This helps balance out functions and systems that get out of whack in our daily lives.
Parents surely enjoy that CBD has no psychoactive effects, so their teenagers are unable to get “high” for CBD. The fact of the matter is CBD does have remarkable health benefits, even for teenagers. Some of the most ideal users are targeted toward typical teen struggles, such as anxiety, depression, acne, and cognitive issues that could lead to trouble in school. Here are several ways nature’s favorite health supplement can give teenagers a boost.
- CBD can help relieve anxiety in teenagers
- CBD could combat teen depression
- CBD can help with teen acne = more confidence
- CBD can help teens focus on that all-important school
4. How do normal anti-depressants work (SSRIs)?
SSRIs treat depression by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that carry signals between brain nerve cells (neurons).
SSRIs block the reabsorption (reuptake) of serotonin into neurons. This makes more serotonin available to improve the transmission of messages between neurons. SSRIs are called selective because they mainly affect serotonin, not other neurotransmitters.
SSRIs may be used to treat conditions other than depression, such as anxiety disorders.
If you or your teenager decides to take CBD oil and are currently taking any form of SSRI, please DO NOT stop taking it abruptly. Consult your doctor and have him explain how to best ween off the SSRI.