Healing Your Brain: Depression & CBD
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Healing Your Brain: Depression & CBD

Minutes of feeling stuck or sadness are part of our life, but the body naturally finds the strength to execute our feelings and recover. When sadness holds our life for long without signs of ending, depression hits us.

Depression is a common mental disorder that negatively affects how we feel, think, and act. Depression is harmful to both your mind and body. It is a serious mental disorder that requires medical attention. Depression causes loss of interest in activities you previously enjoyed, sudden mood swings, and a decrease in the ability to work both at home and work.

Symptoms of depression

depression

Symptoms of depression vary from person to person. The common symptoms include:

  • Loss of pleasure or interest in activities you previously enjoyed
  • Feeling sad
  • Trouble in sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Lack of appetite
  • Increased fatigue
  • Feeling guilty or worthless accompanied by suicide thoughts
  • Difficulty in focusing, thinking, and decision making

16.6% of US residents experience depression at some point in their life. Depression is not for aged people only. It can strike at any age, no matter your age or gender.

Risk factors for depression

  1. Personality – people with low self-esteem are likely to experience depression.
  2. Environmental factors – Exposure to poverty, abuse, neglect, and violence makes you more vulnerable to depression.
  3. Biochemistry – Some brain chemicals can cause depression.
  4. Genetics – If someone close to you is suffering from depression, you’re likely to be suffering too.
  5. Physical pain
  6. Emotional disorders
  7. Post-trauma

Treatment options for depression

Recovering from depression is possible. There are several approaches to dealing with depression. The traditional treatment options for depression include psychotherapy and antidepressants.

CBD and depression

Recently, the waves of CBD have hit the media headlines. CBD has multiple health benefits, including calming the negative symptoms of depression.

The legalization of weed in all the 50 states of the US has made more people struggling with depression to turn to CBD. There are plenty of positive testimonials of how CBD has helped depression patients.

Hippocampus – a specific part of the brain that is responsible for memory, emotions, and learning shrinks when you’re depressed. Hippocampus is capable of recovering through neurogenesis. Neurogenesis is the process in which new neurons start forming.

Antidepressants help alleviate the negative symptoms of depression by stimulating the development of new neurons. The reason as to why antidepressants take long before revealing their calming effects is because the new brain cells need time to grow and form connections with other neurons.

CBD effects on the brain include stimulation of neuron synthesis, protection, and healing of the damaged neurons. CBD prevents the shrinking of the hippocampus that is common in heavy THC consumers.

How CBD helps in dealing with depression

Using CBD increases the level of anandamide, which then stimulates the synthesis of new neurons. CBD increases the level of BDNF (Brain-driven Neurofic factor) that reduces the negative symptoms of depression. CBD prevents neurons from oxidation. In general, CBD prevents the hippocampus from shrinking by … Read the rest

Grow Weed Outdoors

How to Grow Weed Outdoors: 5 Steps

Growing cannabis outdoors isn’t as complicated as growing it indoors. To grow cannabis plants indoors, you must but lighting fixtures and grow tents. Apart from cost, indoor cannabis growing limits you, you can’t grow as much weed as you want.

Growing cannabis outdoors should be the first step for cannabis fans looking to produce their weed. It is not as expensive as growing indoors. Keep reading to the end to know all the tips and steps for successful outdoor cannabis growing.

Plan Your Garden Space

Choosing where you’re going to plant your cannabis plants is a decision that needs critical thinking. You need to consider water and light supply. A cannabis plant requires light for four to five hours per day. Low lighting reduces your plants’ growth rate. The place should also be private. If you’re in a state where marijuana is legal, intruders might interfere with your plants even before they mature. If you’re in a state where marijuana is still illegal, you might be arrested and charged.

Selecting the Strain You Want

There are those strains that will do well in your climate and those that will end up disappointing you. You can get information about the cannabis species that will do well in your zone from friends who are already growing cannabis or ask the online marijuana family. When buying cannabis seeds or seedlings, choose those that have been bred specifically for outdoor.

Only female cannabis plants produce buds. Feminized cannabis seeds are the best as they have a 95% chance of becoming a female plant. The seeds also have a germination rate of 80%.

Planting Containers and Soil

Planting Containers and Soil

You can either plant your cannabis plants directly in the soil or transportable containers. Growing plants in a container limit the roots. You should use high-quality soil that is made with organic matter. Planting your cannabis plants in good healthy soil ensures higher performance and eliminates the need to add fertilizer frequently.

Cannabis plant does well in soil with higher drainage. You need to do some adjustments if you’re planting your cannabis plants in clay soil. Sandy soil is also not the best as it isn’t rich in nutrients. A loam soil made of silt is the best for cannabis growing.

A cannabis plant requires constant potassium, phosphorus, nitrogen, and other soil nutrients. Nutrients in the ground soil get depleted. Failure to add fertilizers into the soil makes your plants suffer from plant nutrient deficiency diseases.

Planting Cannabis Seedlings

After your cannabis plants have germinated, they are ready to be planted directly in the soil, or a container. Handle the germinating seeds gently. The radicle is very delicate.

Plant your cannabis plants 0.8 to 2.5cm from the soil surface. Planting the seeds too deep into the soil makes it harder for the developing plant to continue growing as it may lack oxygen and moisture.

When the seedlings are still weak, use a shelter to prevent heavy rain from damaging them. At this stage, … Read the rest

Growing Marijuana Indoors

Growing Marijuana Indoors: a Beginners Guide

Have you always wanted to grow weed indoors? Growing cannabis indoors in these days of technology is not a difficult task. There is a number of indoors growing kits that have made growing indoor plants easier than before. Keep reading this guide to know all you need to successful grow weed indoor.

Growing Medium

A cannabis plant can grow in soil and also in a hydroponic system. If you love indoor plants but hate having dirt/soil in your house, hydroponic systems are the best option for you. With nutrients, air, and warmth, your cannabis plant will grow without soil. Growing in soil is the simplest since you won’t have to be mixing solutions. A single mistake such as high PH in the solution in hydroponics can kill your plant.

Growing in soil is the simplest but not the cheapest. If you opt to grow your plants in soil, you must use high-quality soil to get better results. Use quality soil with high nutritional value and proper drainage. Be careful when watering your cannabis plants as too much water can damage or kill them. Don’t give your plant too many nutrients as this might cause a nutrient burn and other defects.

The Grow Room

Grow Room

A cannabis plant does well in a room with an average temperature of 77F. Temperatures below 68F slow down your plant’s growth rate. Temperatures above 86F can kill your plant. For better performance, grow your cannabis plant in a room with efficient air supply.

Choosing Cannabis Seeds

Cannabis Seeds

A cannabis plant can either be female or male. Only the female cannabis plant is capable of giving you the buds you want. Buy feminized cannabis seeds from online cannabis seed banks, marijuana dispensaries, or online stores. Feminized cannabis seeds have a germination rate of 80% and above. They also give you 95% or above female plants.

Plant mature cannabis plants. Fresh cannabis seeds that aren’t grey won’t germinate. You can also buy cannabis seedlings if the germination stage is hard for you. When buying cannabis seedlings, make sure more 90% are female plants.

Lighting

Every plant needs CO2 and light to make its food in the process known as photosynthesis. Growing plants indoors comes with added expenses. You need a lighting fixture to provide your plant with light. Plants that don’t get enough light supply have stunted growth.

Most cannabis indoor growers use high-pressure sodium lights (HPS) because they’re cheap. For incredible results, use light-emitting diode lights (LED lights).

If you are growing your cannabis plant in a grow tent, read the tent’s manufacturer’s recommendation for the best lighting option for you. Most HPS lamps range from 200 watts to 600 watts. The higher the power, the more light, and heat lighting fixtures emit.

There are some indoor grow kits that have made it easier for cannabis fans to grow it indoors. Some of the grow kits come installed with high quality LED lighting fixtures already installed. They are computerized to allow you to set the appropriate light … Read the rest