World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

The last 18 months have been pretty tough on the world’s collective psyche.

And here’s the thing: it’s totally okay to admit that. Mental health only becomes a true problem when it’s neglected — when it’s pushed under the rug.

Keep reading to learn about the why behind World Mental Health day. We’ll end this article by looking at how plant-powered products could help you.

  • 3 common mental health conditions
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Insomnia
  • Mind-building supplements
    • CBD
    • ‘Raw’ cannabinoids
    • L-theanine

What is World Mental Health Day?

According to Niznik Behavioral Health, World Mental Health Day is “designated to raise awareness surrounding the most common mental health disorders in the United States.” [1]

And with increased awareness comes an increased potential for change. “This week is important for ending stigmas surrounding mental illness,” the organization explains.

3 common mental health conditions

Anxiety, depression, and insomnia are some of the most common mental health struggles people have. This trio tends to run together. Regardless of whether you start off being anxious, feeling down, or sleeping poorly, unless a course correction happens you’re at risk for developing all three.

Let’s take a look at these conditions one by one before looking at some natural ways to correct them.

Anxiety

According to the DSM, anxiety is marked by a variety of primary symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Hyperactivity
  • Panic attacks/disorders
  • Insomnia/other sleeping issues
  • ADD/ADHD/other concentration issues

Depression

The DMS’s definition of depression, on the other hand, includes the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Sleep problems
  • Radical appetite changes
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • An inverted sleep schedule
  • Inability to be assertive and make decisions
  • Loss of passion for former hobbies or interests
  • Suicidal thoughts, plans, or tendencies

Biochemically speaking, depression begins in the brain — but the mental changes it causes inevitably also cause a variety of physical changes. It’s tough to feel energized when you’re depressed. Heck, it can be tough to even get out of bed in the morning.

Many people with depression are unfairly characterized as ‘lazy’ for their inability to hold a job or put themselves in social situations. Unfortunately, this characterization only compounds their feelings of unworthiness.

Insomnia

Insomnia, as you might expect, is marked by sleeping problems. These problems can manifest differently from person to person but generally include:

  • Trouble going to sleep
  • Trouble waking up on time
  • Inconsistent sleeping patterns
  • Inverted sleep patterns (i.e. being a ‘night owl’)

Mind-building supplements

The best remedy for mental health problems is a simple one: therapy. A licensed psychiatrist can also prescribe mediations that may help the root causes of your problems. (Modern antidepressants are more effective than the older SSRI-based drugs.)

That being said, natural substances can also have an absolutely powerful effect on your mental framework. These substances can be used as an effective first line of defense against depression of other mental health challenges.

Some of our favorite mind-building supplements include CBD and raw cannabinoids.

  • CBD
  • ‘Raw’ cannabinoids

CBD

CBD may alleviate anxiety by addressing the neurotransmitter imbalances that might be causing it.

Indeed, CBD’s anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects are one of the first things most people notice when initially taking CBD oil — whether they have actual clinical anxiety or not. Usually this calmness happens alongside a subtle shift in one’s sense of well being. Some people feel more hopeful about the future; others feel freer to enjoy the present moment. It may even seem like reality has shifted just a little bit.

While this might sound pretty mystical, it’s not. And keep in mind we’re not talking about CBD making anyone high. It definitely doesn’t do that.

The way CBD instills this calmness is interesting. One thing present in most cases of anxiety is a skewed serotonin:dopamine ratio, one where serotonin is too low. It’s called the “feel-good hormone” for a good reason! CBD may gently bring serotonin levels back into balance.

Most of the brain’s serotonin receptors are considered psychedelic, so ‘hitting’ them with a new chemical messenger can produce all sorts of weird mental side effects Yet CBD manages to hit the right receptors without doing any of this. It actually encourages a certain type of serotonin receptor, the 5-HT1A variety, to join forces with other receptors.

These other receptors are the endocannabinoid system’s CB2 receptors, and when this bond is formed it allows one's mood to be lifted without any psychoactive stuff going on. [2]

‘Raw’ cannabinoids

What are ‘raw’ cannabinoids?

They’re cannabinoids that haven’t been decarboxylated (heat processed) yet. To help you picture this, imagine a hemp plant that’s still out growing in the field. This plant doesn’t contain much CBD or THC. Instead, it contains CBDa and THCa.

Funnily enough, raw cannabinoids like CBDa were originally considered inert — totally inactive. But it turns out that CBDa has such a variety of indirect effects that the sum of its parts adds up to something powerful. CBDa is a powerful mood booster. Other raw cannabinoids, like CBGa and THCa, also have powerful mental effects.

While raw cannabinoids aren’t all that popular yet, you can get trace amounts of CBDa through premium full spectrum CBD products. If you’re feeling extra adventurous you could also munch on some hemp flower.

L-theanine

L-theanine is an amino acid found only in certain types of tea, thus the name.

Unlike most amino acids (like the methionine or tryptophan found in meat), L-theanine is relaxing. It relaxes your nervous system on a micro-to-macro level. L-theanine may even shift the frequency of your brain waves towards the alpha-wave state. [3] Check out one of our favorite l-theanine products here.

Summing things up

Mental health is important. Just think: is there anything that could be more important than the framework through which you view all aspects of life and every attribute of the world? Probably not!

If something mental is holding you back, take the time to address it. It may very well be that adding cannabinoids to your mental health routine could be a smart next step for you.

Oct 11th 2021

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