In honor of September being Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Southern Comfort Wellness is discounting our CBD Tinctures and Gummies – these products help with mental focus, relaxation & clarity.
Suicide is under-recognized as a major health problem, with the global suicide mortality rate accounting for 1.4% of all deaths worldwide. Most suicides are related to mental health issues such as depression/anxiety, substance use disorders, and psychosis. Other contributors include history of trauma/PTSD, personality disorders, eating disorders, and especially family history of suicide. 
CBD is Effective
CBD is effective for reducing stress and anxiety through re-balancing neuro-chemicals. CBD is non-psychoactive – meaning although from the cannabis plant (ie. hemp) it does not cause a “high.” Our bodies actually make chemicals structurally similar to CBD, but we become deficient with chronic stressors or illness, leading for further imbalance of neuro-chemicals such as serotonin and noradrenaline levels, which then leads to symptoms of depression or anxiety.
CBD can complement pharmaceuticals such as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) like Zoloft and Prozac, and can be helpful to reduce the need of risky medications such as benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium which can be extremely habit forming with a slew of possible negative side effects.
CBD is an excellent all-natural alternative with published studies showing benefit:
- General anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Social Phobia
- Mild to moderate depression
- CBD for anxiety
Science suggests several reasons why CBD is so effective for treating anxiety, primarily by enhancing 5-HT1 receptors and tryptophan use for serotonin production and effectiveness. CBD’s effects on the hippocampus are also believed to have an anti-anxiety effect. Like SSRIs, CBD has a positive effect on neuroplasticity, the ability of the nervous system to recover and re-balance chemicals after trauma.
Dependency and Addiction
You are not alone if you find yourself suffering from PTSD or opioid addiction. According to the Veterans Administration data, between 2010 and 2015, the number of veterans addicted to opioids rose by 55%, at least 68,000.
Cannabis, however, has shown to help people overcome their opioid addiction. Not only is CBD a natural pain reliever, but many are beginning to see its benefits as an option for addiction therapy to reduce cravings.