Often, society tells men to be strong. Men are labeled as providers, problem solvers, and this creates a stigma that men shouldn’t need help with their emotional problems. This stigma is why a majority of men do not seek mental health help, even when they need it. There is a shame that clouds men when anxiety or depression takes hold and there shouldn’t be. In fact, depression and anxiety in men are very common. It is estimated 1 in 8 men will experience depression or depressive episodes throughout their lifetime. Additionally, 1 in 5 men will experience anxiety. With these statistics it is time to lift the vail from anxiety and depression in men and talk about how we can help men that are facing these life changing diagnoses. CBDA is a hemp derived cannabinoid that has demonstrated great potential as a therapeutic to help those with anxiety and depression and can easily be added into one’s daily routine. Let’s take a deep dive into how depression and anxiety affect men, and how CBDA may be able to help.
Understanding Anxiety and Depression in Men
Anxiety and depression develop from a complex set of risk factors such as brain chemistry, personality, and life events, as well as genetics. These biological, psychological, and social sources of distress have lasting impacts, not only causing anxiety and depression, but also changing brain function overtime, including altering the activity of neural circuits in the brain. Anxiety and depression can differ in the way it is expressed in men and women. This is most likely because of differences in life experiences, hormones, and brain chemistry.
Both men and women experience symptoms of sadness, irritability, loss of hope, fatigue, and a reduction of enjoyment of daily activities with depression. However, men have additional symptoms that they experience. These include:
- Escapist behavior: This is when an individual spends a lot of additional time at work or playing sports
- Controlling, abusive, or violent behavior
- Problems with alcohol or drug use
- Physical symptoms can present including headaches, pain, and digestive problems
- Inappropriate anger
- Risky behavior, such as reckless driving and multiple sexual partners
Because men are often reluctant to seek professional help, male depression and anxiety often go undiagnosed. Both anxiety and depression have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients and it’s prominent that those suffering from these mental illnesses seek help.
How can CBDA help men with anxiety and depression?
CBDA is a minor acidic cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis plants. It is the precursor to CBD. This means when CBDA is decarboxylated, a process where cannabinoids are exposed to heat, it converts to CBD. By the time cannabinoids are extracted from the hemp and cannabis plants, a majority of CBDA has already converted. Due to the vast amount of therapeutic value CBDA has, global solution providers are finding ways to extract cannabinoids without the use of heat, allowing for the extraction of CBDA at a mass scale.
Through research, CBDA has demonstrated itself as a potential plant-derived therapeutic for those with anxiety disorders and depression through its activation of the body’s serotonin receptor or 5-HT1A. 5-HT1A mediates the effects of anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs and modulates the response to stressful stimuli, making it an important receptor to target when helping patients with anxiety and depression. Numerous studies have demonstrated CBDA’s ability to activate the receptor. Additionally, research has shown CBDA is better for helping those with anxiety and depression than CBD. In a 2017 research study, it was found CBDA enhanced the receptor at doses 10,000 times lower than that of CBD. This allows for lower doses of CBDA when compared to CBD to deliver therapeutic effects, and also shows it is the dominant cannabinoid when it comes to helping those with anxiety and depression.
Anxiety and depression are serious conditions that have a severe impact of the quality of life of those effected. There are too many men getting lost in the shadows, trying to fight these mental illnesses on their own, because society has told them they need to always have it together. However, with 1 in 8 men having depression, it’s time to say, it’s okay to not be okay. It’s okay to need help. It is estimated 8 million deaths annually can be attributed to mental illness, and the need for options to help individuals is immediate. CBDA is a potential plant-derived therapeutic without unwanted side effects, that can be easily added into one’s daily routine, to help combat the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
If you or someone you know has anxiety or depression it is important to always seek help. Talk to your loved ones and speak to your doctor about your feelings. It’s okay to need help. Everyone needs help sometimes.
Always consult your primary care physician prior to adding any health and wellness supplements into your routine.