Can CBD Replace Zoloft as an Antidepressant?

Can CBD Replace Zoloft as an Antidepressant?

Depression has become a chronic problem among millions of people worldwide, with around 17.3 million adults suffering from at least one major depressive episode in the US in 2017, i.e. 7.1% of America’s adult population. This spike in cases of depression and mental disorder has led to prescription antidepressants flooding the pharmaceutical market. Zoloft is the brand name of one such antidepressant drug, known as Sertraline. This antidepressant is usually the first line of treatment for most patients, with anxiety, depression, panic attacks, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCDs), and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), among others. Belonging to a class of medications, called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), Sertraline targets the chemical imbalances within the brains of such patients. It is said to boost the mental health of patients with depression. But at what cost? Studies indicate that Zoloft can cause certain unwanted side-effects, like dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, trouble concentrating, decreased libido, aggressiveness, diarrhea, fever, convulsions, among others. Some of Zoloft’s side-effects can even be life-threatening too! Besides, if taken with certain medications (like blood thinners, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug/NSAIDs, etc.) or alcohol, Zoloft can further aggravate the individual’s condition. Patients put on sertraline are also told to avoid activities that need mental alertness and focus, such as driving or operating heavy machinery. That is why many patients voluntarily, or under their doctor’s guidance, move shift to CBD products. CBD is seen by many as a safer, more viable, potent, and an incredibly effective option over popping antidepressants. Is…

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