CBD, also called Cannabidiol, is a natural compound that is becoming increasingly popular, due to its countless health benefits. Although more studies are needed, the initial results of some tests show that CBD may help treat depression in some people.
Unlike THC, which is also found in the cannabis plant, CBD does not have any psychoactive effects that causes people to feel ‘high.’
Can CBD Help With Depression
Many Americans struggle with depression, with approximately 16 million adults saying they have struggled with depression this past year.
To treat depression, doctors commonly prescribe anti-depression medication which have tons of negative side effects including insomnia and mood swings.
Results from a study done in 2014 state that CBD appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain.
What is serotonin? It is a chemical in the brain that has an impact on a wide range of functions in the body, including a person’s mental state and feelings of happiness. It is imperative to keep the serotonin levels balanced while treating depression.
What The Research Says
There have been animal studies that suggests the use of CBD can help treat depression.
According to the 2014 study, CBD acts as an antidepression and anti-anxiety compound in animal models of depression.
Authors of a 2018 study also noted that many studies have shown the anti-stress and antidepressant activity of CBD in animal models.
More research is needed to show exactly how CBD effects our bodies and how well it can be used to treat depression, but the initial results look promising.
CBD is becoming increasingly popular throughout America and the world, and we can’t wait to see what is next to come!