Over the years, the clinical utility of CBD (Cannabidiol) has gained rapid interest, and it’s mental health benefits have also been explored. CBD and CBD products have been shown to alleviate depressive symptoms.
While we’ve already written about how people are using CBD products to successfully manage their anxiety, CBD products might also help with managing symptoms of depression, cognitive impairment and chronic pain.
How does CBD help with depression?
Firstly, there are a lot of causes that can contribute to depression or depressive symptoms – some of them are psychological, but many of them are also neurophysiological. CBD has been demonstrated to have a positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin, while its range of functions is complex, is a neurotransmitter that directly links with a person’s feelings of well-being. For example, a person with lower serotonin levels is much more likely to be afflicted with depression.
Benefits of CBD products over traditional antidepressants
Antidepressants such as SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors), have been widely documented to help treat depressive disorders but can take several weeks before they start having a noticeable impact on a person’s mood due to the way they affect brain chemistry.
CBD can be consumed in a variety of ways, whether that’s in the form of oral CBD tinctures or CBD edibles. When administered, these have been shown to work much faster than traditional antidepressant medication. Additionally, CBD oils or products lack the range of unpleasant side effects that many antidepressants have. Some noticeable side effects of antidepressants can include fatigue, unstable mood, and insomnia.