How CBD Can Help If You’re Suffering From Depression

As outlined in data from the National Insitute of Mental Health, approximately 21 million adults in the US experienced a major depressive episode in 2020. This makes up 8.4% of the US adult population. A major depressive episode is defined as “a period of at least two weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities.” Symptoms of a depressive episode vary but can include insomnia, concentration issues, low self-esteem, and problems with eating. So, how can CBD help if you are experiencing any of these symptoms? Many studies have been done, but all on animal species (via Psych Central). Because of this, it cannot be said for certain if humans would experience the same benefits. 

In one 2014 study, CBD appeared to affect the 5-H1TA receptors, aka the serotonin receptor. Serotonin is what gives us the feeling of happiness and contentment, which is why low levels of serotonin are usually seen in those suffering from anxiety and depression. Another 2018 study suggested that CBD could affect stress levels positively, which is significant as depression is often brought upon by high stress levels. Additionally, Forbes recounts how a study conducted on mice revealed CBD produced an effect close to the antidepressant imipramine. Nevertheless, further human trials would be required to fully prove if these effects are as beneficial for people. 

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