CBD and Depression

CBD and Depression

CBD products are the biggest new trend in wellness and one of the reasons they’re so popular is their reputation for helping to manage mental health issues. Many people have been enthusiastic about how CBD has helped to reduce the symptoms of depression, anxiety, low mood and even insomnia, and it’s enough to make anyone curious to see if CBD products could help them.

If you’re interested in trying your first CBD tea or edible, or experimenting with CBD oils or vapes to try to mitigate the symptoms of depression, you likely have questions. Today, Dayzed is here to help answer them.

What is CBD?

CBD is short for Cannabidiol, and it’s a compound found in the cannabis plant. It’s part of the reason cannabis has been so highly prized as a therapeutic plant for thousands of years of human history, but it’s not the compound that causes intoxication and the euphoric ‘high’ of cannabis. That’s THC – tetrahydrocannabinol. Legally sold CBD products from reputable retailers like Dayzed are made from approved strains of cannabis, bred for low THC and elevated levels of CBD and tested before sale, so you can be confident that your CBD oil won’t affect your judgement or state of mind.

The World Health Organisation investigated CBD and published a report showing it was neither psychoactive nor addictive, so wasn’t potentially harmful in the same way cannabis can be.

CBD is a lipid – a fat-based molecule. This means it’s soluble in fat rather than water, so if you’re taking CBD oil by dropping it into your tea or coffee, you need to include some fat for it to dissolve in to help your body absorb it. This can be cow’s milk, almond milk, even butter: just don’t take your coffee black!

Does CBD Help Depression?

Studies into the efficacy of CBD are still in their early stages and so a definitive medical opinion is still some way in the future. What we have to work with are early results, studies that assess the potential for future research, finding out if there appears to be some kind of effect that needs further enquiry if we’re to understand the extent to which it works, on who and why[1]. We can also look at the anecdotal evidence: reports of people who’ve used CBD products and found success or failure.

This seems to show some promising results: CBD does show a lot of potential to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and insomnia, which can often attend depression. It also has a broad effect on the body, which has been called “a full body massage at the molecular level”[2] which fosters a more general sense of wellness.

In terms of treating depression directly, animal studies have shown that CBD appears to affect the brain in a similar way to anti-depressant medication[3], making it appear that it could indeed be therapeutically useful.

If you’re interested in trying CBD to help manage the symptoms of depression, or to simply explore its potential to boost your sense of wellness, then Dayzed is a great place to begin, with our curated array of the best CBD products on the market.