Potential benefits of CBD

How can CBD affect depression?

CBD and depression
Depression is a mental disorder that manifests itself as a long-lasting and constant feeling of deep sadness. Sadness, annoyance and despondency are feelings we all experience sometimes. But once these feelings turn into a long-term mental state, we talk about depression.

Depression occurs in people of all ages and is usually a long-term mental illness that may last for a few weeks or a few years.

Signs of depression

Its main symptoms can be mild or very pronounced. They most often appear as:

  • Losing interest and will for hobbies and activities that we used to look forward to

  • Loss of libido

  • Decreased appetite

  • Sudden weight loss or sudden increase in weight

  • Too much or too little sleep

  • Anxiousness

  • Slowed movement and speech problems

  • Problems with thinking and concentration

  • Suicidal thoughts

What causes depression?

Experts do not yet have a precise explanation for why depression occurs. However, there are several potential causes that can trigger its symptoms. These causes may be genetic in origin, neurological changes in the brain, changes in the environment or other diseases such as bipolar disorder or anxiety.

Depression is a disease that can be treated, but its treatment is usually long-term. Many patients decide to treat it using psychotherapy, and for some, the doctor may prescribe antidepressants.

Depression and CBD

CBD has been known for millennia as an extremely effective natural cure for treating many mental disorders since it is supposed to have a positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is a substance playing a key role in the sense of happiness, which is why we call it the “happiness hormone”.

A person suffering from depression has an extremely low level of serotonin. It is known that CBD has an effect on how the brain reacts to serotonin and thus has anti-depressive effects. CBD also has a positive impact on stress management, which is often present in patients with depression.

CBD has been shown to be an extremely effective medicine in the treatment of depression in many cases. Contrary to antidepressants, the results of which only show up after a few weeks of taking them, CBD has an immediate effect. Another positive side of CBD is it has no side effects.

CBD also helps to treat anxiety

Many people suffering from depression also suffer from anxiety. It is known that CBD helps in treating both disorders. The main reason is that patients with anxiety have an extremely low level of serotonin and therefore CBD has shown to be effective in treating it.