CBD and Depression

CBD and Depression

 A quick recap of my previous article on what is CBD?  If you have not read this article it can be found here (https://pk-essentials.com/blogs/news/who-what-and-why-cbd).  Cannabidiol (CBD) is a type of natural compound known as a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are found in the cannabis plant. Cannabis plants are sometimes called hemp or marijuana, depending on their level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoid.

THC is associated with a “high.” CBD, however, does not cause psychoactive effects like marijuana does.

CBD can be derived from the hemp or marijuana plant.

CBD has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, as new research explores its potential health benefits. Some research suggests that CBD oil and other CBD products may be beneficial for symptoms of depression.

What does the research say?

There are many people who only believe what doctors and scientists have to say, sadly many of those people are christians and belong to other traditional spiritual sectors, but have trouble accepting that “plants and herbs” that was given to us by God for the purpose of wellness and healing.   For those people, here is what the experts have to say, CBD’s potential benefits for depression are related to its positive effect on serotonin receptors in the brain.

Low serotonin levels are likely connected to depression. CBD doesn’t necessarily boost serotonin levels, but it may affect how your brain’s chemical receptors respond to the serotonin that’s already in your system.

A 2014 animal study found that CBD’s effect on these receptors in the brain produced both antidepressant and anti-anxiety effects.

A more recent 2018 review

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Existing studies concluded that CBD has anti-stress effects, which may reduce depression related to stress.