The initial results of some studies into CBD (cannabidiol) and depression look promising.
While CBD is similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the two compounds act differently in the body. CBD does not have these effects on the body – it does not cause a high or feelings of euphoria.
CBD could be useful in treating depression, as it appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain.
CBD has shown promise in initial studies as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, and it may cause fewer side effects in some people.
The findings of research from 2014 may help explain why CBD could be useful in treating depression. CBD appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain.
Serotonin impacts a range of functions in the body, including a person’s emotional state and feelings of well-being or happiness. Keeping serotonin levels balanced is often a key therapy for people with depression.