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CBD Mental Health and Depression

We all want to be at our optimum every day.  Happy, focussed, and joyful.  But on some days a low mood is inescapable. For those with depression these days can turn into weeks, months and years. It is estimated that 19% of people in the UK will experience depression during their lives.  That is roughly 13.5 million people or one in five of our near 70 million population.   Traditional methods for treating depression include talking therapy and prescription medication. However, more and more people are turning to CBD to lift their mood and scientists are investigating its potential to help relieve the symptoms and treat root causes of depression.

How does CBD work?

CBD is a natural nutrient for the human body that interacts with a system that evolved in all mammals over hundreds of thousands of years known as the endocannabinoid system. Our scientists only discovered the endocannabinoid system in the 1990s and are still trying to understand exactly how it works. We know it is unlike any other system in our bodies.

The nervous system, thyroid system, blood system, it is involved in lots of different processes in our bodies including mood, sleep cycles and digestion. Just like other systems it needs feeding.  Our lungs and blood need oxygen in the way that our CB1 and CB2 receptors need cannabinoids. Some scientists believe that imbalances with our endocannabinoid systems through a lack of cannabinoid nutrition might cause conditions like fibromyalgia and migraines, amongst many others. CBD acts on CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the body and this is thought to affect the quantity of endocannabinoids and hormones in your body.

CBD Mental Health

Can CBD help with Depression?

There have been a number of studies investigating the impact of CBD on depression. A study in Canada in June 2021 tested the impact of CBD treatment in 279 with depression, pain and anxiety[1]. They found that patients with moderate or severe symptoms experienced significant improvements in their symptoms and wellbeing. However, they found no observed effect on those with mild symptoms.  

Another study in 2016 found that CBD exerted anti-depressant like effects including stimulating the feeling of emotional response rather than emotionlessness[2] state. They also found that CBD increased serotonin levels, perhaps the key to its anti-depressant effects. This study took place on mice so tests on humans are required to understand these effects further. Another study took place on mice in 2010[3].

They found that CBD caused anti-depressant-like effects similar to those of the prescription antidepressant imipramine. Both of these studies linked this to the fact CBD activated 5-HT (1A) receptors.

Depression and Anxiety

Many people who experience depression also experience anxiety. Anxiety can take many forms, from micro-anxieties from everyday life that can compound into a state of anxiety, to a feeling of panic or fear from triggering events, both which can significantly impact everyday life. Many people have reported that CBD can create calming effects soon after they take it.

A study in 2019 found that “CBD has a promising role as an alternative therapy in the management of anxiety disorders”[4]. A 2015 study similarly concluded, “current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders”[5]. The research on CBD and anxiety so far is promising. Depression is closely linked to anxiety so these results have positive repercussions for CBD and depression research. 

How do you take CBD?

CBD can be taken in many forms the most popular of which tends to be unpleasant tasting CBD oil.   Mee CBD is specially formulated to fit into an existing daily routine or ritual by dissolving in any drink.

So simply adding water-soluble Mee CBD powders or drops to your morning glass of water or evening herbal tea, for example, boost the chances of experiencing the benefits our customers report daily. Meaning that CBD can easily integrate into your daily routine without having to remember to take CBD Oil and hold it under your tongue for a minute or two.

Water-soluble also gets to work much faster than oil, and each dose is contains a consistent amount of CBD – helping you understand how much to take and when.

As always, you should consult with your doctor before taking CBD if you currently take any prescription medication like anti-depressants.

Water-soluble CBD works more quickly because your body is able to absorb it into your bloodstream more quickly. The CBD has greater bioavailability. If you’ve ever taken CBD oil, you might have experienced a slight upset stomach because of the amount of oil you have to consume to get the benefits of CBD.

A reminder – What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an increasingly popular product that people use to manage pain, sleep issues and improve their general wellbeing. Cannabidiol is part of the cannabinoid family, a class of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.

CBD is all-natural, as long as you purchase from a trusted company that lists its ingredients. CBD products contain none, or very little, THC which is the chemical that gives the ‘high’ typically associated with cannabis. It is legal for humans to buy, sell and take CBD in the UK but it must contain no THC.

CBD and Depression: A Summary

Depression can be a stubborn illness that sometimes feels like there is no escape from. However, this is not the case and there is always hope for tomorrow. CBD might be able to help you keep your mood balanced with its effects on the endocannabinoid system. The research so far shows that it has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety potential.

You don’t have to be feeling low to take CBD, you can take it every day to make sure you’re feeling your best and thriving.


[1] https://jcannabisresearch.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s42238-021-00078-w

[2] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26711860/

[3] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20002102/

[4] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31866386/

[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/

 

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