CBD oil for depression – can it help?

Wednesday February 10, 2021

Life can be challenging at times. And when life gives you lemons, it isn’t always easy to pick yourself up and make lemonade. Whilst most of us will go through periods of unhappiness, some suffer from feeling persistently sad for long periods of time.

Depression can stop you socialising or taking pleasure in activities you used to love. You may find yourself overeating or losing your appetite altogether. Often it can affect your sleep and energy levels.

Clinical depression can be diagnosed by your doctor and treated with medication and talking therapies. There are also several over-the-counter options to help boost your mood. Taking these alongside leading a healthy, active lifestyle can enhance your mood and energy.

CBD for depression

CBD is a supplement which is growing in popularity and is believed to help those suffering from depression.

CBD is a natural chemical found in cannabis plants, including the hemp variety. CBD is legal in the UK and is not the psychoactive constituent of cannabis. It does not get you ‘high’.

Firstly, it is important to note that more research is needed before we can fully know the benefits of CBD. Yet, a range of studies have shown promising findings. CBD has potential therapeutic application in a wide range of wellbeing areas. There are indications CBD may provide pain relief, anxiety reduction, act as an anti-inflammatory and sleep aid, to name but a few. CBD is also thought to have a positive effect on those suffering from depression.

Experts believe CBD’s anti-stress effects are caused by a remarkable effect it has on serotonin receptors in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone that is produced naturally in the body and serves to stabilise mood and promotes happiness and feelings of well-being. Low serotonin levels are associated with depression. Whilst CBD does not appear to increase serotonin levels, it is thought to improve how the brain’s chemical receptors respond to the serotonin already in your system.

Studies have also shown CBD appears to significantly reduce anxiety compared with a placebo group. See our separate blog on CBD and anxiety.

How to take CBD

We always recommend speaking to your doctor before taking any new supplement and CBD is no exception.

To find the dose that works for you, start with our lowest strength (250mg). Slowly increase the dose to find your optimal amount for you. Everyone is different and the right dosage for you will depend on your weight, susceptibility, and the level and type of relief you are seeking.

If you have questions about CBD for depression or would like help choosing a product, speak to us.