Science is finding there are various beneficial effects of cannabidiol (CBD). These benefits not only stem to treatments to regarding physical illness but is now showing favorable treatment in a vast range of psychiatric disorders, including depression. CBD has similar effects of in the neurotransmitters in the brain and body as clinical antidepressant drugs. CBD also induces the placidity in the way the brain responds to stress. In other words, the brain alters the way it responds to an experience.
Studies have shown that “CBD exhibits a broad spectrum of other possible therapeutic actions, which include anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antidepressive, and neuroprotective effects over a large rand of psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders”.
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This study shows that in pre-clinical and clinical trials, administration of CBD in rats activated a rapid antidepressant-like effect. While it is believed that most psychiatric disorders, including depression and mood disorders, are a combination of genic predisposition as well as environmental factors, such as stress exposure.
High levels of stress produce a particular alteration in the critical gene reproduced in the DNA that controls the stress system. “Since stress appears to increase DNA methylation, this finding raised the possibility that the antidepressant-like effects of CBD involve epigenetic mechanism, such as DNA methylation”. This means that CBD helps eliminate the depressive symptoms produced by the genetic stress system. While the effects of CDB on the neural systems are still being researched, it has been indicated that CBD has a “good safety record” and could be a useful treatment in depression and other neuropsychiatric disorders.
While the studies are showing promising results, they don’t all show like this, some studies on cannabis are negative, so there’s still uncertainty. However, it’s important to keep an open mind on the topic.