For centuries, humankind has been harvesting and ingesting cannabis for both ritual and recreational use. Over the years, the developed world has seen a rise in discontent, low mood, and the diagnosis of depressive disorders within the general population.
Major depression is thought to be the ‘second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease’, according to recent statistics.
In the UK alone, 526,000 workers suffer from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety (as of 2016/17). This equates to 12.5 million working days lost over the same time period. So, how can we improve persistent low mood in such a demanding society?
In this article, Smart CBD looks at how Cannabidiol may be able to improve low mood and help relieve symptoms of other mood-related disorders.
What is CBD?
Cannabis contains hundreds of active ingredients known as cannabinoids. There are two main cannabinoids; THC and CBD.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive compound sought after by recreational marijuana users. Although it can offer many benefits, it is illegal within the UK. Cannabidiol (CBD) is THC’s so-called ‘sister compound’, as it interacts with our bodies in a very similar way.
However, CBD is non-psychoactive and is therefore legal in the UK. It interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for regulating everything from appetite and fertility to mood, pain sensitivity, and even memory.
How can CBD help to improve my mood?
CBD offers numerous health benefits that may help to improve your mood, or alleviate symptoms of low mood. It can function as:
- An anti-inflammatory
Inflammation is the cause of many health troubles, especially those involving pain or unusual cell activity. Because of this, CBD’s ability to act as an anti-inflammatory makes it useful in alleviating neuroinflammation, which can be linked to neuropsychiatric and mood disorders.
- An antipsychotic
Though research has been conducted into understanding CBD’s apparent antipsychotic properties, there is as yet no definitive study explaining exactly how it occurs. Some theorise that CBD’s interference in the modulation of dopaminergic transmission may be a potential explanation.
- A mild antidepressant
CBD has been shown to improve and alleviate symptoms of depression in those suffering from mood disorders. Although it is not strong enough to function as a standalone treatment for major or severe depression, CBD may be considered as a supplementary therapy.
- A sleep aid
There’s much to be said about sleep and the role it plays in your mental health. Individuals suffering from mood disorders often find it difficult to sleep, which only exacerbates their condition. CBD has been shown to restore normal REM sleep, as well as improve sleep quality overall.
Why use CBD to improve mood?
Many medications used for correcting mood disorders come with side effects that patients may not find easy to tolerate.
Most anxiolytics (drugs used to prevent symptoms from occurring before their onset) for anxiety and depression carry risks of drowsiness, sexual dysfunction, negative mental state, and memory problems.
With hundreds of different mood-correcting drugs available, it may seem pointless to choose CBD over other, more clinical methods.
We aren’t recommending that you go that far, but it is worth looking into if you want to supplement your current lifestyle or medication regime in order to combat low or unbalanced mood.
Never ‘switch’ to CBD over your prescribed medication. CBD is not a medicine and is treated as a health supplement. Always speak to your prescribing doctor about using CBD before you start taking it regularly.
If you do, however, you’ll be able to reap the benefits almost immediately. Research indicates that taking CBD properly is as safe as taking a placebo (although markedly more effective!)
CBD from SmartCBD
If you’re looking for a natural mood-lifter, CBD may be the product for you. SmartCBD stocks a range of oils, balms, and pastes; each rich with pure hemp-extract CBD that we’ve harvested within the EU.