What is CBD for depression?

CBD is short for cannabidiol (pronounced can-a-BID-i-ol). Think of medicinal cannabis as a class of medicines. CBD is one of the most abundant and promising cannabinoids, a group of compounds specific to the cannabis plant.

How long have people used cannabis for depression?

Cannabis sativa has been in use by humans for 5000 years, according to records from ancient China. Cannabis was valued for its material, cultural and medicinal properties.

Is it helpful to use CBD for depression?

Anecdotally, cannabis has long been used by people seeking to reduce depression. But a lack of CBD clinical trials for depression has made it difficult for doctors to confidently prescribe medical cannabis.

What does the latest research on treating depression with CBD show?

Bod Australia has contributed to the UK’s largest medical cannabis patient study, Project Twenty21.

The major findings about CBD for depression so far are:

  • a 50% increase in patients’ self-reported health and ability to lead a normal life
  • significant improvements in patients’ ability to manage conditions such as anxiety, insomnia and depression
  • an opportunity for patients to stop their reliance on opioids as treatments, with their serious side effects.

Other CBD studies for depression

Healthline concluded that “CBD does appear to have some benefits for depression”.

A recent study supported the efficacy of CBD as an antidepressant.

One of the most recent studies found CBD treatment had a “beneficial impact on pain, anxiety, and depression symptoms as well as overall wellbeing.”

How to take part in CBD clinical trials for depression

Register your interest to participate in upcoming clinical trials.

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