Many people take CBD for depression-related reasons, and there’s some evidence that CBD helps.
Low serotonin levels are often linked to occurrences of depression. CBD, though, binds to serotonin receptors in such a way that it allows for better absorption of the neurochemical. So, while CBD doesn’t boost serotonin by itself, it makes the body more receptive to the serotonin already available in the system.
Most of the evidence for CBD’s success in treating depression comes from studies that used animal models. In most of these studies, CBD showed strong anti-anxiety properties, too, which is sometimes linked to depression. These studies also found that CBD may have less potential for addiction and typically is not habit-forming.