According to a new study published in the journal Molecular Neurobiology researchers have found that cannabidiol (CBD) has long-lasting antidepressant effects in mice.
“In this scenario, CBD emerges as an interesting compound, since it has shown large-spectrum therapeutic potential in preclinical models and clinical trials. Therefore, we became interested in evaluating CBD effects in different animal models of depression with the aim to better characterize its potential as an antidepressant drug, as well as study its underlying mechanisms,” Joca explained.
“The results could provide new insights on depression neurobiology and treatment, with easy translation to the clinical scenario, since CBD is used in humans for the treatment of neurological disorders, such as epilepsy.”
Although the study was conducted on mice, it showed promise in providing a longer-term resilience in the animal with effects lasting up to as long as a week. In other news, this doesn't seem like new news, but further validation of what users of CBD already know: it's a molecule that may help with many things, including boosting of mood and potentially helping reduce depression. But as always, a word of caution:
Together, the findings suggest that CBD holds promise as a potential aid for depression. However, more research — including studies on human participants — are necessary before it becomes an accepted treatment. The mechanisms behind CBD’s antidepressant effects are still poorly understood.
The study can be found at this link.