Even though the exact way in which CBD works is not yet fully understood, it is believed that CBD impacts serotonin production. Low serotonin levels are thought to be behind a host of mental health issues, including high levels of stress, generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), seasonal affective disorder (SAD), insomnia, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While there have been relatively few clinical studies in this area, researchers have found that CBD can reduce certain symptoms of PTSD, so it is thought that it can produce similar benefits for people with related mental health conditions.
Mental disorders such as chronic anxiety and depression, as well as high levels of stress are becoming increasingly common, in part due to the fast-paced, always plugged-in lives that many of us lead. These disorders can be very difficult to get under control without intervention. However, the medication offered by the pharmaceutical industry, such as benzodiazepines (commonly marketed as Valium and Xanax) can be addictive, so many people are turning to more natural remedies.