One of CBD’s best known benefits is as a mood enhancer and alleviator of anxiety. Taking CBD oil in the morning can help relieve stress, enhance focus and improve your overall mental clarity.
Similar to some anti-anxiety drugs, CBD activates a type of serotonin (the chemical believed to be linked to happiness and wellbeing) receptor in the brain.
A few drops under the tongue in the evening can help to provide a sense of calm, relieving tension built up throughout the day and help to clear the mind in order to achieve a good night’s rest.
Unlike traditional treatments involving counselling and medication, CBD acts almost immediately and doesn’t cause any withdrawal symptoms
However, everyone’s biochemistry is different, and SSRI’s can interact in different ways in different bodies. Some people have reported that the use of CBD oil in combination with their SSRIs resulted in improved symptoms of depression without additional side effects
That being said, this combination may not be for everyone. CBD has the potential to interact with SSRIs, and other antidepressants, resulting in increased amounts of antidepressant in the body and a higher risk of side effects.
We would recommend talking to your psychiatrist about adding CBD to your routine and making the change in your medication. They will be able to give a professional medical perspective and guidance as to how to go about eventually weaning off of antidepressants, if that is ultimately your intention.