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CBD for Mental Health: Can CBD Replace Antidepressants?

CBD has proven its multifaceted health benefits on numerous accounts, from ridding people’s chronic pain to relieving severe anxiety to aiding in gut health, clear skin and improved moods, the seriously amazing cannabinoid seems to do it all.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant that is gaining attention from everyone it seems, from health and wellness influencers to medical professionals and scientists to environmentalists, all seeking answers on what this health supplement is fully capable of.

In this post, we are talking about CBD as it relates to mental health, depression, and other forms of mood disorders, deciphering whether or not the compound could replace antidepressants.

As more people are seeking natural alternatives to everything in their lives, from purchasing natural beauty products and eating natural (not processed) foods, they are now looking for natural routes of medication; namely, treatment for depression, stress and anxiety.

Helping People Naturally Is What CBD Is All About

According to Forbes, the fastest growing demographics of those who are consuming CBD are people “eligible for AARP memberships,” teenagers, and pets.

Teenagers Using CBD

Cory Gleichenhaus, a 42-year-old New Yorker turned Floridian who recently opened a CBD store in Delray Beach, FL, told Forbes his story and the stories of people he has helped, and discussed why he believes CBD may be the next health wave in replacing antidepressants, in addition to common pain medications like Tylenol and ibuprofen.

While visiting a Missouri CBD American Shaman store – the first major chain of CBD stores with overt 150 locations across the country – he recalls two teenagers coming in and disclosing they both had been on mood and behavior modification medicines for most of their lives. Wanting to have a say in what they were putting into their bodies once they reached the legal age of 18 (now being allowed to refuse the mood stabilizers they were put on), they wanted to try CBD.

One of the teenagers, a 15-year-old LaCrosse player from Las Vegas, Nevada, had been prescribed Zoloft to help reduce his anxiety, which was onset by his Tourette’s Syndrome. His mother weaned him off the Zoloft by replacing it with CBD, to which she stated, “I have never looked back.” She reported the CBD worked much better to control her son’s Tourette’s tics, it “greatly reduced” his subsequent anxiety, and it has allowed him to achieve a deeper REM sleep, something medical professionals credit by the brain being “potentially purged of toxins.”

Taking CBD is a multifaceted approach to helping the body and the mind.

Seniors Using CBD

Gleichenhaus tells Forbes that his older customers coming into the CBD shop are seeking relief from Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and the general aches and pains that come with getting older.

His older customers are more skeptical of trying CBD, asking the common questions of “Is this marijuana?”, “Is this legal?”, and other common CBD questions.  To clarify, no, CBD is not marijuana, it will not get you high, and yes, CBD is legal, so long as it is derived from hemp and contains less than 0.3 percent THC (the compound in the cannabis plant that does get people high).

He reminisced on the time when one of his first (older) customers came into his store. She was in her late 50s and had Parkinson’s disease. Gleichenhaus recalled that when she walked in, she could not control her head (because of her tremors from the disease). He gave her a stronger CBD product, a solution that was originally formulated for horses, because her tremors were so severe.

By the time the woman left the store, her head was shaking slightly, but the tremors had subsided significantly, to which Gleichenhaus commented, “We all know there is growing anecdotal evidence about the efficacy of CBD, but when you see it with your own eyes, it makes a lasting impact.”

People Using CBD To Prevent Drug Addiction

Another significant portion of Gleichenhaus’ clientele are people wanting to transition off opioids, a subject that hits close to home for Gleichenhaus because a loved one overdosed on opioids and died.

On this subject, he told Forbes he forwent filling a painkiller prescription awhile back when he had surgery on his knee, and instead rubbing a CBD salve on his sore knee every morning to provide pain relief.

He added that a lot of patients are ditching painkillers for CBD, because there is much less risk of addiction.


CBD is showing increasing evidence to help and is being increasingly researched for mental health issues. From PTSD and severe anxiety to Alzheimer’s disease, the promise of CBD is very real. Weaning off of prescription medications like antidepressants with CBD is not only possible, but could lead to a longer and healthier life for all those struggling with mental health.

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