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Deep Dive: CBD for Mood Disorders

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

This Deep Dive serves two roles: First as a homework assignment for the Cannabis Foundation: Part 1 course and second as part of Higher Learning's Deep Dive Subscription.

For Deep Dive subscribers: This Deep Dive serves as a research review that summarizes four peer-reviewed research studies on the topic of CBD for mood disorders. This article is a living document that is updated regularly based on the release of new research on this topic.

For students of Cannabis Foundation: Part 1, welcome to the second homework assignment for Module 3: Cannabinoids 1 > Lesson 5: CBD. In this assignment, students will learn about the latest research about CBD for mood disorders.


Mood disorders affect tens of millions of Americans. In fact, it is estimated that social anxiety alone afflicts more than 15 million in the U.S. according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that major depression strikes approximately 17 million Americans at least once during their lifetimes (a whopping seven percent of the population) and disproportionately affects women more than men, according to the ADAA.

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