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CBD: Is It a Depressant or Stimulant

Well, CBD can help you to feel sleepy while on the other hand using CBD can increase your focus and boost energy too. By definition CBD does not fit in directly as depressant or stimulant. Let's find out why.

What is Depressant?

Depressants are substances that inhibit and slow down the activity of the central nervous system.

Alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepines are examples of depressants.

Do keep in mind that depressants may decrease brain functions and to use them with caution. Misuse of depressants can lead to health consequences and should be prescribed or under the supervision of a medical doctor.

What is Stimulant?

Stimulants are substances that increase activity in the physiological and central nervous system. Stimulants belong to the psychoactive drugs class as they have an effect on your brain.

It often causes heightened alertness and attention.

Caffeine, nicotine, methamphetamine, amphetamines and other prescription stimulant drugs are examples of stimulants

Stimulants may stimulate your bodily functions and may cause a state of alertness and hypertension, but stimulants are highly addictive and may be injurious to your body and mind.

Is CBD a depressant or stimulant?

Neither. CBD is neither a depressant or stimulant. CBD does not fit into any of the definitions. To get a clearer picture let's look into some classic examples of both depressant and stimulant.

Alcohol: is a good example of depressants. It slows down your brain. Impairing decision making and reflexes. Slows down cognitive functions and activities in the central nervous system.

Caffeine: Another great example of a stimulant. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system causing an increase in alertness and energy.

Like we said earlier, CBD does not fit with these definitions at all, because the effects from CBD are derived from the Endocannabinoid System which is a complex system found everywhere in our body that works by bringing balance and homeostasis in our life. CBD uses the Endocannabinoid System to regulate the effects of CBD to your body.

We need our body and mind to function properly in order to survive.

The Endocannabinoid System interacts with CBD through the receptors and enzymes in the brain, blood vessels, muscles, liver, immune system and various organs in your body.

How effective CBD is to our body really depends on factors like:

  • When you take it. For example for sleep it would be more effective to use it in the evening or before bedtime. For focus during work, taking CBD in the morning or afternoon is great.

  • Potency: Stronger potency means you will receive more benefits from CBD and other components from the cannabis plant or cannabinoids.

  • CBD is available in many forms like oil, tincture, edibles, capsules, flowers, vaping oil or balms/topicals.

  • There are three types of CBD. CBD Isolate contains only CBD. Broad Spectrum has CBD and other cannabinoids like CBN, CBD, CBC, CBDa or THCA, but doesn't come with THC. Full Spectrum is like Broad Spectrum, but does include THC.

  • Taking CBD on an empty stomach may help you to feel the effects faster and it is not as effective as when taken with food.

Bottom line:

CBD has many therapeutic purposes like:

  • Relief pain

  • Anti-inflammation

  • Anxiety reliever

  • Stress management

  • Treat mental disorder

  • Energy booster

  • Improve focus

  • Promote better sleep

  • Treat insomnia

  • Improve immune system

  • Manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease

  • Treat epilepsy systems

  • Treat nausea and motion sickness.

Yes CBD calms you down it can also help boost your energy and focus as a result of your dosage. If you take CBD on a low dosage it could help you to become more alert while if you take CBD on a high dosage it could make you want to rest.

Yet, we cannot say that it is both a depressant or stimulant, because it works differently than how a cup of coffee or a glass of wine would to your body.

For more information about Mellow Organic CBD products please feel free to contact us anytime. We are also there for you if you need any advice on our products or how to use our products. Visit us at

Written by Vivek Roachthavilit

Special thanks to:

Very Well Mind

Very Well Mind

Center For Advancing Health

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