CBD for Anxiety

Previous research might be shedding some new light on another potential use for cannabidiol (CBD) . It is believed that cannabidiol in conjunction with talk therapy could be used to treat patients with anxiety disorders such as phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

One of the crucial parts of anxiety is fear and in the few human studies of cannabidiol have indicated that the compound has the ability to alter the activity of certain brain regions and thus dampen their fear. One small study of 40 people from 1993 in the Journal of Psychopharamacology found that cannabidiol decreased anxiety in healthy adults when subjected to a stressful situation. Another promising study in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology using 24 people whom had a social phobia found that cannabidiol reduced anxiety triggered by public speaking.  This conclusion was further strengthened with some studies that had induced anxiety in rodents by exposing them to threatening stimuli. When treated with cannabidiol the degree of anxiety experienced by the rodents showed a notable decrease.

Current medications used for treatment of anxiety disorders can take a bit to kick in as well as not every drug works for every patient and have a laundry list of negative side effects ranging from drowsiness, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction. In previous research of cannabidiol use for disorders such as epilepsy found that the substance doesn’t have significant side effects and a new treatment option that tends to not have sizable side effects and doesn’t provide a high to patients is a highly sought after by doctors and patients alike.

The review of cannabidiol research and its potential use as an anxiety disorder treatment is promising and further research is needed to look at the exact mechanisms by which it may work. While most of the studies to date have been performed in animal models there are many similarities between rodent and human brains. Given these parallels and previous results found in the studies of cannabidiol further testing in humans is justified.

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