Cannabidiol, or CBD, is certainly having a moment. The New York Times reports that a conservative estimate for the industry projects a $16 billion market in the United States by 2025.
The immensely popular plant extract can now be found in breath sprays, toothpicks, and even cheeseburgers! According to a survey conducted by cannabis market research firm Brightfield Group, over 60% of CBD users have consumed it to deal with anxiety.
Here’s what you should know about CBD, including some of its lesser known benefits.
CBD for Anxiety: What We Know
Research has found evidence to suggest CBD as a viable treatment option for a variety of anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
CBD for General Anxiety Disorder
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), CBD has shown to reduce stress in rats. The study subjects displayed lower behavioral signs of generalized anxiety. This includes their physiological symptoms such as a higher heart rate. Of course, more research needs to be conducted on this subject to provide substantial evidence for CBD’s positive effects.
CBD for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
According to several recent studies, CBD has shown evidence to help with symptoms of PTSD, such as recurrent distressing memories and nightmares. These studies tested
CBD as a standalone treatment as well as a supplementary additive to other traditional treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy and conventional medication.
One case study conducted in 2016 involving a child patient showed evidence for CBD reducing her anxiety levels and helping her sleep.
CBD for Other Anxiety Disorders
According to one study, repeated but not acute administration of CBD in rats reduced their panic-related and escape responses. The study concluded that repeated treatment with CBD induces “anti-panic” effects.
A study conducted in 2011 found that research participants with social anxiety disorder who took CBD, experience significant reduction in their anxiety levels compared to those who were given a placebo.
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