Does CBD Help with Anxiety?
A common use of cannabidiol (CBD) is the alleviation of anxiety. The cannabidiol products are supposed to have an anxiolytic effect in addition to many other positive effects such as the pain- or anti-inflammatory properties. But can CBD really help with fears? We have collected information on the subject.
Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses
Anxiety disorders often occur in our society: There are supposed to be around four million people affected in Germany. Women are about twice as likely to be affected as men. The fear can refer to different events, objects, animals or humans. It has various causes and it is very disturbing in daily life. Treatment options include various therapeutic procedures as well as medicines. Psychotropic drugs play a special role here. However, not every patient wants to access the chemically-synthesized remedies to relieve the fear of drugs. Because psychotropic drugs are often associated with serious side effects. As alternatives are therefore also offered various herbal medicines such as passionflower or valerian. But some suffering from anxiety instead use cannabidiol (CBD) to treat anxiety. But does it really work?
Anxiety treated with CBD: helpful or not?
As with most CBD issues, there are few studies focus on the effects of CBD on treating anxiety. Most anxiety patients who try CBD have become aware of the drug through a referral. On the Internet, for example, there are numerous meaningful reports on the subject. Nevertheless, there are some interesting studies that should not go unmentioned.
Study on CBD in anxiety: CBD works, but it is unclear why
In 2004, researchers from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, confirmed a CBD anxiolytic effect in the study “Effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on regional cerebral blood flow”. However, it is unclear where the effect comes from. The study can be read here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14583744.
In 2011, a research group published a study on “Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report.” The study can be read here: https: //www.ncbi.nlm.nih .gov / pubMed / 20,829,306th The social phobia describes a fear that occurs in social situations. Concerned people, especially at the center of attention, feel very uncomfortable because they are afraid that they will be embarrassed.
Further studies on the topic
There are also other studies that you can read about here, including:
“Cannabidiol Reduces the Anxiety Induced by Simulated Public Speaking in Treatment-Naïve Social Phobia Patients”, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079847/
“Cannabidiol regulation of emotion and emotional memory processing: relevance for treating anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders”, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28268256
9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiolic acid, and cannabidiol on anxiety-like responding in the light-dark emergence test in rats, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/ 28424834
“Cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent, as an anxiolytic drug”, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22729452
How fear arises and what is the role of CBD?
Fear is actually a completely normal feeling that almost all people get to know in their lives. It serves to liberate us from dangerous situations or not even get into it. But some people are more anxious than others. But this alone does not make any anxiety disorder. Only when the fear paralyzes a person that his life is impaired, we refer it to anxiety disorder. Fear arises from the action of certain neurotransmitters that are produced and expelled in the brain. The neurotransmitters are distributed through the blood in the body and cause our anxiety. What is the role of CBD regarding treating anxiety? CBD can inhibit the emission of anxiety neurotransmitters. As a result, there is less concentration in the blood, so we feel less anxious. Added to this is the calming effect of cannabidiol. So if you take CBD, you feel much more relaxed in situations that would trigger fear.
Cannabidiol: feeling of being “high” is unfounded
Many people do not like the feeling of being intoxicated or “high-becoming”. An intoxication is sometimes perceived as a loss of control that can even trigger new fears. The assumption that cannabis always causes a intoxication is widespread. But in the case of CBD, this worry is unfounded. Because the chemical compound does not have a psychoactive effect, so it does not cause any noise at all. The exhilaration in the use of cannabis instead goes back to the chemically similar compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), which also derives from cannabis plants. Although THC and CBD are chemically similar, their effects are very different. THC and CBD, which can counteract anxiety, are equally present in every cannabis strain: THC is more likely to trigger anxiety while CBD relaxes and calms. But the relationship differs from species to variety, so it depends on the cannabis plant. In some varieties, the THC content has been raised, which strongly opposes the relief of fears. Those who want to relieve anxiety with cannabis should use appropriate CBD-based products. They are available, for example, in the form of oil or as capsules.
Side effects of CBD in anxiety
According to previous studies, CBD is largely free of side effects and harmless. However, the studies published so far have not adequately covered CBD. There are some conflicting studies and certain areas have not been studied yet. What is certain, however, is that certain interactions with other medications may occur. The drugs can also include psychotropic drugs. Therefore, patients who are already taking regular medications should seek advice from their attending physician before taking CBD. Due to the spongy research situation and certain effects on placental enzymes, pregnant women are generally discouraged from taking CBD.
Conclusion: CBD helps with easing anxiety
Although there are only a few studies that have discovered the anxiolytic effects of CBD, it is still possible to say that there is definitely an anxiety-relieving effect. However, sufferers should not try CBD treatment on their own. To overcome fears in the long term, a therapy is sometimes inevitable. In combination with a behavioral or talk therapy, the disturbing effects can often be defeated much faster and more sustainably. Anyone who nevertheless relies on CBD as an active ingredient against anxiety benefits from a largely side effect-free product. Only pregnant women and patients who are already taking regular medications should refrain from taking CBD or seek extensive advice from the attending physician.