CBD for Anxiety
The journal Neurotherapeutics in 2015 concluded that CBD has demonstrated anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) effects in animal studies and human clinical trials. The authors of the review also noted that CBD was well-tolerated in the majority of studies.
A review published in the journal Current Drug Safety in 2011 found that CBD was generally well-tolerated in humans, with a good safety profile. The authors of the review also noted that CBD had the potential to reduce anxiety.
A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology in 2011 found that CBD reduced anxiety in a group of participants with generalized social anxiety disorder (SAD). The authors of the study concluded that CBD may be a promising treatment for SAD.
CBD oil works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, which plays a role in regulating mood, stress, and sleep. A test conducted on an individual suffering from PTSD improved anxiety. (Shannon S, 2016)
Overall, these studies suggest that CBD may have potential as an anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) agent.
- Blessing, E. M., Steenkamp, M. M., Manzanares, J., & Marmar, C. R. (2015). Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Neurotherapeutics, 12(4), 825-836.
- Bergamaschi, M. M., Queiroz, R. H., Zuardi, A. W., & Crippa, J. A. (2011). Safety and side effects of cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent. Current Drug Safety, 6(4), 237-249.
- Crippa, J. A., Derenusson, G. N., Ferrari, T. B., Wichert-Ana, L., Duran, F. L., Martin-Santos, R., Simões, M. V., Bhattacharyya, S., Fusar-Poli, P., Atakan, Z., & McGuire, P. K. (2011). Neural basis of anxiolytic effects of cannabidiol (CBD) in generalized social anxiety disorder: a preliminary report. Journal of Psychopharmacology, 25(1), 121-130.
- Shannon, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series. The Permanente Journal, 23. https://doi.org/10.7812/tpp/18-041
- Shannon, S. (2016) Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27768570/