CBD displays promise as a tool for reducing anxiety - The Permanente Journal-

HOW CBD WORKS?

The main components of the Cannabis plant are called Cannabinoids. Cannabinoids have a high interaction with our own endocannabinoid system, which serves to maintain the vital functions and balance in our body at the molecular level. According to Ethan Russo from the University of Montana, "CBD (Cannabidiol) has highly neuroprotective and antioxidative properties, even so more that ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) or tocopherol (Vitamin E), in addition to having important anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Significantly, CBD has been found to reduce many of the negative effects of THC such as anxiety, intoxication, panic, and heart palpitations".

RESEARCH AND EVIDENCE

Anxiety: CBD displays promise as a tool for reducing anxiety in clinical populations, according to the Permanente Journal. This study included 72 adults presenting with primary concerns of anxiety or poor sleep. The results showed that anxiety scores decreased within the first month 79.2% among CBD users, and there was also an improvement of sleep scores in 66.7% of them.

PTSD: To some people whose experience with cannabis includes anxiety and paranoia or horror stories of the same from well-meaning authority figures, the idea of using cannabinoids to treat post-traumatic stress disorder might seem slightly off. For thousands of veterans who are tired of the of using the same type of drugs offered by the VA, a federal agency, CBD could be a potential alternative. Stress is an important contributor to anxiety disorders and traumatic stress exposure is essential to the development of PTSD. CBD exhibits a broad range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiolytic, panicolytic, and anticompulsive actions, as well as a decrease in autonomic arousal, a decrease in conditioned fear expression, enhancement of fear extinction, reconsolidation blockade, and prevention of the long-term anxiogenic effects of stress, according to the Neurotherapeutics Journal in a study published in 2015.