Can CBD help reduce Anxiety?

Anxiety is a condition that affects about 18% of the US adult population and 25% of children ages 13 to 18 according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).1 The symptoms associated with anxiety range from worry, irrational fears, avoidance of social situations to panic attacks and recurring nightmares. Symptoms from anxiety can vary and for some people, they can become uncontrollable and overwhelming. The ADAA estimates that only 1/3rd of those diagnosed with anxiety seek treatment even though anxiety is highly treatable. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) has been gaining considerable momentum as an option to treat anxiety. Research demonstrates that CBD reduces fear and anxiety related behaviors and has been shown to be effective in generalized anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.2 A more recent study on CBD for anxiety published by Shannon, Lewis, Lee and Hughes found that 25mg a day of CBD was effective in treating symptoms associated with anxiety.3

Treatment recommendations for general anxiety disorder include cognitive behavioral therapy, serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) and benzodiazepines.4 Many patients have begun to explore more natural or alternative treatments for anxiety to avoid potential side effects associated with prescription medications.

If you are considering CBD as an anti-anxiety option, please consult with a knowledgeable cannabinoid healthcare professional who can guide you through the process. 

 

  1. Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Facts and Statistics. https://adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
  2. Blessings, E.M., Steenkamp, M.M., Manzanares, & Marmar. (2015). Cannabidiol as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders. Neurotherapeutics, 12(4):825-836
  3. Shannon, S., Lewis, N., Lee, H., & Hughes, S. (2019). Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: a large case series. The Permanente Journal, 23:18-041. Doi:10.7812/TPP/18-041.
  4. Kavan, M.G., Elsasser, G.N., & Eugene, J.B. (2009). Generalized anxiety disorder: practical assessment and management. American Family Physician, 79(9):785-791.

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