Anxiety disorder isn’t a new phenomenon by any means. This mental illness has been around for as long as human beings have. Yet, our understanding of anxiety, how it works and how it must be treated is constantly changing.
The most recent developments in how we approach anxiety have involved an ancient plant medicine which, although it has been unpopular for many years, shows real potential in the treatment of anxiety disorder; cannabis.
In particular, it is one of the chemicals in the plant which are being studied for their anti-anxiety effects. This is becoming a very popular experimental treatment among anxiety patients and scientists are beginning to understand why.
Cannabidiol, which has become widely known as CBD, is one of over 100 cannabinoids which are found in the cannabis plant. It has been revealed through a vast array of research studies and clinical trials that CBD contains many health benefits.
Most relevant to the treatment of anxiety is the role that CBD plays with the endocannabinoid system. This is a system found in the body which regulates mood, among other things.
Research has shown that CBD can boost this system and have the effect of stabilizing mood. This certainly falls in line with the claims that anxiety patients have been making about the effects of CBD on their condition for years.
Unfortunately, things aren’t quite that simple. While the general consensus is that CBD can certainly ease anxiety, there have been some studies which suggest that it may actually cause anxiety in certain circumstances.
These circumstances are not fully understood yet, and until they are researchers cannot make any hard and fast claims about the efficacy of CBD as an anti-anxiety treatment, or about any short/long-term side effects that it may cause.
More research is needed in order to paint a really clear picture of whether or not CBD is an appropriate anti-anxiety agent. However, while this research is ongoing the rates of cannabis use among anxiety patients look set to continue to rise for the foreseeable future.