In terms of mental health, medical cannabis and its cannabinoids have the potential to help treat or support current treatment methods.. However, the majority of research has been on animals, surrounding specific illnesses and disorders. To understand medical cannabis’s true effect on mental health, studies would have to involve large groups of human participants. This is the only way to fully gauge the effectiveness of cannabis, CBD and THC for things like addiction, ADHD, schizophrenia, PTSD, anxiety and sleep. Anecdotal evidence so far has been positive, yet without empirical evidence, it’s hard to push a new treatment through regulatory bodies.
CBD could potentially be particularly useful to treat conditions like ADHD because the current treatments include drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, which have well-documented unwanted side effects, such as a loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping.
Anxiety is another area where — anecdotally speaking — CBD may be an effective treatment and has shown promise in nascent studies. Others include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and schizophrenia.