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Research has shown there tends to be a strong correlation between social anxiety and cannabis use disorders. The substance abuse disorder was shown as cannabis being used solitary rather than in social settings It is thought that this occurs because people who suffer from social anxiety may tend to use more cannabis in order to decrease the symptoms of their anxiety before engaging in social activities. So, cannabis is in fact being used to treat the symptoms of anxiety in these individuals.
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The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is linked to various parts of the brain that focus on processing, emotion, memory and learning, as well as stress. Research has shown that the use of cannabidiol (CBD) has similar results on the ECS as common antidepressant and antianxiety medications that are prescribed. When the receptors in the endocannabinoid system are passively targeted, there is a reduction of anxiety and reprocessing of the way the body responds and communicates stress in the ECS.
The link between cannabis use disorders and social anxiety may decrease with the CBD treatment, which deactivates or blocks the way TCH and is psychoactive properties are processed in the ECS receptors. This correlation may lead to a reduction in the symptomology of anxiety as well as a reduction in cannabis use disorders.