The abbreviation which is now seen in many a headline is CBD. It has made quite a name for itself when it was revealed that its properties can potentially be used for medical purposes. More scientific evidence regarding its effects is being accumulated, and more people are advocating for the use of CBD-based products, the mushroom growth of which has been detected in many states.
It has already been reported that CBD, a compound derived from cannabis but devoid of the getting-high effect marijuana is notorious for, can be effective at treating eczema, PTSD, and even neurological disorders. Now the list of possible applications has expanded and includes treatment of anxiety.
Patients suffering from anxiety disorders are usually prescribed medications which are rather harsh, and many antidepressants have adverse effects and can even lead to an addiction, especially if taken for a long time. That is why many people are turning to alternative therapies, and CBD-based products are an option to consider.
Presumably safe yet illegal
As a cannabis-derived compound, CBD still has a status which is unclear: on the one hand, marijuana remains included in the Schedule 1 list. One the other hand, CBD does not produce the mind-altering effect whole marijuana has–since it is THC which is responsible for it–which means the chemical itself might be regulated differently. As of this moment, it is not.
Admittedly, there are many products containing CBD available on the market, such as CBD oils, chewing gums, creams, etc. Still, the research into its effects is hindered due to legislative constraints.
It is not known yet whether CBD is completely safe to use, especially if long-term use is meant. Its side effects are reported to be milder than those of the medications generally used for treatment of psychotic disorders and epilepsy, so the chemical can be a better option. However, it is not known whether cannabidiol can affect hormones, and whether they can be safe if taken regularly.
Various researches have already showed that CBD can be considered an anxiety treatment option. In 2011, it was revealed that cannabidiol can reduce anxiety and ease social interaction in people with anxiety. The same conclusion was made when a team of Brazilian researchers conducted a similar study in 2017. They found that patients with social anxiety and fear benefit from CBD.
That being said, many researchers warn that there is not enough evidence to support introduction of cannabinoid into clinical practice, as it has not been proved yet that it is a safe alternative. That is why switching to CBD and taking it instead of your prescribed medications is a bad idea: the effects may be unpredictable, and it is a must to consult your doctor before doing so.
One of the obvious benefits of CBD products is that they lack the mind-altering effect marijuana has. Those who smoke marijuana in an attempt to treat anxiety get out of the frying pan into the fire, because it has been shown definitively that THC increases anxiety, not reduces it. Given its potential benefits and limited scientific evidence, CBD can become a good option for many patients, not only those with anxiety. However, it will take a lot of time and efforts to determine whether the chemical’s effects are worth investing in: there may be adverse effects which are not easy to detect and manifest themselves only after long-term exposure.
Anxiety is a serious issue which should be treated by a number of people: psychiatrists, priests, your relatives and friends, and, of course, yourself. Currently prescribed medications can be of help, but antidepressants are a kind of drugs which is notorious for its side effects, with weight gain being the most widely known, and addiction being the most feared. Perhaps, when comprehensive research is carried out, CBD will be approved and make its way into clinical practice.