Treating Anxiety and Depression with CBD
CBD for Anxiety
In 2010 a study was published by the Journal of Psychopharmacology. They found that cannabidiol (CBD) could reduce symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD). Participants in the study had brain scans processed which revealed changes in blood flow to the regions of the brain linked to feelings of anxiety.
In this study, cannabidiol not only made these participants feel better but also changed how their brain responded to anxiety.
An additional study in 2011 found that cannabidiol was able to reduce social anxiety. In this study researches looked at how cannabidiol and how it could treat anxiety associated with public speaking.
A 2015 analysis of previous studies was gathered by The Journal of American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics. They concluded that CBD oil is a promising treatment for an abundance of forms of anxiety including social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic disorder.
CBD for Depression
Medical news today once stated, “Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound that has gained popularity in recent years, thanks in part to a growing body of research into its potential health benefits, which many include treating depression. The initial results of some studies into CBD and depression look promising”
Doctors may prescribe pharmaceuticals to help a person treat depression. Many drugs today have side effects such as mood swings, sleepiness and sexual disfunction.
In initial studies, CBD has shown it’s a promising treatment for anxiety and depression. Also, we are seeing that it may cause fewer side effects in some people.
The findings show us that in most studies, CBD appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain.
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