Online testimonials from people who claim that CBD has eased their anxiety symptoms can be found across the Internet with a click of a button. But how legitimate are these claims that CBD helps with anxiety?
Benefits of CBD
CBD enhances relaxation and promotes restful sleep, among other beneficial effects. While relaxation and adequate sleep are things which anxiety can impede, the Food and Drug Administration does not currently endorse CBD as a medical treatment for anxiety.
Due to CBD being listed a Schedule I substance prior to the passage of 2018 Farm Bill, there are limited research studies on humans related to CBD and anxiety. The limited studies on humans related to this topic have shown differing results.
A study published in the 2011 journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD reduced anxiety brought on by simulated public speaking environments in participants who had social phobias. A separate research project focused on anxiety and substance abuse disorders, published in the October 2017 edition of the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, concluded that CBD “reduced the expression of drug memories acutely and disrupted their reconsolidation…understanding how cannabidiol regulates emotion and emotional memory processing may eventually lead to its use as a treatment for anxiety-related and substance abuse disorders.”
However, a 2015 analysis of previous research, published in the October 2015 edition of Neurotherapeutics, offered conflicting conclusions. It suggested that CBD increased anxiety in certain participants, but also noted it could reduce anxiety associated with public speaking or anxiety that can come with THC consumption,
It’s worth noting that these studies occurred in lab environments, so CBD use in “real world” settings may warrant different results. Participants also consumed large (300-600mg) amounts of CBD in these studies. Daily consumption at this level may be too much for some people or not feasible financially.
Talk With Your Doctor
Before attempting to incorporate CBD into your daily routine for anxiety or any medical condition, we always recommend consulting with a medical professional first. They will be able to advise on appropriate serving sizes and whether CBD may interact with any medications you’re currently taking.
*FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) DISCLOSURE: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program.