Can Cannabinoids and CBD oil help with the treatment of Anxiety?
Cannabis and its’ derivatives have been used as far back as 2000 BC to calm anxiety and stress. Anxiety, although common in everyday life, can become a dysfunctional disorder that includes multiple specific types:
1. Panic disorder: Symptoms include sweating, chest pain, palpitations and unfounded feelings of terror often occurring with no warning and without reason
2. Phobias: Fear of a specific object or situation that is incongruous to the object
3. Social anxiety disorder: The inability to deal with everyday social interactions
4. Generalized anxiety disorder: The most common of disorders, this disorder involves excessive worry and tension that is unprovoked
Generalized symptoms may include:
- Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Problems sleeping
- Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- An inability to be still and calm
- Dry mouth
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle tension
As with other neurological disorders, the ability to “calm the brain” with CBD may be key in the treatment of anxiety in all its’ forms.
Here are some links to some good articles.
Medical Research Publications
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Hemp derived Cannabidiol or CBD oil, may be a viable alternative to expensive antidepressant medications for the treatment of many forms of depression.
The World Health Organization predicts that unipolar depression “will be the second most prevalent cause of illness-induced disability by the year 2020” and antidepressants are the third most common psychiatric drugs prescribed worldwide. Murray CGL, Lopez AD. Alternative projections of mortality and disability by cause 1990-2020: Global Burden of Disease Study. Lancet 1997;349:1498-504. [PubMed]
By definition, depression is a condition of general emotional dejection and withdrawal; sadness greater and more prolonged than that warranted by any objective reason. Between 2009 and 2012, 7.6% of Americans aged 12 and over had depression with the highest rates of depression being found in females aged 40-59.
Studies are now showing CBD (Cannabidiol) interacts significantly with the 5-HT1A neuro-receptor. This receptor typically binds to and reuptakes serotonin into the neurons in various parts of the brain reducing amounts of free serotonin in the extracellular space. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter known to be key in the treatment of depression, thus any compound, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s) or Cannabidiol, which increase levels of serotonin are thought to be ideal in the treatment of depression and are thought to have little or no side effects.
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