Cannabidiol is a compound derived from the cannabis plant. It has been shown to help people with anxiety reduce their symptoms without side effects
THE SCIENCE — CBD & THE BRAIN
CBD can help with anxiety and depression in two noticeable ways:
5-HT1A – CBD works by exerting several actions on the brain. It has been proven effective in boosting signaling via a serotonin receptor 5-HT1A agonist. 5-HT1A is a serotonin receptor subtype that is important because depression and anxiety can be treated with drugs that target the serotonin system. That is why selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often presribed, they work by blocking serotonin re-absorption in the brain. This, in turn, increases serotonin availability in the synaptic space. Consequently, there is an increase in the signals that are transmitted by the brain cells, thereby boosting mood and reducing anxiety in some cases. CBD works similarly to SSRIs. By boosting signaling via serotonin receptors. Some studies have even shown that CBD can enhance 5HT1A transmission and its effect on serotonin may be faster than that of SSRIs.
Hippocampus – The hippocampus is an area in the brain that plays a significant role in various brain functions. It is particularly known for its role in cognition and memory formation. Scans of anxiety and depression patients actually reveal a smaller hippocampus. And, depression therapeutic aids show regeneration of neurons or neurogenesis in this area. That means these therapeutic aids may help with depression and anxiety. Both CBD and SSRIs have been proven effective in promoting neurogenesis. This is important because evidence shows that when severely impaired, neuronal plasticity can lead to suicidal behaviors.
Therefore, considering the potential role that CBD can play in the therapeutic aid of an anxiety-related disorder, it may eventually become a highly favorable, safer, and effective therapeutic aid for anxiety compared to the available conventional drugs (Anxiety United, 2018).
Benefits of using CBD oil for Anxiety
- Improved mood
- Improved sleep
- Less distracting thoughts
- Improved sense of well being
- Less need (or complete cessation) of using anti-anxiety medication and thus less side effects
1. Anxiety United. (2018, March). CBD For Anxiety – How Does CBD Oil Work – Can it Help? Retrieved from https://anxietyunited.com/cbd-anxiety-how-does-cbd-help-anxiety/