What the research says about using CBD to ease anxiety

Verdant Notes: This past year has been one of the hardest. The uncertainty and isolation of the past twelve months have certainly taken their mental and emotional toll on all of us. It's no surprise, then, that 31% of U.S. adults are affected by anxiety disorders. As research continues, emerging evidence confirms CBD can offer a calming effect on the central nervous system helping improve sleep and anxiety.

Below is an excerpt summarizing some of this research.

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"CBD for Anxiety: What to Know" ~ Medical News Today

In a recent 2020 study, researchers evaluated CBD’s effects in 397 adults living in New Zealand. The study participants received medical CBD prescriptions for a variety of ailments, including non-cancer pain, cancer-related symptoms, neurological symptoms, and mental health symptoms.

All groups reported improvements in their overall quality of life after 3 weeks of CBD treatment. The individuals who received CBD treatment for anxiety or depression reportedly experienced improvements in their ability to perform daily functions and reduce pain and anxiety or depression symptoms.

70% of study participants reported some level of satisfaction with CBD treatment, ranging from good to excellent. Only 9.9% of participants experienced adverse side effects, such as sedation and vivid dreams. An even smaller portion of the study population (0.8%) reported worsening symptoms.

In a retrospective study, researchers evaluated the effects of CBD treatment in 72 adults with either anxiety or sleep problems.

The majority of study participants received one 25 milligram capsule of CBD once a day (mg/d). A few participants received 50 or 75 mg/d. One individual with a history of trauma and schizoaffective disorder received up to 175 mg/d.

After the first 2 months of CBD treatment, 78.1–79.2% of participants reported improvements in anxiety symptoms.

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References & Resources

"CBD for Anxiety: What to Know" (source article)

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