Cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are compounds found in the cannabis plant. CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it won't make you feel high, while THC is psychoactive and can cause addiction and cravings. Research suggests that CBD helps prevent the breakdown of anandamide in our body, leaving us with more of the happiness molecule and, as a result, we feel happier. CBD has been studied for its potential to help with anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A comprehensive review of CBD concluded that it activates 5-HT1 receptors, which has a direct impact on fear and learned phobias. It can also help soften the sharper edges of intense emotions. Studies have shown that CBD may be useful in treating panic disorders, which affect approximately 5% of the world's population. A study evaluating the effects of CBD on epileptic seizures showed that cannabinoids provide neuroprotection against brain excitability and induce at least a partial restoration of neurotransmitter dysfunction.
Meanwhile, another study found that “600 mg of CBD caused a significant reduction in anxiety measures in people with social anxiety disorder.”However, due to their lack of regulation, approximately one in five CBD products contains THC, meaning they could cause a high. THC may increase anxiety rather than reduce it. The additional risk of taking CBD oil is that, even if the product contains traces of THC, you could test positive for marijuana in a drug test. The FDA has not approved any CBD oil product for the treatment of anxiety or depressive disorders. Therefore, it's important to consult with your doctor before taking any form of CBD oil for emotional regulation.
Previous research found that less than a third of the 84 products studied contained the amount of CBD on their labels. CBD oil for depression and anxiety is still being studied and there isn't as much research to support it as many other treatments. However, it can provide a sense of calm, allowing you to see beyond what worries you and focus on other issues.