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Does CBD Help Anxiety And PTSD?

CBD seemed to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.

For students with generalized social anxiety, a four-minute talk, with minimal time to prepare, can be debilitating. Yet a small experiment in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD seemed to reduce nervousness and cognitive impairment in patients with social anxiety in a simulated public speaking task.

However, a double-blind study found healthy volunteers administered CBD had little to no change in their emotional reaction to unpleasant images or words, compared to the placebo group. “If it’s a calming drug, it should change their responses to the stimuli,” said Harriet de Wit, co-author of the study and a professor in the University of Chicago’s department of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience. “But it didn’t.”

Many soldiers return home haunted by war and PTSD and often avoid certain activities, places or people associated with their traumatic events. The Department of Veterans Affairs is funding its first study on CBD, pairing it with psychotherapy.

“Our top therapies attempt to break the association between reminders of the trauma and the fear response,” said Mallory Loflin, an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego and the study’s principal investigator. “We think that CBD, at least in animal models, can help that process happen a lot faster.” While large clinical trials are underway, psychologists say there isn’t compelling evidence yet as to whether this is a viable treatment.

New York Times
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CBD (in the form of oils, creams, lotions, edibles and more) has entered mainstream America! Their presence has been noted in the fields of food and beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. With projections for this industry to surpass $20 billion dollars by the year 2024, healthcare providers need to be aware of the ever-growing consumer usage, as well as the medical and legal implications for its users.

CBD is defined as cannabidiol. It is an active chemical in the Cannabis Sativa plant (also known as marijuana or hemp). While CBD is one of over 80 chemicals (known as cannabinoids), by itself it does not cause a “high”. According to the World Health Organization, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. Furthermore, to date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD. The issue at hand is actually the origin of the CBD ingredients. While delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the major active ingredient in marijuana, cannabidiol is also obtained from hemp, which contains only very small amounts of THC.


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Chapter 2

Chapter 3
The Endocannabinoid System

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CBD Availabel Routes Of Administration

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CBD And Medical Treatments (Condition Specific)
Insufficient Evidence

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CBD And Known Side Effects
The Entourage Effect

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National Institutes Of Health (NIH) Views On CBD
Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CBD
World Health Organization (WHO) and CBD

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Medical Compassion Program
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Farming Hemp Bill

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CBD And The American Cannabis Nurse Association (ACNA)

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