Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders

Today, anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30% of adults at some point in their lives.

Anxiety statistics worldwide show that anxiety disorders are common across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, 3.6 percent — or about 264 million individuals worldwide — have an anxiety disorder. Additionally, 4.6 percent of females and 2.6 percent of males globally are affected by anxiety.

The share of the population with depression ranges mostly between 2% and 6% around the world today. Globally, older individuals (in the 70 years and older age bracket) have a higher risk of depression relative to other age groups.

Anxiety disorders arise in a number of forms including phobic, social, obsessive-compulsive (OCD), post-traumatic disorder (PTSD), or generalized anxiety disorders.

The symptoms and diagnostic criteria for each subset of anxiety disorders are unique. However, collectively the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) note frequent symptoms of:

“(a) apprehension (worries about future misfortunes, feeling “on edge”, difficulty in concentrating, etc.);

(b) motor tension (restless fidgeting, tension headaches, trembling, inability to relax);

(c) autonomic overactivity (lightheadedness, sweating, tachycardia or tachypnoea, epigastric discomfort, dizziness, dry mouth, etc.).

In addition to the fact that anxiety disorder is a massive disease, it should be noted that, as a rule, it is treated with chemical medication. Because of the use of antidepressants and tranquilizers, most patients cannot do without them.

Here i will share the link to the article where you can find clinical studies on how CBD can help with anxiety disorders.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/

Clinical studies prove once again that people can live without pills and can live very fulfilling lives.

Overall, existing preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders. CBD exhibits a broad range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiolytic, panicolytic, and anticompulsive actions, as well as a decrease in autonomic arousal, a decrease in conditioned fear expression, enhancement of fear extinction, reconsolidation blockade, and prevention of the long-term anxiogenic effects of stress.

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