Cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids found in both hemp and marijuana plants holds the potential to cure many diseases. Since its legalisation at the federal level with the US Farm Act of 2018 there has been a surge in its demand. Also, it is deemed to be safe by experts because it induces calmness, reduces anxiety and relieves pain without any kind of mental impairment. One of the new fields where it can make a huge impact is the clinical uses of Cannabidiol in mental health treatment; read on to know more.
Benefits Of CBD
CBD has the ability to enhance the functioning of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that is made up of cannabinoids produced by our body called endocannabinoids and they function as neurotransmitters. They are spread through the central and peripheral nervous system, and any deficiency in them causes different kinds of mental issues; consuming CBD helps to alleviate or decrease this deficiency. So, with its interaction with the ECS, cannabidiol promotes good mental and neurological health, and it is found to be very promising in the domain of treating anxiety disorders like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social anxiety.
CBD For Anxiety
In a study involving participants with social anxiety, they were administered with CBD capsules prior to public speaking and it was found to decrease their stress levels, enabling lucid speech. Similarly, in a different test it was given to patients with anxiety over a period of 3 months and it showed a significant reduction in their symptoms. Likewise, it was shown to be very effective in the management and treatment of PTSD in long term clinical trials.
It is assumed that the clinical use of Cannabidiol in these cases shows positive results due to it increasing the levels of 2-AG neurotransmitter. Also, it has been known to inhibit the Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase (FAAH) that breaks down the neurotransmitter Anandamide. Because of this, it increases Anandamide levels in the brain and improves mood. Finally and most importantly CBD changes the behaviour of serotonin receptors in the brain and increases the serotonin levels in the brain reducing anxiety. Besides, due to its inhibitory action on FAAH, cannabidiol reduces trauma response to environmental triggers in PTSD patients.
CBD For Preventing Relapse
Due to CBD’s anti-anxiety effect, it helps to prevent relapse in patients suffering from substance abuse. When these patients stop using intoxicating substances, it increases their stress levels forcing a relapse. Now, cannabidiol helps the patient by reducing the stress, break this addiction relapse cycle and recover back to normal life.
These two are the major clinical use of Cannabidiol and there are other potential uses of it in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders to vivify the lives of patients.