Can you imagine smoking a joint with noxious smoke coming out from your body and you ask yourself, is cannabis good for you? I’ll tell you my answer. If it isn’t good for you then it is not good for me. But if I’m not eating it, than I don’t want to inhale it. I’d rather ingest a safe, legal high than an illegal high from marijuana.
You see, there are many different types of supplements on the market today. One such supplement that is gaining popularity is CBD. However, is CBD a psychoactive substance just like the other types of cannabis? Is it really that effective in treating certain symptoms of anxiety and depression? Let’s find out.
First of all, let me explain how the body uses other neurotransmitters including dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, and epinephrine to control mood, appetite, memory, movement, and pain. It is believed that CBD produces a “happy” feeling because it has an anti-depressant effect. It is also believed to help reduce nausea, which is a common side effect for those with cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy. This is why researchers have been investigating the benefits of CBD. They are looking into the effect of CBD on anxiety, depression, migraines, and other diseases of the “neurotransmitter” system.
Is CBD a valid treatment for anxiety and depression? The short answer is: maybe. In a small clinical trial involving children with Parkinson’s disease, researchers found that CBD significantly reduced the risk of parkinsonism when compared to placebo. However, there were no significant side effects or health risks observed. Therefore, CBD may act as an anti-depressant and may help reduce nausea and other side effects associated with some forms of cancer therapy.
Is CBD a better alternative than using pharmaceutical medications for epilepsy medications? Unfortunately, CBD is not without its own side effects. For example, CBD is known to cause hallucinations and delusions in some people. This can lead to further problems down the road, including paranoia, agitation, hostility, agitation, mania, delusions, suicidal thoughts, agitation, hostility, impulsivity, hyperesthesia, irritability, sweating, and shakes/tremors. If you take a high dosage, your body could become addicted to CBD, and CBD is known to carry a high risk of addiction.
Is CBD a good choice for people with chronic pain? Currently, it is not available in most pharmaceuticals for treating chronic pain. However, there are several companies working on different CBD formulations for treating various syndromes such as parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, or posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD). In these studies, CBD has shown promise in alleviating symptoms such as depression, increased anxiety, agitated behavior, difficulty sleeping, and tardive dyskinesia (lung movement disorder) in patients with Parkinsons disease. However, there is currently no data on the safety of CBD for people with high blood pressure or those who are taking certain medications such as blood thinners, corticosteroids, lithium, lamictal, and anti-depressants.
Is CBD a better choice than using an anti-seizure drug to treat patients with moderate to severe anxiety and/or panic attacks? Currently, the answer is that CBD is not currently an approved medication to treat anxiety and/or panic attacks. However, research by some independent researchers has shown promising results in animals. The results of these studies have not been published, but I would not be surprised if they eventually are. So you may want to consider CBD as an option when dealing with anxiety and/or panic attacks, but you should keep other forms of medication in the back of your mind.
In summary, we do know that CBD appears to alleviate some of the pain associated with some types of anxiety and/or panic attacks. It has not been proven, however, that it is effective in relieving all of the symptoms in every case series that was performed. This begs the question: Do you really want to take CBD if you’re taking anti-anxiety medications? The answer depends largely on whether or not your symptoms are related to epilepsy, a condition that has both psychological and medical components.