Anxiety is widely known as one of the main reasons for cannabis consumption
Modern brain imaging technology has shown us that cannabidiol (CBD) can lead to an activity pattern indicating lower anxiety levels after treatment. In the case of depression, treatment with CBD has been demonstrated to ease anxiety by reducing serotonin production, a neurotransmitter responsible for depressive behavior.
CBD has also been used to alleviate other mental conditions which are characterized by high anxiety levels as found in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although we know that CBD is replete with a full range of anti-inflammatory, analgesic and neuroprotective properties, it remains to be discovered just exactly how CBD actually produces these positive effects on our physical and mental well-being.
CBD is only one of over 100 plus cannabinoids that make up the therapeutic properties to be found in cannabis. CBD only comes from the Cannabis Sativa plant, which can be either hemp or marijuana. If the CBD is derived from hemp it will contain less than 0.03% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) as prescribed by the Farm Bill of 2018. Most of the CBD on the market today comes from hemp plants.
Those that do contain higher amounts of CBD should be properly labeled as Full Spectrum CBD, which does retain the plants intoxicating qualities as well as the therapeutic value from the CBD compounds. CBD from hemp is legal in all 50 states, although to some, it still carries the stigma of being derived from a drug. Its value as a therapeutic treatment has been proven over hundreds of years.
Apart from an anxiety treatment, CBD has been shown to relieve chronic pain without addiction. It also helps with depression and withdrawal symptoms. CBD can be an excellent aid in reducing blood pressure, insomnia and most importantly inflammation.