Potential Anti-panic Actions of CBD
This review opens strong, stating: “Panic disorder (PD) is a disabling psychiatry[sic] condition that affects approximately 5% of the worldwide population.” The percentage itself might sound small, but it is actually 355 million people. This is a staggering number of people who suffer from anxiety.
The authors analyzed prior human and animal studies to consolidate the information and make an overarching determination as to the therapeutic effect of cannabinoids, particularly, CBD. The article looked to a multitude of findings from prior studies such as human anxiety in public speaking and electrical stimulation in animal subjects.
Long story short, this article confirmed that CBD appears to be a promising treatment for panic disorders.
The most compelling conclusion is CBD is not habit-forming and doesn’t decrease tolerance. Thus, it could be a solid alternative for “high potency benzodiazepines and antidepressant drugs in PD patients who are resistant to the current treatments.”
This is incredibly encouraging not only for those with panic disorder but also those with varying types of anxiety who currently rely on psychiatric medications.
Authors: Vanessa P. Soares and Alline C. Campos