Is CBD the New Leading Way to Treat Social Anxiety?
Even the most seasoned of us experience a little flutter while attending social gatherings or when we have to deliver a public speech. These however are transient fears that subside as time progresses. Those with social anxiety disorders (SAD) suffer these fears every time they attend social events or parties of any kind. They have a phobia for social situations and that inevitably triggers strong slivers of anxiety that dominate their personalities.
The fear of being looked down upon, the inability to rise to required social levels, the fear of being assessed and evaluated at every turn is so strong that it becomes almost an obsession with them. As these feelings gnaw inwards, constant fear and anxiety take over the reins of your life and you shun society. Given that “social anxiety is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today”, it's obvious that millions of people suffer the same distress.
Ironically, many people suffering from SAD want to be a part of the society that they shun, but the fear and anxiety, their feeling of low self-worth, lack of confidence prevents them from taking the first step forward. As these feelings grow stronger, they tend to negatively impact the individual in all facets of life- academically, at work and even at home.
Unfortunately, those having a social phobia are just thought of being 'overly shy and withdrawn'- it's a long time before it's diagnosed as a disorder and still a longer time before medical help is sought.
Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are both found in the marijuana plant. Although both are classified as cannabinoids, CBD is not Psychoactive, whereas THC is. That is why CBD oil, extracted from the cannabis plant has medicinal properties. It is being currently touted for its ability to treat autoimmune and mental disorders and is suggestive of having anti-cancer properties too. It appears to have had success in treating social anxiety disorders and has displayed a remarkable ability to reduce stress and behavioral signs of anxiety.
Consumption of CBD has not known to produce a high as it is not psychoactive. In fact, studies seem to suggest that consumption of CBD is “relatively safe”. Preliminary findings of research studies indicated that patients that suffered from SAD benefited from the administration of CBD. One of the two groups of 24 SAD patients (12 people in each group) were given a placebo while the other group was given 600 mgs of CBD oil.
The placebo group displayed high levels of anxiety, cognitive impairment and negatively impacted speech performances. The other group that was given CBD clearly showed decreased anxiety levels and heightened cognitive and speech performance. Neither of the 2 groups knew what was being administered. Repeated analysis of the tests clearly showed that the results were error-free.
CBD can be administered in many forms and different strengths- oil drops, e-liquid, pain cream and capsules. So you can choose whatever you are comfortable with.
Studies show that CBD oil affects certain brain receptors- these are tiny proteins that tag on to the cells, which receive chemical signals from various stimuli. The oil is believed to alter the levels of serotonin in the body. This chemical is essential for good mental health and low levels could trigger anxiety. The CBD oil apparently ensures that the level of serotonin is maintained at the optimal level.
MRI scans taken after the administration of CBD reveals that it makes the limbic and paralimbic brain areas (these are linked to anxiety) more active.
Current research seems to indicate that CBD can treat addiction, seizures and anxiety, not to mention its positive role in treating diabetes, arthritis and other diseases. Studies show that CBD does not impair motor functions or adversely affect the heart rate and blood pressure. However, there does seem to be a long way to go before CBD is accepted in totality. Currently though, its impact is positive.
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