In the last decade, anxiety outpaced those suffering from depression, making it the most prevalent mental health disorder. Now, many people are turning to CBD to treat their mental health disorders, rather than commonly prescribed treatments.
In a survey conducted in 2017, 41% of cannabis users surveyed report swapping their typical medications in favor of cannabis. At the same time, 40% said that CBD was more effective for relieving medical conditions compared to other medications. These conditions include anxiety.
The cost of mental health support
The large discrepancy between people who seek treatment and those that don’t is most likely due to the cost of treatment in the United States. This treatment is typically low-cost treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapies can cost roughly $100 or more per hour.
Some healthcare insurers do not provide coverage for certain medications, making it increasingly difficult for people suffering from anxiety to manage their symptoms.
Consequently, many have decided to turn towards CBD or cannabidiol to treat their anxiety.
In the past, health regulators around the world deemed CBD to be unsafe because of its psychotropic cannabis counterpart – THC. However, more recently, extensive research has undermined previous stereotypes regarding CBD. It also proved that the compound provided therapeutic benefits to people.
As a result, many countries began to adopt CBD-based medications in order to treat a plethora of medical conditions.
The wide-range use of CBD makes it a highly versatile treatment for a cheaper cost than traditional medications. People can obtain a medical cannabis license in order to purchase their products from an authorized licensed medical vendor.
CBD for mental health disorders
Researchers have proved that CBD can effectively be used to treat serious medical conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, and anxiety.
CBD products, such as patches, tinctures, and topicals have become widely popular because they do not require direct consumption, as users can simply apply the patch, oil, or cream to their body.
One area of interest in the application of CBD has been to treat anxiety and social anxiety disorders. It should be noted that the only FDA approved the use of CBD has been in the treatment of epilepsy. However, recent clinical trials have shown that CBD has been effective in reducing anxiety.
In a study published in The Permanente Journal, 79% of participants reported a reduction in anxiety. Preliminary results regarding the positive effects of CBD has led mental health advocates to praise CBD for its anti-anxiety effects.
The exact way CBD works to treat anxiety is not fully understood, but this has not stopped millions from using CBD. In a 2019 Gallup poll, it is reported that 14% of all Americans are using CBD. Another poll reported that 37% of CBD users used CBD products for anxiety and of these participants 63% reporting it as being extremely effective.
For the 40 million Americans struggling with anxiety disorders, CBD offers the possibility of a holistic approach to anxiety management by utilizing the natural interactions of the cannabis plant with the body. Stay safe during these times. We’re here for you.