Anxiety and fear are a normal, multi system adaptive response to a perceived threat or danger. However, excessive or persistent symptoms may lead to diminished quality of life, impairment to the social life and disability.

There is a variety of illnesses that can cause these symptoms such as, panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Cannabinoids are substances derived from the cannabis plant and there is over 100 compounds that could be extracted for therapeutic benefit. The most used one for anxiety and fear is Cannabidiol (CBD) which is a non-psychoactive substance.

Another therapeutic substance of the cannabis plant is THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which is beneficial for chronic pain and sleep, but it is also has the potential for euphoria and mind-altering effects if taken at high doses. It can also cause dry mouth, sleepiness and increased hunger.

Studies show that CBD eases anxiety by helping the body process serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of well-being and vitality. This process occurs in a very similar way that of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are part of conventional therapy to treat anxiety and depression.

CBD has also the ability to counteract panic disorders by activating 5-HT1a receptors (which is a sub-type of serotonin receptor) in the brain. It can also interact with receptors in the amygdala, the primary part of the brain that processes sensory information and senses danger.

Therefore, CBD can have very good outcomes in the treatment of anxiety and depression. This type of treatment is extremely safe, it does not affect cognition, and does not have sedative effects.

CBD can also be used in other medical conditions due to its wide range of therapeutically properties, which includes potential as an anti-psychotic, analgesic, anti-seizure, anti-nausea, antioxidant, and even anti-inflammatory.

If you have any questions on anxiety and Cannabidiol (CBD) please don’t hesitate to contact Cannadoc on 1 300 944 033 or info@cannadoc.com.au. Our registered medical doctors will be more than happy to assist and discuss the legal medicinal cannabis access pathways.