More than 10% of the Dutch suffer from an anxiety disorder. About 132,000 people even have a panic disorder. Also in other Western countries about 10% of the population has to deal with this. If you look at how many people suffer from an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, that figure is even 33%.
CBD to be embraced as a therapeutic agent for anxiety disorders in the US
The consequences of anxiety disorders are recognized in many countries. For example, the pressure on care, the costs of care and the economic consequences are examined. In the United States, several doctors have embraced CBD as a therapeutic agent for anxiety disorders.
Anti-anxiety drugs, chemical-based pharmaceuticals, have been around for decades. Although the drugs are successful in treating anxiety disorders, they often unfortunately turn out to have harmful side effects in the long term.
CBD and research
Extensive research into the effect of CBD has now shown that CBD has no side effects. At most, people become sleepier or have more energy. This is because the cannabinoids from plants are so similar to our own endocannabinoids that they are recognized by the body as natural.
Scientists are especially excited about the effects of CBD on the nervous system. This concerns the successful treatment of, for example, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and pain. Other discoveries remained underexposed. The effect of this was known, such as improving mood, sleeping better and reducing anxiety, but they initially found that less interesting.
That changed after the discovery of the endocannabinoid system in our body. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) acts as a kind of first aid system that is activated when our body is out of balance. It doesn’t matter what the cause of the imbalance is, it can be illness, physical injury, emotional pain or stress. We know from research that the ECS is the system that activates all the other systems needed to bring the body back into balance. It is therefore literally vital that it continues to function properly.