Anxiety and sleep disorders are one of the most pervasive problems that affect our quality of life on a daily basis. Often, anxiety and sleep disorders also go hand in hand, leading to further deterioration of the immune system, heart health, overall mental health, and life satisfaction.
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the many cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis. It does not alter consciousness or make one “high”, but it has shown some interesting effects in clinical studies on some neuropsychiatric disorders, including epilepsy, anxiety, and schizophrenia. Since then the interest of the scientific community in the use of CBD as a potential source of treatment has exploded.
A recent study conducted by researchers Scott Shannon, Nicole Lewis, Heather Lee, and Shannon Hughes, attempted to determine whether cannabidiol could improve sleep and/or anxiety. The study was conducted on 72 participants with an anxiety disorder and/or sleep disorder, over a period of three months.
The study discovered that within the first month, the anxiety scores of 79% of participants improved and remained that way for the study’s duration, whereas the sleep scores of 66.7% participants improved within the first month but continued to fluctuate over time. All but 3 participants responded very well to the CBD and found themselves responding to it better than other psychiatric medications.
Thus CBD shows promise as a treatment for symptoms of anxiety and sleep disorders, although further research into the treatment is needed.