Up to five percent of the world population suffers from Panic Disorder (PD), with stress from different socio-demographic factors influencing the numbers. If we look at only the US population, this means about 16 million people…maybe even more as we tend to have a rather stressful society!
PD can be quite disabling. Talk to anyone who has had a panic attack and you will quickly find that it is incapacitating and can lead to many psychiatric problems, including suicidal thoughts. Medical intervention tends to look at keeping serotonin in the brain for a longer period of time. To do so, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are prescribed. The problems that have to be considered with any prescriptions are the side effects and SSRIs tend to have many. This means that many people who have been prescribed SSRIs stop them due to the side effects. Therefore, they are not getting any help for the condition that they most certainly need help with. We need a better and safer way to help with PD.
A great study by Vanessa Soares and Aline Campos, titled Evidences for the Anti-panic Actions of Cannabidiol, published in Current Neuropharmacology, 2017, covers this topic in great detail.
We know from studies that CBD has an anti-anxiety effect and it lacks the side effects that prescription drugs bring. It can also help with Panic Disorder and it should be a first line of approach for the condition. After all, it makes sense to try interventions that do not have side effects than to introduce products that do have side effects. How does it directly affect PD? The authors of the study discuss many mechanisms but the type 1A serotonergic receptor appears to be the main player in reducing anxiety and panic with the introduction of CBD.
In addition, CBD decreases FAAH levels (nasty enzyme that eats the endocannabinoid/neurotransmitter called Anandamide) and this allows for an increase in Anandamide. The increase means more binding with the CB1 receptor that is in your brain and CNS (also your organs). Anandamide activates the CB1 receptor and doing so initiates a homeostatic mechanism, reducing the anxiety that you are feeling. This is only one of many reason as to why regular use of CBD is so important.
On the research side and as some background, Simulated Public Speaking (SPS) is one method scientists use to assess anxiety. Studies have shown that a single dose of CBD reduces anxiety of SPS in healthy volunteers. This is really neat to point out. There are many more studies on the topic of anxiety and CBD. The research continues…
The authors evaluated the research on both laboratory animals and humans and found that ‘CBD exhibits anti-panic properties.’ For those who point out that medical marijuana causes panic attacks, this is true due to the THC component. It is also true that THC has psychoactive effects and an addiction component.
What is great about CBD is that it can reduce panic attacks, has no psychoactive effects, and is not addiction forming. CBD is safe and well tolerated. Although unnecessary to dose anywhere near this amount, the authors quote a study by Bergmaschi et al that discusses doses safe up to 1500 mg/day.
What we can take away from the study by Soares and Campos is that CBD offers a realistic intervention for anxiety issues and Panic Disorder. If you or someone you care about suffers from these conditions, please consider CBD as a great intervention to help. Try our Optimize 1050 and please give us your feedback.
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