According to new research the daily administration of cannabidiol (CBD) – a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana – reduces symptoms of social anxiety disorder (SAD) in teens. This is based on a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology and titled Anxiolytic effects of repeated cannabidiol treatment in teenagers with social anxiety disorder.
For the study researchers examined the efficacy of CBD versus placebo in 26 teenagers (ages 18 or 19) with SAD in a randomized trial. Subjects consumed 300mgs of CBD daily for a period of four weeks, with researchers stating that CBD dosing was associated with a “significant decrease” in subjects’ anxiety. According to the study not one of the participants had any significant health complaints as a results of using the CBD.
“In all, the results of the current study provide evidence for anxiolytic effects of repeated CBD administration in teenagers with SAD”, states the study. “The results indicate that CBD could be a useful option to treat social anxiety.”
The full abstract can be found below:
Accumulated evidence indicates that cannabidiol (CBD), a nonpsychotomimetic and nonaddictive main component of the Cannabis sativa plant, reverses anxiety-like behavior. The purpose of the present study was to assess the efficacy of CBD treatment for Japanese late teenagers with social anxiety disorder (SAD). Thirty-seven 18-19-year-old Japanese teenagers with SAD and avoidant personality disorder received, in a double-blind study, cannabis oil (n = 17) containing 300 mg CBD or placebo (n = 20) daily for 4 weeks. SAD symptoms were measured at the beginning and end of the treatment period using the Fear of Negative Evaluation Questionnaire and the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale. CBD significantly decreased anxiety measured by both scales. The results indicate that CBD could be a useful option to treat social anxiety.
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