Early research has found CBD may reduce symptoms of a number of anxiety disorders, including:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
A small 2011 study of patients with a social anxiety disorder (SAD) found 600mg of CBD significantly reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort when patients were subjected to a stressful situation like public speaking.
Goldstein says that CBD affects the brain in multiple ways, including enhancing the brain's own anxiety-reducing chemicals and targeting serotonin receptors involved in mood.
"There is preliminary research that points to neuroinflammation as a cause of anxiety. CBD is a well-proven potent anti-inflammatory which may contribute to its anxiety-reducing effects," Goldstein says.