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Anxiety, CBD, and my Dog

Now that I’ve become an empty nester I am scared. Scared of the void with nothing to do. Scared of all work and no play. Anxious about the future of our planet, and hurricanes, global warming not to mention guns. So that is a broad spectrum of anxiety right there, and I know my kids and clients have it too.

Here’s what the research has to say, Multiple recent studies have shown that CBD can help with PTSD symptoms, such as having nightmares and replaying negative memories. These studies have looked at CBD as both a standalone PTSD treatment as well as a supplement to traditional treatments like medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

They say that CBD was also effective with Generalized Anxiety Disorder but more research is required.  That’s hopeful.  Now what about my dog?  Well we tried it on him and he did look a bit stoned and definitely sleepy, and that was good!  There’s nothing wrong with my dog, you see.  He’s just a little husky (LOL) and demands a lot of attention.

So what about teenagers and young adults using it without any real regulation?  Most of my clients are looking for a high, not a low.  That being said, they should be educated on vaping issues of all kinds.  The latest studies show that caution should be exercized,

  • Teens and young adults are using CBD as a homeopathic remedy for pain relief, depression and anxiety symptoms, acne, insomnia and boosting productivity. However, there’s a crucial difference between CBD that’s studied in labs for medical conditions like epilepsy and CBD products that are sold to consumers for well-being.
  • The biggest problem with CBD is that there is a lack of well-controlled trials and little understanding of the long-term effects. Further, the trials are focused on the action and benefits of the purified CBD compound, not an extract of CBD, which is typically found in commercial products. CBD products are for the most part unregulated, so users have to rely on the quality assurances of the companies that manufacture and sell them.

Partnership for Drug Free America says, “The bottom line is that if you’re a concerned parent, the best thing to do is to talk with your child about CBD just like any other substance. Start a conversation about why they’re interested in it, how it makes them feel and why they feel the need to use it. Come from a place of understanding and patience, and work to help your son or daughter make healthy decisions.”

Finally, the Child Mind Institute says, “Overall, current evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders,” Dr. Blessing concludes, “with need for further study of chronic and therapeutic effects in relevant clinical populations.”

Right now, be like my dog, Milo.  He can chill with or without CBD.

 

 

Anxiety, CBD, and my Dog


Donna C. Moss

Donna Moss was a blog contributor at Psych Central.


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Moss, D. (2019). Anxiety, CBD, and my Dog. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/sext-text/2019/09/anxiety-cbd-and-my-dog/

 

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