The National Center for Biotechnology Information had posted a review of the literature by a Brazilian research team of the effects of cannabidiol on anxiety. The review of the literature reveals that both animal and human studies clearly show the anxiolytic effects of CBD treatment.
The review included several animal studies. One study was a maze study and another study measured how often rats would drink water even if they were at risk for electric shock. In both studies, rats who were given CBD exhibited less anxiety. The rats in the maze performed significantly better, and the rats in the water study drank more water than other rats in the control group, even if they were punished. The study revealed that lower doses of CBD seemed to work better for anxiety relief than higher doses.
Human studies were also included in the review. A 1982 study was discussed. Several volunteers were given CBD, THC, CBD + THC, diazepam, or placebo and were administered a public speaking test. The volunteers reported their own anxiety levels and physiological measurements of heart rate, blood pressure, and skin conductance were also recorded. Both CBD and diazepam exhibited anxiety reducing effects for the volunteers. Another study tested two groups, one who had social anxiety disorder and another group of healthy subjects. Test subjects given the CBD performed as well as healthy volunteers on a public speaking test and showed less anxiety than anxious patients given the placebo.
Because of its low potential for negative side effects, the fact that it does not alter cognition, and that it is well tolerated and easy to produce, the team recommended CBD for treatment of anxiety. The team also recommended that more study is needed to find the optimum treatment methods for the most effective indications, dosage and route. All the preliminary research yielded overwhelmingly positive conclusions for the use of CBD as an anti anxiety treatment.
CBD preparations are now available to the public legally in all 50 states due to the ability of cannabidiol to be extracted from imported industrial hemp. Such hemp contains no THC and is legally imported into the US. Cannabidiol is a constituent of the cannabis sativa plant and may make up to 40% of the composition of the plant. The CBD compound is extracted from the plant using methods such as CO2 extraction and can be ingested, smoked, or applied topically. Since the CBD preparations do not contain the psychoactive compound THC, they do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Controlled Substances Act and are instead regulated as dietary supplements. Hemp Honey is one such supplement available on the market. Hemp Honey is blended with kosher VG and organic flavorings to create a CBD Rich Hemp Oil supplement that contains 150mg of cannabidiol per 10ml bottle. It is available through their website,