CBD and Therapy: The Dream Team
In the world of holistic treatment, CBD has taken over as an all-inclusive remedy for any number of physical and mental pain. Derived from the cannabis plant, CBD does not produce a high but has recently overtaken THC as the cannabinoid du jour. Deemed safe by experts, CBD induces calm, boost mood, and relieve pain without the impairment or anxiety that THC can induce. In conjunction with therapy, CBD can create an incredible treatment experience that rejuvenates your body and mind while releasing anxiety, depression, tension, and stress from your life.
When CBD is ingested—usually as droplets or capsules of oil extracted from cannabis or hemp—it interacts with the ECS in ways that promote mental health. One area where it’s shown tangible promise is in relief of anxiety disorders, including social anxiety and PTSD. In one study, participants with social anxiety ingested a capsule of CBD before a public speaking task; compared to a placebo, the drug significantly reduced levels of stress. (1) In another, volunteers took CBD after THC; CBD mitigated THC’s anxiety-inducing effects (2). In a trial published this year, daily CBD doses given to 47 adults with anxiety for up to three months rapidly decreased symptoms—with effects staying steady the entirety of the treatment period. “[Researchers] are really seeing reductions in anxiety only in folks with anxiety pathology,” says Mallory Loflin, a psychologist currently running a long-term clinical trial of CBD as a treatment for PTSD. “That suggests you’re actually getting a change in the pathological process—not just an overall dampening of the central nervous system, like what you’d see with a benzodiazepine.”
CBD also provides new hope for schizophrenia. When administered to patients along with a traditional antipsychotic, CBD significantly reduced the severity of hallucinations and delusions compared to the antipsychotic alone, as well as slightly improving scores on cognitive tests, in a small trial published last year. (3) Unlike other antipsychotics, CBD does not appear to antagonize dopamine receptors, creating a new way to confront medical psychosis.
Continual research is demonstrating that CBD is a safe and effective treatment for many different types of illnesses. Therapists looking to expand their practices and provide their clients with more tools for healthy and natural coping and treatment should look no further than Qualis-Est products. Our top-grade CBD lines provide safe and effective treatment for every client and paired with therapy and scientific knowledge create the dream team for treatment and freedom for people everywhere.