Anxiety disorders and depression can be crippling mental health conditions that impact every aspect of your life. It can be especially difficult for patients who are struggling to find a medication that provides them with more benefits than side effects, or those who simply do not want to use medication to manage their condition. Now that medical marijuana is legal in Florida, CBD, or cannabidiol, has become a natural and attractive alternative in the state. Board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Bober may recommend CBD for anxiety and depression at his Hollywood, FL, practice, to help patients achieve a better quality of life.
Do Patients Find the Treatment to Be Effective?
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol is a non-psychotomimetic constituent of Cannabis sativa. While CBD is a component of marijuana, it can be derived from both the marijuana and hemp plant which is a cousin of the marijuana plant.While there is limited research on patients, some studies have also shown that CBD can have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects.
Is CBD Legal?
The use of CBD and its legality is complex as the government considers it in the same class as marijuana but does not typically enforce the same restrictive laws. However, since CBD can be extracted from hemp plants, which do not qualify as marijuana in the state of Florida, many patients easily acquire low-THC CBD products online without a license.
For many patients, a combination of CBD treatment and therapy can be especially beneficial.
CBD is currently marketed as a supplement, so it is not regulated by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As such, it can be nearly impossible to know which other active ingredients manufacturers are including. It is important to only use CBD provided by a trusted source.
Prevalence of Anxiety & Depression
While 40 million adults in the U.S. are affected by anxiety disorders each year, only 36.9 percent seek treatment. Similarly, 173 million American adults have experienced at least one major depressive episode but 35 percent did not receive treatment. It is alarming that a significant number of patients who are suffering from these serious conditions are not receiving the help they need.
Barriers to Treatment
Patients may be hesitant to seek treatment for several reasons including:
- Personal choice
- Financial restrictions
- Lack of awareness
How Does CBD Help Improve Anxiety & Depression?
- Ability to cope with stressors
- Overall mood
- State of mind
- Muscular tension
- Difficulties concentrating
Additionally, CBD may be able to help reduce social anxiety in patients. In reality, CBD products are being used by individuals for widespread uses, from addressing specific conditions to improving overall well-being.
Are CBD Products an Effective Treatment Method?
CBD has been used for everything from anxiety, sleep, chronic pain, depression, and many other conditions. Despite the growing popularity of CBD, there is very little evidence that it works for most conditions. Several studies have found CBD to be harmless, which is to say safe, but that’s very different from proving its effectiveness. According to a study published in 2018, 62 percent of participants reported they were using CBD to treat a medical condition, primarily pain, anxiety, and depression. Additionally, 36 percent reported that CBD was treating their medical condition "very well by itself".
Important Factors to Consider
To date, the FDA has approved only one drug for previously uncontrollable pediatric seizures. So why all the hype? Well for many, it’s financial motivation. CBD is becoming a multi-billion dollar Industry.
The other problem is a lack of reliability and consistency within the industry. In a 2017 study, Marcel Bonn-Miller, an adjunct assistant professor in the psychiatry department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, said his team found that nearly 70 percent of the CBD products they analyzed were mislabeled. Many of these products contained less than the reported amount of CBD. Furthermore, because research has been limited to date, there is no consensus on what dose of CBD to use for what conditions.
Anyone who decides to use CBD should do so with products that have been independent laboratory third-party tested to ensure the vendor's label and advertising are accurate. All this being said, CBD has shown promise (albeit anecdotally) for a number of conditions and the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. More studies are needed to separate these purported benefits from placebo effect and until then, patients must proceed with caution and with skepticism.
Is There a Risk of Marijuana Addiction?
Many patients and loved ones are concerned about marijuana addiction and safety when considering CBD treatment. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) found that "CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential", including signs of withdrawal. This is especially true since many CBD products are available with such low quantities of THC that they provide no intoxicating effects.
Additionally, the WHO reports that CBD is "generally well tolerated with a good safety profile". However, some negative effects may be experienced when CBD is taken in combination with certain medications. As such, your treatment and CDB usage should be closely managed by a professional.
As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Bober can prescribe the proper dosage of CBD to safely manage your anxiety disorder or depression. The ratio of CBD to THC is important and varies from patient to patient. Typically, he will start off with a lower dosage and, if that is not effective, it can easily be increased to provide the relief you need. It is important to note that using CBD for anxiety or depression does not mean you should stop therapy. For many patients, a combination of CBD treatment and therapy can be especially beneficial.
With over a decade of experience, Dr. Bober is extensively knowledgable in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. His patients' health and safety are his primary concerns and he will only recommend CBD if he believes it is the very best solution for your needs or can complement other treatment methods. He can also work in collaboration with your therapist and doctors.
Find Relief with CBD
If you or a loved one are suffering from anxiety or depression, do not let medication deter you. CBD may be an alternative that can change your life. Call (954) 994-1115 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bober at his Hollywood practice.
- CBD is a non-psychotomimetic constituent of Cannabis sativa - Harvard Health Publishing
- CBD can have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects - National Institutes of Health
- 36.9 percent of adults with anxiety disorders do not seek treatment - Anxiety and Depression Association of America
- 35 percent of adults with depression do not seek treatment - National Institute of Mental Health
- CBD can help regulate the endocannabinoid system - Project CBD
- CBD can improve a variety of issues associated with anxiety and depression - The World Health Organization
- CBD is being used primarily to treat pain, anxiety, and depression - Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research