The simple answer is Yes.
CBD oil does work.
However, this doesn’t mean CBD oil is a one-size fits all solution.
The CBD oil solution that will work for you will depend on:
- The condition you’re treating for
- The severity/intensity of your condition
These 2 factors will determine:
- The type of Cannabis strain required to alleviate the problem
- The concentration of CBD required to alleviate the problem
- The ratio of CBD to THC and other Cannabinoids and Terpenes
You’ll find a large number of people online and offline tell you that CBD works.
Which is always reassuring to hear, yet there’s a relatively small number of people who’ll say that CBD oil doesn’t work.
From my research so far, I can confidently say that the population for whom CBD didn’t work for didn’t have the right strain, concentration, and/or ratios stacked in their favour.
Which goes back to my initial statement that though CBD oil does work, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution.
What’s needed is tailored solutions targeting specific conditions.
Now that’s out of the way, let me provide you with some objective proof that CBD oil does work.
I recently wrote an article on my blog answering a question I found on Reddit about the effectiveness of CBD for anxiety and sleep disorder.
In it, I shared the results of the clinical trials I discovered where CBD was used to treat anxiety and sleep disorder.
I’ll summarise what I found for you here just in case you’re short on time and you’ve got better things to do than visit my blog.
STUDY 1: CBD For Anxiety In Fear-Inducing Public Speaking Situations
60 people were randomly assigned to 5 different groups:
- Group 1: Placebo
- Group 2: Clonazepam (1 mg)
- Group 3: CBD (100 mg)
- Group 4: CBD (300 mg)
- Group 5: CBD (900 mg)
Anxiety levels were evaluated using the Visual Analog Mood Scale.
Blood pressure and heart rates were recorded as well.
The study had the participants speak in front of a large audience to simulate a real public speaking situation.
Results from the study confirmed that CBD induced anxiety-reducing (anxiolytic) effects.
Group 4 (300mg of CBD) showed the most promising results of all the groups.
STUDY 2: CBD For Anxiety In Fear-Inducing Public Speaking Situations
Similar to Study 1, 40 people were randomly assigned to 4 groups:
- Group 1: Placebo
- Group 2: CBD (300 mg)
- Group 3: Diazepam (10 mg)
- Group 4: Ipsapirone (5 mg)
Anxiety levels were evaluated using the:
- Visual Analogue Mood Scale, and
- State-Trait Anxiety Inventory
The participants underwent a public speaking simulation aimed at inducing anxiety in each participant.
Results from this study suggest that both CBD and Ipsapirone have anxiety-reducing (anxiolytic) effects in stressful situations.
STUDY 3: CBD For Anxiety & Sleep Disorder In Clinical Patients
72 adult patients were assessed for anxiety and sleep disorder using the:
- Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, and
- Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index
47 were diagnosed with anxiety and 25 were diagnosed with sleep disorder.
A 3-month clinical trial was conducted to test how effective CBD is/was for treating both conditions.
At 1st month check-in:
- 79.2% of anxiety patients reported improved symptoms
- 66.7% of sleep disorder patients reported improved symptoms
- 15.3% of anxiety patients reported worsening symptoms
- 25% of sleep disorder patients reported worsening symptoms
At 2nd month check-in:
- 78.1% of anxiety patients reported improved symptoms
- 56.1% of sleep disorder patients reported improved symptoms
- 19.5% of anxiety patients reported worsening symptoms
- 26.8% of sleep disorder patients reported worsening symptoms
At 3rd-month check-in results from both anxiety and sleep disorder patients remained consistent with results from the previous month.
According to the researchers, the results demonstrated the following:
- CBD showed a more sustained response to anxiety than sleep disorder over time
- CBD showed a larger decrease in anxiety than in sleep disorder
- CBD improved sleep results but mildly
- CBD dropped anxiety levels drastically within the first month and remained consistent during the rest of the study duration
- CBD was tolerated well amongst patients with a few reporting fatigue as the only side effect
STUDY 4: CBD For Anxiety & Insomnia Caused By PTSD (Single Case Study)
A 10-year-old girl was diagnosed with anxiety and sleep disorder as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder.
She was sexually abused due to minimal parental supervision when she was under the age of 5 years old.
The young patients’ main issues included anxiety, insomnia, outbursts at school, suicidal thoughts, and self-destructive behaviours.
From 2012 to 2015, the young patients’ pharmacotherapy was as follows:
- 1mg of Melatonin per night, which helped with sleep duration
- 3g of Inositol 3-times a day, and
- 500mg per day Eicosapentaenoic fish oil for anxiety relief
- Clonidine was trialed and discontinued due to hallucinations
- 25mg of Imipramine at night to help relieve anxiety
- Professional counselling sessions formed part of her regimen
January 2015, the young girl still demonstrated the same prominent symptoms as per her initial presentation and her pharmacotherapy was modified to include:
- 5mg of Melatonin at night
- 300mg of Magnesium per day
- 25mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) per night
The young girl demonstrated slight gains but her underlying anxiety persisted.
She would still have outbursts at school and she became increasingly difficult to manage at home.
In March 2015, CBD oil was recommended as a treatment to help relieve her insomnia and anxiety.
She was administered the Sleep Disturbance Scale for Children and the Screen for Anxiety Related Disorders before taking CBD oil and each month for 5 months afterward.
The young girls CBD regiment included:
- 25mg of CBD supplements at night
- 6 – 12mg of CBD spray taken during the day as needed
The CBD trial resulted in the following:
- A maintained decrease in anxiety
- A steady improvement in her sleep quantity and quality
- Scores on the sleep and the anxiety scale consistently and steadily decreased during the 5-month period
At the end of 5 months, the young girl was:
- Sleeping in her own room
- Engaging with her new school year without difficulty
In her particular case, no side effects were observed from taking CBD oil.
I hope the above observations help answer the question and provide clarity.
As you can see, CBD oil works.
Yet, there’s still room for growth and improvement to cater to all relative conditions.
Note: I am not a medical professional. I am an entrepreneur, content creator, and a researcher. You should base your medical decisions on advice received from a practicing medical professional. If you’re dissatisfied with your doctor’s advice, it’s common sense and sound practice to seek an alternative from a medical professional well versed in the use of CBD oil for therapeutic benefit. Thank you.