More Americans are stressed out than ever before. From tighter incomes to increased work pressures to a more divided political landscape to, of course, anguish over social media popularity, the pressure has become more than many of us can bear calmly. Anxiety, it seems, has become a national epidemic that applies across all age groups. Fully 38% of teenage girls suffer with an anxiety disorder, and on college campuses anxiety is now more common than depression. Unsurprisingly, the number of prescriptions being written for anxiety drugs is also rising. Americans, at around 5% of the world’s population, now consume 66% of the world’s psychological drugs. That increase has led to an unfortunate quadrupling of overdose deaths from anxiety drugs, including Xanax, Librium, Valium, and Ativan.
Strong evidence supports CBD to reduce even the worst anxiety. Among one study of 2,409 CBD users, the vast majority of those who used CBD to relieve anxiety reported that it worked “very well.” One groundbreaking study published in Neuropsychopharmacology found that CBD significantly reduces anxiety, cognitive impairment, and social discomfort in subjects suffering from social anxiety disorder. One 2015 review published in Neurotherapeutics found that “evidence strongly supports CBD as a treatment for generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder.” The review concluded that “evidence indicates CBD has considerable potential as a treatment for multiple anxiety disorders.”