This week, KannAInsight features a new study on the effect of CBD to improve sleepand anxiety in psychiatric patients.
Patients with concerns of anxiety or poor sleep were given a daily dose of CBD (in capsule form) as an add-on to their usual treatment. Sleep and anxiety were measured before the start of CBD treatment and assessed monthly for up to three months.
Approximately 75% of patients experienced a decrease in anxiety within the first month of CBD treatment and anxiety remained decreased throughout the duration of the study. Sleep was also improved within the first month but fluctuated over time. Overall, patients showed greater improvement in anxiety than in sleep. CBD was generally well tolerated, with few patients reporting side effects (mainly fatigue).
Based on the results of this study, further research is warranted to determine the efficacy of CBD for treatment of anxiety-related disorders.
Citation: Shannon S, Lewis N, Lee H, Hughes S. Cannabidiol in anxiety and sleep: A large case series. Perm J. 2019 Jan 7; 23: 18-041.