A Case study among psychiatric patients suggests that CBD may be a helpful support for treatment of anxiety and sleep disorders
The Wholeness Center in Fort Collins Colorado is a large mental health clinic integrating psychiatry with holistic modalities such as acupuncture, naturopathy, yoga, neurofeedback, and more. The center has been using CBD as a regular part of patient care for a few years, but this was the first large-scale study of its type.
Any patient with a professional diagnosis of an anxiety or sleep disorder was considered for the study, and all participants signed documents of informed consent. It began with 103 patients. Several patients with PTSD, agitated depression, and schizophrenia were excluded from the research, and at the end, ten others were disqualified because no follow-up assessment was conducted. In the final outcome, 73 patients remained.
The majority of the patients were given 25 mg of CBD in the form of a capsule. Those whose predominant complaint was anxiety took their dose in the morning, and for those who complained of sleep issues, the dose was taken in the evening. The patients continued taking medications that were currently prescribed to them. Anxiety levels and sleep concerns were tracked monthly using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale.
After two months, 78.1% of the patients reported an improvement in their levels of anxiety and 56.0% reported an improvement in sleep. The study showed that CBD was well tolerated and the side effects were minimal and pertained mainly to fatigue.
The study had no comparison group or placebo and was an open-label treatment, so all of the patients knew they would be taking CBD. However, both the patient and clinician reports are promising. With an urgent need for more studies on the effectiveness of CBD for mental health conditions, this open study and its findings are an excellent start to 2019 and what is hoped to be much more research in the coming months and years.