Panic Disorder Overview
Without warning or reason, a sudden overwhelming feeling of anxiety and fear takes over for several minutes or longer - it becomes hard to breathe or think, sweat is pouring, and heart rate increases. These are common symptoms of panic attacks affecting millions of people in the U.S. each year and may underline a panic disorder if unexpected attacks are recurrent. Quality of life lowers due to a panic disorder and can lead to difficulties with simple, day-to-day activities, other mental health disorders and phobias, and seclusion from family and friends .
Diminished Fear with CBD
By using conditioned stimuli along with apathetic, unconditioned stimulus, studies demonstrated the use of CBD for contextual fear conditioning. Consistent administration of CBD reduces automatic cardiovascular responses to fearful situations and lessen conditioned hesitation from the prelimbic cortex. CBD also exhibits the ability to eliminate conditioned fear responses through exclusive, repeated exposure to the conditioned stimuli which leads to formatted memory that restricts fear reaction and hesitation. Further trials indicate how CBD disrupts the reconsolidation of unpleasant memories .
Evidence from several clinical studies strongly encourages CBD as a treatment for many anxiety issues including panic disorders. Tests consisting of 300 to 600 mg oral doses shows CBD reducing anxiety with physically healthy human patients. Other results support the efficacy of CBD phasing out fear responses which suggest a potential treatment for enhanced cognitive behavioral therapy. And findings from neuroimages provides proof of neurobiological receptors that regulate anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) effects from CBD .