Cannabis has been used for centuries to treat nerves and anxiety, as well as other mood problems. CBD may help to improve both depression and anxiety, at least in part through its interactions with serotonin receptors in the brain. Research shows that CBD can reduce both mental and physical symptoms of anxiety. A study of CBD given to people before a public-speaking event indicates that CBD can help reduce stress—this and other research has shown that CBD can be an effective treatment for social anxiety.
Scientists are also studying the possible benefits of CBD for bipolar disorder.
CBD has been recognized as having anti-psychotic effects. CBD appears to reduce the psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia, and may offer a significant new treatment for this and other mental disorders.