The Truth About CBD and Anxiety

Lately, when engaged in discussion about CBD, I am reminded of the fever pitch that used to surround now-passé wellness buzzwords like coconut oil and kale. These were trends that began with modest science and, with hyperbolic public discourse, morphed quickly into the realm of too-good-to-be-true—until soon, it became common practice to question their value altogether. (Cue the Harvard professor who recently declared coconut oil "pure poison.")

I'd argue that the research behind CBD is both too preliminary and too promising to seal its fate in this way, but it's crucial all the same to bust any myth that perpetuates this "cure-all" mentality—something that's easier said than done in a fledgling market that's fueled by consumer curiosity and excitement.

"If CBD does what all brands claim it does, it is psychoactive," says Charlotte Palermino, journalist and one half of the duo behind cannabis education platform Nice Paper. As a quick refresher, THC is the compound found in cannabis that's responsible for its signature high, and any claims that CBD has similar mind-altering effects are utter BS.

This is especially important to keep in mind if you're considering experimenting with cannabis to support any mental conditions like anxiety or depression. Below, Palermino explains exactly why you shouldn't rely on CBD as a downright "cure" for your anxiety—but how it might be able to help nonetheless.