A new CBD scientific trial is kicking off in June. Researchers want to see if CBD from cannabis has a positive effect on young people suffering anxiety and depression. The Daily Mail reports that the study is the first of its kind.
Depression and anxiety in kids
The trail will include children as young as 12 suffering from mental disorders such as anxiety and depression. CBD or cannabidiol is the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis, so there is no concern that the ingredient will make the kids high. In fact, they may be less stoned than they would be from using regular anti-depressants.
The trial targets 12-25-year-old people suffering from anxiety and other mental health issues. Patrick McGorry, former Australian Psychiatrist of the Year, will lead the study. Paul Amminger, senior research Fellow at Orygen will also contribute to the team.
Professor McGorry received funding from the Australian Lambert Initiative to conduct the ground-breaking CBD scientific trial.
Grandfather Barry Lambert started the Lambert Initiative, donating unheard-of amounts of money to research CBD after it saved his granddaughter from life-threatening seizures. This unlikely cannabis crusader has invested not only money but time into the cause of helping children who need treatment.
CBD worked for adults
Past studies done in Europe showed CBD proved effective as a treatment option for depression and anxiety in adults. It interacts with the receptors in the brain which regulate fear and anxiety related behavior.
Prof McGorry said the trial is designed for young patients not having success with traditional therapies and that alternative medication to antidepressants is desperately needed for this group. He is concerned about a recent rise in the number of adolescents and young adults suffering from depression. Will CBD prove to be a safe and effective treatment?
Members of the study will receive between two to four capsules containing cannabidiol in powdered form for twelve weeks while their condition will be observed and recorded.
Depression on a radical rise
The 37% rise in major depressive episode MDE does not come as a surprise to school counselors and clinicians as the number of kids aged 12 -17 struggling to cope is staggering. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, three million adolescents reported at least one major episode in the past year. Two million reported severe depression impeding their daily functioning.
Psychiatrists define MDE as a period of more than two weeks of low mood. During this time, they exhibit symptoms such as low self-esteem. They may have problems with sleeping, lose interest in activities which they would ordinarily enjoy, and experience lack of energy and poor concentration.
CBD for depressed kids
Life is becoming more stressful for young people. They labor under high expectations and feel ever-increasing pressure to succeed. No wonder some kids struggle to take the strain. Although it’s great news that the CBD scientific trial will go ahead, society should examine the cause of the problem too.