Effectiveness of Cannabidiol Oil for Pediatric Anxiety and Insomnia as Part of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Case Report

Perm J. Fall 2016;20(4):16-005. doi: 10.7812/TPP/16-005. Epub 2016 Oct 12.

Abstract

Introduction: Anxiety and sleep disorders are often the result of posttraumatic stress disorder and can contribute to an impaired ability to focus and to demonstration of oppositional behaviors.

Case presentation: These symptoms were present in our patient, a ten-year-old girl who was sexually abused and had minimal parental supervision as a young child under the age of five. Pharmaceutical medications provided partial relief, but results were not long-lasting, and there were major side effects. A trial of cannabidiol oil resulted in a maintained decrease in anxiety and a steady improvement in the quality and quantity of the patient's sleep.

Discussion: Cannabidiol oil, an increasingly popular treatment of anxiety and sleep issues, has been documented as being an effective alternative to pharmaceutical medications. This case study provides clinical data that support the use of cannabidiol oil as a safe treatment for reducing anxiety and improving sleep in a young girl with posttraumatic stress disorder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / drug therapy*
  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Cannabidiol / pharmacology
  • Cannabidiol / therapeutic use*
  • Cannabis / chemistry*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Phytotherapy*
  • Plant Oils / pharmacology
  • Plant Oils / therapeutic use
  • Sleep / drug effects*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / etiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / complications
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / drug therapy*

Substances

  • Plant Oils
  • Cannabidiol