According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety affects 40 million Americans and that's not even counting the millions of others dealing with everyday, old fashioned stress. And as anyone with frequent high stress can attest, people that live with it will try almost anything to make it go away. Recently, cannabis—and particularly CBD—is showing promise in the management of stress. Right now the pharmaceutical options can be heavy hitting, and some can have bothersome side effects like sedation and libido changes. Taking benzodiazepines as anxiolytics, or stress fighters, is a completely normal treatment route, but it can be complicated for long term or chronic anxiety. In some cases, benzos and barbiturates can cause addiction, suicide, and withdrawal if misused, and that’s pretty scary. While medication is often an incredibly necessary part of maintaining optimal mental health, more and more people are finding alternative or complementary solutions, minus the side-effects. Cannabis holds the promise to be just that in some cases. Indeed, CBD is excelling in the case of stress caused by PTSD, a complex condition that involves multiple treatment angles. Studies seeking solutions for this issue are looking at how CBD can help people suffering from PTSD rework neural pathways to help minimize painful or scary memories and the responses they can trigger.