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Can CBD help with (BPD) Borderline Personality Disorder?

By Amelia Fenner-Prowle | 4th August, 2021 in Conditions | 0 Comments

Can CBD help with (BPD) Borderline Personality Disorder?
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Article at a Glance:

  • BPD is a psychological condition with symptoms including vague self-image, unstable emotions & behavior, and unsteady relationships.
  • There is no exact known reason, but altered brain structure & functioning and genetic & environmental factors can lead to this illness.
  • A research study clearly stated that CBD opens new windows of opportunity for BPD treatment as no other pharmacological treatment has shown long-lasting improvement in the BPD population to date.
  • CBD helps BPD patients by increasing serotonin (happiness hormone) production, combating overactive neural transfer, and reducing inflammation.

Borderline Personality Disorder is a severe mental health condition that affects 1.8% of the general population and 15% of psychiatric patients. The National Institute of Mental Health stated that 1.6 percent of United States adults have Borderline Personality Disorder (1).

The available treatment options are behavioral therapy and medications, including antidepressants and anti-psychotics. These medications can sometimes worsen the symptoms or lead to addiction,> that’s why CBD use could be a supportive treatment to avoid these concerns.

Based on recent studies, this article explores whether CBD really helps with BPD!

What Is Borderline Personality Disorder?

BPD is a serious psychological illness that is characterized by a collection of symptoms including unstable emotions and behavior, vague self-image, and unsteady relationships. 

There is no exact known cause of BPD, but multiple factors may contribute, including:

  • Genetics: Having a parent or sibling with BPD may also be the cause of developing this condition. A research study on twins confirms that BPD has a significant genetic cause (2).
  • Brain Structure and function: Individuals with BPD have altered brain structure and functioning especially in those areas of the brain that affects impulse control and emotional regulation (3). However, it’s still unclear whether these differences are part of the cause or the result of having BPD.
  • Environmental Factors: Most of the people who are diagnosed with BPD have gone through childhood traumas, abuse, or were neglected and separated from their loved ones at an early age (4).

Please note that just because you have the above-listed risk factors does not mean that you’ll develop this condition. People without the above-listed causes may also develop BPD.

What Are The Symptoms Of BPD?

When you have BPD, you may be unable to control your emotions which can lead you to:

  • Take unnecessary risks.
  • Have extreme mood swings.
  • Have attacks of anxiety, depression, and anger.
  • Have difficulty tolerating being alone.

You may also find it hard to:

  • Handle daily tasks at home 
  • Perform at your job
  • Maintain relationships

These can ultimately lead to serious financial issues, divorce, and separation from family and friends.


Signs & Symptoms Of Borderline Personality Disorder

Risky Behavior

  • Going on shopping sprees
  • Drinking Excessive alcohol
  • Abusing drugs
  • Binge eating
  • Self-harming (burning, cutting, or attempting suicide)
  • Engaging in risky sex

Emotional Instability

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Quick mood swings
  • Overwhelming emptiness

Unstable Relationships

  • Frequent conflicts and arguments
  • Breakups
  • Difficulty in trusting others
  • Extreme fright of being abandoned by loved ones

Distort Self-Image

  • Ups and downs in self-sense
  • Considering themselves evil

Stress-related changes in thinking

  • Paranoid thoughts (thinking that others may be trying to cause them harm)
  • Feeling confused or numb
  • Feeling like they are not really in their body

Remember that not everyone with BPD experiences all the above listed symptoms. Some individuals may experience a few, while others face most of these symptoms (5).

How Can CBD Help With BPD?

There is no medication specifically designed for BPD; only antipsychotic, antidepressant, and anti-anxiety drugs that are often prescribed to address particular symptoms in BPD patients. 
CBD is a new and possibly safe treatment option for those who struggle with BPD as it:

Combats Overactive Neural Transfer

Our body possesses an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) that produces Endocannabinoids to control the body's internal functions and regulate how we think, feel, and react.

In many psychiatric disorders including BPD, behavioral changes are due to overactive neurons that release too many neurotransmitters (chemical messengers).

CBD is a natural plant-derived Endocannabinoid that acts like the Endocannabinoids your body produces and helps to fight overactive neural transfer linked with many of the BPD symptoms like anxiety, anger, impulsivity (acting without thinking), and even paranoia (feelings of being threatened in some way).

Maintains High Serotonin Level

CBD also helps maintain high serotonin levels in the body. Serotonin, the happy chemical, is a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of well-being. People suffering from BPD, depression, and anxiety, may exhibit lower levels of serotonin in their bodies. CBD activates serotonin receptors, increases serotonin production and makes it more available for the body (6).

Inhibits Inflammation

CBD also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It has been discovered that an individual with depression has a high level of cytokines, the proteins that cause inflammation thus causing depression (7). Studies showed that CBD inhibits inflammation and thus may help you cope with depression (8). 

What Does The Research Say?

A recent review study published in 2021 stated that in BPD patients, two regions of the brain are functionally and structurally most affected. In these affected regions, the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) can potentially corporate to improve the symptoms of BPD; therefore, CBD opens new windows of opportunity for treatment as no other pharmacological treatment has shown long-lasting improvement in the BPD population to date (9).

Final Words from B-Well CBD’ Experts

If you have Borderline Personality Disorder, don't get discouraged, as managing BPD is likely achievable with the right treatment combination recommended by your health care provider.

The thing that needs to be considered is to look for a reputable brand that offers 100% natural CBD products with a negligible amount of THC (a psychoactive component), as research suggests that ingestion of synthetic cannabinoids can lead to violent or aggressive behavior in BPD patients (10).

Frequently Asked Questions

CBD does not have any adverse side effects (11) when compared to antidepressants and anti-psychotics. Moreover, CBD will not make you high as it’s a non-psychoactive cannabinoid (free of THC).

Although, research studies warranted the efficiency of CBD-based treatments in BPD but not intended to suggest that CBD could replace the existing BPD treatment. We highly encourage our readers to talk to a medical professional first as he/she will ensure that CBD therapy is suitable for you.

Reference And Resources

  1. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/borderline-personality-disorder/
  2. Coolidge, F. L., Thede, L. L., & Jang, K. L. (2001). Heritability of personality disorders in childhood: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Personality Disorders, 15(1), 33-40.
  3. Krause-Utz A, Frost R, Winter D, Elzinga BM. Dissociation and alterations in brain function and structure: Implications for borderline personality disorder. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2017;19(1):6.
  4. Cattane N, Rossi R, Lanfredi M, Cattaneo A. Borderline personality disorder and childhood trauma: Exploring the affected biological systems and mechanisms. BMC Psychiatry. 2017;17(1):221.
  5. National Institute of Mental Health. Borderline personality disorder. Updated December 2017.
  6. Russo, E. B., Burnett, A., Hall, B., & Parker, K. K. (2005). Agonistic properties of cannabidiol at 5-HT1a receptors. Neurochemical research, 30(8), 1037-1043.
  7. Felger, J. C., & Lotrich, F. E. (2013). Inflammatory cytokines in depression: neurobiological mechanisms and therapeutic implications. Neuroscience, 246, 199-229.
  8. Nichols, J. M., & Kaplan, B. L. (2020). Immune responses regulated by cannabidiol. Cannabis and cannabinoid research, 5(1), 12-31.
  9. Ferber, S. G., Hazani, R., Shoval, G., & Weller, A. (2021). Targeting the Endocannabinoid System in Borderline Personality Disorder: Corticolimbic and Hypothalamic Perspectives. Current Neuropharmacology, 19(3), 360-371.
  10. Kolla, N. J., & Mishra, A. (2018). The endocannabinoid system, aggression, and the violence of synthetic cannabinoid use, borderline personality disorder, antisocial personality disorder, and other psychiatric disorders. Frontiers in behavioral neuroscience, 12, 41.
  11. Machado Bergamaschi, M., Helena Costa Queiroz, R., Waldo Zuardi, A., & Crippa, A. S. (2011). Safety and side effects of cannabidiol, a Cannabis sativa constituent. Current drug safety, 6(4), 237-249.

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