The ECS also plays a role in immune function, assisting in response to injury and infection. Emerging research suggests that CBD may have surprising effects on mood and anxiety. In early animal trials, the cannabis compound has proved successful as an anti-anxiety tool, perhaps even easing fear associated with traumatic memories. CBD is expected to be a potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and analgesic, reducing uncomfortable aches and pain. Evidence suggests that, for the cannabis plant, CBD is both an antimicrobial and an antioxidant.