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The anxiolytic properties of CBD  hold great promise as a treatment for anxiety-related disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. As noted in one review, however, many of these studies have investigated the acute administration of CBD rather than chronic CBD dosing.
One of the most common CBD products available for sale is CBD oil. CBD oil comes in a wide range of concentrations but some find it difficult to dose the liquid properly. CBD gummies typically contain a specific amount of CBD per gummy (measured in mg of CBD) which makes them a convenient alternative, especially for children.
At that point, I had just one day left.
Jones: So, back at the shop, I tried all kinds of product. From sweets to lotions and sprays. And while Hurd couldn’t recommend a specific dose for me, she did say that 300 milligrams a day should be enough to feel something. Because participants in clinical trials typically take anywhere from 300 to 600 milligrams. So, those chocolates and sprays? They weren’t going to cut it. Instead, I went for something else.
The next morning, I felt…great. And according to Hurd, that’s because CBD also has some anti-inflammatory effects. But what about anxiety, what I was really in this for? Each morning, I filled out the anxiety scorecard that Hurd gave me. It was a rough estimate of my daily emotional state, based on numbered responses to statements like, “I feel at ease.” But day to day, it was harder to figure out whether CBD was helping.
Anyway, several hours later, I took my last dose of the day.
CBD is a distant cousin of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana. They both come from the cannabis plant, but CBD isn’t psychoactive. Meaning it doesn’t get you high. Now, of course, getting high isn’t the only reason why cannabis is popular. People also use it to relieve pain, control seizures, and lessen anxiety. But as researchers like Dr. Yasmin Hurd are discovering, it’s likely CBD, not THC, that’s behind these benefits.
Jones: In other words, we don’t know: what size dose you should take, how, exactly, it changes your brain, or how it impacts different people in different ways. That’s because until late 2018, nearly all CBD was classified as an illegal substance. Which made it really difficult for scientists to study. And while research is starting to catch up… in some ways, it’s too late.
Jones: But if there was one takeaway from our conversations, it was this:
Purified CBD extract (GW Pharmaceuticals) was approved by the FDA in 2018 as a treatment for 2 rare forms of epilepsy – Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome – as a Schedule 5 compound. The brand name is Epidiolex.
2. Is CBD (and CBD products) safe to use?
4. Does CBD based medication really help with anxiety and depression and has it been scientifically proven to help with anxiety and depression?
3. It seems like CBD is now being used in lots of products (shampoos, cosmetics, oils, bath salts, etc.). Does it really help when it is part of a product?
1. What exactly is CBD? Is it the same as Cannabis? Hemp? Marijuana plant?
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8. How can I be sure that what I am reading about CBD (articles, etc.) is providing truthful information?