CBD is short for Cannabidiol. This is one of many compounds that come from the cannabis plant. It is the second most well-known compound of marijuana. The first is that of THC or tetrahydrocannabinol.
THC is the substance that provides the high most people seek when smoking marijuana. CBD has effects on the brain and body, but it does not produce any psychoactive effects. It has several health benefits including slowing cancer growth, relieving pain and eliminating anxiety.
Many people who suffer from anxiety also turn to drugs or alcohol for relief. A recent study of people with PTSD disorder has shown that pure, pharmaceutical-grade CBD was helpful in treating withdrawals from alcohol.
Because it is only available in certain areas legally, but it is widely available online, it is important to check to make sure it is legal in your state. You can purchase it at a dispensary or a collective as well as online.
Since its use is not yet regulated by the FDA, it is sometimes hard to find a brand that delivers consistent effectiveness. This is not to say that you cannot purchase it legally and expect to buy inferior quality products. However, many times the same batch of CBD oil from one company will result in varied strengths in each bottle that is packed.
The popularity of this oil is growing so quickly that it is up to the user to decide how to dose it properly. As long as you buy a brand that your local dispensary can back up as being effective and consistent in strength, you should be able to get relief. You may need to experiment with different brands and doses.
Research is being done, but studies that have been done on animals shows that cannabidiol oil is effective at relieving anxiety. Studies are still being done on people, and the FDA has yet to regulate it as a medicine rather than as a supplement.
CBD oil is sold in small bottles containing a mixture of the oil and a carrier oil like coconut oil. CBD oil is also available in forms that can be used in foods or used as cooking oil. This oil is not smokable. It can be helpful to buy it from a dispensary so that you can get recommendations for a good brand.
The staff can also help you when you want tips on how to use it. You can buy it if legal in your area online. However, it is best to get helpful recommendations from people who have experimented with certain brands or who can attest to how other customers react.
It does not have any side effects. Some people do experience some stomach upset. This is often due to the carrier oil and not the CBD oil.
Before using it for anxiety, check with your doctor. If you have used prescription drugs for anxiety, it is best to ask if you need to wean yourself off them. You also need to be sure it will not interact with any other medications you are prescribed.
There is no set dose your doctor can advise you of taking because it is not yet regulated. Some doctors have experience with patients who have successfully used it for panic or anxiety. They may be able to make suggestions for you just as the staff at your local dispensary may.
CBD is sold in many forms but common forms for use in treating anxiety include drops and sprays. These formulations are made in varying proportions of CBD to THC. There are some that have slightly more THC and some that have virtually no THC.