CBD, or cannabidiol, is an extract of cannabis (Cannabis sativa) without the psychoactive ingredient, THC. So, you don’t get “stoned” with it. It is sold online and able to be shipped to all 50 states. In order to be legal, the FDA says that the THC content has to be below 0.3%.
However, you should note that on December 14, 2016, the DEA classified CBD as a Schedule 1 drug. (That’s just ridiculous, though!) A Schedule 1 drug is the same group of illegal drugs that includes heroin and LSD.
Scientific research is prolific when it comes to testing the effects of CBD on various ailments, such as:
ADD and ADHD
Colitis and Crohn’s
Epilepsy and Seizures
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Prion/Mad Cow disease
Sickle Cell Anemia
Spinal Cord Injury
Stroke and TBI
Of course, the only use we’re interested in here is anxiety, so let’s take a look at what the scientific studies have determined about the effectiveness of CBD on anxiety.
First, let’s list a few research articles:
You are free to read the research yourself, but if you’d rather read a quick summary, I’ll oblige you.
These 10 studies all show that CBD is very effective in reducing anxiety symptoms. When tested in specific types of anxiety, such as social anxiety or public-speaking anxiety, it was also shown to be very effective. For those with combined anxiety and depression, it showed both anti-anxiety effects as well as anti-depressant effects.
Brain scans showed that CBD reduces anxiety by regulating blood flow in the limbic and paralimbic brain areas are of the brain. The limbic section of the brain includes the amygdala, which is the emotional and fear center of the brain. It also includes the hippocampus and hypothalamus.
More specifically, CBD reduces blood flow slightly to the left parahippocampal gyrus, hippocampus, and inferior temporal gyrus while increasing blood flow in the right posterior cingulate gyrus.
While traditional anti-anxiety pharmaceuticals produce a wide array of side-effects, no dangerous physical side effects were observed with CBD.
How Much Should You Take?
Many of the studies use anywhere from 300-600 mg of active CBD per day, with many using 400 mg. When you just start using it, though, you want to start out small. Every person can react differently, so use a small amount, see how it makes you feel, then gradually increase the dosage if needed.
Many hemp oil sellers recommend starting with 40 mg CBD per day. Then when you need to increase the dosage, wait at least 4 days before you increase it. A week is even better. You can do your own research, of course.
There is a common cancer protocol that uses CBD. It recommends that users spend 30-35 days working up to a daily dose of 1 gram (1000 mg), dividing that into three doses throughout the day. They recommend the protocol be continued for 60 days after you reach the 1 gram/day dosage.
The point is you can’t overdose, or if you do, it would take a massive amount. In rats, a study was done to determine the LD50 dose, which is the dose at which 50% of them die. The lethal CBD dose for them was 35 mg/kg. If this equated to humans, that would equal 15.88 mg per pound of body weight. So, a 150-pound person’s dose would be 2,382 mg of CBD.
What to Watch Out For...
There are so many sellers online selling CBD oil in various forms. If you do a Google search for CBD oil, there are over 9 million results! Who can you trust? Here are some guidelines:
- Look for a batch number
- Make sure there’s a label on the product that lists all ingredients and the exact amount of CBD contained therein
- Try to find a reputable seller who has been in business for a while and has plenty of trustworthy reviews.
- Find a seller who has verifiable lab results that are accessible and/or seals of approval from reputable agencies.
- Buy direct from a manufacturer or brick-and-mortar hemp shop instead of some unknown online middleman.
- Make sure the website looks legit. When I was searching online, I came across a website that was listed on the first page of Google search results, and the English grammar was horrible. I immediately thought, “Who are these unprofessional people? Are they even American? Who writes and publishes a business website with horrible English?”. Mistrust – clicked away. Of course, just because a website looks great doesn’t mean it’s a reputable seller with a reputable product. Dig deep and do your diligent research.