While CBD is most commonly used to treat physiological symptoms, there’s a growing body of research that indicates it can also be used in the therapy of a range of mental health conditions, including anxiety. A study by the University of São Paulo found that CBD significantly reduces subjective anxiety, leading investigators to conclude that “These results suggest that CBD reduces anxiety in [social anxiety disorder] and that this is related to its effects on activity in limbic and paralimbic brain areas.”
I will be traveling soon (Vegas), and typically have an extremely hard time falling asleep, if I fall asleep at all, while traveling. In the past I have gone 3 days without sleep only to have to rely on ambien (seems to be the only thing that will knock me out). While at home it takes me a while to fall asleep but it’s not impossible. You mention you take 2-3 capsules to help you sleep, will this be sufficient enough to knock me out or would that require a higher dose? Or would a different product entirely, such as one with more THC be more effective? I recently came across an article on PubMed (not sure if it was mentioned above) that stated that CBD usually has the opposite effect on aiding sleep and that THC is better for sleep. However, you did mention higher dose CBD will not have the opposite effect. So I’m a bit confused.
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Relevant studies are summarized in Table Table3.3. In a SPECT study of resting cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in normal subjects, CBD reduced rCBF in left medial temporal areas, including the amygdala and hippocampus, as well as the hypothalamus and left posterior cingulate gyrus, but increased rCBF in the left parahippocampal gyrus. These rCBF changes were not correlated with anxiolytic effects . In a SPECT study, by the same authors, in patients with SAD, CBD reduced rCBF in overlapping, but distinct, limbic and paralimbic areas; again, with no correlations to anxiolytic effects .
How does CBD compare to hemp oil or hemp extract? The latter comes from the seeds of the hemp plant, but does not contain the same amount of cannabinoids found in cannabis oil, as these cannabinoids are extracted from the whole plant. When cannabis has low levels of THC (under 0.3 percent) and high levels of CBD, it’s often called CBD hemp or industrial hemp.
Charlotte’s Web is the name of a premium CBD oil company, and the high-CBD strain of hemp from which their products are derived. The brothers who own and operate the company named it after Charlotte Figi, born in October 2006, who made an almost miraculous recovery from a rare and debilitating seizure disorder by using their CBD oil, and inspired them to found the business. Today, the Colorado-based company provides steeply discounted CBD oil to children with seizures and related disorders. Charlotte’s Web’s line of commercial CBD tinctures, capsules and topicals use the same proprietary strain of source hemp, but are formulated to address common issues like inflammation, fatigue, and anxiety. All are made from hemp grown organically and sustainable in Colorado, and subjected to broad-spectrum extraction, which maximizes the Entourage Effect (the capacity of hemp compounds to enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD) by preserving a range of beneficial plant compounds. Their CBD tincture is an excellent choice for treating anxiety, and comes in chocolate or chocolate mint flavors which can be taken directly or added to beverages. This CBD tincture is available in strengths of 10 or 25 mg per ounce, or a more concentrated 50 mg per 0.6 ounce. This oral supplement comes in natural or chocolate mint flavors. Charlotte’s Web’s CBD oil capsules contain the same full-spectrum CBD extracts, and come in concentrations of 15 mg each or 35 mg.
If you live in a state where CBD is legal for your condition, it’s best to buy it from a state-regulated dispensary. But even there, oversight is uneven. “I feel safe being a cannabis consumer in Colorado, since the state tracks everything from seed to sale, but I didn’t the first few years after cannabis became legal,” when the rules were still taking shape, says Robyn Griggs Lawrence, the Boulder author of The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook, which features recipes for cannabis edibles.
In the United States, non-FDA approved CBD products are classified as Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that production, distribution, and possession of non-FDA approved CBD products is illegal under federal law. In addition, in 2016 the Drug Enforcement Administration added "marijuana extracts" to the list of Schedule I drugs, which it defined as "an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant." Previously, CBD had simply been considered "marijuana", which is a Schedule I drug.