This preliminary research is promising, showing potential anti-inflammatory effects and suggesting CBD may improve sleep and reduce anxiety. The research also suggests the potential to block pain receptors and even change the reactivity of the amygdala, two developments that may have important implications for addicts and people with chronic pain. With a population grappling with the opioid crisis, alternative treatments to break the cycle of addiction are eagerly hoped for.
It’s hard to know exactly what you’re getting. A 2017 review of 84 CBD products published in JAMA found that only a third of the products accurately labeled CBD and THC levels: most over-labeled CBD and under-labeled THC.
“Often, patients get the ‘poo poo’ for anything that’s natural,” Mauck says. “Or sometimes if it has not been proven or FDA approved, people say, ‘Oh, that’s just snake oil, that doesn’t work, forget about it.’ But I think patients want to know that their physicians at least are interested in some of these things and can advise them.”
Knowns and Unknowns
Even though CBD is legally and medically murky, consumers can take a few strategies to minimize risk. Scrutinize labels, buy organic, and purchase from a certified medical dispensary or company that has a certificate of analysis. This certificate means an independent lab has studied the product and certified what it does and does not contain. Find out how and where the hemp plant from which the CBD product is derived is grown, Mauck says. Make sure it is grown legally and not from a foreign source.
Despite these challenges, Mauck stresses that it’s important for health professionals to be as current on the research and developments as possible. She and her co-authors designed the review to be a clinical tool to help physicians more effectively advise patients on CBD use.
The only thing we know for sure is that purified CBD can help children and young adults with two forms of particularly rare and brutal treatment-resistant epilepsy called Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). In June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a purified CBD oral solution for patients with these conditions. Patients reported drastically lowered seizures, and in some patients, the seizures stopped completely.
The review also looked at potential negative effects. The review found potential risks of CBD — liver damage, mislabeling, and drug interaction. Anecdotally, patients also report side effects of weight loss, diarrhea, and dizziness from CBD use, Mauck says. But potential side effects depend on how and how much you take in. Inhale CBD, eat it, or spread CBD lotion on your body, and the effects can vary.
Hi Diana, I don’t know where you’ve purchased this item from. I hope you asked for the lab results of what’s in that bottle. Assuming you did, I would start with figuring out the CBD dosage per dose. It’s a 300 mg Tincture bottle, if it’s in a one ounce bottle, then most likely, there are 30 doses per bottle.’check the label. If those assumptions are correct, then one dose is only 10 mg. That’s less than my customers give their pets.
Most adults use 500-1000 mg Tinctures.
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I have just received a supply of b+ pure cbd in the mail. This is all new to me. I have arthritis in my joints which includes somewhat crippled arthritic hands. I am searching for relief. The cbd oil comes in 300mg bottles. From what I read above I’m wondering is this is too much of a daily dose for me.
What type of product should I consider? CBD-based products can be taken orally, applied to the skin or inhaled. There are pros and cons for each.
Are CBD products legal? CBD products derived from hemp are no longer considered Schedule I drugs under the federal Controlled Substances Act, but they still remain in a legal gray zone. There are changes underway on federal and state levels that will ultimately clarify the laws and regulations related to CBD-based products and sales. Despite that, they’re widely available in nearly every state and online. People who want to use CBD should check their state laws.
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Taking the First Step
CBD can also be absorbed directly into the bloodstream by holding liquid from a spray or tincture (a liquid dosed by a dropper) under the tongue (sublingual) for 60 to 120 seconds. The taste may not be pleasant. Effects may be felt within 15 to 45 minutes.