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Deciding Whether CBD is Right For You

What are the benefits of CBD — and is it safe to use?

Brent A. Bauer, M.D. for the Mayo Institute

A prescription cannabidiol (CBD) oil is considered an effective anti-seizure medication. However, further research is needed to determine CBD's other benefits and safety.

CBD is a chemical found in marijuana. CBD doesn't contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. The usual CBD formulation is oil, but CBD is also sold as an extract, a vaporized liquid and an oil-based capsule. Food, drinks and beauty products are among the many CBD-infused products available online.

Currently, the only CBD product approved by the Food and Drug Administration is a prescription oil called Epidiolex. It's approved to treat two types of epilepsy. Aside from Epidiolex, state laws on the use of CBD vary. While CBD is being studied as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and anxiety, research supporting the drug's benefits is still limited.

CBD use also carries some risks. Though it's often well-tolerated, CBD can cause side effects, such as dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue. CBD can also interact with other medications you're taking, such as blood thinners.

Another cause for concern is the unreliability of the purity and dosage of CBD in products. A recent study of 84 CBD products bought online showed that more than a quarter of the products contained less CBD than labeled. In addition, THC was found in 18 products.

If you plan to use products containing CBD, talk to your doctor. Also, check before you travel with CBD products. In some states the product is not legal and you could be subject to arrest. Make sure you always carry a prescription from your doctor and again check the laws of the states or countries where you are traveling.

Charlotte’s Web https://www.charlotttesweb.com/blog - Charlotte’s Web, pioneering in creating CBD products for health and wellness, achieved recognition in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentary WEED, and mentions on The View, 60 Minutes, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. This website shares trusted hemp and CBD products available for purchase. You can learn how people are integrating the use of CBD into their heath routine to hep get relief from everyday stresses.

Drug Science https://www.drugscience.org/ - With the growing evidence that CBD and marijuana use for medicinal use is increasing and many believe it is making a positive difference in people’s lives, it is important to stay up to date with state laws as well as what is evolving nationally. This site provides that information as well as the various uses and forms of CBD including gummies to ease anxiety and its surprising use for family pets.

Harvard Health Publishing https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476?fbclid=IwAR3Ik2in-xTrqqkzb2VZ21Tg-q6TcwBuOpq9v2zFmh4WsltGUD5Hv0N7OrI

Cannabidiol (CBD), what we know and what we don’t know. Read articles and posts regarding the increased and positive impact on CBD use in the US. CBD is commonly used to address anxiety and is also known to reduce the number of seizures for childhood epilepsy syndromes that do not typically respond to antiseizure medications. This site also provides medical experts who address other topics such as children with ADHD, chronic fatigue, healthy eating --- all topics that would be of interest to moms as they are scrolling and navigating through websites.

Lazarus Naturals https://www.lazarusnaturals.com/blog 

Lazarus believes that quality CBD products should be accessible to those who need it the most. CBD products promotes restful sleep, relieves nausea, decreases anxiety, and provides other beneficial effects. Lazarus uses community outreach and provides discounts to veterans and individuals on long-term disability, and to low-income households. Lazarus provides a 60 % discount to veterans and individuals with long-term disabilities. Those claiming long-term disabilities must provide a physician’s letter or a disability income acceptance letter.

Purity https://www.puritycbd.com/ 

Purity CBD is located in Sykesville, MD and provides high quality, locally sourced CBD products. The founder, Mikahla Insalaco, uses her background in acupuncture and knowledge of Chinese Medicine to provide the highest level of integrity and quality to her products. She is also in the process of working with the University of Maryland to start the first Maryland CBD farm.