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CBD oil explained
food store, and it seems like CBD producers have no shortage of creative ways to mix it into foods and drinks. According to them, it can treat a laundry list of health problems, including anxiety. So are they right?
Let’s take a look at the evidence on CBD for anxiety.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s one of many chemicals found in cannabis sativa plants, a species that includes hemp and marijuana. Another chemical found in these plants is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. Many, but not all, CBD products are extracted from hemp plants. The amount of THC in hemp tends to be very low, whereas in marijuana plants it can be much higher.
In recent years, CBD has been marketed as a treatment for a number of medical conditions, including:
However, the FDA has only approved one CBD medication, Epidiolex, for the treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy: Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. It also approved the medication for the treatment of seizures associated with tuberculosis sclerosis complex.
CBD is being studied as a treatment for other conditions but has not been approved as a treatment yet.