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

CBD oil is an effective anti-seizure medication, although there is a need for more research to determine the drug’s other benefits and risks. These other benefits/risks have not been researched thoroughly, but include anxiety, insomnia, PTSD, and stress relieving effects.

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is one of many cannabinoids found in cannabis. Unlike the cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is not psychoactive. This means that it doesn’t produce a “high” feeling when smoked or ingested. 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 with FDA approval is Epidiolex, used to treat two forms 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 disorder, research supporting the drug’s benefits is still limited.

CBD use comes with some side effects, including dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue. It can also interact with other medications you’re taking.

If you plan to use products containing CBD, talk to your doctor.

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