I have to admit, I'm nervous to share this story. CBD, specifically. But that in and of itself made me realize how much more I do need to share this story. Because if we break through the stigma, there's a product here that has the capacity to change lives and help millions of people heal naturally. And no, it won't make you into a stoner.
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To be honest, my initial reaction was "hell no. However, I am a huge fan of naturopathic remedies like Chinese herbs and probiotics , acupuncture, and essential oils. I had been reading about how CBD is natural and legal, doesn't make you feel "high," and could mitigate effects of anxiety in addition to a laundry list of other things. Before we get into it, a quick breakdown: CBD oil is cannabidiol, an active component of cannabis. You're probably familiar with another cannabinoid: tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. There are over 85 cannabinoid compounds in a cannabis plant, but THC is the only one — seriously, just one — that is psychoactive aka brain altering.
It also mentioned I wouldn't need a medical marijuana card which I don't have , as it's a totally legal product. I was in.
And as most respected professionals do, I tried it in the office at my place of employment, midday, with one of my coworkers. Legalities aside, I was still nervous that I'd get the psychoactive effects and lose control of my mental faculties, but coworkers assured me that "everything is fine" and basically told me to chill out and eat the oil.
The experiment had begun.
The "two droppers" was per the recommendation I received from CW. This apparently equates to two servings, though the supplement recommends taking two droppers full twice daily. This was roughly 92 mg of Hemp CO2 extract. I remember thinking, "This tastes like a mint chocolate ash tray. Effects: Extremely sleepy during the day. That said, got " percent" sleep quality according to my Sleep Cycle app that I use nightly.
No adverse side effects. I decided to scale back so I wouldn't be so tired. I also had SoulCycle scheduled that night, and I really wanted to look alive in the front row, you know? Effects: Relaxed, but not much to report on from this day either. I felt great during SoulCycle, and I didn't get too sore, which is somewhat unusual. By the third day, I decided to try the scaled-back, olive variety of these oils, which has 25 mg of Hemp CO2 extract per serving. I started small with one dropper just to be safe.
Relieving symptoms and side effects
Effects: I honestly didn't feel much of anything! It wasn't a particularly anxiety-inducing day, so there wasn't much to stimulate my experiment. The day when I realized CBD can change lives.
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Also the day when I realized I had taken more oil than usual, which left me feeling not at all like myself as the hours went on. Background: driving is an anxiety trigger for me, and I was stuck in traffic for over three hours for a trip that is usually just one hour with a panic attack slowly building and tears starting to flow, so I reached for the oil — and decided to try a tiny little bit extra. Effects: Anxiety relief within 30 minutes; it quite honestly felt miraculous. I was relaxed and laughing, and I felt like myself again.
However, a few hours later, things took a turn.follow link
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At risk of embarrassing myself, I'll just say that I became extremely spacey, couldn't focus on anything, and was starving — I had finished a substantial Italian dinner at 7 p. It was a scene. I don't know how it happened, but fair warning: this was too much for me. Medical marijuana is none of those things. Laws that allow marijuana to be dispensed for medical conditions cover many specific health conditions, including AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, severe or intractable pain, and ulcerative colitis. Such FDA-approved products are already available most recently for epilepsy and more are in various stages of research and development.
In June, the FDA approved Epidiolex for treatment of seizures in two rare forms of severe childhood-onset epilepsy.
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Previously, the FDA had approved dronabinol and nabilone, both of which contain synthetic versions of tetrahydrocannabinol THC to treat chemotherapy-related nausea and to increase appetite in patients with AIDS. These are the types of marijuana-derived medicines Cleveland Clinic supports and prescribes. Products such as vaporizers, edibles, oils, tinctures and patches all lack uniform dosing specificity. By contrast, an FDA-approved medication offers uniformity; a medication bought in Cleveland today will be the same medication bought in Cincinnati or Denver or San Francisco a year from now.
The federal and state governments should support drug development programs that scientifically evaluate the active ingredients found in marijuana that can lead to important medical therapies. Patients deserve to know that whatever they are using to control their symptoms is safe and effective. And clinicians need to have confidence that a treatment will work as intended. Share this article via email with one or more people using the form below.