Research on CBD and anxiety has generally looked at cannabis as a whole product, not as CBD as a standalone compound. Some studies suggest that it can help with anxiety: like this 2011 study that suggests CBDcan reduce social anxiety or this 2015 review that says CBD could be promising for many forms of anxiety. It’s also important to consider whether the CBD comes from the cannabis plant and therefore may include THC, a cannabinoid that for some, induces anxiety. Read our comprehensive article on CBD and anxiety, here.
But, and there’s always a “but” when it comes to weed in America, unless you’re buying cannabis CBD in a state where weed is recreationally legal or have a medical card in a legalized state, you’re shopping in the unregulated market that is industrial hemp CBD. (Full disclosure: I've worked with restaurants to launch hemp-CBD drinks and am the co-founder of Nice Paper, a site about cannabis.)
It is a strict violation of the Food and Drug Administration DSHEA guidelines to make medical claims about the efficacy of CBD products in the treatment of any medical condition or symptom. Although preliminary research has shown tremendous promise of CBD oil helping people in pretty remarkable ways, legitimate CBD companies will refrain from making any direct medical claims. Be very wary of companies that defy this guideline, because if they disregard this particular rule, what other rules are they willing to ignore?
At a molecular level, CBD (short for cannabidiol) is CBD, regardless of which plant it comes from.  The only difference comes from the full extract that is taken from the plants.  Here’s what we mean:  Once the plants are harvested, the lab removes the nutrients, including CBD, from the plants in the form of a gooey extract.  This extract includes the CBD, but also so much more and this gooey extract is what goes into all the CBD products*.  There are actually many cannabinoids other than just cannabidiol (CBD).  Some are CBC, CBG, CBN and even THC.  THC is the compound found in marijuana that causes the “high” or psychotropic or euphoric effect.  As most of us know, marijuana naturally has a fairly high level of this compound.  Hemp naturally has a very low level, so low that no one reports any sort of high when using the extract from hemp.
This is the hemp oil directly extracted from the plant. This is the base active ingredient for any other cannabinoid product, but it can be purchased and eaten on its own if you are looking to avoid any other ingredients and get a value in terms of price per serving. There are many different methods used for extraction. We recommend products that are CO2 extracted as other methods can leave chemical residues. These are primarily sold in oral syringes that allow the customer to dispense a very small amount of product at a time. There are generally three types of oil.
This may seem like a repeat of an earlier question, but while that question related to concentration of CBD in the product, this is simply a question of how much you’re getting in total. Most bottles are labeled in a similar way – “1,000mg CBD Oil” or “1,000mg Hemp Extract” – which generally means the entire bottle contains a total of 1,000mg of CBD.
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