Better known as CBD, it is one of more than 100 chemical compounds called cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant, Cannabis sativa (1Trusted Source).
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, which means it causes the sensation of getting high that’s often associated with cannabis. However, unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
This quality makes CBD an appealing option for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of cannabis or other side effects related to some pharmaceutical drugs.
CBD’s ability to calm is perhaps its most popular effect and the reason its use is so widespread. A 2017 study in the Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry tested the anxiety levels of 57 men in a simulated public speaking test. Some received a placebo while others received either 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams or 600 milligrams of CBD before their speeches. Those who received 300 milligrams of CBD experienced significantly reduced anxiety during the test compared to those who received the placebo. Interestingly, participants who received either 150 or 600 milligrams of CBD experienced more anxiety during the test than the 300 milligrams group.
Meanwhile, at least one study in mice revealed CBD had effects similar to the antidepressant imipramine. Human trials are needed, though, to confirm whether CBD can induce this same antidepressant reaction in our bodies.
Recent case studies have shown significant advantages of using CBD for issues such as anxiety and sleep disorders;
What strength CBD should I use?
Our answer: Take things slowly…
If you haven’t taken CBD products before and would like to try, it is recommended that you start off small, e.g. a lower potency product with a small dose.
Then you can start to increase it little by little over a period of time until you reach the daily allowance advised on label.
The Food Standards Agency consumer guidance advises no more than 70mg daily. It’s impossible to know what dose to use before you’ve done a little experimenting
Different CBD supplements and different formulations may also influence how much and how frequently you take CBD. Keep reading for more information on that.