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What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

While there is still much research to be done with CBD to prove its efficacy, there is one proven use that is supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel which unanimously recommended approval of the CBD medication Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of childhood epilepsy.  This is good news, as more and more research is needed to provide evidence of efficacy with anxiety, pain, sleep, seizure disorder, inflammation, PTSD and other neurological afflictions rather than anecdotal testimonies.  While testimonies are powerful and word of mouth travels fast the evidence and efficacy in treatment carries more weight in the science of treatment and evidenced based practice.  To date there are over half of US states that approve medicinal cannibis for use and therefore CBD products as well, however the federal government has not released cannisbis from its schedule 1 criteria and therefore considered illegal with the exception of Epidiolex which is prescribed for epilepsy in children.  That being said it is highly unlikely that the DEA will confiscate your CBD oils, especially with the progression towards legalization.  As a psychiatric provider I can attest to benefits of these oils, tinctures, vapes ect for the treatment of anxiety, pain, sleep disorders, inflammation and other afflictions. 


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