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CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is also marketed to promote sleep. Part of CBD’s popularity is that it purports to be “nonpsychoactive,” and that consumers can reap health benefits from the plant without the high (or the midnight pizza munchies).

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What are the claims?

But without clinical trials in humans, psychologists say CBD’s effect on depression is still a hypothesis, and not an evidence-based treatment.

Dr. Smita Das, chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Council on Addiction Psychiatry’s cannabis work group, does not recommend CBD for anxiety, PTSD, sleep or depression. With patients turning to these to unproven products, she is worried that they may delay seeking appropriate mental health care: “I’m dually concerned with how exposure to CBD products can lead somebody into continuing to cannabis products.”

Some CBD products may contain unwanted surprises. Forensic toxicologists at Virginia Commonwealth University examined nine e-liquids advertised as being 100 percent natural CBD extracts. They found one with dextromethorphan, or DXM, used in over-the counter cough medications and considered addictive when abused; and four with a synthetic cannabinoid, sometimes called Spice, that can cause anxiety, psychosis, tachycardia and death, according to a study last year in Forensic Science International.

Several studies have found that hemp extract and hemp extract oil may relieve chronic pain and reduce inflammation, showing promising results for future research. A recent review of studies found that hemp extract can reduce inflammation in joints and other parts of the body in rats with no possible side effects [1]. This gives hope that the same can be found in humans.

Case reports and personal testimonies grow for the use of hemp extract to reduce anxiety and depression.

1. Hemp extract may relieve chronic pain.

This summer the FDA approved the first-ever hemp extract drug for the treatment of seizures in rare forms of epilepsy [8]. This ground-breaking approval may allow for continued research into the medicinal benefits of hemp extract.

In other animal studies, hemp extract has been shown to lower the incidence of type 2 diabetes [11]. This study leads others to believe that hemp extract may reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease among humans.

Hemp extract has been studied in patients with Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia and has shown anti-psychotic properties for both [9, 10].