I'm calling it: 2018 is officially the year of CBD. If you haven’t heard of it yet, (there's still a couple weeks) CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, which is one of the predominantly active phytochemicals in cannabis (though not the psychoactive phytochemical—that’s THC). Research and devotees alike say that CBD helps with anxiety, depression, sleep, stress, chronic pain, epilepsy, PTSD, joint pain and inflammation, just to name a few, and the market is rife with CBD-everything (for better or for worse: CBD mascara/shampoo/hot sauce are just a few of the puzzling ones).
In my practice, I’ve found that CBD—tincture or capsule, please—is most helpful for anxiety and PMS/period pain. It’s highly important (pun intended, though CBD alone won’t get you high!) to both find a good supplier and to take it daily at a low/moderate dose. Try taking it for at least 30 days as you would any supplement to really reap the full bennies.
Side effects are generally mild and only rarely noticeable, but may include anxiety (ironic, I know), dizziness, dry mouth, drowsiness, GI upset, etc. CBD may interact with other medications, boosting blood levels of benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, blood thinners and others. As always, it’s important to speak with your doc before starting any new supplement regimen, especially if you’re taking other meds.