PINE BELT, Miss. (WDAM) – Medical cannabis for qualified patients in Mississippi inches closer to becoming a reality.
The Mississippi Department of Revenue announced that they will begin accepting applications for dispensaries on July 5.
Applications and registrations for patients and medical practitioners, as well as facets of cannabis production began June 1 through the Mississippi Department of Health (MSDOH).
The work of both agencies stem from the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act, which became law back in February. The framework for legalized medicinal marijuana in Mississippi was delayed by roughly a year due to the overturning of Initiative 65 by the Mississippi Supreme Court in May of 2021.
Ken Newburger is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Medical Marijuana Association, which was established in 2020. From Initiative 65′s conception in 2018 to now, Newburger has relentlessly pushed for medical marijuana in the Magnolia State.
“We are at the end of the initial lawmaking and rulemaking, and we’re now at the point where the program is launching,” said Newburger. “So the plane is getting off the ground.”
Patients with conditions covered under the Mississippi Medical Cannabis Act can go to a physician to complete medical certification from the MSDOH. Patients can then apply to participate in the medical cannabis program. Upon acceptance into the program, the patients will receive a patient identification card that they can use to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary. An infographic from the MDOH website outlines the process here.
The next anticipated stop in the rolling-out process is where patients will be able to buy their medicinal marijuana from a licensed dispensary. Estimates for first purchase dates will be determined by the average growth of the cannabis plant, which will start being planted in July.
Newburger anticipates purchases starting by early December of this year or early January of next year. In the meantime, he believes that a good place in the process has been reached.
“At this point, I think we’re moving very much towards what the spirit of Initiative 65 was, which is to get patients medical marijuana,” said Newburger.
More information pertaining to dispensary application can be accessed here.
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CBD flowers are becoming more and more popular as an addition to people’s lifestyles. Some people use them for their medicinal properties, while others simply enjoy the relaxing effect that CBD can have. However, for many people, incorporating CBD flowers into their lifestyle can be a bit of a challenge. With so many different products available and various ways to consume CBD, it can be hard to know where to start. Especially if you’re new to CBD, the process can seem quite daunting.
Luckily, there are several general steps you should follow if you want to make the most out of your CBD experience. Therefore, in this article, we will go over several different tips and tricks you should keep in mind and explain each one in detail so that you can understand everything there is to know about incorporating CBD flowers into your lifestyle.
Understand Different Types of CBD Flowers
Once you’ve found a reputable seller, it’s time to start exploring the different types of CBD flowers that are available. As you may know, CBD is a cannabinoid that is found in the cannabis plant. There are many different strains of cannabis, and each one contains a different ratio of CBD to THC.
THC is the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets people high, while CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. However, both compounds can offer various medicinal and therapeutic benefits.
When it comes to CBD flowers, there are three main types: Indica, Sativa, and hybrid. Indica strains are known for their relaxing and sedative effects, while Sativa strains tend to be more energizing and uplifting. Hybrid strains are a combination of both Indica and Sativa strains and can offer a balance of effects.
In recent years, This Sativa dominant Hybrid called HHC or Hexahydrocannabinol has become increasingly popular due to its high CBD content and low THC levels, and uplifting effects. It’s a federally legal THC shown to be more effective in lower doses. You can find HHC flowers for sale only online as of now, so it’s important to make sure you’re buying them from a reputable seller. And if you’re not sure which type of CBD flower is right for you, don’t hesitate to ask the seller for advice. They should be able to help you choose a strain that suits your needs and preferences.
Find a Reputable Seller
When it comes to CBD flowers, finding a reputable seller is of utmost importance. After all, you want to be sure that you’re getting quality products and that you can trust the source from which you’re buying them.
There are many different sellers out there, so it’s important to do your research before choosing one. Look for a seller who has a good reputation and who sells high-quality products. You should also make sure that the seller is licensed and compliant with all relevant regulations.
If you’re not sure where to start, ask around for recommendations from friends or family members who have had positive experiences with CBD flowers. Or, check out online reviews to get an idea of what other people think about the seller’s products and services. And if you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact the seller directly and ask. The most reputable sellers will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
By choosing a reputable CBD flower seller, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting quality products and that you’re supporting a business that is operating ethically.
Decide How You Want to Consume CBD Flowers
Once you’ve chosen the right type of CBD flower for you, it’s time to decide how you want to consume it. There are many different ways to consume CBD, and each one offers its own set of pros and cons.
The most common way to consume CBD flowers is by smoking them. This is the quickest and most effective way to experience the effects of CBD, as it enters your bloodstream directly through your lungs. However, smoking can also be harsh on your lungs and may not be the best option if you’re looking for a long-term solution.
This is a great way to get all the benefits of smoking without any of the harmful side effects. It’s also much less harsh on your lungs, so it’s a good option if you’re looking for a long-term solution. Vaporizing CBD flowers is also one of the quickest and most effective ways to experience the effects of CBD. It also allows you to control the dose more easily than smoking.
If you don’t want to smoke or vaporize CBD flowers, you can always make your edibles. This is a great way to get all the benefits of CBD without any of the harmful side effects. You can find them in different forms including gummies, candy, chocolate, and more. Edibles also tend to be more potent and last longer than other methods of consumption. However, they can take a bit longer to kick in and can be harder to dose accurately.
Oils or Lotions
CBD flowers can also be used to make oils or lotions. This is often done by infusing the flowers in carrier oil or lotion. This is a great way to get all the benefits of CBD without any of the harmful side effects. The main purpose of using oils or lotions is to apply them topically, but they can also be ingested. They are used for a variety of purposes including pain relief, inflammation, skin conditions, and more.
Know the Right Dose for You
Once you’ve decided how you want to consume CBD flowers, it’s important to know the right dose for you. This is because, like all medications, CBD can have different effects depending on the person. Some people may need a higher dose to experience the desired effects, while others may only need a small amount. If you’re not sure how much CBD to take, it’s always best to start with a small amount and increase it gradually until you find the right dose for you.
Keep in mind that CBD can interact with some medications, so it’s important to be careful of drug interactions. If you’re taking any medication, you should always talk to your doctor or healthcare professional first before taking CBD. This is because CBD can increase the levels of some medications in your blood, which can lead to serious side effects.
Store Your CBD Flowers Properly
Depending on how you want to consume your CBD flowers, you’ll need to store them properly. This is because CBD is a volatile compound and can degrade quickly if it’s not stored properly.
If you’re going to smoke or vaporize your CBD flowers, you’ll need to store them in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Glass jars are the best option for this. You should also keep them away from heat and light as much as possible. On the other hand, If you’re going to make edibles with your CBD flowers, you’ll need to infuse them into an oil or butter first. Once they’re infused, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
CBD flowers are a great way to incorporate CBD into your life and as you can see, there are a variety of ways to do so. By following these tips, you’ll be able to make the most of them and experience all the benefits that CBD has to offer. Just be sure to only buy from a reputable source and know the right dose for you. With that said, enjoy your CBD flowers!
Welcome to summer. While the great outdoors beckon elsewhere, we city folk of Phoenix stick to the OK indoors with its refreshing air conditioning, cool water, and never-ending supply of screen-based entertainment. What better way to enjoy time inside than with a good movie and some high-quality weed?
Here are our picks for five pairings of film and cannabis for lazy summer days. Whether you are on summer vacation or just looking to unwind after a hot day, these choices are worth tuning in to the next time you’re ready to melt into the couch.
Our list begins with a classic, Spaceballs, paired with the dank and skunky Death Star. Death Star is an indica-dominant strain, derived from a cross between Sensi Star and Sour Diesel. The effects of Death Star are relaxing and euphoric — perfect for cracking up on the couch. Not unlike its namesake, Death Star leaves people blasted in its wake and bake. However, those brave enough to be on the receiving end of Death Star are known to hit ludicrous speed and travel the galaxy in a Winnebago with their favorite Mog. Like any great strain, Death Star sends smokers straight to plaid. Do yourself a favor: Roll up some Death Star, grab a slice, and blast off with Spaceballs. May the Schwartz be with you.
Where to buy: Harvest HOCEverything Everywhere All at Once is an interdimensional therapy session of a film that invites viewers to question the completeness of their reality and ponder the multiverse. For a film as action-packed, hilarious, and introspective as Everything Everywhere All at Once, we need a strain that can keep up.
Enter GG #4 (aka Gorilla Glue, GG4) — a potent sativa-dominant hybrid strain with a storied lineage tied to Sour Diesel, Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel. The strain induces an envelope-filter-like buzz that tickles the brain and glues the body — frequently to the couch. GG4 pairs perfectly with the exciting visual effects, entangled storylines, comedy, and poetic truth of Everything Everywhere All at Once. Remember, your highest potential could come from your lowest iteration. Now go get stoned.
The Holy Mountain is Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 surrealistic vision. The film follows “The Thief” as he struggles through life, eventually meeting The Alchemist, played by Jodorowsky. The Holy Mountain playfully dances with religious and occult themes and imagery, creating an alchemic ritual of its own. The Thief and seven others train with The Alchemist to ascend the Mountain of Immortals, and they learn deeper lessons along the way. Viewers may recognize some of the film’s famous set designs from popularized stills.
Much like The Alchemist in The Holy Mountain, Headband crowns its disciples with the timeless wisdom of peace and creativity. Headband is the classic cross of OG Kush and Sour Diesel, so count on it to bring equal parts relaxation and pep as you watch the mystical, visual wonder that is The Holy Mountain.
It’s time now for two quintessential ’90s Los Angeles classics. There is just something great about Friday. Maybe it’s the all-star cast, maybe it’s the sweet ’90s nostalgia, or maybe just it’s Mrs. Parker, but Friday rips. The 1995 favorite tells a tale as old as time — one of neighborhood dynamics, growing up, responsibility, and of course, Mary Jane.
Much like Friday, OG Kush is a legendary throwback. The story of OG Kush is fascinating, dense, and just as sticky as her buds. OG Kush as we know it began with a Florida grower perfecting his signature strain. His friends called the strain “Kush Berries,” simply because of how the plant looked, rather than as a nod to its lineage. Eventually, the name shortened to “Kush,” and Josh D famously brought the plant to L.A. Word spread around that Kush was the stuff to get, and the rest is history. It is entirely possible that Smokey had some Kush on him (if he wasn’t smoking mids), though he does tell Craig to not sweat the chronic — another common misnomer of the time. Today, OG Kush comes in many forms from many growers, all offering their take on a strain that consistently delivers herbal bliss, toothy grins, and a gentle buzz.
In his most recent cinematic venture, Wes Anderson takes viewers to Ennui, France, the fictional setting of The French Dispatch, to explore five stories written by American reporters who live and work there as correspondents.
The French Dispatch of the Liberty, Kansas Evening Sun is director-writer Wes Anderson in full form — meticulous, rich, and utterly charming. Tilda Swinton, who plays an eccentric art critic in the film, describesThe French Dispatch as Anderson’s “love letter to journalism.” The film also pays duteous respects to many forms of art and storytelling, including, of course, French cinema.
Sour Diesel is a sativa strain well known for its energizing and heady buzz. The strain often induces daydream-like creativity and wonder. It is ideal for chatty, late-night smoke sessions discussing art, politics, and other areas of life. Sour Diesel will not stick you to the couch, but rather it provides clear, ecstatic joie de vivre, if you will.
For a film like The French Dispatch, you may want to include black coffee and perhaps roll your SD in a French spliff. There is a lot going on in this film, and there are plenty of wonderful minor details to absorb. Viewers will want their creativity, pep, and awareness on high alert.
Keen readers will notice that Sour Diesel is mentioned in nearly every pairing in this article, and that’s by no mistake. Sour Diesel is perfect for watching movies. It’s a giggly, peppy strain that’s perfect for appreciating long-form art, like films and concerts. Unless you are looking for an indica-induced couch coma, Sour Diesel is always a smart choice for the movies. Don’t forget the popcorn.
In February, New Jersey cannabis regulators delayed rolling out adult-use cannabis sales on the premise that existing medical retailers did not have the capacity to serve both customer types at that time.
Two months later, when the state’s Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) approved seven of New Jersey’s 11 medical cannabis operators to expand their operations to serve the broader adult-use market during an April 11 public meeting, state officials expressed confidence in those companies to continue prioritizing the needs of medical patients. At the time, there were 120,000-plus registered patients with 17 qualifying conditions, according to CRC.
And when those seven companies officially opened their doors to adult customers at 12 of the state’s 24 retail locations on April 21—making New Jersey the 14th state to launch commercial adult-use sales—it was a day of celebration in the Garden State. It also was a day that some of the largest cannabis operators in the U.S. vowed that patient care under New Jersey’s medical program would remain a top priority.
What about the long lines associated with an adult-use program launch?
Two patient-only hours per day was the answer (often, the first hour and last hour of operation are reserved for medical patients at a dispensary).
But five of the seven companies to launch adult-use retail operations on April 21 were later fined a combined $360,000 by the CRC for allegedly not honoring those medical-only hours: Verano Holdings ($90,000), Green Thumb Industries ($80,000), Ascend Wellness Holdings ($80,000), Acreage Holdings ($60,000) and Curaleaf ($50,000), as reported by Bloomberg.
The fines came at a rate of $10,000 per day for each day the alleged violations occurred from April 21 to April 29, the news outlet reported.
The other two companies participating on launch day, Columbia Care and TerrAscend, were not cited.
In a prepared statement to Cannabis Business Times from Curaleaf’s Stephanie Cunha, the company’s regional director of public relations, the multistate operator (MSO) with 134 dispensaries nationwide, as of June 16, took ownership of the infractions.
“Curaleaf acknowledges responsibility for these citations and have paid our fines to the state,” the statement read. “During the first few days of adult-use sales in New Jersey, we were responding to the overwhelming lines and demand at our facility for adult use. Because of sales and events leading up to the first days of adult-use sales, a vast number of our medical patients had stocked up on products before the 21st, resulting in virtually no lines at our facility at the time. Medical patients who came to Curaleaf during these days were immediately prioritized over recreational consumers and served almost immediately with no wait. We continue to prioritize our medical patients and are now living up to our promise to provide two designated hours to the medical community at each of our locations every day.”
Curaleaf’s citations came at its Bellmawr location in South Jersey, where the company’s retail team processed 142 adult-use transactions during medical-only hours on opening day, according to public documents from an open records request, Bloomberg reported. Combined, the five companies allegedly processed roughly 3,200 adult-use transactions during hours that were reserved for medical patients over the first nine days of the program rollout.
Those transactions were “to the detriment of the medicinal patient population,” CRC Executive Director Jeff Brown wrote in violation notices sent to the companies on May 13.
Also responding to the citations in a prepared statement to CBT was Sharon Ali, a Mid-Atlantic regional general manager at Acreage, which began selling cannabis to adult-use customers at its The Botanist dispensaries in Egg Harbor Township and Williamstown (both in South Jersey) on April 21.
“Turnout at The Botanist locations in Williamstown and Egg Harbor Township during New Jersey’s adult-use opening was above and beyond our expectations, with customers forming lines around the block,” Ali said. “Even with the long lines, our commitment to our patients and customers is—and will continue to be—paramount. Our staff takes extra time and care to ensure every guest has their questions answered and needs met, when they visit our stores.”
Acreage’s retail teams allegedly recorded a combined 257 transactions to adult-use customers during medical hours on the first day at their Egg Harbor and Williamstown locations, according to the CRC citations.
“The staff’s attentiveness led to some adult-use customers remaining in-store for a limited time after our dedicated patient-only hours began,” Ali said. “The Botanist was among the inaugural group of cannabis operators permitted to commence adult-use sales in New Jersey. There are hurdles and challenges in being first, but The Botanist is committed to progressing our industry positively, remains focused on keeping patient-only hours exclusive to patients and remains committed to maintaining the best processes during the industry’s transition, which will satisfy the state, our patients and adult-use customers.”
Spokespeople from Verano, Green Thumb Industries (GTI) and Ascend Wellness did not respond to CBT requests for comment at the time this article was first published.
Verano opened its Zen Leaf dispensaries in Elizabeth and Lawrence Township (Central Jersey) to adult-use customers on April 21. In North Jersey, GTI’s RISE dispensaries in Bloomfield and Paterson, and Ascend’s location in Rochelle Park also did.
While CRC officials required existing medical retailers to ensure they’d provide at least 14 patient-only hours per week before approving them for expanded adult-use operations, regulators also considered exclusive parking options and point-of-sale systems for patients, express access so patients don’t have to wait in long lines, and the ability for patients to reserve products ahead of time.
In addition to the original seven companies that expanded their operations at 12 stores on launch day, Miami-based MSO Ayr Wellness opened three Central Jersey dispensaries in Woodbridge, Union and Eatontown to adult-use customers on June 15.
While 16 of New Jersey’s 24 medical cannabis retail locations have now expanded to serving adult-use customers, as of June 24, additional adult-use retail licenses will be awarded to those without existing medical operations. CRC officials began accepting applications for those potential operators on March 15 and received 232 submissions in the first three days.
Those applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis without a limit yet established for adult-use retail licenses in the state.
Cannabidiol (CBD) products used for medicinal purposes have grown in popularity for several years. Several CBD supplements have been created with varying levels of success. They are generally used for chronic pain, stress, and anxiety. Condor CBD gummies are one of the most popular hemp supplements. This review examines how the products work by detailing the ingredients, highlighting some concerns, and sharing the user ratings and reviews.
Overview of Condor CBD Gummies
Chronic pain is often hard to manage and leads to a life of suffering for many. It is also common for some patients to be resistant to common stress medication. CBD products have been found to act on various biological processes in the body to help improve overall health. It is claimed that the chewies are more effective when consumed on a more regular basis. They may help speed up healing and boost the body’s recovery process.
Condor CBD Gummies contain hemp CBD which is a non-psychoactive form of CBD. The full-spectrum CBD extract is collected from fresh hemp extract to ensure the highest quality. You may use the supplement to help reduce pain or inflammation while helping to boost your overall health.
How Condor CBD Gummies Work
Condor CBD Gummies should be consumed according to the directions on the bottle. Once you take the gummies, it takes about a minute for the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream and flood your system. The active ingredients work on the neurotransmitters to stop pain, combat anxiety, promote a healthy balance, or enable a goodnight’s sleep.
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is responsible for regulating many physiological functions. Endocannabinoids are chemicals produced by our bodies that are responsible for keeping us feeling relaxed and calm. When we are stressed or anxious, the endocannabinoid levels go low, leading to inflammation or pain. Condor CBD gummies are designed to boost the cannabinoids in the body to get you back in shape quickly.
Condor CBD mainly consists of CBD oil mixed with other natural products that make it easy to use. The main product in the supplement are :
CBD oil – CBD oils are products of cannabis plants such as marijuana and hemp. Generally, CBD oil does not contain any psychoactive element; even when obtained from the marijuana plant, that contains more THC compared to hemp. All the CBD oil in Condor CBD is from fresh hemp. CBD oils affect the endocannabinoid system and are used in multiple treatments to reduce pain by regulating stress hormones, blood sugar, cholesterol, and other factors.
Coconut Oil is a common edible oil derived from the coconut palm tree. It has many domestic uses in cooking, grooming, and health. The oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that may help improve metabolism and prevent dehydration.
Sweetener and Flavors – Condor CBD gummies have been optimized for chewing with multiple tastes and flavors, so you can easily choose what works for you. The sweetener helps to remove the sour taste and makes the chewable easy to eat. Familiar flavors are blue raspberry, and orange.
User Review and Ratings
The true impact of any product is its effect on its customers. The science may check out, but the product flopped in the customer market. Condor CBD gummies have shown to be very effective, with many customers praising the gummies for helping them with several ailments.
Customer reviews and ratings are very positive across multiple platforms. Some praise the oils used as very high quality. But to address the crux of the matter, most clients believe that the product has helped them alleviate a lot of pain. Some have even completely replaced prescription drugs with gummies. It is surprising to many new customers that the product doesn’t get them high.
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The need to eliminate pain and stress is vital. Condor CBD oil is an excellent option for those who’ve been suffering for a long time with no end in sight. The gummies work fast to eliminate pain and have no reported side effects. More people should try the gummies, especially those suffering from chronic illnesses. Visit the official website to order your bottle of Condor CBD Gummies today!
Many people all over the world share a common struggle with anxiety, stress, and/or depression. The good news is that there are more options available than prescription medications to help calm down and handle the tough issues that stem from these health conditions. While some look to different holistic supplements, others have found a lot of success through the regular use of CBD products. Our extensive guide will give you insight about anxiety, stress, and depression as well as lead you in the right direction towards choosing top-quality CBD oil from a trusted, respected, and reputable brand.
Anxiety, depression, and stress can sometimes feel unmanageable. Sadly, those who struggle with anxiety and depression often say that they feel it’s frustrating, debilitating, and painful at certain times in their lives. According to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation anxiety disorders like PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder have genetic and environmental factors involved in them. Some of those factors include:
Being exposed to high-stress circumstances as an adult or a child
Family history of anxiety disorders
Social anxiety, extreme shyness, or other childhood behavioral issues
Becoming a widow or widower
Going through a difficult divorce
Elevated cortisol levels
And just like any other illness, anxiety disorders can also get increasingly worse over time if proper treatment isn’t sought out. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that if left untreated, anxiety disorders can negatively impact relationships, job performance, social interactions at work or school, and many other aspects of life. Interestingly, anxiety and depression have a lot of symptoms in common. Some shared traits both include:
Feeling sad, hopeless, or empty
Extreme irritation over small issues
Outbursts of anger
Loss of energy or feeling constantly fatigued
Lack of appetite
Having a hard time concentrating
Increase in weight
Increased food cravings
Lack of interest in things or activities that you once found pleasurable
Physical pain that cannot be explained
Feelings of worthlessness
According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is categorized as a mood disorder that causes intense feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in daily routine activities. Typically, those who are diagnosed with depression experience disruptions in their lives because of emotional and/or physical issues. Some of the most common treatments for anxiety and depression include talk therapy and prescription medication. However, thanks to CBD’s rise in popularity, more anxiety and depression sufferers are turning towards CBD products to help them manage their symptoms.
Today, people in search of a more natural approach to treating anxiety and depression are turning towards CBD’s healing benefits thanks to a wealth of research studies that have been conducted throughout recent years. In one study, scientists discovered that CBD can help alleviate depression, sleep and insomnia issues, anxiety, and other health conditions that cause pain. Our guide to the best CBD oil for anxiety and depression, written in conjunction with The CBD Break, will explore various types of anxiety and depression and how CBD oil can help improve the symptoms that stem from those conditions. We’ll also give readers our top 15 choices for the best CBD brands for anxiety and depression so they can take the guesswork out of finding the best CBD oil for their particular health needs.
Top 15 CBD Oils for Anxiety and Depression in 2022
We put a lot of time and effort into selecting our top 15 brands. We wanted to make absolutely sure that our readers were able to choose products from the best brands in the industry. To that end, these top 15 brands measured up to our high standards.
How We Came up With the Brands of CBD Oils for Anxiety & Depression
Before we wrote our article, we looked closely at some of the strongest CBD oil brands in the industry. Because CBD skyrocketed in popularity over time, our list quickly became much too long. We then took each brand apart by examining verified customer reviews, where the brand sourced its hemp from, how the brands created their products, if they used an independent third-party lab to routinely test products for potency and purity, and if the brands practiced transparency by publishing those lab reports on their websites or by finding other ways to get lab reports into customers’ hands.
This helped us cut down our list of brands even further until only a small handful remained that measured up to our high standards. We next whittled the list down even more until we were only left with our top ten brands that are presented further down in our guide. Lastly, the information in our article is also drawn from respected CBD journalists, industry experts, and verified CBD users.
When we looked at specific CBD oil brands, we focused closely on:
How effective each brand was at calming anxiety, sleep issues, pain, depression, and other tough conditions.
Do the brand’s products meet FDA guidelines?
Does the brand sell full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate products?
Are the THC levels in the brand’s products 0.3% or less in accordance with federal law?
Are the usage and dosage instructions on products clear?
Overall brand reputation.
Is the information that the brand puts before the public truthful?
After we examined all of these factors, we finally were able to settle on our top ten CBD oil brands for anxiety.
Best CBD Oil for Anxiety, Stress, and Depression in 2022
Since 2017, the team at FAB CBD has been hard at work bringing customers top-quality, clean, innovative CBD products. In fact, the brand has effective and exceptional CBD oils for anxiety. The team at FAB CBD has many years of experience in the health and wellness industries, which is one of the many reasons why the brand is so successful.
The brand’s mission has always been to create the cleanest, most effective CBD products so that customers can live a preventative wellness lifestyle. To this day, the brand has never diverted from its high set of standards when it comes to crafting its award-winning CBD products. FAB CBD sells full-spectrum oils in an array of strengths and palate-pleasing natural flavors. The brand also produces a topical CBD cream, full-spectrum CBD body salve, “Anytime” CBD gummies, “Nighttime” PM CBD Chews, 2400mg CBD+CBG oil, Calm & Cool Crunchy CBD Dog Treats, and a line of non-CBD green superfoods.
All of FAB CBD’s hemp is organic and grown and harvested in Colorado. The brand also uses the industry-preferred CO2 extraction process to obtain all of its clean and potent hemp extracts. This process ensures that all of the extracts are pure and free from harmful impurities. Every one of FAB CBD’s products is packed with beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients.
FAB CBD was the clear choice for our number one brand pick for the best CBD oil for anxiety and depression because:
Top-Notch CBD Oils: FAB CBD has an exceptional line of full-spectrum CBD oils in strengths of 300mg, 600mg, 1200mg, and 2400mg and in smooth, refreshing, bright flavors of vanilla, mint, citrus, berry, and natural.
Product Offerings: Along with the brand’s best full-spectrum oils, FAB CBD also offers a topical CBD cream, full-spectrum body salve, CBD+CBG oil, daytime gummies, nighttime gummies, CBD dog treats, and a line of CBD-free vegan green superfoods. If CBD oil isn’t what you’re looking for, then one of FAB CBD’s other amazing products just might do the trick.
Hemp Sourced in the USA: All of the organic hemp that FAB CBD uses in the creation of its high-quality products comes from Colorado. The hemp is grown and harvested using state-of-the-art growing and cloning equipment. This ensures that all of the brand’s hemp is clean, potent, and free of harmful pesticides, herbicides, and other dangerous chemicals.
Independent Third-Party Lab Testing: Every product that FAB CBD creates is routinely tested by ProVerde Labs, an independent third-party lab. The brand also cares about transparency. To that end, FAB CBD publishes each lab report on its website where customers can easily find them.
30-Day, Money-Back Guarantee: FAB CBD is a wonderful brand for first-time CBD buyers to go with. Each one of the brand’s products comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. So, trying CBD and finding the right type of product for your unique health and wellness needs has never been easier.
Wide array of full-spectrum oils in a variety of strengths and flavors
Top-notch, caring, knowledgeable customer service department
All products regularly tested by an independent lab
Fast and secure shipping
Free shipping on all orders over $89
No auto-ship or subscription options
No international shipping offered
NuLeaf Naturals was first founded by a group of people who were passionate about plant medicine. The brand’s vision is to blaze a path for wellness through the creation of top-notch CBD products. NuLeaf Naturals began in 2014 and has always been committed to creating the best quality CBD products in the most potent and pure forms. All of the brand’s full-spectrum products are free from herbicides, pesticides, and other harmful additives.
NuLeaf Naturals is GMP certified (Good Manufacturing Practices certified) and ISO-compliant (International Organization for Standardization-compliant). The brand’s full-spectrum oils come in 300mg, 600mg, 1200mg, and 3000mg strengths. All the CBD oils contain full-spectrum cannabinoids and are regularly lab tested. The oils, which contain 100 percent natural ingredients, were extracted using the industry-preferred CO2 extraction process.
Clean Farming Practices: NuLeaf Naturals uses sustainable and organic farming methods to cultivate its Colorado-grown hemp.
Clean Products: The brand’s full-spectrum oils are GMO-free, and do not contain any pesticides or artificial flavors. NuLeaf Naturals also uses the clean CO2 extraction process to obtain its extracts.
Quality-Focused: In order to ensure that the quality of its products meets and exceeds standards, the brand’s production lab is registered with the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and is inspected by the Colorado State Department of Public Health and Environment. All products are then tested by third-party labs to make sure that they are free from pesticides, fungicides, and heavy metals.
NuLeaf Naturals is involved in product creation from seed to sale
Offers a money-back guarantee on products
Organic hemp sources that are sustainably farmed
No flavor options for oils
No CBD isolate options
Limited product selection
A group of friends from Colorado founded CBDistillery in 2016 as a way to combat poor-quality CBD brands that were overtaking the industry. The brand is one of the fastest-growing, most affordable brands in today’s CBD industry. Since its inception, CBDistillery has been on a mission to educate customers around the world about the benefits of CBD using its strong social media presence. The brand offers a unique line of products that include full-spectrum oils, CBD isolate powder, CBD soft gels, topicals, gummies, and CBD pet products.
CBDistillery creates a wide array of CBD tincture options in a nice selection of strengths and sizes. Customers can choose from full-spectrum and broad-spectrum oils that come in concentrations of 500mg, 1000mg, 2500mg, and a 5000 mg of CBD that only comes in a full-spectrum variety. The high potency CBD extracts appear to only come in unflavored options, which explains why some customers report that they dislike the oil’s earthy hemp flavor.
Organic Hemp Sources: All of the brand’s hemp oil comes directly from Colorado and is organic. CBDistillery is also certified through the US Hemp Authority Certification Program. The brand has a strong belief in transparency and is involved in all product creation from seed to sale.
Belief in Transparency: CBDistillery uses an independent lab to routinely test all of its products. Those reports are then published on the CBDistillery website where customers can easily find them. Customers can also scan the QR codes on product boxes to see lab reports. The brand also has a highly responsive customer service department to answer any and all customer questions and concerns.
Clean Products: All products are free from pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals, and other dangerous contaminants. CBDistillery is GMP-, U.S. Hemp Authority-, ISO- and GRAS-certified.
Large product selection
Affordable product prices
Cost-saving programs for veterans, the disabled, and low-income individuals
Independent third-party lab testing
Free shipping on all orders
60-day, money-back guarantee
Unflavored CBD Oil tinctures have a hempy flavor that some customers find unappealing
Uses ethanol extraction process over CO2 extraction
Joy Organics is a compassionate, highly reputable brand that cares deeply about integrity and excellence in product creation. The brand’s mission is to create high-quality CBD products using innovation and a superior level of customer service. Ever since its inception, Joy Organics has been dedicated to product quality. The brand’s customer service department is modeled after CEO and Co-Founder Joy Smith’s own personal experience with CBD. Smith, a mom, grandma, and humanitarian, has always made it her mission to bring comfort and compassion to everyone.
Smith journeyed through her own health and sleep struggles throughout her life and started looking for natural remedies for her body after traditional means failed her. Her son urged her to try CBD products, and though she went through quite a few different brands, only a few of them actually worked for her. She used this experience to found Joy Organics. To this day, her brand has been one of the top brands in the industry because of its strong manufacturing, testing, and quality control standards.
High Standards: Joy Organics creates effective products that are regularly tested by an independent third-party laboratory. All of the products are organic, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and devoid of harsh chemicals or metals. Joy Organics sources its hemp from USDA-Certified farms. Every one of the brand’s products is Farm Bill compliant, which means they are all hemp-derived and contain 0.3% or less THC. The brand also uses the industry-preferred CO2 extraction method.
Interesting CBD Oil Flavor Selection: Joy Organics’ oils come in an interesting array of flavors like Tranquil Mint, Unflavored, Summer Lemon, Orange Bliss, Tropical Sunrise, and Fresh Lime. The strengths include 450mg, 900mg, 1350mg. And 2250mg. All oils come in either full-spectrum or broad-spectrum varieties.
Lab Testing and Transparency: All of the third-party lab reports can be easily found on the Joy Organics website.
Affordable Products and Fair Policies: The brand’s products are affordable. Joy Organics also partners with non-government organizations and donates a portion of its sales to charity. Free shipping is available, and there is no minimum order amount required. The brand offers both standard delivery and expedited shipping. Lastly, Joy Organics offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee and provides an additional 15-day grace period for all refund claims.
Uses an independent third-party lab to regularly test products
Products have an 18-month shelf life
The brand’s hemp selection and extraction process are clearly explained
All products are created from organic hemp grown in the USA
Wide product variety
International shipping is not offered
Not every product is vegan
Since 2013, everyone who works at Green Roads has been on a mission to help people become the healthiest they have ever been. Green Roads was founded by a pharmacist who created unique product formulations. Each product was specifically designed with busy, stressful customers’ lives in mind. Every lab-certified product has won awards and verified positive reviews from customers. Green Roads employs three full-time pharmacists who oversee product development and manufacturing. All products are routinely tested by an ISO-certified external lab for strength, purity, and quality. Customers can see lab reports by scanning the QR codes on product packages.
The brand offers a strong line of full-spectrum and broad-spectrum products. Green Roads’ CBD oils come in a 25mg daily dose, 300mg, 750mg, and 1500mg strengths. Flavor options for the oils are Mint Breeze and Apple Kiwi. Even though the daily dose is convenient, it is still priced expensively. All oils are gluten-free and vegan-friendly.
Lots of Options: The brand has an interesting product selection. Full-spectrum, broad-spectrum CBD, and THC-free CBD isolate varieties are offered. Free shipping is also available for all products.
Special Programs Available: Green Roads offers discounts to military personnel and first responders. The brand also offers generous discounts and rewards and referral programs because it is committed to making CBD more accessible to everyone.
Pharmacist-Formulated Products: All products are formulated by a team of licensed pharmacists. The award-winning products have even been recognized by the Cannabis Business Awards in 2018 and 2019.
Uses CO2 extraction process to ensure products are clean
Wide array of products
Offers gifts and bundle options
Product prices are fairly expensive
Only ships to the USA
Limited CBD strength range
Lack of information on hemp sources
Batch CBD pairs its organic hemp extracts with functional botanical ingredients that help its customers to feel their very best. The brand’s founders were born and raised in Wisconsin and have a strong conviction for transparency. Interestingly, the brand also offers tours of its lab if customers call ahead and request them. Batch CBD handcrafts its products batch by batch, and its operations are all in one location in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In creating its products, the brand likes to keep ingredients to a minimum while focusing on science and function. The team’s founders grew up together in Milwaukee and began cultivating their entrepreneurial desires while they were roommates in college. They have combined degrees in chemical engineering and business.
Wisconsin Hemp Sources: The brand uses organic hemp that’s grown and hand-harvested by family farmers in Wisconsin through the Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program.
Transparent, Clean, and Caring: All of the ingredients in Batch’s products are organic. Moreover, the brand uses the industry-preferred CO2 extraction process to obtain all of its products. Lastly, all products are routinely tested by an independent third-party laboratory.
A Wealth of CBD Oil Options: The brand makes full-spectrum CBD oil in a unique line of blends that include Dream CBD Oil Tincture, Calm CBD Oil Tincture, Gold Reserve Blend, Original CBD Oil Tincture, and Clarity CBD Oil Tincture. The Dream CBD Oil, Clarity CBD Oil, and Calm CBD Oil tinctures come in strengths of 1000mg and 3000mg, the Gold Reserve comes in 4000mg strength, and the brand’s Original CBD Oil Tincture comes in 500mg, 1000mg, 2000mg, and 3000mg potencies.
Unique line of CBD oil tinctures in natural flavors and strengths
Difficult to find the third-party lab reports
Premium Jane has worked for a number of years to educate customers on the benefits of the hemp plant. The brand, that’s located in Scottsdale, Arizona, creates affordable, organic products that customers enjoy. Premium Jane uses knowledge, science, innovation, and passion to make its products. Along with high-grade material, the brand also has agricultural experts, chemists, biologists, and marketing developers on staff.
Local Hemp Sources: All of Premium Jane’s hemp is grown in Kentucky on regulated farms.
Strong Reputation: The brand has a solid reputation for being extremely transparent. All of its products are regularly tested by an independent third-party lab.
Clean and Strong Products: Premium Jane creates full-spectrum CBD oils that come in 300mg, 600mg, and 1000mg strengths in natural flavors like Natural, Peach Nectar, Lemon Lime, and Mint Chocolate. All of the brand’s extracts are obtained using the industry-preferred, clean CO2 extraction process.
Lots of flavor varieties in the brand’s CBD oil
CBD oil strengths are limited to only three potencies
Populum focuses on crafting potent and pure CBD in an ethical and honest way. All of the brand’s products are created in the United States and are made using a proprietary formula of full-spectrum hemp extracts. Every product that Populm makes is vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. Since 2016, the brand has been creating high-quality products that customers love in a transparent way.
Natural Ingredients: All of Populum’s full-spectrum hemp is non-GMO and grown in Colorado. The brand’s products contain natural ingredients that include grapeseed oil, MCT oil, hemp seed oil, natural flavors, beneficial terpenes, and cold-pressed orange oil. Hemp Source — Non-GMO, Colorado-grown hemp
Large Potency Choices: Even though Populum’s oils only come in a natural orange flavor, they do come in a wide array of potencies that include 250mg, 500mg, 1000mg, and 2000mg strengths.
Strong Belief in Transparency: Populum strongly believes in being transparent with its customers. To that end, all of its products are thoroughly and regularly tested by an independent third-party lab.
All products tested by a third-party lab
Free shipping on all orders.
Ethanol extraction process
CBD oils only come in natural orange flavor
Everyone at MedTerra believes that the cannabis plant holds tremendous healing powers. In fact, the brand was founded by a group of people who were passionate about CBD. Everyone who works for MedTerra does everything they can to make sure that all people have access to CBD products regardless of financial status. In order to show customers that they believe in transparency and being accountable for the products they make, the MedTerra team is involved from seed to sale in the entire product creation process.
Natural, Full-Spectrum CBD Oils: MedTerra’s full-spectrum CBD Oil Hemp Drops come in 750mg, 1500mg, 3000mg, and 6000mg strengths. The oils also come in interesting flavors like Citrus and Chocolate Mint. All of the brand’s extracts are obtained through the clean CO2 extraction process. As far as additional ingredients, MedTerra’s oils contain MCT oil, natural flavors, and stevia extract.
Clean Hemp Sources: MedTerra sources all of its hemp from Kentucky. The brand’s hemp is free from herbicides, pesticides, and other harmful chemicals and is also non-GMO. Each product that’s made from hemp is tested by an independent third-party lab.
Team of Experts: MedTerra spares no expense to create some of the cleanest, most potent CBD products in the industry. In fact, the brand employs experts in vegetable genetics, quality control, food-grade compound extraction, and best hemp farming practices.
A large array of CBD oil potencies
Reward and assistance programs are available
Limited flavor options available
Lazarus Naturals was founded on the belief that CBD can positively impact people’s lives through the cannabinoid’s many documented benefits. The brand works hard to keep its products priced affordably so that customers from all walks of life can have access to them. Lazarus Naturals also offers a 60 percent discount to veterans, active military personnel, people on long-term disability, low-income individuals, first responders, nurses, medical providers, social workers, caretakers, teachers, students, and non-profit groups and organizations.
Lazarus Naturals was founded in Washington in 2014 by Sequoia Price-Lazarus. Ever since its founding, the brand has been 100 percent owned by its employees. To that end, those who work for the brand are also wholeheartedly invested in the products they sell. The brand creates CBD oils in flavors of Classic, Yuzu, French Vanilla Mocha, and Chocolate Mint in potencies of 600mg, 1200mg, and 2400mg. For those who are not familiar with Yuzu, it is an East Asian citrus fruit. The brand also offers CBD isolate oils in flavors of Blood Orange, Unflavored, Mango Pineapple, Yuzu, and Winter Mint, in strengths of 750mg, 1500mg, and 3000mg.
Source of Hemp: The brand sources all of its hemp from its own Central Oregon farm. All of the hemp from that farm and any hemp gathered from neighboring farms are certified by the Oregon Department of Agriculture Hemp Research Pilot Program.
Strong Product Selection: Lazarus Naturals crafts a wide array of products including capsules, CBD isolate oils, full-spectrum CBD tinctures, capsules, pet products, balms, and lotions.
Independent Lab Testing: All of the brand’s products are regularly tested by an in-house third-party laboratory.
Discounts for veterans, disabled individuals, low-income households, and other groups
Uses an in-house lab and a third-party lab to test all of its products
Involved seed to sale in the product creation process
Does not offer international shipping
Some customers don’t like the earthy taste of the brand’s CBD tinctures
Hemp Bombs, located in Tampa, Florida, was founded in 2016. The brand’s mission is to make high-quality CBD products from the best industrial hemp. Hemp Bombs crafts broad-spectrum and CBD isolate products like CBD oils, capsules, topical products, and gummies. In creating its line of products, the brand wanted to ensure that its customers had a large variety to choose from.
Unique Hemp Sources: The brand obtains all of its organic hemp from European farms. The oils made from that hemp are full-spectrum and come in a line of strengths and interesting flavors.
Interesting Flavor Options: Hemp Bombs’ full-spectrum oils come in interesting flavors like Acai Berry, Chocolate Mint, Orange Creamsicle, Peppermint, Watermelon, and Natural Hemp. The strength of the oils ranges from 300mg to 750mg, 1500mg, 3000mg, and 5000mg potencies.
High-Quality Ingredients: The brand uses premium, raw CBD to craft its products. All of the CBD comes with a certificate analysis that the brand publishes on its website. If the test results do not measure up to the brand’s standards, then the Hemp Bombs team will not use that particular batch. The brand uses other high-quality ingredients in its products like grapeseed oil, White Willow Bark, and L-Theanine
CBD oils come in many strengths and flavors
Does not have any full-spectrum CBD options
Cheef Botanicals was founded by health-conscious cannabis lovers who had many years of organic food industry experience. The brand works with Colorado hemp farms to craft its top-quality CBD products. The brand was created because the owners felt there was a definite lack of health-conscious, plant-based cannabis products in the state of California. Cheef Botanicals creates a line of plant-based, unique, organic products that contain vegan ingredients. All of Cheef Botanicals’ products are non-GMO, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and dairy-free. All of the products are free from artificial flavors and colors. The brand also offers a 30-day, money-back guarantee.
The brand’s tinctures are made from 100 percent natural ingredients. Its products are also free from additives or preservatives. Cheef Botanicals offers four different full-spectrum potencies ranging from 300mg to 3000mg strengths. The brand offers a wide array of products at extremely affordable prices.
Transparency and Quality: The brand partners with organic hemp farms in Colorado. Cheef Botanicals creates a unique line of high-grade, clean CBD products that are free from artificial colors and flavors.
Third-Party Lab Testing: All products are regularly tested by an independent third-party lab. Those in-depth reports are then published on the brand’s website where customers can easily find them.
Affordable Prices: All products are affordably priced. Many customers commented that the quality of the products exceeded the prices that they paid.
A wide array of products
Verified positive customer reviews
The brand offers a 100 percent, money-back guarantee
Bundle & Save and Subscribe & Save options
Pleasant CBD oil flavor choices
There are no third-party tests for contaminants
Cheef Botanicals does not support any charities
The brand doesn’t offer any assistance programs
cbdMD creates an extensive line of products for its customers. Some of these products include bath bombs, CBD oil tinctures, sprays, topicals, CBD oil for pets, gummies, and much more. The brand believes in transparency and cares deeply about the respect, loyalty, and trust of its customers. To that end, everyone at cbdMD feels that CBD should be accessible to everyone, therefore, the brand prices its products to be both affordable and competitive.
Clean Production Process: cbdMD sources its hemp from farms throughout the United States. The brand makes broad-spectrum oil in a nice selection of potencies and flavors. In order to obtain all of its CBD extracts, cbdMD uses the industry-preferred CO2 extraction process.
Transparency: All products are tested by an ISO-certified independent laboratory. Those results are then made easy for customers to find.
Strong Selection of CBD Oil: The brand crafts broad spectrum oils in flavors of natural, berry, orange, and mint in strengths of 300mg, 750mg, 1000mg, 1500mg, 3000mg, and 5000mg.
Lots of product variety to offer customers
The large product variety can be overwhelming to new CBD users
PlusCBD cares about the health of its customers, and therefore, has been working to make products that customers can use to help support their wellness. PlusCBD believes in hemp’s healing power, in being transparent, and in producing potent and affordable products. The brand’s founders believe that mental and physical health are important. PlusCBD adheres to its long-standing values of trust, integrity, top-notch customer service, and creating products that are backed by science and nature.
Thoughtful Product Creation: PlusCBD uses European agricultural hemp that’s grown from EU-certified seeds to make full-spectrum CBD oils in a strong array of strength and flavors. The brand also uses the CO2 extraction process to obtain its extracts. Finally, all products are tested by a third-party lab for potency and purity.
Interesting Product Selection: PlusCBD makes full-spectrum CBD Drops in strengths of 250mg, 500mg, 750mg, 1500mg, and 3000mg, in flavors of Dark Chocolate Mint, Lemon Ginger, unflavored, Peppermint, and Unsweetened Original.
Strong Values: The brand treats every customer with courtesy and respect and is honest and open with all of its customers, employees, vendors, distributors, competitors, and the community. PlusCBD uses science and nature to craft potent products that are safe for customers to use every day.
Line of full-spectrum oils that come in a variety of flavors and potencies
The brand does not supply detailed information on where their hemp plant is sourced over in Europe
CBDPure has been creating quality CBD products since 2016. The brand’s mission is to make top-notch products that are tested by a third-party lab for potency and purity. All products come with a 90-day, money-back guarantee. The brand makes full-spectrum oils that are potent and clean of dangerous chemicals. CBDPure’s hemp is regularly tested for pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals, and other unwanted chemicals. Even though the brand doesn’t offer any flavor options, CBDPure still has a strong line of oil potencies for customers to choose from.
Top-Notch Product Production: CBDPure uses organic and non-GMO hemp from Colorado and Washington. The brand’s full-spectrum oil is unflavored but comes in an array of strengths. CBDPure uses CO2 extraction to obtain clean and potent hemp extracts, and then all products are tested by an independent lab for purity and potency.
Solid Strengths: The brand’s full-spectrum oils come in 300mg, 600mg, and 1000mg strengths.
Nice Incentives: CBDPure offers customers a 90-day, money-back guarantee on all of its products. The brand also offers international shipping for orders going outside of the United States.
CBDPure offers customers different CBD oil strengths to choose from
The brand’s CBD oils do not come in any flavor options
What is Anxiety Disorder Anyway?
There are many different types of anxiety disorders. Some of the most common kinds of anxiety disorders include panic attacks, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. People who have been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder typically are plagued with constant worry for long periods of time about various things such as work, social interactions, daily happenings, health, and other issues.
Common symptoms that stem from generalized anxiety disorder are:
Excessive muscle tension
Sleep disturbances that include insomnia, restlessness, and sleep that isn’t refreshing or restorative
There are also different symptoms that come with other types of anxiety disorders. For example, if someone has been diagnosed with panic disorder, they may struggle with the immediate onset of panic attacks that bring about feelings of intense fear. The attacks are sometimes triggered by situations or objects with heavy meanings attached to them. Sometimes people who are diagnosed with panic disorders also experience heart palpitations, shortness of breath, trembling, shaking, feelings of impending doom, or feeling as though they’re losing control.
Lastly, some individuals with panic disorders have an intense desire to stay away from specific objects or social situations. Their perceived fears and aversions always tend to feel extremely overblown when compared to the danger caused by an actual situation or object. Specific phobia-related anxiety disorders include agoraphobia, separation anxiety disorder, selective mutism, and social anxiety disorder.
Commonly, phobias can also include a fear of:
Insects or animals
A Word About Major Depressive Disorder
People who have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder typically feel great sadness, hopelessness, or worthlessness. They sometimes have a difficult time finding joy in their everyday lives and in activities like sports, work, or hobbies. Medical experts say that the signs and symptoms of major depressive disorder are strong enough to make a noticeable difference in the way that people function in activities such as work, social relationships, school, sports, or social activities and events.
In older adults, depression shows itself as:
Loss of appetite
Weight loss or weight gain
Suicidal thoughts or feelings
Decreased interest in sex
Prescription medications and talk therapy have been common forms of treatment for major depressive disorders. However, positive scientific studies are showing that CBD may exhibit anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects in animal models. Therefore, it makes sense that CBD can be a valid form of treatment in the fight against both anxiety and major depressive disorder.
Research on CBD and Anxiety
According to a 2015 review, CBD helps anxiety by interacting with the CB1R, or cannabinoid type 1 receptor, the serotonin 5-HT1A receptor, and other receptors located in the brain that work to regulate fear and other behaviors caused by anxiety. The review’s authors also found that CBD is an effective treatment for many other anxiety disorders including:
Generalized anxiety disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Social anxiety disorder
In an article written in 2020, the authors closely looked at eight studies that investigated CBD’s role in the treatment of different anxiety disorder types. In reviewing the studies, the authors found proof that supported CBD’s effective use in the treatment — whether as a sole treatment or a complementary therapy — of social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. The authors also discovered that there was much variation in the doses that were used to treat these anxiety disorders. This also proved that everyone’s body is different and that a dose of CBD that works best for one person might not work that great for someone else.
What to Look for When Choosing CBD for Anxiety
In choosing CBD oil for anxiety, you should be looking for clean and potent oil from a reputable brand. Also, stronger potencies tend to help with tougher health issues. For example, you’ll want to choose 1200mg or 2400mg or stronger for anxiety, stress, and depression. In searching for a top-quality CBD oil, you’ll want to take some time to research both the product and the brand. Look for clean hemp that’s sourced from within the United States, look to see that all products are tested by an independent lab, look at the extraction process, and read any and all lab reports and verified customer reviews.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is what’s made when phytonutrients, cannabinoids, and terpenes are extracted from the cannabis plant and are mixed together with a carrier oil like MCT oil. Depending on what you’re looking for, you can buy CBD oil in full-spectrum, broad-spectrum, or CBD isolate varieties. Full-spectrum oils contain all of the phytonutrients, terpenes, and cannabinoids in the hemp plant. Broad-spectrum oils are the same as full-spectrum oils, except that all of the THC has been filtered out. Lastly, CBD isolate oils contain only 99% pure CBD as the rest of the plant parts have been filtered out using a special process.
CBD Oil vs CBD Gummies: Which One is Best for Anxiety
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. At the end of the day, it all comes down to preference. Both CBD oil and CBD gummies enter the body in different ways. While CBD oil enters the bloodstream through the thin membrane under the tongue, CBD gummies must travel through the digestive tract before entering the bloodstream. As we stated earlier, there is no set dosage of CBD oil that will work best for everyone. Therefore, it takes time, patience, and consistency to find the dose of oil that will work best for your particular health and wellness needs. The dosage of CBD gummies, however, is predetermined, making dosing easier overall.
CBD oil is one of the most popular ways to consume CBD, however, some people prefer the taste and ease of CBD gummies over CBD oil. Gummies are sometimes more appetizing than oil, which can make CBD easier to take each and every day. Gummies are also a more discreet way of getting CBD into your body. Because of this, gummies can be consumed out in public without drawing attention to yourself.
The effects of CBD oil are stronger and more immediate and can be great if someone feels a panic attack coming on. Conversely, the effects of CBD gummies will last longer and feel milder because they have to travel through the digestive tract. Therefore, some people may find it helpful to take a couple of CBD gummies at the start of their day so that they can better handle the stressors of everyday life. At the end of the day, you should always choose the best product for your particular health needs.
How Does CBD Oil Help with Anxiety?
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is one of the more commonly known compounds in the cannabis plant. It will not cause feelings of euphoria like the cannabis plant’s other main compound, THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, will. A number of studies show that CBD is a strong potential treatment for various types of anxiety disorders.
How Can CBD Specifically Work to Alleviate Anxiety?
When CBD is extracted from the hemp and cannabis plants, it’s used in the creation of CBD oils, topicals, edibles, gummies, salves, and other products. CBD can be an effective treatment for anxiety disorders because it is loaded with beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients that bind to specialized endocannabinoid receptors in the brain. Within the human body, there’s an endocannabinoid system that helps bring the body back into a state of balance. When CBD is taken into the body, the cannabinoids bind with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain to help alleviate conditions like anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, and other issues. There’s also an entourage effect that happens with cannabinoids.
During the entourage effect, the cannabinoids boost each other’s positive properties while lowering their negative ones. A study conducted in 2014 found that the antidepressant effects of cannabidiol helped to calm anxiety and depression. Moreover, another study conducted in 2015 found CBD to be a solid potential treatment for different types of anxiety disorders. Some of the disorders that CBD was effective against were generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and others.
How Safe is it to Use CBD for Anxiety and Depression?
Many scientific studies are discovering that CBD oil is a safe and effective treatment for both anxiety and depression. When you think about all of the dangerous and potentially addictive prescription medications that are used to treat anxiety and depression, CBD rises to the top as one of the safest, most effective, and most natural alternative treatment methods.
If you are on prescription medication, then you might want to check with your primary care doctor or prescribing physician before beginning a CBD regimen. It’s always best to confirm any and all possible interactions of the CBD with your current prescriptions before you begin taking any CBD oil for anxiety or depression. Furthermore, if you’re taking a prescription medication with a grapefruit warning attached to it, then you should be aware that CBD can interact with that medication in very much the same way that grapefruit juice, grapefruit, or other citrus fruits can. Grapefruit juice, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits can interfere with the way the body metabolizes medications, thus allowing too much medication to enter your system. Therefore, you need to discuss adding CBD into your daily supplement regimen with your primary care doctor or prescribing physician before taking any CBD oil on your own.
CBD Oil Dosage for Anxiety
When it comes to CBD dosage, everyone’s body is different. Therefore, there is not one set dose that will work best for everyone. It takes time and patience to find the best CBD oil dose for your body and your anxiety. It’s also good to remember that the highest dose isn’t always the best dose. Typically, mid-range doses work the best. Additionally, you may have to adjust your dose or your strength over time to suit your body and your needs.
When it comes to strengths, 300mg and 600mg strengths are perfect to help support general health, while 1200mg and 2400mg strengths are great for those who are struggling with difficult health issues like anxiety and depression. Consistency is also key when it comes to taking CBD oil. You will be able to get the most benefits from your CBD oil if you take it with some food in your stomach and around the same time(s) each and every day.
How to Use CBD Oil for Anxiety
Finding the best dose for your body and your needs is not an exact science. And as we stated earlier, there’s not one perfect dose for every person. When beginning a CBD oil regimen, the best rule of thumb is to start low and go slow. If you’re new to CBD, a great method to follow is to start with a dose once a week and stay with it for seven to ten days. For example, if you’ve purchased a 600mg bottle of FAB CBD full-spectrum CBD oil, take half a dropper full once a day for about one week. This will equal 10mg of CBD oil once a day. After one week, check-in with yourself to see how your body is feeling. It’s also a perfect time to keep a symptom journal so that you can keep track of your anxiety and depression symptoms and how you are doing while on the CBD oil.
If you aren’t noticing any changes, then it’s time to move up to a half dropper full twice a day. This will now equal 20mg of CBD a day or 10mg of CBD twice a day. Stick with this dose for an additional week, making notes of your signs and symptoms. At the end of this week, do another check-in with yourself to see how you are feeling. Keep following this pattern until you have found the best dose for your body. While you are finding the right CBD oil dose, be patient. It will take time for your body to get used to both the CBD oil as well as the dose.
Other Benefits of CBD Oil
Along with anxiety and depression, CBD oil is also used for other health issues such as pain, insomnia, arthritis, and much more.
Pain: Scientific studies have shown that CBD can help reduce pain by positively interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation. Interestingly, a study performed on rats found that CBD significantly lowered both sciatic nerve pain and inflammation.
May Help Alleviate Cancer-Related Symptoms: Studies have been conducted that prove CBD can help calm side effects from cancer treatment like vomiting, pain, and nausea. One such study found that cancer patients treated with both CBD and THC experienced a significant reduction in pain. Yet another study discovered that side effects from chemotherapy — nausea and vomiting — were eased in cancer patients.
Can Have Neuroprotective Benefits: Scientists believe that CBD’s ability to positively impact the endocannabinoid system may have great benefits for those diagnosed with neurological disorders. CBD has shown great promise as a treatment for those struggling with neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. One study found that when people with epilepsy were given CBD, their seizures were reduced by 36.5 percent.
May Have Heart Health Benefits: Research studies show that CBD may be able to help lower high blood pressure. One study discovered that when nine healthy men were given one dose of 600mg CBD oil, it reduced their resting blood pressure. Likewise, these same men, when given CBD, only had a small increase in blood pressure during stress tests that normally increase blood pressure.
Can Help with Sleep Issues and Insomnia: Many issues can disrupt sleep. For example, anxiety, depression, medication, caffeine, physical conditions, and certain environmental factors such as loud noises or an uncomfortable mattress can all disturb your sleep-wake cycle. A study conducted in 2019 discovered that CBD could improve sleep while reducing anxiety. In the study, 72 subjects were given CBD each day. Within the first month, 79.2 percent reported decreased anxiety levels and 66.7 percent reported better sleep.
Can Help to Control and Alleviate Epilepsy: CBD works with the body’s endocannabinoid system to help bring it back into a state of balance. Therefore, CBD can help control and alleviate epilepsy by having a therapeutic effect on the brain, thus calming down seizure activity.
CBD is generally well tolerated and considered safe among the general population. However, there are some minor side effects associated with it.
Some of these minor side effects include:
Changes in appetite
Changes in weight
If you have any questions or concerns surrounding CBD or whether or not you should be starting a CBD regimen, then you should reach out to your primary care physician for the proper guidance.
FAQs: CBD Oil for Anxiety, Stress, and Depression
Is CBD Legal?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD is federally legal across all 50 states. However, each state may have its own laws and regulations surrounding CBD. Therefore, before you purchase any CBD oil or other CBD products, it’s best to look into your state’s legislation regarding CBD. Moreover, if you will be traveling through different states and want to take your CBD oil along with you, then you should also look into the CBD laws of the states that you’ll be traveling through.
Many people today purchase their CBD oils online. If you do the right research, you can find a wealth of reputable brands, like FAB CBD, that create top-quality, effective, potent products. While there are many wonderful CBD brands online, beware that there are also many poor ones. Therefore, it’s important to thoroughly look at a brand’s website to read any third-party lab reports and verified customer reviews. Moreover, reputable brands will be very transparent and will publish all of their third-party lab reports online and make them easy for customers to find.
Are CBD Products Safe?
If the CBD product is made by a reputable brand, is clean and potent, and is something that can be verified through an independent third-party lab report, then the products should be safe. Reputable brands care about being transparent and also want customers to know exactly what goes into the making of their products. When you cut corners by buying cheaply made products from less reputable brands, you’re taking a lot of chances. These types of products can be dangerous to your health because they may contain unwanted chemicals and harmful additives. Always go with a trusted, respected, and reputable brand when buying CBD products.
There are many different factors that go into causing anxiety. Some of them include:
Trauma either as an adult or as a child
Stress caused by an illness
Stress buildup that’s not properly handled over time
Other mental health conditions such as depression
Family history of anxiety
Drug or alcohol abuse or withdrawal
Why is CBD Oil the Best Over Other Anxiety Products?
Pharmaceutical medications come with a host of side effects — many of them severe. In fact, some of the general side effects linked to anxiety medications include drowsiness, confusion, and clumsiness. These side effects typically happen in low doses. Conversely, the side effects become more intense as the dosage of the medication gets higher. For example, one of the major long-term side effects of benzodiazepines (a common anti-anxiety medication), includes becoming overly sedated. Because this type of medication takes a long time for the body to metabolize, it can build up in your system over time. Typically, when someone is overly sedated, they feel and act as if they are inebriated. After the over-sedation wears off, it’s common for people to be left feeling hungover. In this hungover state, they can experience headaches, lethargy, and depression. When the medication is used for an extended period of time, people can experience flu-like symptoms, nausea, sleep disturbances, memory issues, emotional fog, and memory issues, among other things.
CBD oil is shown to be better than other anxiety products because the side effects from CBD are mild and relatively few. Moreover, it’s been proven that there’s no way that anyone can overdose on CBD. Natural products are a gentler and sometimes more effective way to help calm and treat tough health issues like anxiety, stress, and depression without worrying about harmful side effects and other issues that come along with taking prescription anxiety medication.
Does CBD Really Work for Anxiety and Depression?
A lot of anxiety and depression sufferers have found success through using CBD oil. A lot of people have found that their symptoms have either diminished completely or have been alleviated through regular and consistent use of CBD. In fact, scientific research has proven that CBD is effective against the symptoms of both anxiety and depression.
What Types of CBD Oil are Best for Anxiety?
As we stated earlier, higher potency oils like 1200mg, 2400mg, 3000mg, and higher are great for tougher health issues like anxiety.
How Long Does It Take for CBD Oil to Work for Anxiety?
Everyone’s body is different. Therefore, some people will feel the effects of CBD oil sooner than others. Additionally, it takes time for the CBD to build up in your system. Overall, you should start to feel some relief about an hour or two after taking the CBD oil. Over time, it may take you a month or more to feel more long-term effects. Patience, time, and consistency are key.
How Long Do the Effects of CBD Last?
Again, everyone’s body is different. Therefore, the effects of CBD will last longer for some people than others. The best way to determine how long CBD’s effects will last for you is to keep a journal to record your progress.
When is the Best Time to Take CBD for Anxiety?
Consistency is key when it comes to taking CBD. Therefore, you should try to take your CBD oil at the same time(s) each and every day. Typically, most people find success when they take their CBD first thing in the morning and again before going to bed. If you need more help, then you can always supplement with a CBD gummy in the afternoon to help get you through to the evening. The choice is yours and the possibilities are endless. This is why keeping a journal of your experience will be an extremely useful tool to help you navigate your journey while taking CBD products for your anxiety.
What is the Recommended Dose of CBD Oil for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
People who have been diagnosed with PTSD become easily overwhelmed and have a hard time coping. Researchers have found that CBD can help alleviate PTSD by:
Preventing fear memories from forming
Reducing depression and anxiety
Helping with insomnia issues
In order for CBD to be effective in the treatment of PTSD, you have to find the best dose for your body and your needs. Everyone is different, therefore, a dose that works well for one person may not work that great for someone else. The best way to find the right dose for your PTSD is to start with a small dose of oil and then gradually increase it over time. The dose of CBD depends on the product you choose, your weight, and the desired strength of your oil. Studies show that high doses of CBD ranging from 12mg to 25mg has the ability to significantly lower symptoms of anxiety. In starting low and going up slowly over time, you will eventually be able to find the ideal dose for your unique needs. It also helps to keep a journal while you’re going through this process so that you can pinpoint the exact dose when your symptoms begin to improve.
What’s the Difference Between a CBD Oil and a CBD Tincture?
Even though some brands use the terms CBD oil and CBD tincture interchangeably, they are not the same. CBD oils are typically made with CBD and a carrier oil like MCT oil. CBD tinctures are alcohol-based extracts that use high-proof alcohol as a medium to steep the cannabis plant material in.
How to Buy CBD Oil Legally?
Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil can be legally purchased throughout the United States as long as it’s hemp-based and contains 0.3% or less THC. Therefore, you can legally buy CBD products either in a brick-and-mortar location or online from a reputable brand. It’s highly recommended to purchase CBD online from a reputable brand because doing this will afford you all the time you need to perform any research you need in order to have all of your questions thoroughly answered.
What Does it Mean to Take CBD Oil for Anxiety Sublingually?
Taking CBD oil sublingually is just a fancy way of saying that you should drop the CBD oil under your tongue and hold it there for about 60-seconds before swishing it around in your mouth and swallowing it. When you hold the oil sublingually, you’re allowing all of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and phytonutrients to enter your bloodstream through the thin membranes under your tongue. The same thing happens when you swish the oil around in your mouth prior to swallowing it. You’re simply allowing the cannabinoids to enter your bloodstream through the soft tissue in your mouth.
What Determines the Quality of CBD Oil?
There are many factors that go into determining the quality of CBD oil. Some of the factors that you should look at in trying to buy a high-quality CBD oil for your anxiety or depression include:
Extraction Process: Currently, the industry-preferred extraction method is the CO2 process because it produces extracts that are potent, pure, and free from harmful chemicals.
Hemp Source: Look for brands that create their products from organic, non-GMO hemp that’s free from herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, or other chemicals.
Product Labels: All reputable brands with top-quality CBD oil have product bottles that are clear to read with instructions that are easy to understand.
Third-Party Testing: Reputable brands believe in being transparent. Part of that transparency involves having each product regularly tested by an independent third-party lab and then posting those results on their website or making them easily accessible for customers.
Certificate of Analysis and Cannabinoid Profile: All lab reports should include a certificate of analysis that lists any and all findings. Likewise, look for a cannabinoid profile report so that you can see the percentage of cannabinoids and which cannabinoids are in the extract.
THC Percentage: In order for hemp-derived CBD oil to be federally legal in the United States, it has to contain 0.3% or less THC. Anything over that amount will be illegal, unless the state has recreational or medicinal marijuana laws on its books. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is one of the main compounds in the hemp and marijuana plants that can cause feelings of euphoria if ingested in large quantities. (Well over 0.3% THC, as is found in the marijuana plant.)
Even though it can be stressful and frustrating to deal with anxiety and depression on a daily basis, the good news is that there’s hope for a natural and safe alternative treatment by way of CBD oil. To that end, many who are diagnosed with anxiety and depression are actively exploring the use of CBD as an alternative treatment against social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders, phobia disorders, major depression, generalized anxiety disorder, seasonal depression, and many others.
Positive verified customer reviews and industry expert reviews show that FAB CBD full-spectrum oils are the best when it comes to calming and controlling the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Moreover, Joy Organics, our next choice, comes in as a strong second-place brand. All of the reputable brands in our top seven brands for the best CBD oil for anxiety have clean, potent, and effective products that you’ll want to use time and again.
Additionally, the strong results from a wealth of scientific studies confirm the reasons why CBD oil can be used as a natural treatment for anxiety and depression and the difficult symptoms that they create. Due to CBD’s fast rise in popularity, the market has become inundated with brands. Therefore, it’s important that you take the time to do the research into any brand and product that you’re interested in. Remember, not all brands are created equal. Sadly, there are brands on today’s market that use substandard ingredients and whose products are laden with harmful pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and other dangerous chemicals.
When looking into CBD oil brands, you should closely examine third-party lab results, whether the products contain the legal limit of 0.3% or less THC, hemp source, verified customer reviews, the words of respected CBD journalists, and much more. If you’ve been searching for a good place to start your research, then our guide is a great place to begin. CBD oil is a fantastic option for anxiety, depression, and a host of other conditions because of its low number of mild side effects and lack of intoxicating effects. However, if you’re unsure of whether you should be adding CBD oil into your existing supplement regimen, then you should never hesitate to reach out to your primary care doctor or medical specialist.
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Rhode Island became the 19th state to legalize adult-use marijuana last month when Gov. Dan McKee put pen to paper and signed the Rhode Island Cannabis Act into law. The new law allows for 24 new retail licenses to be issued in six geographic areas of the Ocean State. Sales are expected to start as early as December 2022.
Some highlights of the legislation include:
Cannabis will be subject to a 20% tax rate, split up into the 7% sales tax, a new 10% cannabis tax and a 3% tax by the municipality where the marijuana is sold.
The bill allows for home growing, with a maximum of 6 plants (and a limit of 3 mature plants) per adult over 21.
Those 21 and older will be able to purchase and possess up to one ounce of cannabis.
Any civil violations, misdemeanors or felony convictions for cannabis possession that is now legal under the law will be expunged from court records.
Localities will be allowed to ban adult-use cannabis by way of voter ballots but cannot ban adult-use sales if the locality already allows medical cannabis sales.
Current medical dispensaries will be able to be co-located as adult-use. The state will add another 24 retail licenses, bringing total store fronts to 33.
Rhode Island aims to reserve 25% of the new retail licenses for social equity applicants, along with a portion of fees collected by the state going to a social equity fund.
The Office of Cannabis Regulation is responsible for licensing and regulatory oversight of compassion centers, cultivators and cooperative cultivations and oversight of medical marijuana plant tagging requirements. It also is responsible for licensing and regulatory oversight of industrial hemp growers and handlers and CBD consumable retailers and distributors.
As of this writing, Rhode Island issued nine licenses to sell hemp-derived consumable CBD products and five licenses to distribute hemp-derived consumable CBD products.
Rhode Island legislators legalized medical marijuana in 2006 over the veto of then Gov. Donald Carcieri, making it the 11th state to do so. TheRhode Island Department of Health Medical Marijuana Program reviews and approves patient, caregiver and authorized purchaser applications, while theDepartment of Business Regulation is responsible for the licensing and regulatory oversight of cultivators, cooperative cultivations, the state’s medical marijuana plant tracking system and compassion centers.
Under the new law, Rhode Island’s existing medical marijuana dispensaries will be able to transition to hybrid stores selling both medical and adult-use cannabis. Approved hybrid licensees could start to grow and manufacture cannabis for adult consumers starting Aug. 1.
To be approved for medical marijuana, a patient must be treated for the following conditions.
Autism spectrum disorder
Cachexia, or wasting syndrome
Cancer or cancer treatment
Glaucoma or glaucoma treatment
Hepatitis C or treatment for hepatitis C
Seizures, including but not limited to those characteristic of epilepsy
Severe, debilitating, or chronic pain
Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including, but not limited to those characteristics of multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease
Agitation related to Alzheimer’s disease
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (for patients 18 or older)
Plant Based Compassionate Care dba Sweetspot Dispensary
A compassion center license may be obtained by a not-for-profit corporation to acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, deliver, transfer, transport, supply, or dispense marijuana to registered qualifying patients and their registered primary caregivers.
The cannabis market in Rhode Island is small but expected to grow with the addition of adult-use cannabis. The following public companies have a stake in the region.
In January 4, 2019, Vireo Health, now Goodness Growth Holdings (CSE: GDNS) (OTCQX: GDNSF) completed the 100% acquisition of High Gardens, Inc., which has licenses to cultivate and distribute cannabis in the state of Rhode Island. The assets at the time consisted of the state of Rhode Island issued medical cannabis licenses according to Cannabiz.media.
In August 2021, Green Thumb Industries (CSE: GTII) (OTC: GTBIF)closed on a deal to acquire CanWell Processing and Mobley Pain Management and Wellness Center. Both companies hold stakes inSummit Medical Compassion Center, a nonprofit dispensary in Warwick, Rhode Island. “This acquisition provides immediate scale within a limited license market and sits squarely in our enter, open, scale strategy to expand access to well-being through cannabis,” said Green Thumb Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ben Kovler. Green Thumb has one of the few vertical licenses available, along with one of three current retail locations.
Ancillary company GrowGeneration(NASDAQ: GRWG), the largest chain of specialty hydroponic and organic garden centers, operates one of its 63 locations in Rhode Island. In February 2022, the company acquired the assets of Horticultural Rep Group, Inc. a specialty marketing and sales organization of horticultural products based in Ogden, Utah.
In 2021, Rhode Island’s population was about 1.1 million, so it is not expected to be a big market for cannabis. Figures for 2021 medical cannabis patient and caregiver usecan be found here. According to the May 26th Industry Update by Alliance Global Partners, the market could reach $400 million at maturity.
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In recent years, we have advised employers whose employees tested positive for marijuana, but the employee claimed that the positive test resulted from their use of legal CBD oil or related products. Some employers have explicitly warned employees about the risk of using CBD products that contain detectible amounts of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. What happens, however, when an employee claims that excusing the positive result is a required accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act?
In a recent federal district court decision in Louisiana, the judge denied the employer’s motion for summary judgment in a case in which an employee alleged that she was using CBD oil under a doctor’s prescription to treat chronic migraines. The employer terminated her employment after testing positive for THC, citing a government contract that mandated such testing. The employee claimed that excusing the positive test was a form of required accommodation under the ADA.
In her decision, the district court judge concluded that a jury should determine whether the employer should have accommodated this request. She rejected the employer’s argument that the federal government’s listing of marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance automatically removes persons who test positive from the ADA’s protections. The court also appeared to draw a distinction between CBD and THC, even if the former substance can contain trace amounts of THC.
This decision was made by a district court and does not have a binding effect on other courts or employers. If the matter goes to trial, the jury may conclude that the request to ignore the drug test result was an undue hardship on the employer under the ADA. Regardless, this decision calls into question employers’ assumption that employees who test positive for marijuana cannot claim CBD use as a legal excuse. As more cases on this issue arise, employers should modify their drug testing policies to follow the guidance provided by federal courts.