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But nor can you be assured that the very worst that CBD products can be is ineffective. The FSA recently issued new advice on CBD, saying it shouldn’t be used alongside other medication or by people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. And it went further, asking healthy adults ‘to think carefully before taking these products and to keep daily intake at or below 70mg (about 28 drops of 5% CBD) unless otherwise advised by a healthcare professional’.

‘If you’re still keen on CBD, how can you know what you’re buying is good quality?’

As well as having big hype, CBD is big business. Lured by the all-natural, side-effect-free publicity and its brilliant branding and easy availability, cannabidiol based products have been jumped upon by the turmeric latte/ avocado on toast-loving wellness crowd. It follows then, that between 2017 and 2018, the number of British users doubled to 250,000.* And by 2024, the cannabidiol ‘industry’ is forecast to be worth a staggering $2.3billion, so says QY Research, author of a report on the sector.

Another factor to consider is that CBD destabilises when it’s exposed to light or oxygen – Forbes magazine reported that CBD added to water and sold in clear bottles could actually turn out to be harmful. ‘Cannabinoids are susceptible to degradation and specifically oxidisation, which is very concerning,’ said Aras Azadian, CEO of Avicanna – a biopharmaceutical company that works with medical cannabis. ‘Some of those degradants are toxic.’

Olivia is one of a growing number of people to have fallen out of love with a product the rest of the world is furiously obsessed with. Since hitting high-street shops in 2018, cannabidiol (CBD) has been heralded as a panacea for everything from chronic pain, disrupted sleep and anxiety to eczema, acne and arthritis. Available in differing strengths, you can add a shot to coffee or juice, find it in nail polish (yes, seriously), bathe in it, use it as a sexual lubricant, buy tampons infused with it… It’s even added to dog treats for any anxious pooches out there.

If you’re still keen on CBD, how can you know what you’re buying is good quality? Ensure your product is sold in a dark, opaque container and store it upright, away from light, in a place with a stable temperature. For Amelia Baerlein, co-founder and CEO of luxury CBD producer Apothem Labs, it comes down to having the confidence to question a brand. ‘We suggest thoroughly researching the company you’re buying CBD from, reach out to their customer service and ask for their certificate of analysis for the current batch,’ she says. ‘If they can’t provide it, don’t buy from them.’

At first glance, the science seems to make sense. In these self-obsessed days of health and wellness, the chemical’s claims of ‘fixing’ the numerous non-specific maladies many feel are ignored by the modern medical establishment – problem skin, insomnia, anxiety, stress, PMS and chronic pain – are more than just attractive, they’re miraculous. When women in particular feel their worries are usually dismissed by doctors, why bother pursuing conventional treatment, when there’s a ‘natural’ product available on the high street claiming to cure your ills?

Esther Blessing is a professor and researcher at NYU who performs and reviews clinical trials on CBD’s effectiveness in treating post-traumatic stress, anxiety, substance addiction, and other conditions. Speaking about widely available and unregulated CBD oils, she says, “This is the main scam, snake oil thing going on out there now.”

CBD exists at the confluence of three huge consumer trends. The first is the herbal supplement boom, a $49 billion-a-year industry that has seen rapid expansion since about 2010. The second is the rise of the anxiety economy, in which all sorts of products, from fidget spinners to weighted blankets, are pitched as reducers of the mild panic of everyday life. And the third is the near-overnight creation of a legitimate cannabis industry, thanks to the spread of marijuana legalization.

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New York’s Hudson Hemp farm grows industrial hemp, which is used to produce CBD isolate. Jeremy Sachs Michaels/Hudson Hemp

This isn’t simply an issue of legality, but one of safety. “If you have just, say, 8 mg of THC, that’ll have an effect,” says Blessing. “That’ll get you high. That could impair driving.”

My coffee shop is not unusual in selling CBD products. In New York, and all over the country, you can find CBD oil in convenience stores, CBD vapes in smoke shops, and CBD tinctures and topical creams in beauty stores. You can buy CBD dog treats in Chicago, a $700 CBD couples massage in Philadelphia, and CBD chocolate chip cookies in Miami. CBD is also being combined with ice cream, savory snacks, and cocktails. Even Coca-Cola is reportedly working on a CBD-infused beverage.

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But he cautions that the side effects could have been because of an interaction with other medications the children were taking to control the seizures. So far, there hasn’t been a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial (the gold standard) on sleep disorders and CBD.

Is This A Scam?

Cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. THC is psychoactive, and CBD may or may not be, which is a matter of debate. THC can increase anxiety; it is not clear what effect CBD is having, if any, in reducing it. THC can lead to addiction and cravings; CBD is being studied to help those in recovery.

“Our top therapies attempt to break the association between reminders of the trauma and the fear response,” said Mallory Loflin, an assistant adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego and the study’s principal investigator. “We think that CBD, at least in animal models, can help that process happen a lot faster.” While large clinical trials are underway, psychologists say there isn’t compelling evidence yet as to whether this is a viable treatment.

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