I started taking Green Mountain capsules several months ago for anxiety. I started with two a day and have gone through at least three 30 count and 1 90-count bottle. Since ordering my last bottle I've had a strange heart rhythm after taking a capsule. It's not really faster, but some beats are harder and some are lighter. And the harder beats I can feel from my abdomen through my neck and shoulder. Not pain, just a strong beat.
At first I didn't equate it with the CBD, so I'm not sure if it started at the same time I started my latest bottle. And I'm not really sure it's the CBD so I'm asking if anyone has experienced similar, or knows if CBD can have this effect.
I began to equate the problem with CBD when I forgot to take it for a couple of days and the heart feeling went away, then started again immediately after taking the capsule. That's another thing, too. Previously, I would never have forgotten a dose, because it was really helping, to the point where I would know when it was wearing off. Now, there isn't a whole lot of difference whether I take it or not, other than the weird heart beat problem. I've cut down to one capsule every couple of days, just so the heart thing isn't constant.
The safest way to take CBD is orally, as a tablet, chewable, or tincture (a concentrated liquid typically administered with a dropper). Steer clear of any illegally sold synthetic CBD products, sometimes called “spice” or “bath salts.” These products have induced psychotic reactions in some people and pose a major health risk.
While CBD can come from marijuana, it can also be derived from hemp. Hemp is a related plant with 0.3% or less of THC. This plant is often used to make fabrics and ropes. As of 2018, Congress made hemp legal in all 50 states, and consequently CBD derived from hemp is also legal. The rules around marijuana-derived CBD, however, are far less clear.
Again, yes and no, depending on where you live. In some states marijuana is legal for both recreational use and medical use. In other states, it’s legal only for medical use. And in some areas, it’s not legal at all.
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The answers to those questions aren’t necessarily straightforward. The only thing that is clear at this point: The marketing has gone way ahead of the science and the law when it comes to CBD products.
But many people still don’t really know what CBD is. Is it marijuana? Is it legal? Does it actually work? Is it safe?
If you are interested in trying a CBD product, it’s best to seek one through a dispensary, which is an establishment legally licensed to sell marijuana, if they are available in your state. Dispensary products must be labeled so you can see exactly how much CBD is in the product and whether it also contains THC. A small amount of THC in a CBD product isn’t typically problematic. But larger amounts could cause a “high” and may present a risk if you are going to drive.
Does CBD work?
By now, you’ve probably run into a product containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD. It’s in everything from drinks and pet products to lotions and chewable gummies. Even major drugstore chains have announced they will start carrying CBD products in certain states.
Also, keep in mind that CBD products aren’t standardized and will vary. It helps to keep a journal recording what type of CBD product you took, how much, and your response to it. This will help you track what works and what doesn’t for your condition.