Jessica Price, Partner
It was with guarded optimism that I began researching CBD. I had heard it touted variously as a miraculous panacea to an over-hyped health fad. At the request of my sister who has always been more willing to try new and different things than myself, I began accessing credible research from reputable sources. Although I believe in the impact of a powerful anecdote, I wanted to understand, medically and scientifically, what CBD had been demonstrated as able to do.
The range of studies that I read over the following months have covered a wide range of potential applications, from mental health (such as anxiety disorders, PTSD, and psychosis), to neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s), to cancers where CBD has been shown to have anti-proliferative effects, reducing the growth and spread of certain cancers. These findings, coupled with CBD having established itself as generally well tolerated, even at acute doses, was enough for me to try it for myself. I have always struggled personally with a low-grade anxiety that worsened under stress and could flare unexpectedly in social situations.
Since taking CBD regularly, my overall sense of wellness has improved, and my anxiety (and its related anxiety-driven behaviors like smoking – yikes!) are no longer an issue in my life.
So there you have it – a testimony of sorts where I tell you that all of the research I engaged in culminated in an anecdote all my own. But as someone who took the long way around in terms of trying CBD, I can say that I am a believer for what I take to be all the right reasons.
It is from this vantage point that I can sincerely say that if you happen to find yourself on the fence about CBD, I encourage you to spend some time with the research yourself. But equally, my wish for you is that you will ultimately be emboldened to engage in the best research possible as it relates to you and give it a try. You just may find yourself well.
Jessica Price, MA