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The ratio of cannabinoids and dosing is clearly somewhat debated. I know that groups in Colorado are using a CBD dose of 1 mg per pound. I think this is pretty excessive for most kids and have spoken with one mother whose child was becoming sedated. Remember, although CBD may not be psychoactive, the whole plant version of CBD with all the other cannabinoids and minor cannabinoids makes the medicine somewhat psychoactive – particularly in higher doses.

The average daily dose I have seen work very effectively for most kids is around 12-15 mg of whole plant CBD per 24 hours in divided doses. I have seen some exceptional responses even at doses of 6 mg whole plant CBD per day.

But then, nothing did. I took two more — but still, nothing. I was struck by the overpowering sweetness of the gummies, instead of any actual relief or change in my body. According to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, this makes sense. In a segment for The Dr. Oz Show, he explained what’s next for CBD, and that you actually need to take hundreds of milligrams of it to feel any kind of effect. Most over-the-counter CBD products only contain about 2-22mg of actual CBD.

Case in point: Just this month on May 13, 2019, a woman visiting Disney World was arrested after a guard found CBD oil in her purse. After quickly providing a doctor’s note, she was released without being charged. Brooke Alpert, cannabis practitioner and editor-at-large of CBD Snapshot believes this is because there’s still so much confusion surrounding CBD. “CBD from industrial hemp can be legally bought over the counter, so most people will not have a doctor’s note to provide,” she tells DoctorOz.com. If you are found with medical marijuana, you will need to provide a doctor’s note if you’re not in a state where medical marijuana is legalized.

CBD’s Quick FDA Approval

According to Dr. Gupta, the CBD craze all started with what’s known as “Charlotte’s Web.” A little girl named Charlotte was suffering from seizures, and her mom turned to CBD as a last resort. After Charlotte was given CBD oil, she went from 300 seizures to absolutely none in just one week. This drastic reduction in seizures caught the attention of the FDA, and in just five short years, the first CBD prescription drug for epilepsy was approved. As Dr. Gupta points out in his segment with Dr. Oz, the FDA moved quickly in this situation — much faster than usual.

Now that CBD is legalized on the federal level with the Farm Bill, the research Dr. Oz and Dr. Gupta called for may finally be underway — without the distraction of trendy products and the confusion of how laws once varied state by state.

When I saw the words “CBD lattes” pop up on sandwich boards around my neighborhood, I knew CBD had “made it.” Around the same time I was gifted a box of CBD gummies. My coworker and I popped two our mouths and waited for something to happen.