What is CBD (Cannabidiol)

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What is Cannabidiol (CBD}

CBD (cannabidiol) has been a hot topic in the last few years, and rightfully so.  It has quickly become one of the most popular health supplements, and a go to solution for a variety of health problems.  Although most of the health benefits of CBD haven’t been clinically verified, the hype around it is a pretty good indicator that it is having a positive effect on peoples’ lives. 

CBD vs. Marijuana

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of hundreds of active compounds in the marijuana (cannabis) plant.  It’s the second most abundant active compound in this plant, behind THC.  CBD doesn’t have any psychoactive effects when consumed, so it doesn’t produce a ‘High’ like THC.  According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD. 

Is CBD Legal?

In the United States, all 50 states have passed laws which legalize CBD.  While states have a variety of restrictions for the compound, the federal government still considers it illegal and in the same category (Schedule 1) as marijuana.  This category also includes drugs like heroin, LSD, Ecstasy, and magic mushrooms.  There is significant support within the U.S. congress for legalizing CBD, since it is extremely easy to obtain online and doesn’t produce a ‘High’ when consumed.

CBD Health Benefits

The amount of health issues that CBD is being used to treat is vast.  From pain, to anxiety, to depression, to insomnia, to inflammation; Cannabidiol seems to treat it all.  People are consuming CBD oil orally as a health supplement, applying CBD lotions/salves to treat pain and inflammation, and using CBD vape cartridges for all-day effects.

There is strong clinical evidence for its ability to treat things like Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which are some of the worst symptoms of childhood epilepsy.  Seizures were significantly reduced, or completely stopped, for patients in a variety of studies.  The first ever marijuana-based medicine, Epidiolex, was recently approved by the FDA to treat these types of syndromes. 

CBD Safety

The side effects of CBD are usually mild and may include things like fatigue, irritability, and nausea.  According to Peter Grinspoon at Harvard University, since CBD is currently marketed as a supplement, and NOT a medication, it’s quality and purity are NOT regulated by the FDA. Low quality CBD products can contain fillers or other unknown elements.  Until this compound is legalized, and regulated, there is no guarantee of the quality for any CBD product.

Is Cannabidiol Right for You?

If you are struggling with a health condition that CBD can potentially treat, why not give it a try?  There are countless people around the world that swear by this compound to treat a variety of conditions.  Its all-natural and relatively cheap to try.  Try it for treating chronic pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, inflammation, and a variety of other conditions. 

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