The legalization of marijuana in the US continues to be a source of debate. All the while, the cannabis industry remains a trending force. One product, in particular, is garnering much attention: CBD. CBD has surged i en interest over the past decade, popping up in cosmetics, skincare, beverages, and pet food. But what is this controversial discovery? And what can it do for you?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the many chemical substances found within the Cannabis plant. But, it does not have the most commonly known cannabinoid is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which produces that intoxicating high. Unlike THC, CBD offers no psychoactive effects and is most commonly known for its therapeutic properties.
What are the effects of CBD?
First and foremost, you are not going to experience any delirious buzz after ingesting CBD. The effects of CBD ease the user, not amplify their senses. The most common uses for CBD involve the treatment of pain, anxiety, and insomnia. The amount of CBD required for each of these ailments is not exactly measurable, hence the therapeutic association.
What are the legalities surrounding CBD?
Hemp is a species of the cannabis plant and is the source of CBD. Recently, President Trump signed into law the farm bill, which contains a provision effectively legalizing hemp.
The federal government defines hemp as having less than .3 percent of THC, even if it is not technically from the hemp plant.
In the past, hemp can be purchased from international sources while illegal to cultivate within the US. There is even new legislation attempting to classify hemp as an agricultural product, not a controlled substance. This easing of strictures is the reason for the increasing visibility of CBD additives in a variety of different products.
How can I get CBD in its purest form?
The FDA has only approved CBD treatments for epilepsy. They have approved Epidilolex for the treatment of seizures for patients 2 years of age and older. These seizures are also associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) or Dravet syndrome (DS). Otherwise, CBD has not been approved for any treatment otherwise. Other countries have approved a CBD prescription, Sativex, to use for Multiple Sclerosis symptoms, such as pain and muscle spasms.
What are the risks of taking CBD?
CBD has a pretty favorable safety profile, especially when compared to its THC counterpart (smoking medical marijuana, like any inhalant, is harmful to your lungs and upper respiratory system). The main concern when taking CBD is the possibility of adversely reacting to other drugs.
Like any substance, CBD interacts with liver enzymes which may enhance or hamper the levels of other drugs in your system. Avoid taking antidepressant treatments while taking CBD. There is little available on the benefits and side effects of CBD, so it is always best to exercise caution.