Cannabidiol (CBD) Overview Health Advantages, Legal and Safety Issues

You may have heard so much about cannabidiol (CBD) from the media, your friends or even from your barista talking about their CBD-infused espresso. What is CBD in particular and why cant people stop raving about it?

Cannabidiol or Marijuana?

First off, CBD is the second most prevalent active compound found in marijuana, which is identified scientifically as cannabis. Even as a major component of medical marijuana, CBD is directly derived from a marijuana relative known as hemp. Cannabidiol may be one of the hundreds of compounds that exist in marijuana, but it does not have psychoactive effects, which simply means it wont make you high.

Legal Status

Everywhere in America, there are laws legalizing CBD, albeit with varying degrees of restriction; and while the federal government treats the compound equally as marijuana, it is not necessarily aggressive in enforcing against it. In fact, the government can be pretty confusing when it comes to its stand against CBD, but part of it depends on whether the compound was hemp-derived or marijuana-derived.

Health/Medical Benefits

CBD is famous for its long list of health benefits, but when it comes to scientifically backed findings, there is nothing more pronounced than the effectiveness of the compound against epilepsy syndromes in children, like Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome, which dont respond to conventional treatment. In so many studies, CBD was found to bring down the number of seizures and sometimes even stop them altogether. There are even tons of videos online showing CBD at work on children having actual epileptic attacks. The FDA has approved at least one cannabis-derived medicine for the said conditions, and this drug contains CBD as the active ingredient.

Apart from its effectiveness against epilepsy, CBD is also widely documented as an effective way to manage insomnia and even anxiety.

CBD can also be considered as an option for treating different types of chronic pain. Results of a study published in the European Journal of Pain shows CBD as an effective topical treatment for arthritic pain and inflammation. More studies prove that CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, the two types of chronic pain that are the hardest to treat.

Safety Issues

Perhaps the most significant safety issue regarding CBD is that it is being sold more as a supplement rather than a medicine. The FDA does not currently regulate dietary supplements, so its hard to tell if the product youre buying does have the ingredients listed on its label, or if it has no contaminants included. This is why research is crucial when buying CBD supplements. Take time to read online reviews, but only on third-party consumer sites where testimonials are likely to be authentic.

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