Health Benefits, Legality and Safety of Cannabidiol (CBD)
Youve likely heard a lot about cannabidiol (CBD) in media and probably even found it on your favorite coffee shops menu. But what exactly is CBD and why are people all abuzz about it?
Cannabidiol vs. 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.
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. Fact is, the governments stand on CBD isnt definitive, depending partly on the source (hemp or marijuana).
CBD has been recognized for its help in resolving various health issues, but when you talk about scientific evidence, there is none more solid than the link between CBD and childhood epilepsy syndromes – for instance, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) – which usually do not respond to conventional anti-seizure drugs. In plenty of studies, CBD was shown to minimize the number of seizures, if not totally stop them. If you look online, you will find countless videos showing children in the middle of seizures, slowly calming down as CBD takes effect. Right now, there is one FDA-approved medicine for such conditions, and it is produced from cannabis with CBD as the active ingredient.
Additionally, CBD is backed by research as far as claims to its ability to help insomnia and even anxiety are concerned
CBD can also be considered as an option for treating different types of chronic pain. In a study published in the European Journal of Pain, It was shown that CBD applied on the skin can help reduce arthritic pain and inflammation. In even more studies, it was revealed that CBD can provide significant relief to the two hardest-to-treat types of chronic pain, inflammatory and neuropathic pain.
The biggest safety issue concerning CBD is the fact that you will probably find it being sold as a health supplement rather than a drug or medicine. Since dietary supplements are currently not under the regulatory jurisdiction of the FDA, it can be difficult to distinguish high-quality and low-quality products. For this reason, you need to be very, very careful when buying CBD supplements. Take time to read online reviews, but only on third-party consumer sites where testimonials are likely to be authentic.