CBD, or cannabidiol, is in the news lately because more people are trying it out. They want to give it a try and lower their stress, anxiety, pain, or support other health conditions. Find out more about CBD, how it works, and why people are choosing it now more than ever.
What is CBD?
CBD is found in the cannabis plant. It does not contain THC which is a psychoactive component that can make people feel ‘high’ when using it. CBD can be derived from either marijuana or hemp.
What is THC?
THC is short for ‘tetrahydrocannabinol.’ It is another ingredient found in the cannabis plant but typically causes people to feel euphoric or ‘high.’
What Is CBD Used For?
CBD was approved in 2018 by the FDA. CBD is used for different things but it depends on the condition.
Are There Any Health Benefits?
Many people report feeling better after having used CBD, including for chronic pain, anxiety, or insomnia (among other conditions). CBD may relieve pain by impacting the endocannabinoid system which helps regulate pain, mood, and memory. Those with seizure disorder may benefit. The FDA 2018 released a prescription medication containing CBD for epilepsy. CBD may be useful for treating other medical conditions but more research is needed.
Are There Any Known Side Effects?
Some may report feeling drowsy, experiencing dry mouth, or high blood pressure as some side effects. The biggest concern about CBD is the lack of regulation. Most products are not regulated by the FDA so it is hard to know the dosing and ingredients.
Does CBD Impact the Brain?
CBD likely has some effect on the brain. CBD does not exhibit a euphoric effect that may leave people with a feeling of being ‘high,’ as THC does.
What is the Difference Between CBDs?
CBD is available in many products and formulations. Not all CBD products are equal. Some products contain pesticides and heavy metals. Others may not be the same as on the label. Some products may be misleading. In this way, it is best to purchase from a dispensary or place that sells quality CBD products and has a proven track record of selling wholesome products.
Is CBD Legal?
CBD from marijuana or hemp is legal everywhere but in a few states. Details vary from state to state with many requiring doctor’s recommendations. CBD may be used to treat different things for different people. THC and CBD are considered Schedule I substances if they come from a plant that has no ‘medical use.’ Legal questions persist about CBD. Hemp-derived CBD oil is fully legal in Maryland. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, industrial hemp and hemp-derived cannabis extracts are allowed in 50 states unless laws state otherwise.