As CBD, or cannabidiol, becomes more popular, consumers are asking about its effectiveness for treating health conditions. While clinical testing is still limited, observational research and anecdotal evidence point to many health benefits.
Here are answers to some of your top questions about CBD.
Is CBD Legal?
Since Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, it has been legal to purchase hemp-derived CBD (cannabidiol) products in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The products must be sold as “active hemp extract.” The law has some gray areas, however. CBD products can be sold within the manufacturing state or other states where it is legal. Those sold as dietary supplements or food ingredients cannot be sold across state lines.
How Effective is CBD?
According to Harvard Health Publishing, CBD can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including certain types of seizure disorders. CBD has also been touted as a way to ease insomnia and anxiety, but companies cannot make those explicit claims under U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations.
What is the Difference Between CBD and Marijuana?
CBD is a single compound in the cannabis plant that has no psychoactive effect. Marijuana is a type of cannabis plant containing many natural compounds. These include CBD and the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana Plants?
Both are varieties of cannabis plants. Hemp is legally defined as a cannabis plant containing 0.3 percent or less of THC, while marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC. CBD can be derived from either plant, but it is always less than 0.3 percent THC.
How Safe is CBD?
Generally, 100 percent pure CBD oil extracted by carbon dioxide, water, or rosin is considered safe. It should be sourced from hemp grown in the United States and tested by an independent lab. The World Health Organization considers CBD to be safe overall but indicates that testing is incomplete. CBD manufacturers, distributors, and marketers cannot market it for therapeutic reasons. The onus is on buyers to do research.
If you decide to try CBD, talk with Dr. Sheila Brush to learn the benefits and risks. She is highly knowledgeable about this compound, safe sourcing, and the various concentrations that can be beneficial to health. To schedule your appointment, contact our office in Laytonsville, MD today.