As CBD, or cannabidiol, becomes more popular, there are still many questions regarding this compound as a treatment for health conditions. Let’s review what science has told us so far and what we still need to learn.
What is the Difference Between CBD and Marijuana?
CBD is one of the chemicals found in the cannabis plant, also known as marijuana or hemp. Unlike the plant’s other active compound, THC, CBD does not produce an intoxicated feeling in the user. Different strains of marijuana plants contain different ratios of CBD and THC. A plant that contains under 0.3 percent THC by dry weight is considered hemp, according to the 2018 Farm Bill. CBD has become immensely popular for providing healthful benefits without psychoactive effects. The World Health Organization says CBD is generally safe, exhibiting no potential for abuse or dependence in humans.
Is CBD Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill has made it legal to buy and sell hemp-derived CBD products in all 50 states. This is completely separate from cannabis products with a THC concentration of more than .3 percent; such products are regulated for medicinal or recreational use state by state. With the exception of a single CBD medication for epilepsy, CBD products can be sold commercially nationwide. It is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which prohibits these products from making specific health claims.
Is CBD as Good as People Say?
As with most things, different people have different opinions. According to Harvard Health Publishing, CBD can be an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including childhood epilepsy syndromes, by reducing the number of seizures or even stopping them completely. CBD has also been touted as a way to ease anxiety and insomnia, but companies cannot make those explicit claims under FDA regulation.
There is still more research to be done when it comes to CBD to determine its effectiveness. If you do decide to try CBD, make sure you talk with your doctor to understand all the possible risks. To schedule an appointment, call Emerald Health Advocates today.
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