By Joanna Grenrock
Today we are seeing CBD-infused everything, from skin care to juice to chocolate. Cannabidiol, or CBD, seems to be taking over the wellness industry. However, there is so much information about this amazing compound that it may be hard to decipher what it actually is and which way it can help you the most. With the CBD craze showing no signs of slowing down, this article will help you break through the clutter and get up to speed with the facts.
Is CBD New?
People may assume that CBD is a new supplement, but its history actually goes back more than half a century. In the 1940s, a chemist from Harvard was the first to successfully extract CBD from the cannabis sativa plant. However, it wasn’t until modern-day scientists started researching the possible benefits of CBD, and found dramatic results, that people became aware of the significance of his amazing discovery.
Is CBD the Same as Marijuana?
CBD can be derived from either hemp or marijuana, which are both varieties of the cannabis sativa plant. They may look and smell the same, but the difference is that hemp plants contain no more than 0.3 percent of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component found in marijuana. In comparison, marijuana can contain 5 to 20 percent THC. In other words, you can't get high on CBD from hemp because there is not enough THC.
Is CBD Addictive?
The short answer is no. The World Health Organization's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence concluded in a 2018 report that CBD is non-addictive, has no withdrawal symptoms, and has a good safety profile. It also determined that CBD should be removed from international drug control and that it exhibits no potential for abuse or dependence.
In the past several years, CBD has been used as a substitute for withdrawal medications, as it has successfully reduced drug cravings for people with opioid addiction.
Is CBD Legal?
The 2018 Farm Bill states that any cannabinoid that is derived from hemp is considered legal, provided that the production process meets all of the federal and state regulations. If the conditions aren’t met, then the cannabinoid produced would be considered illegal under the Controlled Substances Act.
The Federal Drug Administration considers CBD hemp oil to be a dietary supplement, not a medication, since it is made from industrial hemp plants. This means you don’t need a prescription and can legally purchase and consume CBD. Unless this changes, the legal status of CBD has been established and will remain unchanged for the near future. Therefore, you can safely consume CBD without legal implications.
Does CBD Have Health Benefits?
There’s been a lot of research into CBD therapy and it has been determined that compounds like CBD have real health benefits. That’s because CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system, which helps regulate the body and can lessen pain, anxiety, stress, inflammation, insomnia and seizures.
CBD, however, is a compound that interacts with your body and mind. Before taking anything that can impact your health, talk to your physician about incorporating anything new into your regimen.
Which Form of CBD is Best For You?
Choosing the right CBD product can be challenging. Most CBD products are sold in the form of oils, pills, edibles, vapes, or topicals. CBD oil is the most popular product today, and it is best consumed under the tongue for quicker relief.
CBD pills and edibles are discreet and easy to take, but since they have to pass through the digestive system, the desired results take longer to achieve. A vape cartridge can be another way to consume CBD, but inhalation may not work for everyone. CBD topicals are a feasible option and may provide direct relief for joint pain, muscle pain, and some skin conditions.
Today, the stigma surrounding CBD is starting to disappear as people are beginning to see its true potential. However, not all CBD is created equal. Make sure the CBD you are purchasing is safe and effective. Look for quality products from reputable brands that have been U.S. Hemp Authority™ Certified, which indicates they've undergone rigorous testing procedures.