CBD is Everywhere
CBD. We see that acronym everywhere. It can be found on the news, online, and even in some doctor’s offices. What does it really mean? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound sometimes confused with THC. THC and CBD are found in marijuana and hemp plants, respectively. Marijuana contains THC. Hemp, a sister of the marijuana plant that comes from the same mother plant (Cannabis Sativa L), contains CBD. Both compounds offer significant therapeutic advantages, and both cause drug-like reactions in the body.
CBD the Basics
Understanding the similarities and differences between CBD and THC is important when making an informed choice about which product may benefit you. THC, which provides many of the same benefits as CBD, also has the potential to produce feeling of intoxication. In other words, in higher doses, THC can create a feeling of euphoria, exhilaration, or a “high”. Some users of medicinal marijuana products seek that effect, but many want the therapeutic benefits without the possibility of intoxicating side effects. For those users, CBD provides relief of physical and/or mental health symptoms.
Like THC, CBD is processed in our bodies through the endocannabinoid system. Our bodies naturally produce cannabis-like substances. The receptors for this system are largely stored in our central nervous system (brain), but are also found in our peripheral nervous system (nerves in our extremities and digestive system) and even in some cells in our immune system. CBD works with enzymes and receptors through the endocannabinoid system to influence many areas of both physical and mental health.
CBD and the Medical Community at Large
While the use of CBD remains controversial for some, the medical community at large has taken an increasing interest in its efficacy and use as an accepted treatment. The National Institutes of Health has 160 active CBD studies or CBD studies for which they are recruiting. In addition, the FDA has approved Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug for severe forms of rare childhood epilepsy. This approval lends significant credibility to CBD as an effective therapeutic modality.
How can CBD Help Me?
In some studies, CBD has shown usefulness in helping to manage many medical conditions, including:
- Chronic Pain
- Chron’s disease
- Muscle spasms
Clearly you should follow the advice of your medical professional while using CBD. It can interact with other medications, and, of course, you should be fully aware of potential interactions.
Legalities of CBD
At the time of this writing, only four states in the U.S. considered marijuana use completely illegal: Idaho, Wyoming, Kansas, and South Carolina. Other states have approved some level of marijuana use, including the use of THC and/or CBD products. Eighteen states consider usage of THC and CBD products, and the use of both medical and recreational marijuana, legal within certain parameters for amounts and varieties of products one can possess.
The laws in the remaining 32 states are changing rapidly to accommodate the use of THC and CBD products, particularly for medicinal purposes. However, the products are still considered illegal under federal law. It is important for you to know the laws in your state and act accordingly.
CBD comes in many forms. Gummies, oil, tinctures and creams are just a few ways CBD can be used to benefit your health. While CBD is even available at big box stores, it is in your best interest to purchase your CBD products from a reputable, knowledgeable purveyor of them. After all, you’re treating your health and creating a better sense of well-being for your body and your mind, which a good quality product will provide.
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Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.