CBD. What the heck is it? Why is it all over the news, the internet and countless social media influencer’s page as a must have supplement to incorporate into your diet. Well in this day and age, society is turning to an array of solutions for every day common problems and ailments that come with the nature of this journey we call life, and CBD now has the spotlight.
So to break it down simply, CBD stands for ‘Cannabidiol’ which is a chemical compound found in hemp plants responsible for helping with anxiety, cognitive & movement disorders as well as pain management. The counterpart to the more well known cannabinoid (THC) CBD is the yin to THC’s yang.
While THC is primarily responsible for the “high” effects of consuming cannabis, CBD is the cool, calm and collected cousin of THC who’s therapeutic “non-high” benefits rival some more popular over the counter and prescription medication.
The biggest question(s) now is: Is CBD right for me? Is it safe? Is it legal? With medical advancements progressing rapidly as ever, let us shed some light on the benefits and legality of it as it bulldozes its way into mainstream society.
Benefits of CBD:
With mental health awareness as high as ever now, topics such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, and more have grasped the worlds attention. Anxiety was a little known ailment, a myth even in days past, and nowadays it is more common than the flu.
As a matter of fact, the World Health Organization has classified anxiety as the 6th leading contributor to mental disabilities worldwide (depression ranked #1).
With anyone susceptible to it from high school kids to celebrities, we are constantly searching for relief of the debilitating symptoms.
CBD Oil is on the rise as one of the solutions to combat the nervousness, shortness of breath and social fear that envelops so many when it comes to anxiety.
Other benefits also include treating health conditions such as:
- Cancer Related Symptom Relief (side effects of cancer treatments such as nausea, vomiting and pain)
- Drug Withdrawal Symptoms (some cases tobacco)
- Obsessive Complusive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The calming effects of CBD are even known to reverse the effects of those who have ingested too much THC and need a relief from the psychoactive effects. CBD is very commonly found in most cannabis products that are THC dominant which, at times, can help provide a better high as well as balance you out as a whole.
Is it safe?
Research has shown no adverse effects of CBD with only known side effects such as dry mouth, drowsiness and reduced appetite. Overall, cannabidiol is safe to take when used at therapeutic levels (10-20 mg per dose). As a matter of fact, CBD is beginning to become popular even for our beloved pets, as Pet CBD has hit the market for the treatment of the same symptoms, but for our four legged companions.
Only time will tell as more research and development goes into these various products, and with the CBD business becoming a billion dollar industry as of 2019, you can bet health professionals and consumers alike would know exactly how safe it is.
As with all various types of supplements, always be sure to consult with your doctor if you have any questions regarding how CBD can effect you and if it is generally safe to take with any current medications you are on.
Hemp derived cannabidiol is legal in all 50 states here in the United States. Marijuana derived CBD still has some loops to jump through on a federal level, so be sure to check where your product is coming from prior to purchase.
California is actually poised to pass a landmark hemp CBD law which would legalize the addition of CBD to food, beverages and cosmetics (to a certain degree). Assembly Bill 228 (AB-228) states food manufacturers that make hemp products would be required to obtain certain registrations and would need to demonstrate that their hemp comes from a jurisdiction that has an “established and approved industrial hemp program” that meets all federal requirements for the sale and cultivation of hemp.
Basically, the CDPH (California Department of Public Health) would regulate on all hemp CBD products. If they determine the addition of CBD does not adulterate the given product, then it will legally be OK for retail and wholesale.
Should I try CBD?
Based off the research done, CBD is generally safe and advisable to the public for consumption. Anyone looking for relief from anxiety, stress, pain, insomnia along with an array of other health problems can, at the very least, look into CBD as an alternative to prescription medicine. With a plethora of new products on the market from tinctures to CBD soft gel capsules, lotions and creams, the most advisable thing to do is educate yourself on the products that may be of interest to you and to consult with a medical professional.
As we get closer to the year 2020, modern day medicine and supplements have taken a turn for the better, with more green campaigns popping up to encourage the preservation of human life as well as the life of this earth. CBD, derived from mother nature herself, can just help man kind take a step towards that direction.