What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a compound found in cannabis that is used for its therapeutic properties.
The legal status of cannabis in the United States significantly hindered any research of the plant. But things are changing as cannabis is slowly becoming legalized throughout the nation.
Medical CBD research is much more common now that scientists have the opportunity to study it. And the results have been promising.
There are indications that CBD may be useful in treating a variety of chronic conditions, including Parkinson’s and depression.
Why Take CBD?
CBD has medicinal value for a variety of conditions.
Scientists are still studying CBD and its effects. So far, studies have revealed potential in relieving the symptoms of:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Huntington’s disease
- depression and anxiety
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Most importantly, CBD has notably fewer side effects than most prescription medications. The side effects CBD may cause, like irritability and lethargy, are surprisingly mild.
As a results, CBD products have experienced a popularity boom among people suffering from various types of chronic illness.
CBD Changes Lives
The medical success people have had with CBD
CBD has proven to be an effective treatment. In particular, the case of 5-year-old Charlotte Figi caused America to rethink our views on cannabis as medical treatment.
Charlotte has Dravet syndrome, which caused her to have up to 50 seizures a day. Despite her parents taking an active approach to her treatment – researching new medications and implementing new diets – they could not alleviate her seizures. Charlotte’s condition was so severe that she was missing developmental milestones and had to be fed through a feeding tube.
A CBD strain, now affectionately called Charlotte’s Web, reduced Charlotte’s seizures to just 1 nocturnal seizure every three months.
The release of CBD seizure medication Epidolex has also drastically changed the public view of cannabis-based medicine. Like Charlotte’s web, it treats a rare strain of epilepsy.
Is CBD Legal?
The legal status of CBD can be confusing for consumers.
Just in the past year, the Orange County Police Department arrested a grandmother at Disneyworld for having CBD in her purse.
Here’s what’s so confusing:
CBD products are legal nationwide, but THC is not. Many CBD products have no THC content, but THC is regulated differently in states where it is legal.
CBD products purchased online or in a state with relaxed cannabis laws often have high THC content. This is what can get you into trouble.
Last year, Congress passed a farm bill that removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively legalizing CBD on a federal level.
Hemp has a minuscule amount of THC in it – no more than 3%. This is such a small amount, that your body would process it long before you would feel any intoxicating effects.
Now, the federal law uses hemp as the guideline for how much THC is too much. But beware – that doesn’t prevent states from making their own legal judgments.
So basically, your CBD products with 3% or less THC is legal to have anywhere the US (unless you’re in any of these 10 no-tolerance THC states – and you’ll need a doctor’s note).
Is CBD Safe to Use?
Plenty of people have reservations about how safe it is to use CBD for one simple reason:
It comes from cannabis, a plant that has been mostly illegal in the United States for decades.
But new research is suggesting that not only is medicinal CBD safe, but patients report fewer and milder side effects with CBD than some other prescription drugs.
The World Health Organization determined that CBD in its pure form is safe and should not be scheduled as a controlled substance in 2017.
Even more recently, the FDA approved the DEA’s decision to reclassify CBD from a Schedule I to a Schedule V substance, indicating low potential for abuse.
Can CBD Get You High?
CBD won’t make you feel “high,” unlike its cannabinoid cousin, THC.
CBD doesn’t cause cognitive or motor impairment, so you can take it and still work, drive, and function like normal.
An important caveat – some CBD products are high in THC. In this case, you may feel an intoxicating effect.
It’s good practice to read your CBD product label to check concentration and purity.
Can I Travel with CBD?
It’s safest to travel within the United States with CBD if you know for sure that it contains less than 3% THC. It’s even better if your CBD has 0% THC.
When it comes to travelling to other countries, become familiar with their cannabis laws before bringing your CBD.
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