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Cannabidiol (CBD): What You Need to Know

by BM Innovations on October 09, 2023

Due to the increasing popularity of natural treatments, the use of pure CBD is not surprising. Pure CBD products are touted as the next big thing in health and wellness. It comes in many different forms, like drinks, topical treatments, foods, and dog treats. It's promoted as a preventative measure or treatment for many illnesses.

 

What is CBD? 

Cannabidiol is a chemical compound present in marijuana that doesn't make you feel high or loses control of your body. It can be produced from hemp and non-hemp plants. As with marijuana, hemp refers to any form of cannabis Sativa with less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). In the United States, CBD is available in a pharmaceutical form to treat seizures.

 

Is Cannabidiol (CBD) a drug?

Scientists are studying CBD to see if it can be included in medical drugs. But as a successful treatment for very rare forms of epilepsy, the FDA has approved Epidiolex, a drug made from pure CBD derived from hemp. The FDA has evaluated this medication as safe and effective for this purpose. Pure CBD products and applications on the market have not all been approved by the FDA.

 

What effects does CBD have on the human body?

​​CBD has been getting a lot of attention for its potential to alleviate stress, anxiety, and sleeplessness symptoms. It has been studied for Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, insomnia, and anxiety. However, it's too early to tell if CBD successfully treats these illnesses.

CBD is thought to help with a lot more than just treating seizures. However, the strongest scientific evidence points to its use in treating the symptoms of the most severe forms of childhood epilepsy, like Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut, which are notoriously hard to treat with standard anticonvulsant therapy. 

 

Is CBD Legal?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a legal medication. However, it cannot be added to food or supplements. Due to the Farm Bill, CBD and other hemp-derived products are no longer illegal under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that CBD from hemp is legal, but CBD from cannabis (marijuana) is not. Only "cosmetic" items may legally include CBD. Despite mislabeling, pure CBD products are still available on the market. In most places, CBD may be purchased online without a medical marijuana card.

 

Are there any potential drawbacks to using CBD? (if any)

CBD has wide social acceptance but may cause some adverse side effects.

  • Damage to the liver
  • Affect badly if taken with other medications
  • Insomnia or diarrhea
  • Irritability and mood swings

 

Is it safe to consume CBD?

Pure CBD, however, does not appear to have any significant negative effects. You won't get high off it and won't be habit-forming. According to a 2019 review of the research, cannabidiol causes mild drowsiness and stomach issues.

 

Conclusion:

The government closely monitors the CBD industry because some companies make outlandish claims that their product can cure cancer or COVID-19. Despite its limitations, CBD has shown promise as a nonaddictive treatment for stress, anxiety, and chronic pain.

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