Most likely, you already noticed that the popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) is growing by the day.
It’s almost anecdotal, really, as everyone around you either takes CBD, sells it, or plans on joining one of these two categories.
CBD gummy bears, lavender-CBD lattes, CBD capsules, tinctures, vape cartridges, lotions, gels… It’s literally everywhere!
Of course, you have a lot of questions on the matter.
Let’s answer each of them, one at a time!
Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about CBD, starting with the basics and moving on to the interesting stuff.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (abbreviated as CBD) is an important active compound of cannabis. CBD makes about 40% of the plant’s extract and is one of the most well-researched chemicals of its group—a class known as cannabinoids.
Although the hype around CBD started just a few years ago, this compound was first isolated in 1940. In 1963, scientists managed to synthesize it in a lab environment, and then… It seems that CBD has been successfully forgotten.
Back in the day, CBD was believed to have no medical or scientific potential whatsoever, so experts weren’t really interested in studying it. Everything changed not so long ago, throughout the last few decades.
Now there are over 2,000 studies on CBD registered in the PubMed medical library, and hundreds more are on their way.
But why is CBD being studied, sold, and used by millions of people around the world?
What are the potential health benefits of CBD?
Before we go on, it’s very important to highlight one thing. Ready?
CBD has no confirmed health benefits. Nope, not a single one. Nada. And yet, there are thousands of studies pointing out that CBD seems to have a lot of beneficial effects.
So how is that possible?
- The results of the available scientific studies, although encouraging, are quite inconsistent.
- More long-term observational studies are needed to be confident about the long-term effects of CBD usage.
- The individual response to CBD varies greatly from one person to another, so it’s often hard to trace the health effects on a large scale
In other words: at the moment, we can’t be 100% confident that CBD really does anything to your health, in all honesty. Here are some of the most common claims found in scientific studies, popular media, and real user reports:
- May help in soothing pain (especially inflammatory and neuropathic pain)
- Could help in managing epileptic seizures
- May lower the risk of developing diabetes (from 86% to 30% in animal studies)
- Although not significantly, but CBD could help in reducing blood pressure (by 6 mm Hg after a single dose (600 mg) in healthy volunteers)
- May reduce nausea and vomiting (according to animal studies)
- Seems to alleviate anxiety
- Could help in breaking bad habits (reduced cigarette smoking by 40% in a 2013 study)
But, once again, these aren’t ”confirmed health benefits”. More like ”potential applications that will have to be researched for some 10-15 years to be sure they’re true.”
Can you get high on CBD?
Nope, it’s impossible to get stoned on CBD.
Cannabidiol has no psychotropic (conscious-altering) effects whatsoever. The distinctive ”high” that’s experienced after using cannabis products is caused by tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), not CBD.
Moreover, it seems that CBD is the direct opposite of psychotropic: some studies report that it counteracts the effect of THC.
Is CBD safe to take?
Okay, so we’ve already seen that CBD maybe has some health benefits—and that it doesn’t make you high. But still, is it safe to take? Can you overdose on CBD?
In short, CBD seems to have a pretty good toxicological profile. Side effects are rare and mild, the most common of them being:
- Changes in appetite
- Changes in weight
- Tiredness, sleepiness
There have been no reports of serious side effects or death due to CBD, which is also great.
Is CBD made from marijuana?
CBD is produced from a special variety of the cannabis plant known as hemp. Although both hemp and marijuana have the same scientific name (Cannabis sativa), these two plants are very different in all other aspects.
Hemp is a strain of the cannabis plant with a unique profile of phytochemicals. Specifically, it has been cultivated to have little to no THC—and quite a lot of CBD, which is the direct opposite of marijuana.
On the other hand, industrial hemp is required to have 0.3% of THC at most and up to 40% of CBD.
Is CBD legal in the United States?
Short answer: yes, CBD is legal on a federal level.
However, not all CBD is created equal. It’s all a matter of source material.
For instance, since the Farm Bill of 2018 legalized industrial hemp (which has been confirmed to have no more than 0.3% of THC), all hemp-derived CBD is legal in the US. No matter what kind of CBD product that is (capsules, tinctures, etc.), if it was extracted from hemp—it’s good to sell, buy, store, and use.
CBD extracted from marijuana is legal only in those states where this plant is legal to use for medical and recreational purposes. This is rare, since marijuana is a poor source of CBD, but you should still be aware of this principle.
Some experts affirm that the cannabidiol market will reach a whopping $22 billion by 2022.
In other words, no matter what are your thoughts on the matter of CBD, it’s here to stay. There’s still a lot to research on this matter, dozens of health claims to be confirmed or debunked, and a whole bunch of product types to be tested out.
Given that CBD is pretty much harmless to test, most likely it’s worth a shot if it caught your attention. Just make sure to approach it carefully and do your research beforehand, just to make an informed decision on what you’ll be putting inside your body.
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