Cannabidiol ( CBD) has been covered in the media lately, and you may have even seen it as an add-in booster to your morning coffee or post-workout smoothie. What is CBD exactly? Why is it suddenly so popular?
Why is cannabidiol distinct from cannabis?
For cannabidiol, CBD stands. It is the second most popular cannabis (marijuana) active ingredient. Though CBD is an important component of medical marijuana, it is directly derived from the marijuana plant’s relative, the hemp plant. Although CBD is a component (one of the hundreds) of marijuana, it does not induce a “high in itself.”According to a World Health Organization study,” CBD exhibits no effects in humans that suggest any potential for violence or dependency …. There is no proof to date of issues linked to public health connected with the use of pure CBD.
Is it legal with cannabidiol?
In most parts of the United States, CBD is readily obtainable, but its exact legal status is in flux. All 50 states have laws that allow CBD with varying degrees of regulation, and although CBD is still classified in the same class as marijuana by the federal government, it does not generally regulate it. The FDA eased the regulatory requirements in December 2015 to allow researchers to perform CBD trials. Presently, without a medical cannabis license, several individuals purchase CBD online. The stance of the government on CBD is unclear and depends in part on whether hemp or marijuana is the source of CBD. It is predicted that the legality of CBD will change, as there is already a bipartisan majority in Congress to make the hemp crop legal, making it impossible to ban CBD for all intents and purposes.
Evidence of health benefits from cannabidiol:
CBD has been touted for a wide range of health conditions, but its success in treating some of the cruelest pediatric epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which usually do not respond to antiseizure drugs, is the best clinical evidence. CBD has been able to minimize the number of seizures in several trials and, in some cases, it has been able to avoid them entirely. Videos of CBD’s effects on these children and their seizures are readily available for viewing on the Internet, and they are very striking. The FDA recently approved the first-ever cannabis-derived drug, Epidiolex, which contains CBD, for these conditions.
CBD is widely used to relieve anxiety, and research shows that CBD can help with both falling asleep and staying asleep for patients suffering from the misery of insomnia.
CBD may provide an alternative for various forms of chronic pain to be treated. Using an animal model, CBD added to the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis, a report from the European Journal of Pain showed. Another research demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD decreases inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult kinds of chronic pain to manage. In this field, more research in humans is required to substantiate the claims of CBD proponents about pain management.
Is it healthy with cannabidiol?
Nausea, fatigue, and irritability are among the side effects of CBD. CBD can increase the amount of the blood thinner coumadin in your blood, and through the very same process, as grapefruit juice does, it can increase the levels of certain other drugs in your blood. A major safety problem with CBD is that it is mainly marketed and sold as a supplement, not a drug. The FDA does not currently control the safety and purity of dietary supplements.
But you can’t tell for sure that there are active ingredients in the substance you purchase at the dosage stated on the bottle. Furthermore, other (unknown) elements may be present in the product. For any specific medical condition, we still don’t know the most appropriate therapeutic dosage of CBD.
On cannabidiol, the bottom line:
For wild, indefensible arguments, some CBD producers have come under government investigation, so that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need further research, but it can show that CBD is a choice for anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain management. We can’t define effective doses without adequate high-quality evidence in human trials, and since CBD is actually mainly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are receiving. Speak to your doctor if you plan to try CBD, if for no other reason than to make sure it will not affect other drugs you are taking.