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Health Benefits, Legality and Safety of Cannabidiol (CBD)

You may have heard so much about cannabidiol (CBD) from the media, your friends or even from your barista talking about their CBD-infused espresso. What is CBD in particular and why cant people stop raving about it?

Cannabidiol vs. Marijuana

First and foremost, CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis, or marijuana in popular terms. Even as a major component of medical marijuana, CBD is directly derived from a marijuana relative known as hemp. Cannabidiol is among the hundreds of compounds found in marijuana, but alone, it does not produce mind-altering effects, which simply means you dont get a high from it.

Legality

In all the 50 states, there are laws that permit the legal use of CBD in varying levels of restriction; and while the compound is still technically classified alongside marijuana, the government is not very strict in enforcing against it. In fact, the government can be pretty confusing when it comes to its stand against CBD, but part of it depends on whether the compound was hemp-derived or marijuana-derived.

Health/Medical Benefits

CBD is famous for its long list of health benefits, but when it comes to scientifically backed findings, there is nothing more pronounced than the effectiveness of the compound against epilepsy syndromes in children, like Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome, which dont respond to conventional treatment. In plenty of studies, CBD was shown to minimize the number of seizures, if not totally stop them. There are even tons of videos online showing CBD at work on children having actual epileptic attacks. Right now, there is one FDA-approved medicine for such conditions, and it is produced from cannabis with CBD as the active ingredient.

Apart from its effectiveness against epilepsy, CBD is also widely documented as an effective way to manage insomnia and even anxiety.

CBD can also be considered as an option for treating different types of chronic pain. In a study published in the European Journal of Pain, It was shown that CBD applied on the skin can help reduce arthritic pain and inflammation. In even more studies, it was revealed that CBD can provide significant relief to the two hardest-to-treat types of chronic pain, inflammatory and neuropathic pain.

Safety Implications

The biggest safety issue concerning CBD is the fact that you will probably find it being sold as a health supplement rather than a drug or medicine. Because the FDA doesnt regulate dietary supplements, it can be difficult to determine whether a product actually has the ingredients printed on its label, or if it is free of contaminants. For this reason, you need to be very, very careful when buying CBD supplements. Spend time scanning online reviews but stick to third-party consumer websites for more credibility.

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