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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 exactly is CBD though and why are people talking about it this much?
Cannabidiol or Marijuana?
First, CBD is the second most predominant active ingredient contained by marijuana, which is also called by its scientific name, cannabis. Though a key component of medical marijuana, CBD is produced directly from hemp, which is a cousin of marijuana. Cannabidiol may be one of the hundreds of compounds that exist in marijuana, but it does not have psychoactive effects, which simply means it wont make you high.
Everywhere in America, there are laws legalizing CBD, albeit with varying degrees of restriction; and while the federal government treats the compound equally as marijuana, it is not necessarily aggressive in enforcing against it. Truth is, the governments stand on CBD is quite confusing and partly depends on whether the compound was obtained from hemp or marijuana.
CBD has been recognized for its help in resolving various health issues, but when you talk about scientific evidence, there is none more solid than the link between CBD and childhood epilepsy syndromes – for instance, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) – which usually do not respond to conventional anti-seizure drugs. In several studies, CBD was revealed to drive down the number of seizures and even block them completely. If you look online, you will find countless videos showing children in the middle of seizures, slowly calming down as CBD takes effect. For these conditions, the FDA has approved at least one medicine that is derived from cannabis and has CBD as its active ingredient.
Additionally, CBD is backed by research as far as claims to its ability to help insomnia and even anxiety are concerned
CBD can also be considered as an option for treating different types of chronic pain. Results of a study published in the European Journal of Pain shows CBD as an effective topical treatment for arthritic pain and inflammation. More studies prove that CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, the two types of chronic pain that are the hardest to treat.
The most important safety concern by far with regard to CBD is the fact that it is being marketed mainly as a supplement instead of a medication. 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.