Cannabidiol (CBD) is now popular all over the world, and there are more and more products about CBD on the market, but you may be wondering after seeing so many products: What is CBD? Why is it so popular?
What is the difference between CBD and cannabis?
CBD: Abbreviation for cannabidiol; is the second most common cannabis plant extract; is the fundamental component of medical cannabis. Although CBD is one of the extracts of cannabis (containing hundreds of extracts), it does not have intoxicating or hallucinogenic effects. A report from the World Health Organization stated that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Is CBD legal?
Current federal or state legal restrictions are unclear, but CBD and even cannabis are readily available in most parts of the United States. All states’ statutory regulations consider cannabidiol to be legal, but the degree of restriction varies. The federal government classifies CBD and marijuana as similar, but there are no apparent restrictions on CBD. Since 2015, the FDA’s supervision of CBD has relaxed to allow research labs to conduct CBD trials.
CBD is good for health
CBD is effective in treating childhood epilepsy syndrome. Such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), antiepileptic drugs do not work for these diseases. But in many cases, CBD can not only reduce the number of seizures but also completely suppress the seizures. There are many online videos about CBD treatment of childhood epilepsy, and the number is alarming. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first CBD-containing drug called Epidiolex.
Besides, CBD can also be used to relieve anxiety. Studies have shown that CBD can help those who have insomnia to sleep.
CBD may provide different options for treating various types of chronic pain. A European Journal of Pain study showed that the pain and inflammation produced by animals with arthritis alleviated after CBD application. Besides, the study also confirmed that CBD could inhibit inflammatory pain and neuropathic pain, which are the two most painful chronic pain. But these effects still need more clinical evidence to prove.
Is CBD safe?
Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue, and irritability. At present, CBD products on the market are mainly supplements rather than drugs. The FDA has not begun to monitor the safety and purity of these products, so you are not sure whether the products you buy contain the active ingredients listed on the label or not. The specific medical conditions for the most effective dose of CBD treatment are still unknown.
The efficacy of CBD remains to explore.
Many companies selling CBD products now describe CBD as a panacea that can treat any disease. But this is not the case, and the government has also reviewed these companies. More research is needed to study the role of CBD. Current research proves that CBD can relieve anxiety, insomnia, or chronic pain, but clinical evidence is not yet sufficient. Whether current CBD products used as a supplement or medicine, it is difficult to determine when you take them. The most important thing is: to ensure safety, please consult your doctor before trying CBD products.
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