The Benefits of CBD
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis (marijuana). CBD is used in medical marijuana, but it is derived from hemp (only a cousin of marijuana). CBD is one of the hundreds of components, and doesn’t cause a “high.” Instead, it gives numerous benefits to your personal health. CBD carries all the healing effects, but without any of the psychoactive effects.
How is it used?
CBD touts a wide variety of uses and benefits. The strongest scientific evidence is for some childhood epileptic disorders such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS). They typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. CBD reduced the number of seizures and sometimes stopped it all together. The first-ever FDA-approved cannabis-derived medicine medication for these conditions, Epidiolex, contains CBD. Most commonly, CBD is used to combat conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and even arthritic pain due to inflammation. CBD has been shown to help to fall asleep and stay asleep.
Is it safe?
Yes, it is safe. But with any supplement, it is important to read ingredients and consult a health professional. You may experience nausea, fatigue, and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin. So if you’re on a blood thinner already, talk to a doctor. It can also raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A safety concern with CBD is a concern with all supplements: it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Any supplement can have a negative impact on your health, even vitamins. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements.
Is it legal?
Short answer, yes! The long answer depends on the source. CBD extracted from marijuana is only legal in states where recreational or medical marijuana is legal. CBD extracted from hemp is legal in all 50 states.