Debunking Myths about CBD
Updated: Feb 27
Quick answer to the million dollar question: Nope, if you are looking for a marijuana-induced high, then CBD will be a disappointment for you. Here we discuss what CBD-infused products can support, as well as the Science and oh-so-often misunderstood facts about CBD including State legislation facts.
Ok-- So CBD in your tea or botanical flower essence drops won't make you high. What's really the story with them, then...let's unpack the facts together.
What is CBD?
CBD is a compound, known as cannabinoids, found in the Sativa cannabis plant, according to the US National Library of Medicine definition. Researchers have been studying at the viable therapeutic uses of CBD.
Is CBD marijuana?
No, and if you are looking for a marijuana-induced high, then CBD will be a disappointment for you.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is an active ingredient with psychoactive properties found in Marijuana and is responsible for an altered mental state, which stoners term as “high.” Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. CBD will not change a person’s state of mind when they use it.
CBD oil has other medical benefits and has proven helpful in an overall improvement of physical and mental wellness.
Cannabidiol usage to treat a variety of symptoms in on the rise. Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown significant health benefits, and products containing the compound are now legal in many American states.
Where does CBD come from?
Hemp contains most of the CBD that can be used for medicinal purposes. Hemp plants are used to produce CBD oil.
How does CBD work?
CBD produces effects in the body by influencing endocannabinoid receptor activity, reducing inflammation and interacting with neurotransmitters to improve mood and reduce pain. At the same time, it also encourages the body to use more of its own cannabinoids eliminating the risk of any sort of addiction.
Proven Benefits of CBD
CBD helps in pain relief and has anti-inflammatory properties (Science!) Since the beginning of human history with modern medicine, people use prescription drugs to ease stiffness and pain, including chronic pain. CBD is emerging as a better natural alternative. Researchers have suggested that Cannabidiol (CBD) can develop as a new treatment for chronic pain.
Nicotine and Drug addiction
Promising evidence infers that CBD can help people to quit smoking.
A pilot study published in Addictive Behaviors affirmed that smokers who used inhalers containing CBD smoked fewer cigarettes than usual and reported no evident cravings for nicotine.
A similar review issued in Neurotherapeutics determined that CBD may be a supportive treatment for people with opioid addiction disorders. Researchers observed that CBD diminished symptoms such as anxiety, mood-related traits, pain, and insomnia associated with substance abuse disorders. Findings confirmed that CBD can help to prevent or reduce withdrawal symptoms in addicts.
In June 2018, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the prescription use of Epidiolex, a pure form of CBD oil, for treating two types of epilepsy – Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome (DS). The types of seizures that characterize LGS or DS are challenging to control using other types of medication. However, the usage of CBD reduced the average number of weekly seizures patients experienced.
Other neurological symptoms and disorders
Authors of a 2014 review recorded that CBD has anti-seizure properties and a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy. Findings also suggested that CBD may also treat many complications linked to epilepsy, such as neurodegeneration, neuronal injury, and psychiatric diseases.
A study, published in Current Pharmaceutical Design, ascertained that CBD may produce effects alike to those of certain antipsychotic drugs and can be an effective treatment for people with schizophrenia.
A review printed in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology suggests that CBD can suppress the growth of cancer cells and boost their destruction. Cannabidiol (CBD) is also useful in treating chemotherapy-induced symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and pain.
CBD can help to diminish anxiety-related behaviors in people with ailments such as – General anxiety disorder, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Obsessive-compulsive disorder, Panic disorder, and Social anxiety disorder. When CBD users were exposed to high-stress triggers, they reported less anxiety.
Type 1 diabetes
Type 1 diabetes occurs due to inflammation when the immune system attacks pancreatic cells. Research published in Portugal confirmed that CBD may reduce inflammation and protect against or delay the advancement of type 1 diabetes.
Is CBD legal?
State and federal laws differ when it comes to Marijuana and CBD legislation. At present, CBD is legal in 47 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington D.C.
Where will I get CBD?
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