What is CBD?

CBD has become the talk of the town over recent years and for good reason. Supporters believe that it can be used to address ailments from inflammation to anxiety to sleep irregularities to making menstrual cramps easier to bare. Due to its wide range of potential uses, CBD has come under some pretty heavy scrutiny in that past few years, but what exactly is CBD? 

 

CBD or cannabidiol is a compound obtained from either cannabis or from industrial hemp. Regardless of its source the CBD can offer users therapeutic properties without getting them “high” or creating the sense of euphoria associated with cannabis. 

 

How Does CBD Work?

CBD works by interacting with the human body's endocannabinoid system that is responsible for the regulation of many functions such as painful inflammation, hunger, appetite, and mood. CBD being an endocannabinoid, interacts with the receptors of ECS scattered throughout the body, thereby it helps in maintaining homeostasis or balance throughout the body. 

 

How is CBD used? 

CBD can be consumed in a variety of forms, such as vape products, sublingual, topicals, and edibles. Some of the most popular CBD products include: 

  • CBD Gummies 
  • CBD Oil
  • CBD Softgels/ CBD Capsules
  • CBD Healing Salves  
  • CBD Tinctures 
  • Bath bombs 
  • Creams and lotions

 

Legal Status

Farm bill 2018 legalized the cultivation of hemp and the production of CBD products obtained from hemp. Law states that the CBD products must not contain more than 0.3 % of intoxicating cannabinoid THC. In the United States, all 50 states have legalized CBD and its products under different restrictions.

 

Does CBD work? 

CBD is considered an effective remedy for a variety of health concerns and to manage many health conditions due to its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-anxiolytic properties. CBD is commonly used by patients suffering from anxiety, depression, and insomnia.  And studies have shown that CBD oil an excellent, natural, alternative for addressing different types of pain. A study published in the US National Library of Medicine shows that topical CBD application in the form of healing salves and balms have therapeutic potential for relief of inflammation and arthritis pain-without evident side-effects. This study has also shown that CBD can be used to help address chronic pain related to neuropathy and other forms of inflammatory pain. For those of you who would like to geek out a little more about topical CBD (we won’t judge… we read studies all the time) You can read the entire study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851925/

The most substantial evidence of the therapeutic benefit of CBD is its effectiveness in treating Lennox Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in children. Various studies show that CBD can either entirely stop or reduce the number of stages in children.

 

Is CBD Safe? 

The general consensus is that while CBD may be safe to use for the majority of the population, you should always consult your medical practitioner before trying anything new. The most common side effects experienced when taking CBD include: fatigue, irritability, nausea, and dry mouth. While more research is being done everyday on the efficacy of CBD, there are a many who have experienced success with CBD in its various forms and for those looking for a natural alternative to pain medications, CBD may be just the answer you’ve been looking for.