CBD facts that should help to ascertain its therapeutic effectiveness

CBD facts that should help to ascertain its therapeutic effectiveness

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Today we hear so much about Cannabidiol or CBD that you might wonder what the noise is all about. The popularity of CBD stems from its close links to marijuana even though it is quite different in its psychotropic properties. In simple words, marijuana gives you ‘high’ which CBD does not, and this makes a lot of difference in its applications as well as legality. While marijuana is mostly controversial and even banned in some States of the US, CBD does not invite any debate in this regard. It is legal to use CBD without any doubt no matter how and from where you procure it. As long as you are able to prove that it is CBD and not marijuana, you have no reasons to worry at all.

CBD is marijuana’s cousin

Cannabidiol is the second most active ingredient and even the most prevalent strain obtained from the cannabis plant that is also the source of marijuana. The close connection between CBD and marijuana that people often cite about is due to the fact that CBD comes from hemp plant which is a cousin of the marijuana plant as it belongs to the same species. Unlike marijuana, CBD is the principal component of medical marijuana, and this is possible only because the chemistry of CBD is completely different from marijuana.  CBD is just one of many cannabinoids found in the hemp plant and researchers have been hopeful about its therapeutic uses.

THC makes the difference

As told earlier, CBD does not give ‘high’ while the attraction of marijuana is in its ability to make people feel ‘high’ when consuming the herbal menace.  The difference happens due to a lower concentration of THC in cannabidiol.  Until not very long ago the dreaded compound THC or delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol used to be the most well-known compound extracted from cannabis that is responsible for causing ‘high.’ The psychoactive compound creates a mind-altering effect that creates ‘high’ and marijuana contains both CBD and THC.

CBD available from sources like Global Cannabinoids does not cause ‘high’ because it is not psychoactive. According to a WHO (World Health Organization) report, there are no reports of any health problems associated with pure CBD, and it does not exhibit any effects indicative of abuse or any dependence potential. However, CBD does bring about significant changes in the body, and according to some researchers, it has some medical benefits too.

The legal status of Cannabidiol

Broadly speaking CBD is legal in the US but on taking a closer look, you would discover some grey areas that can be confusing.  Since it is available in most parts of the country, it enjoys some kind of legal acceptance.  Every state has its own laws about legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction. However, the stand of the federal government is quite ambiguous because despite equating CBD with marijuana and admitting that it belongs to the same class, the government does not try to enforce against it in a habitual manner. Whether it treads a soft path about CBD is something that leaves people guessing.

On the other hand, FDA has relaxed the regulatory requirement of CBD in December 2015 thereby allowing researchers to conduct trials with CBD.  It is now possible to procure CBD online without the need for a medical cannabis license.  It seems that the government’s stand about CBD by considering the plant from which CBD comes, hemp or marijuana, to determine its legality is creating confusion.

As per current political trends, it seems that changes are likely to happen to the legality of CBD as there are chances of considering hemp crop legal. Good days are ahead for CBD users who could stop worrying about its legal status.

Health benefits of Cannabidiol

Researchers are hopeful of using CBD for a number of health issues, but the most prominent evidence about its effectiveness is available from using it for the treatment of Dravet syndrome and LCS syndrome (Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome) which are types of strongest childhood epilepsy and these diseases do not respond to traditional anti-seizure medications.  CBD has been highly effective in reducing the incidents of seizures, and in some cases, it could eradicate it completely as revealed in several studies. You could find some videos in support of the claims that are doing its rounds on the internet.  Epidiolex is the first medicine that contains CBD that the FDA has approved for the treatment of such conditions.

CBD is also effective for the treatment of insomnia and anxiety and studies have shown that it can facilitate falling asleep and sustain the sleeping state for a longer period.

Researchers are hopeful that CBD can be effective in the treatment of chronic pain of different types. The results of a study carried out on the animal model published in the European Journal of Pain shows that CBD applied on the skin could reduce arthritis pain and inflammation.  Studies have also shown that CBD can control neuropathic and inflammatory pain which is difficult to treat with traditional medicines. However, more studies are necessary to establish the claims of controlling pain by using CBD.

How safe is cannabidiol?

Cannabidiol comes with its share of side effects with people reporting about irritability, nausea, and fatigue experienced at different times.  Use of CBD can increase the level of Coumadin in the blood which acts as a blood thinner as well as that of some other medications. The most concerning aspect of CBD safety is that it is still not a declared medication but sold as a supplement. As it remains out of the purview of FDA because it is a dietary supplement, the safety, and regulatory aspects are uncontrolled. Therefore, it is not possible to check the label claim about the extent of active ingredient in the compound and even it may contain some other unknown elements.

Instead of believing the tall claims of CBD being a cure-all medication that can even treat cancer, it is better to look upon it as a pain reliever as several studies have shown.