Fans of CBD have been making their rounds on the web with claims that it’s the next big thing in natural remedies – able to treat everything from anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and pain just to name a few.
But being so new to the market, there is still much research that needs to be done to support all the claims.
Before you visit your local dispensary for some CBD gummy bears or purchase a bottle of CBD oil off the internet (which is illegal – read more below) here are some facts you should know about CBD.
- CBD stands for cannabidiol and comes from the hemp plant.
- It is not the same as THC, the component in marijuana that gets you high. CBD is non-psychoactive.
- CBD comes in various forms: pills, powders, tinctures, balms, and chewables like gummy bears.
- CBD is legal within the 30 states that have legalized marijuana.
- According to DEA spokesperson, Barbara Carreno, “Online sales of CBD products are “illegal in the entire U.S.” It is illegal to sell and purchase CBD over the internet because the Federal Government has classified CBD as a Schedule 1 substance, which means it is not seen as something that has a proven benefit and is in high risk of being misused.
- Because of the Schedule 1 designation of CBD, legitimate medical research is hindered. Researchers must purchase a license to use CBD in clinical research.
- The FDA has approved CBD in the form of Epidiolex, a pharmacy-level drug used in the treatment of two severe forms of epilepsy in children.
- CBD is marketed as a supplement and as such, it is not held to the same rigorous standards and checks that pharmaceuticals are, which means dosages can vary, as well as the purity of the product, which brings us to the next fact…
- Some CBD products on the market have been mixed with THC
- It is illegal to treat animals with CBD although there are accounts of veterinarians giving CBD to their pets at home they cannot administer CBD to their client’s pets.
The research on the effects of CBD has been scant and limited to small batches of participants. However, for what research has been done, it has been suggested that CBD may be able to relieve anxiety. This was found after people diagnosed with social anxiety where assigned the task of public speaking. Those who took CBD before the talk had lower anxiety levels after the talk than those who did not take it or who were given the placebo.
Because so little is still known about CBD, if you are considering trying it, speak with your healthcare provider first. A known side effect of the substance is that it thins the blood. So if you are taking blood-thinning medication, the use of CBD could be harmful.
Regardless of how little proof there is out there, CBD is gaining in popularity. It will soon start popping up in the food and beverage industry as more chefs and mixologists are finding ways to incorporate CBD into cutting edge recipes. You’ll start seeing more people adding CBD to things like coffee, smoothies, and pastries.
When considering taking any new substance into your body, it’s always wise to get as much information about it as possible and use your best judgment. CBD may turn out to be a far-reaching remedy. But there is also the likelihood that it’s just the latest cool thing and has about as much benefit as a placebo.
© 2019 Tamara Jefferies