What’s All the Buzz About CBD?
You might have noticed CBD products are a major trend right now, showing up everywhere from hair salons to doctor’s offices. Consumers have a myriad of options including oils, salves, gummies, tinctures, capsules and even vapes. Check out a google search of “CBD products” and you’ll see upwards of 199,000,000 hits and “CBD benefits” turns up 147,000,000. CBD products are serious business right now. It’s pretty incredible that something so ubiquitous was a taboo a few short years ago. Now, growing numbers of people and doctors are singing its praises touting benefits for everything from anxiety to insomnia. Touted as a safe and natural remedy, it’s really tempting to join in on the excitement. Here are a few things you might want to know so you can make an informed decision before adding it to your daily routine.
Where does CBD come from?
CBD comes from a type of cannabis plant called hemp, but not the kind that will get you high. While some types of cannabis are grown as marijuana and are specifically bred to have high levels of THC, Hemp plants must legally have less than .3 percent of THC.
Is it legal?
A federal law was passed in 2018 differentiating hemp from marijuana, making it legal. State to state however, legality of CBD is still evolving.
Can it make you high?
The answer is no. While CBD is a chemical derived from marijuana, it does not contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient that causes a user to feel high. There is definitely no buzz from taking CBD in any form.
What are the benefits?
The list of reported benefits of CBD products is a lengthy one and while the current research isn’t extensive, the results appear especially promising for people managing seizure disorders. The FDA recently approved the first CBD drug to treat epilepsy . CBD is also being studied as a treatment for many other diseases including Type 1 diabetes and chronic pain. Many people report it helps alleviate insomnia, anxiety, depression, OCD and joint pain.
Are there side effects?
The most common issues reported are tiredness, diarrhea, and appetite. Overall, research studies report CBD to be well tolerated, but there is some concern about interaction with other medications and blood thinners such as coumadin so if you are currently taking prescription medications, it’s important to speak with your doctor before using this supplement.
Can you become addicted?
No. According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
Are there risks?
It’s important to note that while the current research is promising, CBD products are considered supplements and are not regulated. As result, there can be broad variability in quality and understanding of dosages. It’s also important not to substitute CBD for medical and psychological care. While the reported benefits for anxiety sound very positive, mental health treatment decisions should be made with the help of a professional.
The possibilities CBD products are bringing to the natural health movement is truly exciting, but the long-term staying power of these supplements will depend on future research.