What is CBD?

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CBD is being debated in the medical world for its medicinal prospects, while equally weighing the risks of cannabis based products. Before one chooses to go to CBD for their medical, or other issues, let’s examine what we know of it.

Cannabidiol has been around since it was discovered in 1940. Despite it being part of the cannabis plant, it accounts for 40% of the plant. It is a substance that can be consumed, inhaled, or even sprayed in an aerosol form.

CBD comes from cannabis. This is mainly what causes a large amount of controversy in the media when it comes to CBD. Despite it becoming legal for recreational use in many places in the country, the use of it for recreation and even medicinal purposes is under contention. But, there’s plenty of evidence proving that this is not the same as marijuana.

According to the Mayo Clinic, CBD is a chemical that is found in marijuana. However, unlike the marijuana everyone often hears about, CBD doesn’t contain tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is what the psychoactive ingredient is called. The lack of THC in CBD based products allows for them to not have the typical symptoms of marijuana consumption, making them often safe to eat, drink, or use in things such as beauty products, like make up. (1)

As of June this year, there were “150 trials in progress that are testing CBD as a treatment for a wide variety of health conditions, including autism, alcoholism, skin conditions and schizophrenia” (2). There’s so many prospective uses for CBD but there’s a lot of testing that first needs to be done with it.

Tests on CBD are on-going, and there’s a lot to be said for the benefits of cannabidiol. So, if you’re considering it, do your research, and, above all, ask your medical professional about CBD.

1: https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/expert-answers/is-cbd-safe-and-effective/faq-20446700

2: https://www.livescience.com/65811-what-is-cbd.html

3: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319475.php