I'm sure you've noticed items labeled "CBD" throughout many stores like Walmart or Whole Foods. Items labeled as “Pain Remedy” or “Relax” are promising but What is it and how does it help you? And why is it selling out everywhere?
What is Cbd?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a Phytocannabinoid that was first discovered in 1940 as one of the 113 other cannabinoids. CBD is the key cannabinoid in producing the health benefits of marijuana. When you see the word “Marijuana” you are probably worried about the possible psychoactive effects or “High”. That is not the case here, commonly CBD is thought to only work in conjunction with Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which in some cases is true. Most tinctures, ointments, or E-juices can contain a small amount of THC to amplify the effects, but this does not always occur. According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization, “...in its pure state, cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm. As such, as CBD is not currently a scheduled substance in its own right (only as a component of cannabis extracts), current information does not justify a change in this scheduling position and does not justify scheduling of the substance.”
Will CBD get you high?
The short answer is No, CBD itself will not get you “High” as it contains no psychoactive chemicals, the only exception being if it is mixed with other products. You may see things labeled "Full Spectrum" either in the name or just under the product name, this is a clear indication of THC possibly being present in any dose. Most products carrying this label will have an ingredient listing on the back or a QR code lab result listed instead. Full spectrum CBD has its own place with the more efficient product lines, all fairly priced. on the opposite end of things would also clearly label the item as "THC Free". Though these labels are meant to be trusted, it wouldn’t hurt to make sure there are multiple tests done for the line to prevent exposure to something you didn’t want to be exposed to.
Is it legal?
If you are worried about the legality of a product such as this, rest easy knowing all CBD products as well as others are protected under the “Hemp Act”. As seen bill H.R 841 directly states “To make hemp, cannabidiol derived from hemp, and any other ingredient derived from hemp lawful for use under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as a dietary ingredient in a dietary supplement, and for other purposes.” This provides a clearer understanding of the safety surrounding the product seen by consumers.
What benefits does it claim to have?
CBD is perfect against common pain, muscular soreness, or even inducing a relaxing feel to calm the body as stated in an article by Dawn MacKeen regarding the benefits of CBD. Cannabidiol is a fantastic remedy for most issues facing most of the public. As mentioned before, ointments are commonly used for pain cream or muscular issues. While other companies have created hangover patches or sleep medication mixing CBD and Melatonin. All the health benefits with none of the psychoactive effects of regular Cannabis. Just as well CBD has been known to help with many more focused inconveniences. Personal use in the form of a pre-workout routine to calm the body before an intense set.
Ways to take CBD
As mentioned before there are a few ways to take CBD, such as A topical ointment. Pain Creams or hemp-based lotions are very popular amongst users as CBD is commonly used to help with muscle soreness. There are also tinctures which are droplets to be dissolved under your tongue. Lastly, some companies have developed E-juice, these are nicotine-free vape juice to give a more inhalation-based delivery. These are just a few of the ways to use CBD but research shows there are more to into.
Finally, I would like to add CBD affects everyone differently. I encourage you as a consumer to do your research and find the specific brand that maintains proper lab tests on their products to keep yourself safe. Trusted brands are in no way in short supply, and although there are few known side effects it would be smart to follow the proper procedure to consult your doctor before use as to prevent a bad reaction.