What is CBD?

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of at least 113 naturally occurring chemical constituents found in the cannabis plant. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the most abundant component of cannabis, CBD does not induce a psychoactive effect, or “high,” and has been used medicinally for decades.

Acting upon the body’s cannabinoid receptors, the application or consumption of CBD may provide pain relief or reduce inflammation.

A new wave of interest into the health benefits of CBD, from both the medical community and the public at large, has spurred an acceleration in the rate and breadth of research.

As CBD is studied more closely, it’s showing potential as an effective treatment for a variety of ailments and illnesses, including:

Anxiety
Arthritis
Chronic Pain
Depression
Diabetes
Epilepsy
Inflammation
Insomnia
Nausea
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Is CBD safe?

The full spectrum of CBD’s potential medical benefits will come into focus as more research is conducted. The good news is that CBD research is getting more attention than ever before.

Regarding the safety of using CBD, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated in a December 2017 report that “cannabidiol does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm.” The WHO added that the “therapeutic value” of using CBD to treat epileptic seizures warranted serious research.

Six months after the WHO report, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a CBD-based drug for treating epileptic seizures. The approval of Epidiolex, produced by GW Pharmaceuticals, marked the first time a drug derived from marijuana had ever been approved by the FDA.

It’s important to note that some tremendous claims about CBD have not been backed up by medical research. Although CBD itself “does not appear to have abuse potential of cause harm,” as the WHO put it, one way that it could be harmful would be if it was used as a complete alternative to traditional medical treatment. Even though the FDA approved a CBD-based drug, the agency has issued warnings to companies making unrealistic or unsubstantiated claims, such as pushing CBD as a cure for cancer.

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