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The FDA has tested various products and found that many didn’t have the amount of CBD they had advertised, and has often sent warning letters to companies that make unfounded health claims.
The law depends on where you live, and whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp. Marijuana is trickier because the federal government still considers it an illegal drug, although states have their own swiftly changing laws. Some states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, while others have legalized medical marijuana. Still others have introduced CBD-specific legislation.
Most of the products claim to ease pain and anxiety. But whether or not these products actually contain the amount of CBD they advertise is up for debate, since they’re not approved by the FDA.
How do you use CBD?
Currently the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product, a prescription drug called Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. In July, the FDA expanded what the drug is approved to treat, saying it can also be used for seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex.
You’re probably already familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is another compound found in the cannabis plant and its main psychoactive component. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it’s not what gets you stoned. It’s also different from medical marijuana, which has been shown to reduce pain.
CBD can be taken orally or applied topically, depending on the product. There are lots of options out there, from gummies and softgels that supposedly ease anxiety to calming bath soaks, creams and oils — and even beer.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may even help treat acne.
Why is that important?
There are lots of reasons why people use CBD. Research into the compound is ongoing, but already studies are showing a wealth of positive evidence on things like stress relief, pain relief, difficulty sleeping, and more.
Furthermore, most of the clinical evidence we have so far on CBD comes from animal studies, which must be taken with a pinch of salt. After all, the human body is not exactly like a rat’s body. What we do know is that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared CBD “generally safe, non-toxic, and non-addictive in humans.”
How CBD Works
That being said, CBD should never be touted as a panacea or miracle cure. In fact, CBD products derived from hemp are not designed to treat or cure any disease or medical ailment.
CBD comes from hemp, which by taxonomic classification is a plant belonging to the Cannabis sativa L family. Some confusion stems from the fact that there are multiple types of Cannabis sativa. For many, marijuana (and THC) is probably what springs to mind when they hear the word cannabis.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is an active compound (called a cannabinoid) found in hemp. There are hundreds of different cannabinoids, but in recent times, CBD has become one of the most talked about – and one of the most popular.
CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system, or ECS. This is a network of receptors that works to regulate a multitude of functions, including things like pain response, immune response, and even sleep patterns.