CBD is all the craze at the moment and has recently made headlines for its contention amongst federal lawmakers and the FDA. A bill was just introduced (H.R. 5587) and if passed, CBD would be classified as a dietary supplement just like vitamins. With the extract found in everything from your morning smoothie and tea to relaxing bath bombs, it’s obvious that most people already view CBD as such. There is even a huge market for CBD pet products that is gaining traction. So what’s the deal with this hemp-derived cannabidiol and what are the different ways to consume CBD?
CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, one of over 60 cannabinoids (chemical compounds) that can be found in cannabis plants. This non-psychoactive substance is typically extracted from the hemp plant which has a naturally higher CBD to THC ratio than marijuana and has less restrictions when it comes to growing. CBD is also found in very small quantities in normal marijuana strains. Since CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not give you the mental effects of being high, it can be used in many different situations such as by working professionals who can enjoy the calming benefits while keeping a clear mind.
It all started with the incredible story of Charlotte Figi which helped to popularize and bring awareness to the benefits of CBD. Charlotte was born with a very rare type of epilepsy called Dravet’s syndrome which continued to get worse, giving her hundreds of crippling seizures each week and extended hospitalization. As a last ditch effort, her parents investigated into the use of CBD and contacted a local dispensary to help create a high CBD, low THC extract that provided no psychoactive effects, making it safe for children. The strain, Charlotte’s Web, was named in her honor after dramatically reducing the number of seizures she experienced, which allowed her to live a somewhat normal life. Charlotte’s Web is still one of the most popular CBD dominant strains and has helped countless other epilepsy sufferers over the years.
In addition to epilepsy, CBD advocates also claim that the extract helps with pain, anxiety, stress, insomnia, menstrual cramps, and depression, among dozens of other health benefits. There has even been some research into its anti-inflammatory properties which may help with acne. Many people who face these medical issues are using traditional medicines that cause a variety of side effects and are often addictive, making switching to a natural remedy like CBD even more appealing.
When it comes to consuming CBD, the method you decide to go with really depends on what you’re comfortable with doing (i.e. people who prefer not to smoke) and how well it works with your body. What works for one person isn’t necessarily the method that will work best for you, so make sure to give a few options a try before settling on one.
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