What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is a natural remedy for a range of ailments, noticeably pain relief. CBD has proven controversial over the years as it is one of the 104 chemical compounds called cannabinoids found in marijuana/cannabis. This puts it in the same category as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis that gets you “high.”
CBD, on the other hand, contains no such psychoactive components, and it won’t get you high or cause you to “see things” as marijuana does. The controversy comes from people who fail to differentiate CBD from THC and think of it as being the same as cannabis.
CBD Is Not Psychoactive
The critical thing to remember about CBD is that it won’t give you a high. While it doesn’t get you high, it does offer the same pain relief as marijuana with none of the mind-altering effects. This trait is what has made it so popular. CBD doesn’t alter your mental state, but it does offer physical relief from pain and other ailments.
With that said, there is a slight possibility CBD can have a small effect on you, especially if you get adverse side effects from Tylenol and Advil. Around 5% of people who use CBD report such side effects. Always take precautions when using a new medication or supplement and talk to your doctor if you feel different afterward.
How CBD Made?
CBD oil is made by extracting the CBD from cannabis and then using a carrier oil, such as hemp seed oil or coconut oil, to dilute it. You’ve likely heard people throw around the words “cannabis” and “hemp oil” with CBD. Hemp and marijuana are both species of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Both plants contain CBD, but hemp has much more than marijuana. It also has much less THC than marijuana.
People who talk about hemp seed oil refer to the oil taken from the seeds of hemp plants. Hemp oil contains no cannabinoids, neither CBD nor THC. Hemp oil is rich in healthy fats and used as a moisturizer in beauty products, among other things.
CBD Health Benefits
CBD has gained a lot of momentum in the health and wellness world in recent years. There have been scientific studies that show it does help to treat a range of ailments, including anxiety and chronic pain.
While CBD as a whole is not approved by – or controlled by – the FDA, the agency did approve one CBD medication called Epidiolex. Epidiolex is a medication for epilepsy treatment. Many people swear that using CBD has helped them with everything from back pain and osteoarthritis to cancer.
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support claims that CBD helps with pain management, inflammation control, nerve damage, anxiety and depression, stroke recovery, and more. Unfortunately, there is still a lack of real scientific study on CBD, so these claims can’t be backed by science. At least, not yet. Studies continue to be performed on CBD, and they generally come back positive.
If you are looking for a safe and natural alternative to managing pain and discomfort, consider trying CBD.