The mania surrounding CBD has reached fever pitch, and understandably so. CBD products have remarkable powers of relaxation, stress reduction, and all-around welfare. We live in dire, anxiety-filled times and CBD offers users a chance to cope and escape from it all without actually going anywhere.
It’s everywhere these days- in dispensaries, where you can buy marijuana souvenir seeds, local bars, even at your local corner store. CBD can be drunk, eaten, rubbed onto one’s skin, used in a dab pen, infused with other products such as water and lubricant, and vaped. The only thing that CBD cannot do is get you high. While CBD is derived from the same plant as pot or marijuana, CBD is more about healing rather than getting stoned, so to speak.
The CBD industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the years to become a multi-billion-dollar industry. The numbers speak for themselves and the industry is expected to keep soaring. But before you go ahead and give CBD a shot, here are 5 things you should know about CBD oil in 2020:
It is not psychoactive
The first thing you should know about CBD is that it is not psychoactive, which means that you will not get high when you use it. The compound that gets people high when they use marijuana is known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). However, you should also know that THC is one of the many different chemicals referred to as cannabinoids – that are naturally produced by the cannabis plant.
It is widely available
CBD oil and other CBD products are widely available for purchase over the counter in dispensaries situated in states where marijuana is not prohibited. CBD is readily available all over the United States. Read TheExtract for cannabis news and regulations related to its usage across the world
CBD oil and other CBD products are widely available for purchase over the counter in dispensaries situated in states where marijuana is not prohibited. CBD is readily available all over the United States.
All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD use with varying degrees of restrictions. In December 2015, the FDA relaxed regulatory requirements paving the way for researchers to carry out CBD trials. The legality of CBD will continue to change over time because until recently, CBD products except for Epidolex, were all categorized together with heroin according to federal laws.
However, this all changed in December 2018 when President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law. The bill effectively legalized any CBD derived from hemp, as well as CBD that contains less than 0.3% THC.
Not only is CBD widely available, but it is also available in many different forms. The most common CBD formulation is oil but it is also available in extract form which is a vaporized liquid. You can also easily find oil-based capsules that are much easier to handle if you do not like the taste of CBD or in tincture form.
It is medicinal
CBD has been proven to contain anti-pain, anti-psychotic and anti-inflammatory properties. CBD first came into the limelight thanks to a 2013 CNN documentary titled ‘WEED’ reported by the now infamous Dr. Sanjay Gupta. The documentary started a little girl from Colorado that was suffering from a rare life-threatening type of epilepsy known as Dravet Syndrome.
On average, the little girl named Charlotte would suffer 300 grand mal seizures weekly and was always getting hospitalized as a result. After trying everything to sort the issue out to no avail, her parents resorted to treating the syndrome with CBD. It was an extremely controversial issue for her parents to consider a marijuana extract for such a young user, but almost as soon as her parents begun administering CBD oil to Charlotte, her seizures stopped.
Later that year, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Epidiolex, a pharmaceutical form of CBD for several severe pediatric seizures disorders. Epidolex became the first and only FDA-approved prescription CBD used for treatment of seizures associated with epilepsy. The oil was approved for use in patients 2 and older, a move that allowed CBD oil to become more mainstream.
Aside from epilepsy, CBD oil can also be used to treat epilepsy, arthritis, anxiety, menstrual cramps, insomnia, dry skin, psychosis, Alzheimer’s, Cancer, PTSD, dementia, anger, Parkinson’s, depression, ADHD, diabetes, Crohn’s and IBS, pain of any kind, migraines, or opiate addiction, even uptightness.
Not all sellers are created equal
Because CBD is so popular, it is widely available online and in brick and mortar stores. However, you should be very careful about where you purchase your CBD oil. You might be tempted to go for a cheaper version, but high-quality CBD oil is expensive.
This is because producers often have to carry out thorough extraction processes to get untainted oil from hemp plants. While the extraction processes are getting more efficient, the process is still time-consuming and costly. That’s why most quality CBD products cost upwards of $50 to $100 for a 1-ounce bottle of oil.
Now that the Farm Bill has been signed into law, CBD oil production will most probably be scaled up, which should work to drive the cost down. Whenever you are purchasing CBD oil, always be on the lookout for a “Certificate of Analysis” (CoA), which are lab results that will let you know exactly what is contained in your CBD products.
Always consult a physician before trying CBD
Because there is still a lot of research surrounding CBD use and its interactions, you should always notify your doctor before attempting to use it for medicinal purposes. Although not much is known so far, experts are aware that CBD products can stimulate or inhibit the enzymes that metabolize other drugs that you may be using.
While the dose in consumer CBD oil is usually too low to be an issue of concern, it is still a good idea to notify your doctor especially if you are already on another treatment plan.
There is no question that CBD is the wellness product of the decade. If you live in a state that currently allows it, you will be treated to a wide array of suppliers and vendors that you can choose from. If you are still a little confused about CBD, these 5 things should give you a little more information to make informed purchase decisions.