CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in Cannabis and Hemp. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of Cannabis (Marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical Marijuana, it is derived directly from the Hemp plant, which is a cousin of the Marijuana plant.
CBD has been touted for addressing a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes – such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain.
CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status is in flux
Common Misconceptions About CBD
It is another form of Marijuana
It is extracted from hemp
They are both extracted from plants in the Cannabis family. Although CBD can be found in Marijuana plants, proper CBD oil is extracted from Hemp plants that contain less than 0.3% THC, the compound in Marijuana that gets you high. CBD oil extracted from Marijuana is prohibited in many states.
It is not a psychoactive at all
It has mild psychoactive effects
THC is the chemical compound in Marijuana that gets you high, and CBD is the compound that doesn’t. However, though it’s not intoxicating, CBD oil does have slight psychoactive effects on the user’s mental state. This is why it is effective in treating both depression and anxiety.
The FDA doesn’t regulate CBD
The FDA prohibits the use of CBD in food & as dietary supplements
The 2018 farm bill expressly preserves the U.S. FDA authority to regulate food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and drugs, including those that contain Hemp ingredients. The FDA’s position is that THC and/or CBD cannot lawfully be added to food or marketed as dietary supplements.