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7 Things You Should Know about CBD
Tuesday, 23 March 2021

The popularity of CBD and CBD products is increasing as more research is done and the effects of the chemical become better understood. Here are seven things you should know about CBD.

1. What It Is

CBD, which stands for Cannabidiol, is a chemical found in both marijuana and hemp, which are both varieties of cannabis plants. It's one of the main components of cannabis, along with THC. While THC has already been the subject of scientific study, CBD is now becoming a popular test subject to figure out its exact benefits and what kinds of therapeutics it may be used best in. CBD can be extracted from both marijuana and hemp, but hemp generally has a much lower CBD content than marijuana.

2. It Won't Intoxicate You

CBD is a different chemical from THC. It doesn't bind to the receptors in the brain or body that THC does in order to cause intoxication, so it lacks the psychoactive effects THC causes. When you take CBD, you may experience other side effects but you're unlikely to experience issues with mental clarity.

3. Main Benefit of CBD

Products like CBDfx tinctures are marketed mainly for their calming and relaxing benefits. These benefits are the most well-known ones of CBD currently. The available scientific studies show that CBD can decrease anxiety and help you relax enough to fall asleep or stay asleep. This may be due to some interactions CBD can have with neurotransmitters within the brain, such as serotonin. In these studies, people would either take a dose of CBD before entering a situation that caused nervousness, such as public speaking, or took a small dose daily for a period of several months. Anxiety was proven to decrease in both cases and sleep quality appeared to improve in the latter case.

4. Continuing Research

CBD is a relatively new player on the pharmaceutical stage. There is continuing research into its purported benefits in a number of different medical areas. Some of these areas include pain relief, epilepsy treatment, addiction treatment and cancer treatment. However, unlike the research into anxiety and insomnia treatments, research into these areas is relatively recent. For example, there has been some evidence that CBD can help alleviate pain experienced by patients with terminal diseases such as cancer, but it's currently unclear whether CBD has an effect on other types of pain or an ability to shrink or halt the growth of tumors.

5. Palliative Care

Medical marijuana is a well-known option for pain relief for people with terminal illnesses. There is evidence that THC and CBD can help reduce pain, but in the case of CBD, not enough for it to be approved as a pain relief treatment in the same vein as THC. Additionally, THC and CBD are likely to affect different pain receptors and types of pain. CBD may be better for pain caused by inflammation, such as arthritis, while THC may work better for cramps. Because of the psychoactive effects and potential long-term health complications of THC, CBD may be a good alternative for pain relief in palliative care.

6. Legality

The legality of CBD depends on where you live and the source of the CBD oil. This is due to the varying legality of marijuana. In some states, marijuana is fully legal and therefore, so is CBD. In others, marijuana is only legal for medical purposes. You'll need to check the legal status of CBD if you live in such a state. In states where marijuana is illegal, you should seek out CBD products sourced from hemp instead, which is legal due to its low levels of THC.

7. Side Effects

The side effects of CBD are generally mild, including but not limited to dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth and nausea. It is also non-addictive. However, as with any chemical, there is a small risk of more severe side effects, such as elevated liver enzymes.
It's important to bring up your interest in taking CBD to your doctor before trying any products that contain it. While it may be a good thing to try, you need to be sure the product you use will have some kind of benefit for you and won't interfere or interact poorly with any other medications or treatments you're already taking.
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