CBD, THC, cannabis sativa, cannabinoids, hemp: what do these words mean, and can CBD benefit you in safe, effective ways? Let’s find out by taking a look at the most up-to-date CBD information!
CBD is derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, and is short for cannabidiol. Its psychoactive cousin THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, also comes from the same plant. CBD and THC are both cannabinoids, which are the active components of cannabis. However, there’s one major difference between the two: cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC is called hemp, and cannabis with more than 0.3% THC is called marijuana. According to the US Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA), CBD is a single compound found in cannabis, and the marijuana plant “is a type of cannabis plant that contains many naturally occurring compounds, including CBD and THC.”
Because CBD is derived from hemp, it will never cause the mind-altering effects that the marijuana plant does. According to a report by the World Health Organization, CBD is considered safe to use, “is generally well-tolerated with a good safety profile,” and “there is no evidence of recreational use of CBD or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
The United States Food and Drug Administration agrees, and in December 2018 it passed the Farm Bill. This groundbreaking legislation removed hemp from the list of Schedule I controlled substances that have a high potential for abuse and reclassified hemp and its byproducts as ordinary agricultural commodities. The European Union has similar regulations: hemp plant farming, as well as the processing of crops with less than 0.2% THC, is legal in all states.
Because CBD and hemp only recently became EU and FDA approved, many human studies are either ongoing or just getting started. However, clinical trials suggest that CBD can greatly benefit children suffering from severe epilepsy due to Dravet Syndrome, and in June 2018, Epidiolex—the first CBD-derived drug—gained FDA approval. In addition, medical marijuana has been legalized in 24 countries worldwide, including in the United States where it’s legal in 33 states and in the District of Columbia.
So now that CBD can be purchased even in pharmacy stores, what sorts of benefits can you expect to gain from using it? And can a CBD product really help you support better wellness? assist dealing with mental conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, or a physical condition such as psoriasis, arthritis, or multiple sclerosis? The answer is complicated because of the early stage in research. As of now, many studies are still ongoing and others are just getting started. Hopefully, they will soon be able to provide us with an even clearer picture of how a dose of CBD may help many issues. It is always recommended to talk to a doctor before using any supplements and this case isn’t different. With that in mind as of now, we offer some insight and shed some more light for you on the potential benefits.
For instance, research is promising regarding CBD’s therapeutic ability to potentially help with mental health issues such as anxiety, insomnia, sleep disorders, symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and depression. CBD has also been shown promise regarding chronic pain and inflammation due to arthritis and psoriasis, and sensitive skin issues such as acne.
Humans aren’t the only ones who may benefit from CBD, researchers are also looking into how cannabidiol may help your pets. Studies regarding CBD’s anti-pain and anti-inflammatory properties for dogs with osteoarthritis are ongoing, as are those about how CBD oil might potentially reduce seizures in epileptic dogs.
While there haven’t been many studies exploring the use of CBD in cats, many holistic veterinarians are using it to increase feline well-being with conditions such as anxiety, inflammation, and pain.
If all of this has piqued your interest and you’d like to discover how CBD might benefit you, the next step is to learn about your product options. CBD can be taken in many forms, each with its own particular set of benefits. The following products are some of the most popular ways to experience CBD.
• CBD Oil, also known as a tincture, contains a concentrated amount of cannabidiol that you drop under your tongue and hold for a minute or longer. CBD oil quickly enters the bloodstream and a large percentage is utilized by your body. Tinctures are available in multiple flavours.
• Topicals such as creams, balms, and lotions are available in different concentrations. They’re easy to apply throughout the day, and allow you to target specific areas on your body. Whether you’re dealing with inflamed skin due to acne, sore post-workout muscles, or irritated psoriatic skin, topicals are made with additional nourishing ingredients to help soothe and heal.
• Vaping is another convenient, fast-acting option, and CBD vape e-liquids also come in a variety of delicious flavours.
• CBD Crystal is purified CBD that’s been isolated from other cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Crystals are considered to be the cleanest and purest form of CBD available, and they are tasteless and odourless so you can use them in a variety of ways.
When choosing a CBD retailer, first confirm that the company manufactures high-quality, organically-sourced products that are third-party lab tested, and that they have solid customer service policies such as a money-back guarantee and a 100% secure checkout process in addition to phone, email, and web support. You can also search to make sure that their customer reviews are positive and numerous.
Here at Canzon, we pride ourselves in providing all of the above, so we invite you to peruse our wide selection of premium, high-quality CBD products. We’ve created this video series for informational purposes only, so we’re unable to provide specific medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. However, we’d love to support you by answering any questions you may have about our products, so feel free to get in touch. We wish you the best on your journey to wellness!
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