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A Newbie’s Introduction to CBD

At this point in time, you have probably heard of the three-letter buzzword CBD. More people than ever are turning to this organic and natural remedy for various reasons. There are a lot of factors contributing to CBD’s growing popularity. One is its legalization in some parts of the United States (and some countries around the world). Another factor is the increasing number of research proving the various medical benefits of CBD.

But what really is CBD? If you are a newbie to the CBD world and are interested to learn more about this product, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we will introduce you to the wonderful compound that is CBD. Continue reading below and don’t forget to take down notes!

What exactly is CBD?

Cannabidiol, more popularly referred to as CBD, is a compound derived from hemp and cannabis sativa plants. CBD is considered a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids have two types: endocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that naturally occur inside the human body and phytocannabinoids, which are cannabinoids that are produced and derived from plants. Obviously, CBD falls into the category of phytocannabinoids.

CBD can be combined and mixed with a lot of products for a more holistic approach. It can be added to lotions, creams, and even processed so that it can be used for vaping. However, contrary to the common misconception, CBD does not make you high. CBD is primarily used for wellness and medicinal purposes.

This is different from recreational marijuana which offer psychoactive euphoric effects to its users. In the thirty-ninth meeting of the World Health Organization’s Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, they have found that CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential in humans. Also, there is no evidence to date of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.

What are the medicinal benefits of CBD?

Research showed the potential of CBD to help in achieving positive health effects by attaching to the receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids like CBD may help in the regulation of certain body functions like memory, sleep, and mood.

CBD may also help address several health conditions like acne, anxiety, chronic pain, depression, epilepsy, glaucoma, insomnia, muscle spasms, metabolic syndrome, migraine, motion sickness, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), nausea, neurodegeneration, and Parkinson’s disease.

Just last year, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) [CBD] oral solution for the treatment of epileptic seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome in patients who are two years old and older.

Moreover, the latest medical research on CBD revealed that not only does CBD help in relieving epileptic seizure attacks but it can also potentially help in treating addiction and drug withdrawal symptoms. This new research has shown very promising results in both human and non-human studies.

Does CBD have any side effects?

A research study done in 2017 found that the most common side effects of CBD on the human body were tiredness, diarrhea, and changes of appetite or weight. Some more rarely reported adverse effects include dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness.

Another side effect of CBD is drug interaction. CBD can interact adversely with other medications you are currently taking. That is why you need to check with your doctor first before taking it with other present medications. These side effects though can be considered to be very minor as compared to other drugs or medications’ adverse effects.

Is CBD legal in the United States?

Since the United States is a country governed by a federal form of government, laws may differ from one state to another. With regard to the legality of CBD, however, the federal government has issued a bill to govern this issue. In all 50 states, CBD is now legal, although with varying degrees of restriction. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill which was approved December 20, 2018, the bill had the effect of fully legalizing both hemp and CBD in the United States.

To sum it all up, CBD is not a drug that can get you high. Its main purpose is to promote wellness and health to its users. Unlike its mischievous cousin marijuana, CBD does not negatively affect your brain. However, to make these benefits even more beneficial to humans, further research is still needed.

About the author, Lorna

Lorna Liana is a new media strategist and lifestyle business coach to visionary entrepreneurs. She travels the world while running her business as a digital nomad. Lorna's boutique agency provides “done for you” web design, development and online marketing services for social ventures, sustainable brands, transformational coaches and new paradigm thought leaders. She is also a personal development junkie, and 20 year practitioner of shamanism, with extensive training in Tibetan Bon Shamanism and the ayahuasca traditions of the Amazon Basin.

A self-professed ayahuasca snob and perennial ayahuasca tourist, Lorna has been drinking ayahuasca since 2004. She's been in approximately 150 ayahuasca ceremonies (from terrible to fantastic), and tasted wide variety of ayahuasca brews (from awful to exquisite).

Her ayahuasca experience spans 30+ different shamans and facilitators, 7 indigenous tribes, several Brazilian churches, and a host of neo-shamanic circles, in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Europe, the US, and Asia.

Through this widely-varied background, she hopes to shed some perspective on the globalization of ayahuasca.

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