This product is popping up in the news, in health stores, and online. There is plenty of talk about whether CBD is legal, how you can take it, and what the benefits are. As with any new product that hits the market, we go from almost no information to more than we can handle. This leaves things less than clear.
In the past few years, federal and state laws have been passed and reformed, which has meant a constantly changing legal picture for CBD. Another area that can create confusion around CBD are the studies into the benefits of taking the product. We’ve put together 4 key things that will help you grasp the basics of CBD Oil.
1. What It Is
CBD is a chemical compound from cannabis, otherwise known as cannabidiol. CBD oils are products that are high in the CBD compound with low levels of THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis.
More often than not, when you see or hear about CBD oil, it’s usually in the form of a tincture. That statement probably just brings more questions, though. A full spectrum CBD tincture will likely contain high-quality cannabidiol, other phytocannabinoids, vitamins, and other health supplements.
Typically, a tincture may contain other oils with health benefits, such as peppermint oil, which historically has been used to soothe digestive systems, improve bad breath, and relieve sore muscles. Another common ingredient is an MCT oil, which stands for medium-chain triglycerides. This derives from coconut oil and is said to improve cognitive function.
2. Legal Status
CBD oil is legal, but only if it conforms to certain rules. State laws regarding CBD and medical marijuana differ, so it’s important to check what’s legal in each state. On a federal level, CBD is not a controlled substance when it’s made from hemp.
CBD can be made from marijuana, in which case it will have higher THC levels. CBD that’s legal at a federal level will have been made from hemp and have less than 0.3% THC. The difference is in the chemical levels of this compound, though both are called cannabis.
CBD from hemp was reclassified as an agricultural commodity, which means growers need a license, and state-federal regulations must be met.
3. Purchasing and Consuming
At the same time as reclassifying CBD as an agricultural product, the 2018 Farm Bill allowed for the possession, sale, and transportation of CBD from hemp, even over state lines. It is a newly growing industry that will continue to take shape over the next few years.
CBD oil from hemp can be bought from many reputable online retailers and stores at the mall. CBD oil from marijuana is available to those in states where recreational cannabis use is legal, and through state-approved dispensaries in states that allow medical marijuana use.
The tinctures are made for sublingual administration, which means dropping the required dosage under your tongue. It also comes as a vaping liquid, a balm for topical application, and can be put into food.
4. Why People Take It
There are scientific studies that show the benefits of the compound, although not much research has focused on CBD alone. There is anecdotal evidence to suggest a number of benefits, and one FDA-approved drug for epilepsy that contains cannabidiol.
CBD oil is used as a treatment for a number of conditions. Pain relief is one of the key reasons people take this substance, and it’s also said to help with inflammation. There are early promising results for the treatment of anxiety and depression using these oils, and it has been used to treat the root causes of sleep disorders.
Further research is being carried out regarding the effects of CBD on neuropathy. This may have specific benefits to those with Parkinson’s disease and those with Alzheimer’s.
In A Nutshell
There is a lot to learn about CBD oil, and we are only taking our first steps in understanding this compound and the products it is used in. Hopefully, having an understanding of the legality of the product, as well as its contents and availability has helped you to understand CBD.