CBD, or cannabidiol, oils, gummies, patches, and more are becoming more and more widely available throughout the United States at dispensaries, natural grocery stores, health food markets, and more. It is just one of the over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis, or marijuana, plant and is used medicinally for a wide variety of sicknesses from epilepsy to anxiety.
While some remain skeptical, a burgeoning foundation of research is indicating that CBD extracts are a safe treatment for some ailments. Read on for 30 things to consider, including source, dosing, and method of delivery, before adding CBD to your healthcare regimen.
1. It Won’t Get You High
Sorry, folks. If you were holding out hopes for a legal high, CBD is not the ticket. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the cannabinoid that is responsible for the high or euphoria experienced by people who smoke or consume whole plant cannabis. In CBD products, THC is either wholly removed or present only in incredibly trace amounts.
While it won’t you get high, many CBD users do report a lessening in anxiety and pain thanks to the calming and anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. CBD can also help with epilepsy, especially in children, and even has been shown in initial research to slow the growth of cancer cells. So, why it might not be as fun, it’s undoubtedly a very medically useful cannabinoid.