This is the first part of a 2-part series.
To CBD, or not, to CBD? Now, this is the question on everyone’s lips.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is an organic, non-psychoactive therapeutic chemical compound found in the cannabis or hemp plant that belongs to a class of molecules called cannabinoids.
The hemp plant has been around for thousands of years and is used in India and other climes for medicinal purposes. Needless to say, they are way ahead in numerous breakthroughs while using CBD for the treatment of several physical and neurological conditions.
As the legal use of hemp and other cannabis products grows, consumers are becoming more curious about their options. This includes cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), two natural compounds found in plants of the Cannabis genus.
CBD can be extracted from the hemp or cannabis plant and can be sold in the form of gels, body lotions, soaps, gummies, oils, supplements, extracts, and more.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that produces “the high” sensation. It can be consumed by smoking cannabis and is available in oils, edibles, tinctures, capsules, and more.
CBD is becoming increasingly popular for having a wide scope of medicinal benefits. Research has shown that it may be used for both the treatment and prevention of a wide range of conditions, such as pain accompanying cancer treatment, arthritis, neuropathy, diabetes, inflammation, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, anxiety, schizophrenia and bipolar disorders, depression, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.
Unlike THC, CBD does not get you high and does not produce intoxication. Because one cannot get high with CBD, it is legal and safe to consume, even in high doses. For many people, CBD is gradually becoming a healthy addition to their lives.
The Farm Bill was passed by the US government and allows 50 states to grow hemp but, it does not mean each state does not have its own restrictions, therefore, be aware!
Because of the amount of feedback regarding this topic, Grace B. brings on the show, Robert Le Blanc. He is a researcher, advocate, and consumer of CBD products. His daughter’s medical challenges after a serious car accident years ago and his ongoing medical challenges have propelled his mission to further share his insights with individuals and organizations that would like to receive a practical view of his findings, as he continues his ongoing research in the CBD arena.
As research is still ongoing, there seem to be known health benefits associated with THC, even though controversy surrounds the legalization of medical marijuana because THC is found to be intoxicating.
But, if you take the THC out of marijuana, what argument is there left to debate?
Your guess is as good as ours.
1. Be mindful of your source as soil quality affects the purity of CBD.
2. Purchase from the actual growers.
3. Make sure your CBD product has a QR code as it may give you details of that business and most importantly, to see the contents of the product you are about to consume.
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An educative conversation as usual, if we may say so ourselves.
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