We know that CBD is associated with something medical. It’s one of the most talked-about “trends” by health buffs, adding that they infuse it in their food, shakes, coffee, and more.

But what don’t we know about CBD, and are they worth knowing?

Below are some of the concepts on CBD that are discussed but rarely known by the public.

There is a difference between CBD and marijuana

People often think that CBD is marijuana. It’s because there is a heavy tagging in the media on the interrelation between CBD and marijuana.

To put down the gavel for once, indeed, CBD and marijuana are connected. Marijuana is a plant, and CBD (cannabidiol) is a cannabinoid that can be extracted directly from hemp. Hemp is a plant-cousin of marijuana.

While CBD is connected to the marijuana and hemp plant, if left alone, it doesn’t get you “high.”

According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

The legality of CBD

According to Business Matters, there is a current confusion on the legality of CBD in the UK.

There is a vast number of illegal cannabinoids in the UK, but CBD is an exception. However, for a certain product with CBD to be legal, it should have the following prerequisites:

  1. It should be derived from an industrial hemp strain.
  2. The hemp strain should be EU approved.
  3. The CBD oil product shouldn’t contain THC.

There will be future amendments to the provision on CBD, especially in the medical department, but CBD is legal for now.

The strongest scientific evidence of CBD

CBD is known for its many health benefits, but one of its strongest scientific evidence lies in treating childhood epilepsy syndromes, specifically Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

The numerous studies on CBD and mentioned epilepsy syndromes yielded positive results such as less seizure frequency and intensity.

The safety of CBD

CBD has side effects, but their intensity varies from person to person. The most common side effects of CBD are nausea, fatigue, and change in the mood. CBD can also interact with some drugs. For example, it can’t be mixed with blood thinners and other substances that can increase CBD’s potency. One of the primary concerns on safety with CBD is its unregulated nature in some parts of the world.

Final thought

CBD has been tagged as a cure for all organic medicine, but to anyone who uses that title should be more careful. There is no conclusive clinical evidence yet that CBD cures complicated conditions like cancer. If you decide on taking CBD oil, talk to your doctor about it.

 

Reference:

1) Grinspoon, P. 2018. Cannabidiol (CBD) — what we know and what we don’t. Available at:

2) The Week. 2019. What is CBD oil and is it legal in the UK? Available at:
https://www.theweek.co.uk/99068/what-is-cbd-oil#:~:text=However%2C%20CBD%20is%20an%20exception,usually%20allowed%20in%20the%20UK.