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The Truth About CBD

Marijuana and CBD are frequently misused as interchangeable references to one another, so I'm here to bring clarity to these two herbal family members- Let's dive right in:


The word "Cannabis" is used as a reference to all products produced from the flowering plant Cannabis Sativa. “Cannabinoids” are the group of substances found in the Cannabis plant.

Out of more than 100 cannabinoids, THC (typically heard of when referring to marijuana) and Cannabidiol (CBD) are the two main cannabinoids in a Cannabis Sativa Plant.


“Cannabidiol” a.k.a. CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a "cousin" of the marijuana plant, and is legal as long as it stays at a .3% THC content, or less. CBD has been legalized since 2018 when the Agriculture Improvement Act (a.k.a. the Farm Bill) passed stating CBD that is derived from hemp and contains no more than .3% THC (by dry weight) is also legal. According to Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. Peter Grinspoon states: ‘ “CBD is one of hundreds of components of marijuana, and by itself does not cause a “high”’. The FDA has actually approved one CBD product as a prescription to treat two very rare and severe forms of epilepsy.


Marijuana is used as reference to some of the components and products that originate from the Cannabis Sativa plant, but have a much higher potency of THC than the legal amount of .3%- which is considered "industrial hemp". Marijuana is not legal everywhere, some reasons to note: marijuana has been linked to anxiety and depression-even though it has also been linked to helping it. Marijuana has psychoactive properties, which is why research has shown that heavy use of marijuana can do damage to memory, attention, and learning.

According to the World Health Organization: “In experimental models of abuse liability, CBD appears to have little effect on conditioned place preference or intracranial self-stimulation. In an animal drug discrimination model CBD failed to substitute for THC. In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.” In other words, CBD is NOT THC and has NO abuse-dependence traits. World Health Organization also states that through clinical studies it has been reported that even high doses (600 mg) of oral CBD does not cause THC-like effects such as impairment, increased heart rate, dry mouth, etc. Overall, there is no evidence that oral CBD gives THC-like physiological effects, or effects plasma concentrations of THC.


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In my personal opinion, along with numerous Doctors who would agree: CBD IS SAFE! Multiple clinical studies have shown that CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, and many other qualities. CBD gives a relaxing feeling versus the “euphoric” and disoriented effects of THC. This relaxing feeling that CBD gives is what has been known to help anxiety, PTSD, chronic pain, seizures, and insomnia to name a few. Study after study has shown no indicative signs of abuse, dependence potential, or any public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.


So, what's your next move regarding CBD? Wherever, or However you choose to move, remember to be smart and always consult a physician if you have any medical questions prior to using CBD.



As always,

Stay blessed!



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SOURCES USED:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476

https://www.who.int/medicines/access/controlled-substances/CannabidiolCriticalReview.pdf

https://www.cbdweb.org/medical-cannabis-guide/hemp-vs-marijuana-vs-cannabis

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2011/07/05/2011-16800/establishment-of-a-new-drug-code-for-marihuana-extract

https://www.farmers.gov/manage/farmbill

http://www.drliptan.com/blog/2018/9/16/frequently-asked-questions-about-cbd

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