Cannabidiol (CBD) – Safe Pain Relief Alternative?
Why so much fuss about Cannabidiol CBD? It is widely covered in media. Why is CBD so popular?
CBD is NOT marijuana, but it is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). CBD is derived directly from the hemp plant. CBD does not cause a “high. According to World Health Organization, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with use of pure CBD.
CBD is available all-over United States and it is legal with varying degrees of restrictions. However, United States government categorizes CBD as marijuana.
It appears that CBD is valuable in terms of health benefits for humans. In treating epilepsy syndromes, CBD was able to reduce number of seizures. Recently the FA approved Epidiolex, cannabis-derived medicine.
CBD is commonly used to treat anxiety, and for patients who suffer through the misery of insomnia. CBD is viable option for treating different types of chronic pain. CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. CBD has also demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat.
Side effects associated with intake of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin.
It is to be noted that CBD is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So, you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements.
According to BDS Analytics, based in Boulder, Colorado, CBD products are a natural alternative to preion and over the counter (OTC) medications. Studies show that natural oils enhance the absorption of active ingredients. That is why CBD needs to include THC-free, CBD rich, broad-spectrum distillate from the Cannabis hemp plant.
CBD products can be used for arthritis, back and neck pain, before, after, or during workouts general muscle and joint pain, and foot pain. The highlights of CBD are as follows:
- CBD is non-addictive, non-psychoactive, and THC-free
- CBD is federally legal
- CBD is naturally derived
CBD is NOT a cure-all for cancer as claimed by some manufacturers. At this time, it can be said that CBD may prove to be an option for managing anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain. If you decide to try CBD, talking to your physician is recommended.
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