If you’re reading this, you’ve noticed that CBD (cannabidiol) is popping up just about everywhere lately. From the food industry, to skin care products, to the pet care industry, CBD continues to gain popularity across many markets. However, several warnings have been given from the FDA to companies overstating the benefits of products containing CBD. And that leaves the general population a little nervous about what we really know about CBD. We are here to answer some of your most important questions and concerns.
OK – So what’s the difference between CBD and THC?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound found in hemp and marijuana. (Rest assured – the CBD that Skinny & Co. uses is derived from hemp 100% of the time.) However, unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-psychoactive and does not produce the “high” that is generally associated with marijuana. So, it gives you a lot of the same benefits, but none of the mind-altering effects. It is also not habit-forming.
Is CBD even legal?
CBD derived from hemp is legal in all 50 states. However, CBD can also come from marijuana, and the legality of that is limited to specific states. As we stated earlier, Skinny+ products are always made from CBD derived from hemp, which is legal across the United States.
What are the proven benefits of CBD?
- The FDA has approved CBD as an effective ingredient in “the treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older.”
- CBD shows potential for chronic pain management in some cases. According to a study completed by the Journal of Experimental Medicine, CBD was able to reduce chronic pain and inflammation in mice. A study published by the National Institute of Health showed similar results in the treatment of Osteoarthritis, with positive results in both joint pain and nerve damage.
- A study published by the National Institutes of Health recorded very positive results when studying the effects of CBD in the treatment of the symptoms of several anxiety-related disorders, though chronic treatment has not been studied significantly.
- Because sleepiness is a known side-effect of CBD, it is beneficial in the treatment of insomnia.
According to the Mayo Clinic, research is ongoing concerning the potential uses of CBD to treat PTSD, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and anxiety, among many other areas of study.
What are the side-effects of CBD?
There are some known side-effects to using hemp-derived CBD. According to Harvard Health Publishing, those side-effects can include nausea, fatigue and irritability. According to World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. There is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
***As with any supplement, make sure to talk to your doctor if you decide to try CBD to make sure it doesn’t interfere with any current medications or treatments.