Millions of people had been waiting for years when finally the Farm Bill of 2018 removed cannabidiol (CBD) from the Controlled Substances Act Schedule 1 list, which made possession and use of CBD a federal crime. Now, of course, we think that was a travesty, but gladly enough Congresspeople came to their senses and allowed these exciting products and supplements to come to the forefront. Now that CBD is legal and available in all 50 states, here’s what you need to know about it.
CBD Comes From the Hemp Plant
Cannabis plants, also known as marijuana, contain THC and CBD, but only the THC has an intoxicating effect. The hemp plant is related to the cannabis plant but does not contain THC. It’s been used for centuries to make rope, paper, and fabric, but only recently has it been possible to extract the non-intoxicating cannabinoids from the plan in an economically realistic way. Because of hemp’s lack of THC, the best CBD products are sourced from hemp plants only. And that leads into:
CBD Doesn’t Get You “High”
Cannabis and its active component THC are still on the Controlled Substances Act Schedule 1, meaning they are federally illegal, although many states have legalized them. Aside from making for some confusing legal battles surrounding the plant, the stigma resulting from its illegal status still bleeds over to hemp products like CBD.
This is a real shame because hemp-sourced CBD doesn’t contain THC, meaning that they simply can’t get users “high” or “stoned.” CBD comes with several side benefits, but in essence, it’s no more a drug than chamomile tea is, and people should be able to confidently take it without a nagging suspicion they’re “doing drugs” or somehow committing a crime.
CBD Is Reported to Have Positive Effects on Your Mood and Pain
Make no mistake – CBD isn’t a replacement drug for anxiety or pain medication. It’s more like a complimentary supplement – like vitamins or St. John’s wort – that can help alleviate some of those symptoms more gently than the powerful drugs doctors often prescribe.
CBD is still being studied by chemists, medical scientists, and the FDA, sometimes for life-saving applications like epilepsy prevention, but also for its widely-reported anxiety and pain-relieving properties. Thousands if not millions of users have reported that CBD helps them stabilize their mood, lessen anxiety and depression symptoms, and simply to relax and calm down after a long or stressful day. For many people, prescription anti-anxiety medicines like Valium are too powerful and cause the risk of addiction – this makes CBD a viable option.
CBD studies also indicate that the compound can act as a mild pain reliever and is especially useful in reducing inflammation. For people with arthritis or other joint pain issues, CBD can take the place of opiates like Percocet or Oxycontin. Considering the rampant addiction to these drugs that’s taken place in the past 30 years, more and more people want to avoid the risk of getting caught up in the opioid crisis.
Of course, you should always consult your doctor if you require prescription medicines for anxiety or pain relief and are considering CBD as an alternative.
You Can Find a Way to Take CBD That Works for You
The old stereotype of a zoned-out hippie smoking huge joints is outdated when it comes to CBD; people of all ages and personalities have come to love hemp products and incorporate them into their lives. And just like every person is different, every person has a different way to take CBD. You might prefer a tincture to drop under your tongue or add to your morning coffee, or maybe a gummy is more your style. There are soaps and shampoos, topical creams, and even vapes. No matter your preference, there’s a CBD option for you.