CBD, or cannabidiol, is said to help alleviate pain and certain disorders. It has exploded in popularity since President Trump legalized the cultivation of hemp, but is CBD a medical miracle or just another fad?
Is America on the verge of going CBD-crazy? There’s some evidence that we’re headed that way.
Cannabidiol, or CBD – an active but not psychoactive compound found in marijuana (that is, it won’t get you high) – has been credited with near-magical powers. Its proponents claim that it can combat everything from acne to depression to Parkinson’s disease.
While scientists say that it has indeed proven useful for treating childhood epilepsy and may be useful for curing insomnia, anxiety, and some chronic pain, many of its other supposed benefits have yet to be proven. That hasn’t stopped a lot of Americans from giving it a try.
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You’ve probably already heard about cannabidiol, better known as CBD. It’s exploded in popularity with claims of treating everything from insomnia to diabetes. – That’s the only thing that would help me with my migraine headaches. – [Narrator] It can be consumed as an oil, applied to skin, or inhaled it as a vapor. We know CBD is a component of marijuana, but it’s derived from hemp, usually does not contain THC, and won’t get you high. The game changer for the CBD industry came when President Trump signed a farm bill legalizing hemp cultivation. One prescription drug containing CBD has been approved for treating two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, but the vast majority of what we know about CBD has been limited to personal experiences and unproven animal studies. – More often than not, things that look good in animals, when you go into humans, those effects aren’t there. – [Narrator] According to a 2018 Harvard Health Blog post, scientists say they still don’t know much about how CBD affects the brain or which doses and delivery methods work best. For example, if you put a few drops of CBD under your tongue, you might consume 10 milligrams. But some researchers say you would need 30 times that amount to reach a threshold that can relieve stress. And since CBD products are primarily marketed and sold as supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t evaluate whether these products are safe or effective. That means if you buy a CBD product, you don’t really know how much CBD is actually in the container. There’s no denying the CBD revolution is upon us and the marketplace is buying in. However, there’s still a lot of TBD about CBD.