Cannabidiol (CBD) products are growing increasingly popular. While more research is necessary to understand its effects on the human body, evidence suggests CBD is safe. However, as with any drug, some people may experience side effects when using CBD.
CBD is a cannabinoid, which refers to a group of substances present in the cannabis plant. These compounds can affect human health by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, a biological system that regulates and balances a number of key bodily functions.
The potential benefits of CBD may range from helping with discomfort to treating serious medical complications. However, while CBD generally appears to be tolerable, more research is still necessary to understand the potential long-term effects of using it.
In this article, we will discuss whether CBD is safe to use and its potential benefits.
Is CBD legal?The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the legal definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act. This made some hemp-derived CBD products with less than 0.3% THC federally legal. However, CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC still fall under the legal definition of marijuana, making them federally illegal but legal under some state laws. Be sure to check state laws, especially when traveling. Also, keep in mind that the FDA has not approved nonprescription CBD products, and some products may be inaccurately labeled.
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Companies and researchers obtain CBD from hemp and other nonhemp plants. Hemp refers to varieties of cannabis that typically contain higher amounts of CBD and less THC. According to the 2018 Farm Bill, also known as the Agriculture Improvement Act, the United States no longer includes hemp in the legal definition of cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act. This means that CBD products containing less than
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Therefore, health experts recommend that a person purchases CBD products from a reputable source and discusses taking them with a doctor first.
People who use products containing CBD may experience potential side effects,
- changes in mood
- changes in appetite
- interference with other medications
- drowsiness or sleepiness
In addition, CBD may cause adverse effects that a person may not notice at first. They can
- possible liver damage
- possible fertility issues in males
- interactions with other medications
- slowed brain functioning when paired with alcohol or certain medications, such as those people use to treat anxiety, stress, or sleep disorders
Additionally, it is important to note that any CBD products containing more than 0.3% THC still fall under the legal definition of cannabis. Currently, there is no federal law allowing the legal use of medical cannabis. As such, it is illegal to use or prescribe medical cannabis in any state that does not have laws allowing people to do so.
Although many U.S. states have passed legislation to allow some use of medical cannabis, each state varies in these rulings, which are regularly changing. Therefore, it is advisable for anyone considering taking any CBD or THC products to check their local laws.
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Research into other the potential benefits of CBD continues. At present, evidence indicates that it may be useful for:
The American College of Cardiology also notes that CBD may have some benefits to cardiovascular health due to its potential anti-inflammatory effects. However, the institution adds that more research investigating dosage and potential drug interactions is still necessary.
CBD may offer an over-the-counter solution to several different health conditions, such as pain and anxiety. However, individuals with concerns about safety may be interested in alternative options.
People looking for other natural alternatives to CBD may want to discuss options with a doctor. Different supplements may offer some support according to their underlying condition and presenting symptoms. A doctor may be able to better direct someone to supplements that may provide some relief according to their condition and concerns.
CBD is a compound that comes from the cannabis plant. It is not an impairing substance and may offer several health benefits, including pain management, overall well-being, and more. However, some people may also experience side effects from CBD, such as changes in mood and appetite.
If a person is considering CBD, they can discuss this with their doctor, who can provide guidance. Additionally, when using CBD products, health experts recommend following the instructions on the packaging to ensure a person does not take an excessive dose.