Facts About CBD-Based Products It’s in skincare products, it’s talked about on local and national news outlets, and professional athletes are endorsing and using it for health reasons. It’s also been touted as a cure for everything from anxiety to insomnia to fibromyalgia. But how much do we really know about the cannabinoid?
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Fact #1: CBD does not get you high. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that does not interact with the brain’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is commonly extracted from hemp, a type of cannabis plant that has very low levels of THC, which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. CBD is then formulated into products like capsules, oils and vape cartridges. The Farm Bill of 2018 makes hemp-derived CBD products legal to sell in the U.S., as long as they contain less than 0.3 percent THC.
CBD has been shown in randomized controlled trials to be an effective treatment for certain medical conditions. In fact, the FDA approved a prescription medication called Epidiolex that contains CBD to treat seizures associated with Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes in children. CBD has also been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect and reduce pain, including chronic pain caused by inflammation. It has also been found to help people with mood disorders, such as depression or PTSD. Studies show that CBD can reduce the symptoms of these conditions, such as social anxiety, by reducing the activity in certain parts of the brain.