CBD: The Gray Area’s Wonder Drug
When most people think of marijuana they think of THC, THC being the psychotropically classified primary isomer within marijuana that is responsible for getting people high. But recently a lot of attention has been being paid to CBD, or cannabidiol, a non psychoactive and therapeutic component of canbanoids that is becoming more favorable among the medical community for its lack of side effects and similar medical benefits to THC.
CBD has been proven to reduce anxiety, treat nausea and vomiting, combat psychosis, reduce seizures, act as an anti-inflammatory, combat neurodegenerative disorders, and even combat cancer. It has been proven effective against schizophrenia and certain types of epiliepsy. Some of the lesser known uses of cannabidiol include cigarette addiction treatment, acne treatment, helps with diabetes, and even the prevention of mad cow disease.
Doctors and scientists have begun extracting cannabidiol from marijuana and implementing it into many medicines. One such form of the extracted material is hemp oils. It can also be utilized in tinctures and topicals. An increasingly popular utilization method for the ingestion of CBD oils is through vaporization. You can buy oil which is dripped into atomizers or you can get vaporizers specifically designed for use with CBD oil capsules. The way these devices work is basically the same way that nicotine e-cigarettes work. The vaporizer heats up the oil, turning it into vapor which is then inhaled. Most of the CBD oils that are designed for use with vaporizers are designed in such a way that they achieve maximum efficiency via a vaporization method. Vaporization is also the fastest acting method for ingesting cannabidiol oils.
As of August 1st cannabidiol is legal in all fifty states so long as long as the oil contains less than 0.3% THC. But there are so some fine print details attached. Federal law prohibits farmers from growing marijuana for commercial use however low THC, industrial grade hemp production is permitted. CBD oil can be extracted from this hemp so long as is derived from the seed and stalk of the plant, not the leaves and flowers. The problem with that is that CBD cannot be extracted from hemp seeds and only a small amount can be extracted from the stalk.
The FDA recently sent out letters to various CBD oil producers claiming that the companies are not allowed to promote the health benefits of cannabidiol oils because the FDA has not done all of their necessary research into the drug. Also the FDA tested many of the leading brands of CBD oils, finding that there were many that contained little to no CBD oil in them. Another concern to be considered when considering using cannabidiol oils is that, as above mentioned, CBD oil is legal to produce so long as it is coming from industrial grade hemp. Industrial grade hemp does not have to follow the same health measures that legal marijuana does. The hemp can contain pesticides and has even been shown to contain lead as lead has been used by farmers to make their crop appear heavier than it actually is.
So, while CBD oils are great and have been proven to provide health benefits, the market is still fresh. These companies that are looking to get in while the area is still gray are pushing the limits of the cannabanoid’s possibility and sometimes are not providing as clean a product as consumers would prefer. As such, many proponents of CBD still suggest the purchase of CBD high strains of marijuana over the industrial hemp derived CBD oil that is legal in all states. With the advancement of marijuana legalization it is good to know that CBD oils are an option for those looking for health benefits without the additional psychotropic effects of THC and it will be interesting to see this very special cannabanoid get more of the attention that it deserves.