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CBD Cannabidiol – What we know and what we don’t!

Cannabidiol, CBD. What we know, what we don't.
What is CBD and why is it suddenly so popular?

 

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is one of over 100 active compounds (cannabinoids) that naturally occur in the cannabis plant.

CBD is mostly derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”

Researchers have started to discover some of the profound therapeutic benefits that these compounds can have on the body – support inflammation reduction, boost the immune system and help to maintain overall joint and muscle health.

While the holistic benefits of CBD are profound, it’s important to acknowledge other highly therapeutic cannabinoids found in our full spectrum and broad spectrum products.

  • CBG (Cannabigerol)
  • CBN (Cannabinol)
  • CBC (Cannabichromene)
  • CBGV (Cannabigerivarin)
  • THCV ( Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
  • CBDV (Cannabidivarin)
  • CBCV (Cannabichromevarin)

RESTART CBD products continue to provide nourishment for the body and mind.

Is Cannabidiol legal?

CBD Cannabidiol is derived from hemp. It’s readily obtainable in most parts of the United States.  While the federal government declassified hemp as a schedule 1 drug in 2019, it’s up to each state to create their own laws regarding hemp.  In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. Currently, many people obtain CBD online without a medical cannabis license. The government’s position on CBD is confusing, and depends in part on whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana.

The evidence for CBD health benefits?

CBD has been touted for a wide variety of health issues, but the strongest scientific evidence is for its effectiveness in treating some of the cruelest childhood epilepsy syndromes, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), which typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. In a number of studies, CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them altogether. Videos of the effects of CBD on these children and their seizures are readily available on the Internet for viewing, and they are quite striking. Recently the FDA approved the first ever cannabis-derived medicine for these conditions, Epidiolex, which contains CBD.

Can CBD help your condition?

Is CBD safe?

Side effects of CBD might include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does. A significant safety concern with CBD is that it is primarily marketed and sold as a supplement, not a medication. Currently, the FDA does not regulate the safety and purity of dietary supplements. So you cannot know for sure that the product you buy has active ingredients at the dose listed on the label. In addition, the product may contain other (unknown) elements. We also don’t know the most effective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.

 

The bottom line?

Some CBD manufacturers have come under government scrutiny for wild, indefensible claims, such that CBD is a cure-all for cancer, which it is not. We need more research but CBD may be prove to be an option. Without sufficient high-quality evidence in human studies we can’t pinpoint effective doses, and because CBD is currently is mostly available as an unregulated supplement, it’s difficult to know exactly what you are getting. If you decide to try CBD, talk with your doctor — if for no other reason than to make sure it won’t affect other medications you are taking.