CBD has been all over everything; CBD lattes, add-in boosters to post-workout smoothies, lotions, and even toothpaste. But, what exactly is CBD oil in Canada, and what’s with its sudden rise in popularity?
Simply put, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a chemical compound from the Cannabis sativa plant. Its cousin, tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH), is the major active ingredient in marijuana. The main difference between the two is that CBD does not give you intoxicating or psychoactive effects that high THC levels would. In short, CBD will not get you “high.”
Is it legal?
Due to the 2018 Farm Bill, the growing and use of cannabidiol have been legalized. However, the policies regarding its legality vary across the different states. Generally, hemp-derived CBD products that contain less than 0.3% THC content are legal in some states.
What are the Benefits of CBD Use?
The following lists the different medical benefits found from CBD use:
- Epilepsy Treatment
There are already FDA-approved medications containing CBD, like Epidiolex, that have been reported to help with different types of epilepsy, including Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome.
Both conditions are types of childhood epilepsy syndromes that typically don’t respond to antiseizure medications. Research on the subject is still ongoing, including determining just how much CBD is able to reduce the number of seizures in people with epilepsy and how safe it really is.
- Anxiety Relief
Research has shown that CBD use might change the way an individual’s brain receptors react to serotonin. This key hormone helps stabilize mood and gives the feeling of contentment and happiness. Some studies show that CBD uses helps with stress reduction and alleviates physiological anxiety symptoms such as increased heart rate and insomnia.
- Medication for Neurodegenerative Disorders and Chronic Pain
Studies have shown that applying CBD to the skin can help soothe the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis. Researchers are also studying CBD oil use for Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke.
- Cancer Treatment
Studies on the effects of CBD use for cancer treatment are still in their early stages. Still, it’s shown promise due to its treatment of inflammation and change in how cells reproduce.
How to Shop for CBD Products?
Check the label of the product containing CBD before purchasing. It should be FDA approved, sometimes with a disclaimer and warning section. Also, check if the package indicates the recommended dosage and batch product code to ensure safety.
Can You Travel with CBD Oil?
The 2018 Farm Bill has legalized travel with CBD products across different states. Just make sure to research your destination’s legislation regarding the product. Some states only allow products with less than 0.3% CBD content.
Others will allow travelers to carry enough dosage for 30 days. This can be around 150g. As for CBD oils or tinctures on it must not exceed the legally permitted 3.4oz bottle size.
Individuals of all ages can use products with CBD, from children to the elderly. The product can even be used for pets. However, there is still a lack of proper research regarding CBD use in general so just use it with caution.