By now, you’ve probably run into a product containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD. It’s in everything from drinks and pet products to lotions and chewable gummies. Even major drugstore chains have announced they will start carrying CBD products.
But many people still don’t really know what CBD is. Is it marijuana? Is it legal? Does it actually work? Is it safe?
The answers to those questions aren’t necessarily straightforward. The only thing that is clear at this point: The marketing has gone way ahead of the science and the law when it comes to CBD products.
That said, CBD is thought to be a safe and effective option for certain conditions. Below, we sort through the confusion by answering some of the most common questions about CBD.
Is CBD marijuana?
Yes and no. Cannabidiol is one of the two best-known active compounds derived from the marijuana plant. The other is tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the substance that that produces the “high” from marijuana.
CBD does not get you high, but the idea that it’s not psychoactive is something of a misconception as it changes your consciousness. You may feel mellow, experience less pain, and be more comfortable as some CBD products do contain small amounts of THC.
While CBD can come from marijuana, it can also be derived from hemp. Hemp is a related plant with 0.3% or less of THC. This plant is often used to make fabrics and ropes. The Thai government has approved the cultivation of cannabis and related products of cannabis with less than 0.2% THC. The rules around marijuana-derived CBD, however, are far less clear.
Does CBD work?
Yes, there is evidence that CBD works for some conditions, but certainly not all the conditions it is being promoted for these days. There’s no evidence, for example, that CBD cures cancer, however, there is evidence that CBD can improve sleep disorders, fibromyalgia pain, muscle spasticity related to multiple sclerosis, and anxiety.
People report that oral CBD helps relieve anxiety, pain and leads to better sleep. However, the same may not be true for a host of other CBD products on the market today, particularly those that are rubbed on the skin. It’s hard to know whether these have any clinical benefit because they haven’t been tested sufficiently.
Is CBD safe?
The safest way to take CBD is orally, as a tablet, chewable, or tincture (a concentrated liquid typically administered with a dropper). Steer clear of any illegally sold synthetic CBD products, sometimes called “spice” or “bath salts.” These products have induced psychotic reactions in some people and pose a major health risk.
For adults, CBD appears to be a very safe product, however, can produce side effects for some people, including nausea, fatigue, and irritability. It may also interact with certain medications, so always check with your doctor before use.
Where should you purchase CBD products?
Siam Herbal Heath’s mission is to lead the industry in bringing high-quality hemp cannabidiol (CBD) based products to the marketplace. They strive to educate the world on the benefits of hemp extract, and its goal to offer the industry’s highest quality and most trusted products.
Siam Herbal Health Hemp CBD oil, sourced and produced in Thailand, is non-GMO and contains no pesticides, solvents, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.
At Siam Herbal Health, you know you’re getting products you can trust , all products are tested to ensure their CBD hemp oil is completely safe for consumption.
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