Wellness Wednesday: What I Wish Everyone Knew About CBD by Kristin Hodnett

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While the CBD market continues to boom in the US, there is still a lot of confusion around the product.

You may have seen CBD in more forms than one could imagine lately. Due to its huge burst in popularity, marketers are racing to get products on the shelf, hoping consumers will strike while the iron is hot. I’ve used bath bombs, tea, lotions, salve, gummies and supplements, and I’ve heard of everything from flawless CBD capsules, infused water, to hand sanitizer. In spite of this, CBD or cannabidiol remains a mystery. Here are a few misunderstandings I’d like to clear up.

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It is a cannabinoid.

It is not the same thing as THC.

Its actual name is cannabidiol, but its nickname is CBD.

It is natural.

As I’ve said, CBD comes from the cannabis Sativa plant, a naturally occurring product.

It is not addictive.

According to research from the Government of the District of Columbia, cannabis has low to moderate dependence potential. Because there is no high associated with CBD, addiction is a non-issue.

The World Health Organization is very clear in its stance.

“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 pure CBD use.”

Anecdotally, many people talk about using CBD without any signs of dependence.

It has a reputation to treat a number of common ailments.

CBD treats a long list of illnesses. Its inclusion on Schedule I of the controlled substances list has greatly reduced the access to study its benefits.

Many people find that it reduces anxiety and helps them sleep. I myself have tried numerous brands, and have experienced no reaction at all to a very mild dip in my anxiety. In my opinion, if it works for you, it is a far better alternative to Ativan or Xanax, both of which not only have side effects but are addictive.

NASEM has supported its use in oral form for the treatment of multiple diseases based on limited available studies.

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It can interact with conventional medication. I think this is one of the biggest misconceptions about CBD.

Many people assume because it’s natural, it’s safe.

Its legal status varies in the U.S.

This is an area of CBD that gets rather murky.

According to Farm Aid, the 2018 Farm Bill ensured that CBD was no longer a controlled substance federally and gave states and other localities the ability to set their own guidelines.

As you can see by the number of products online and on shelves today, this an often overlooked violation. Only in cases where products have made outrageous health benefit claims has the FDA stepped in. However, they are looking into allowing it to be added to food and beverages, the Epidiolex creates a conflict. How can one product be both an approved drug and dietary supplement? If cannabidiol were to be classified as a supplement, it would not require regulation by the FDA. They don’t approve them as safe but will remove them if proven dangerous.

See the FDA Q&As around hemp and cannabidiol here.

Its safety for pets is still up for debate, though you’ll still find vets, dispensaries and online stores selling infused treats.

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In conclusion, as this topic grows in popularity we are likely to hear even more claims of success, more myths and more failures. Now that it is no longer a controlled substance, we’re much closer to medical studies with scientific backed results. Until then, indulge accordingly.

About the Author

Kristin Hodnett is a freelance lifestyle writer and digital marketing specialist. She specializes in content designed to improve profits for business, quality of life for individuals, and society overall by creating conscious consumerism. In addition, she is an experienced blogger who has contributed to travel and fashion blogs as well as running her own wellness blog. Frequent topics include personal finance, entrepreneurship and marketing, motivation, wellness, fashion and cannabis. 

Prior to freelancing, Kristin worked for a Fortune 500 company and has a B.B.A. in Marketing from Radford University. She loves romance novels, nitro brew iced coffee, road trips, and John Mayer. She resides with her family, including her Maltese, Zoe in Virginia. 

Read more of Kristin’s musings or learn about her freelance writing and marketing services at Kristin Hodnett.

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