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Camille Lueder, Issues and Impact Editor Blog Post: What is CBD and what can it do for me?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one of many phytocannabinoids found within the cannabis plant, specifically hemp. From clothing materials to lotions, CBD offers many benefits to the human body. Unlike its sister plant, marijuana, hemp only contains about 0.3% THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the psychoactive component responsible for feeling “high.” According to a Forbes health study, out of two thousand U.S. adults, 60% of those surveyed have tried CBD products and believe it offers some medicinal benefits. Given the many benefits and interaction with the human body through the endocannabinoid system, does it make sense to consider CBD as a daily supplement even if one is not showing signs of a weak endocannabinoid system? Some believe CBD should be taken as a daily supplement while others do not believe CBD would have any effect and with the lack of scientific evidence regarding this case, it is up to the individual if CBD would be the right choice for them. However, with the goal of CBD taken as a daily supplement to be to bring the body into homeostasis, it would not hurt to try it.

CBD does have many benefits to the human body such as staying calm and focused, reducing pain, anxiety and stress prevention as well as improving sleep. The product comes in oils, creams, gummies and capsules.

However, the FDA can’t declare CBD as a “dietary supplement” because they have not found adequate evidence determining how much CBD can be consumed before causing harm. Experts believe CBD should be considered a “dietary supplement.” Hemp growers have tried to educate congress about what CBD actually is and how it differs from THC. CBD is a botanical or plant medicine therefore it is safer than pharmaceuticals. Whether it’s for pain, anxiety, sleep, or any other issue, taking CBD as a daily supplement can help ease negative symptoms and lead to a longer and healthier life.

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