The cannabis plant has been plagued by unjust negative stigma for far too long, and CBD is changing that.
CBD is opening up the conversation about the cannabis plant – making it less taboo and more mainstream. CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in the hemp strain of the cannabis plant, that is helping people of all ages live a better quality of life.
It is the wellness compound making headlines everywhere due to its health benefits like reducing pain and anxiety, improving focus and mood, decreasing seizures and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and much more.
While some may still be skeptical of the compound due to the misguided hemp ban back in 1937, science continues to prove there really is no need for skepticism. Science is only beginning to scratch the surface of the potential CBD has in regard to health benefits, and really, the proof is in people’s praise and reactions once they’ve taken it.
Here are 5 key ways CBD is breaking the cannabis stigma:
CBD Does Not Get You High
It doesn’t matter how much CBD you take, or the form in which CBD is administered: CBD will not ever get you high.
THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the compound in the cannabis plant responsible for getting users high. CBD products must contain no more than 0.3 percent THC to be considered legal cannabidiol, and isolated CBD is also popular.
Hemp and Marijuana Are Two Different Plants
This one is confusing for people. Hemp and marijuana are strains of the cannabis plant. They are two completely separate, completely different plants that are derived from the same family plant.
Hemp, often referred to as “industrial hemp,” is the fiber and seed part of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant, as opposed to the flower part of the plant which is legally considered and classified as marijuana. The fiber and seeds from the hemp part of the plan are of incredible value, which is why hemp is also referred to as a “cash crop.”
CBD is Legal
While CBD can be derived from either hemp or marijuana, the products on the market right now must be hemp-derived in order to be in good legal and safe standing according to federal and state laws.
Again, so long as CBD contains no more than 0.3 percent THC, the product is legal no matter where you are in the country.
CBD is Safe For Anyone & Everyone
One of the most common reasons people are so fascinated by CBD is because it has shown – on multiple accounts – to be an effective treatment in forms of epilepsy and other health conditions that prompt frequent seizures in both children and adults.
Children are taking it for ADHD, teenagers are taking it for depression, adults are taking it for anxiety, and everyone is taking it for pain, all with the resounding answer of “Yes, CBD works for me.”
The FDA has already approved the first cannabis medication for children with rare forms of onset epilepsy, further proving the world is starting to notice how powerful this component really is.
In fact, CBD is even safe for your pets! Products for dogs and cats are available on the market, but CBD works in the body the same way for all mammals.
CBD is a Health Fad Here To Stay
Much of CBD’s appeal comes from the fact that it is available in a variety of products, including CBD oil, tincture, cream, salve, facial scrub, serum, capsule and vape pen. This allows multiple ways for easy and convenient consumption and absorption of the compound.
CBD is further propelling the conscious consumer movement, as people are looking for more natural routes of eating, shopping, and getting around town. CBD has become (and literally is) a wellness wonder, similar to the wave of ingredients like tumeric and biotin that are increasingly replacing the Prozacs and Zolofts in Americans’ medicine cabinets.
Why? Because CBD is natural. CBD continues to prove to reduce people’s stress levels, anxiety, physical pain and inflammation, as well as improving the overall health and wellbeing of the people looking for CBD treatment. In a marketplace where consumers are more and more conscious of what they’re consuming, natural alternatives like CBD are exactly what people want.
Cannabis is a remarkable plant with life-changing capabilities. In the very near future, it’s likely consumers will be able to pick up a bottle of CBD oil at common drug stores like CVS and Walgreens. Some hemp oil products are already available at various speciality and health food stores around the U.S.