Advocates believe CBD, also known as cannabidiol (or hemp), can reduce anxiety, provide pain relief, and offer a host of other benefits. Many experts are unanimous in their belief that CBD is a promising treatment. However, there are many unknowns.

The Food and Drug Administration approved Epidiolex, a prescription medication that uses CBD to treat epilepsy. The FDA approved the drug to treat. It also allows it to be used for seizures caused by the tuberous Sclerosis Complex.

FDA holds its first public hearing about CBD

Here are some basics about CBD and how it can help you.

What Is CBD?

CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol. This chemical compound can be found in cannabis or hemp.

This means that it is not what gets you high. It’s also not the same as medical marijuana, which has been proven to lower pain.

The cannabis Sativa flower contains more than 100 chemical components, including CBD (or cannabidiol). But it’s THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), not CBD, that’s the main psychoactive compound in cannabis that gives you a euphoric high.

CBD is extracted from hemp, which is a form of cannabis that has very low levels of THC. It doesn’t get you high. CBD oil is simply a product containing CBD extract and an oil such as coconut oil. It is typically used for topical purposes.

What Is It Used For?

To treat epilepsy, CBD has been shown to help with anxiety. This is especially true for those suffering from schizophrenia or psychosis.

CBD could be used to treat acne due to its anti-inflammatory effects.

It may be helpful for arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation, a major health organization, released guidelines last fall for CBD.

Although advocates believe there are numerous potential health benefits, doctors say that more research is required.

Arthritis Foundation Has Guidelines For CBD Usage

But, you need studies to be able to give us information about how much CBD someone should take each day for their specific illness, and how it may interact with other medications. Clinical trials are what you get.

How Can You Use CBD?

The product will determine whether CBD can be used topically or orally. There are many choices, from CBD gummies and soft gels which supposedly reduce anxiety to soothing bath soaks, creams, oils, and even beer.

The majority of the products claim that they can ease anxiety and pain. They aren’t approved by FDA so it is questionable if they contain the CBD advertised.

FDA has conducted tests on various products and determined that not all had the CBD they claimed. Often, warning letters have been sent to companies who make unfounded claims.

CBD Is Safe, Or Even Beneficial?

The law will vary depending on where you are located and whether CBD is extracted from hemp or marijuana. The 2018 Farm Bill officially legalized hemp. It is more complicated than that marijuana because the federal government still considers it illegal, but states have their own rapidly changing laws. Some states have legalized recreational marijuana use while others have legalized medicinal marijuana. Some states have even introduced CBD-specific legislation.

This is such a complicated and murky matter. The Farm Bill passed, so technically, hemp-derived CBD products have become legal. The FDA has not yet approved CBD products for food and beverage use, so it is very complicated.