Cannabidiol (CBD): What we know and what we don’t know

In this article, we are going to talk about what we know and what we don’t know about cannabidiol (CBD).

With CBD becoming more popular in the beauty industry and health sector, it is no surprise that people are starting to show interest in learning what CBD is, where it came from, what benefits it has, and what side effects are linked to it. Let’s begin with what we know.

 

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active ingredient found in the cannabis plant, and it is the second most prevalent active ingredient found in the cannabis plant.

CBD can be derived from both hemp and non-hemp plants. Hemp is referred to as any part of the Cannabis Sativa plant with no more than 0.3% of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is often associated with the ‘high’ feeling.

Benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD)

There are still many scientific studies being conducted on CBD and scientists are still learning about how CBD affects the human body.

According to studies, self-reports, animal studies and research in humans, it is suggested that CBD may help with a number of conditions such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation
  • Addiction

However, it is important to note that more studies are needed to understand the full benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD) and what it can do for the human body.

Safety, potential harm and side effects of Cannabidiol (CBD)

There are still many studies and research being conducted to understand the risks and side effects associated with taking CBD, so if you are in doubt or are under certain medications or have a medical condition that you are worried about, please consult with your doctor.

Read more about negative side effects and interference with other drugs or medications that you are currently taking in this article.

Using CBD during Pregnancy and Nursing

It is not recommended to take CBD while pregnant or nursing. The potential health effects of taking CBD during pregnancy and nursing are currently unknown and there are not enough studies or evidence to know if CBD is passed to the baby through breastfeeding, therefore people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or nursing are encouraged to avoid CBD.

If you have any questions concerning CBD oils and whether you should take them, it is advisable to consult with your GP or doctor. If you have recently stopped taking CBD and are experiencing some withdrawal symptoms, here are some helpful tips to help cope with some of the symptoms.