CBD is short for cannabidiol, a byproduct extracted from hemp plants. This organic compound is another one of the “big six” cannabinoids that have been studied for medical research. It is not psychoactive, meaning it won’t cause a high when consumed alone. Partially because of this, CBD is currently legal in almost every state. Although it still has some restrictions, it’s one of the most widely available cannabinoids! States have a wide variety of laws, which can range from a slight change in age limits to complete illegality (for example in Idaho).
In legal cannabis sectors across the country, CBD is also found inside of many cannabis products. As research is being done inside these legal markets, many people report they’re using cannabidiol for a variety of lifestyle improvements. These benefits can range from helping with nausea and anxiety reduction, to its physically calming properties, to even working as a possible sleep aid. CBD is also found to be most effective when paired with a full spectrum of a strain’s cannabinoids and terpenes. Caution and research are heavily encouraged when looking for CBD products, and every individual’s body is unique. What works for some may not work for others.
Although a majority of cannabinoids and cannabis itself are still under-researched in the scientific world, cannabidiol has become uniquely well known. The FDA has even approved a prescription oil containing CBD, called Epidiolex, for use in every state. Epidiolex has been approved to treat two different types of epilepsy! Despite this breakthrough use of CBD in a prescription, cannabidiol is still not approved by the FDA. In-depth research must be done by the federal government before that will happen. Hopefully as time goes on, research will find out what many patients have been finding out for themselves.