CBD Unveiled: Exploring The Effects Of Oil, Gummies, And Essential Knowledge

The CBD market is booming, projected to reach $22.05 billion by 2030. It is almost 20% of the global soft drinks market, despite CBD only being legalized in the U.S. in 2018. In a short span, CBD products have become widely available in various forms, such as oils, edibles (gummies, candies, etc.), pills, topicals (ointments, creams, lotions), and inhalation (vaping, smoking).

CBD: What Is It?

CBD is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant, specifically hemp. It belongs to a group of over 85 identified cannabinoids, with cannabidiol being the most commonly used for medical purposes. Unlike other cannabinoids, CBD does not have psychoactive effects.

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There are three main types of CBD: full-spectrum CBD, which contains all-natural compounds found in the cannabis plant; broad-spectrum CBD, which contains some of these compounds; and CBD Isolate, which is pure CBD without THC or other hemp plant compounds. Legally, CBD products cannot have more than 0.3% THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. CBD interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates pain, mood, immune function, and inflammation.

Understanding The Effects Of CBD

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to calm the nervous system, reduce inflammation, and relieve chronic pain. According to Harvard Medical School, there is evidence that CBD can improve sleep disorders, fibromyalgia pain, muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, and anxiety. Additionally, CBD may be beneficial in treating traumatic brain injuries, seizures, and epilepsy symptoms and providing autoimmune management.

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The Classification Of CBD: Drug Or Not?

While CBD affects the body’s structure and function, it is not classified as a narcotic drug by the FDA. According to the World Health Organization, CBD is considered non-impairing, non-addictive, and safe. However, the CBD market lacks regulation, leading to varying product quality. The CDC advises storing CBD products safely and out of reach of children. Potential side effects include liver damage, upset stomach, changes in appetite, irritability, and interactions with other medications. Despite its generally positive reception, long-term studies on CBD are limited.