If I take this time to talk with you about CBD, the first thing I would like to do is to dissipate some misunderstandings and misinformation about this molecule. In the hearts and minds of the populace; hemp, CBD, and cannabis belong to the secret world of illegal recreational drugs. It seems that most of the time, the fact that CBD can be used as a food supplement with health benefits is cast aside from the general conversation. Today, I wanted to attempt to set the record straight and present some interesting information regarding CBD and its place in society.
Cannabidiol or CBD is extracted from hemp, which is a plant of the cannabis family. Scientists have discovered several benefits to CBD, and many countries have since legalised CBD as a therapeutic drug. However, many states and countries around the globe still have not authorised the drug in their respective zones.
There are many myths about CBD:
- Some people think that CBD can make you high.
- Others are saying that it’s a financial bubble and are comparing the cannabidiol market to Bitcoin
- Some others think that this molecule has no therapeutical effects and that selling it is a marketing scam.
- Some countries (very few) still prohibit it just because it is extracted from hemp/marijuana/cannabis.
Oppositional views and misunderstanding
Some are of the opinion that people can become insane from using CBD, but this is just a preposterous myth which has no basis in reality. CBD is devoid of any constituent that can make you “high”. Still, several people out there think that Cannabidiol is harmful to the body and can wreak havoc on the everyday lives of its users. These people are utterly wrong and live in a world of misconceptions, choosing to ignore the medical benefits and the fact that it is legal in the vast majority of countries for a good reason.
The benefits of CBD
The benefits of CBD are prevalent here, and people are benefitting greatly from the use of CBD. It relieves people from their pain and provides peace and serenity in their lives. It works like a painkiller but does not have the side-effects that come attached to an ordinary painkiller. Still, about 80% of the population still think that this molecule is illegal.
CBD is used in sports also, as the chemical constituents of CBD are not prohibited. This has been the case since the 1st January, 2018 when the World Anti-Doping Agency officially authorised the usage of cannabidiol by removing it from their prohibited chemical list. However, you can be sure that THC (which makes you high) will remain for quite some time on this famous prohibited substance list!
The present scenario
Over in the USA, most states consider CBD legal
but only if it is made and produced under specific codes and regulations. If it is not done in accordance with these, it is then considered illegal and to continue producing it could result in a criminal conviction. Some producers have a misconception about the law in their area and start growing illegal cannabis that is not industrial hemp.
The FDA has issued several notices and letters of warning to such companies selling CBD for its therapeutic values, and its value in treating certain illnesses. This has kept the Food and Drug Administration very busy these last few years!