People taking high doses of CBD may show abnormalities in liver related blood tests. Many non-prescription drugs, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), have this same effect. So, you should let your doctor know if you are regularly using CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is often covered in the media, and you may see it touted as an add-in booster to your post-workout smoothie or morning coffee. You can even buy a CBD-infused sports bra. But what exactly is CBD? And why is it so popular?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, a cousin of marijuana, or manufactured in a laboratory. One of hundreds of components in marijuana, CBD does not cause a “high” by itself. According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Is CBD safe?
CBD comes in many forms, including oils, extracts, capsules, patches, vapes, and topical preparations for use on skin. If you’re hoping to reduce inflammation and relieve muscle and joint pain, a topical CBD-infused oil, lotion or cream – or even a bath bomb — may be the best option. Alternatively, a CBC patch or a tincture or spray designed to be placed under the tongue allows CBD to directly enter the bloodstream.
Side effects of CBD include nausea, fatigue and irritability. CBD can increase the level of blood thinning and other medicines in your blood by competing for the liver enzymes that break down these drugs. Grapefruit has a similar effect with certain medicines.
How is cannabidiol different from marijuana, cannabis and hemp?
CBD is readily obtainable in most parts of the United States, though its exact legal status has been in flux. All 50 states have laws legalizing CBD with varying degrees of restriction. In December 2015, the FDA eased the regulatory requirements to allow researchers to conduct CBD trials. In 2018, the Farm Bill made hemp legal in the United States, making it virtually impossible to keep CBD illegal – that would be like making oranges legal, but keeping orange juice illegal.
Outside of the US, the prescription drug Sativex, which uses CBD as an active ingredient, is approved for muscle spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis and for cancer pain. Within the US, Epidiolex is approved for certain types of epilepsy and tuberous sclerosis.
Not only does this issue cover the ins and outs of CBD, it walks you through different ways to individualize dosages to fit your needs, shows how you can use CBD to help your skin feel healthier, and provides recipes for CBD-infused food and drink. Whether you have been using CBD for years or are only thinking about adding it into your lifestyle, this guide is a go-to resource for all your questions.
CBD has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the health benefits it provides. With the Mother Earth Living Guide to CBD Oil, you’ll discover the history of hemp, the science of CBD, and the natural ways you can use it to lead a healthy lifestyle. Pulling from a panel of experts, this special issue dives deep into the myth and facts surrounding CBD, teaches versatile ways to use the hemp plant, and even explains how to add hemp seed food into your diet.
• Cleaning Our Toxic World with Hemp – The wonder plant has shown to remove harmful chemicals from Chernobyl and other poisonous sites around the globe.
• Gras Hemp Extract – Find out what it takes to obtain a GRAS certification from the FDA.
• Cannabidiol 101: What is CBD – Within a few short years, CBD stores have sprung up in big cities and small towns all across the country. Why now and what does CBD have to do with marijuana?
• And more!