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Stories are everywhere. If you’re not using CBD yourself, I’m pretty sure you have at least one friend who swears by it for their acne-anxiety-insomnia-psoriasis-pain or you-fill-in-the-blank-disease-or-disorder. It’s not just rave reports online or Facebook testimonials. It’s your hairdresser, your kid’s English teacher, and your best friend. Or it’s you. There are too many people saying too many good things for CBD to be nothing but a complete placebo. CBD products and consumers are more than Facebook official. They’re engaging in a true, ongoing love affair that is producing some very happy endings.
Scientists are rushing as fast as they can to fill in the gaps needed in the study of CBD. So far, what they are finding looks largely good. Studies show CBD looks promising to help the body remain in homeostasis or come back to it. Basically, it hits internal reset buttons pretty much wherever something is out of whack. The phytocannabinoids in CBD interact with our natural internal CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout our brain, lymph system, liver and more. CBD seems to alleviate pain and ease anxiety as two of its biggest pluses. It also helps reduce seizures, and it shows promise for helping people overcome addiction to opioids. With opioid addiction and overdoses at record highs, CBD could be a true godsend if more studies confirm these early findings.
While the studies that have been done are largely favorable, scientists, regulators, lawmakers, and medical professionals all agree that laws need to be lifted and more studies launched in order to get a clearer picture of how CBD works in the human body. As millions of people rush to try CBD hoping it will heal them, it is vital to know if cannabidiol might in the long run actually hurt them. No one wants to relieve anxiety now with something that might cause cancer later. Consumers need to be able to decide with clarity what treatments are most beneficial for their bodies. You don’t want to take an aspirin to cure your headache today, only to find out you have a blood condition that will cause you to hemorrhage and bleed out thanks to that aspirin tomorrow. The ramifications of using CBD in large doses or over a long period of time need to be more fully determined. Only medical and scientific studies can give us those answers.
Although hemp is no longer classified as a controlled substance or illegal drug in the United States since the 2018 Farm Bill, it still has legal hoops to jump through for it to be widely and easily studied by the medical community. Marijuana remains classified as a controlled substance, so it is tough for medical professionals and scientific researchers to legally study it or conduct medical trials. There is valid argument for these studies to be more widely conducted on both marijuana and hemp for medical purposes, if only for scientists to be able to compare the differences between the two and continue to separate the benefits of cannabidiol from any ill effects caused by the THC found in marijuana.
CBD products are available everywhere, but they are not regulated yet. There are no legal standards or guidelines in place yet by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to govern what these CBD products should contain and what they absolutely should not have in them. A good CBD oil should definitely contain the cannabidiol it says it has. It should not contain unwanted extras like heavy metals, pesticides, and chemicals that the hemp plants could have accumulated if grown in contaminated soil. CBD consumers need to be savvy, making CBD sellers prove their products by independent third-party laboratory testing. Companies know you want to see those words, so signs are popping up in every retailer stating that their CBD products are tested, but you – the buyer – need to know how to demand to see that testing and understand how to decipher the reports you see.
While cannabidiols, including CBD oil, so far have not shown to produce any severe long-term effects, one concern being raised recently is that CBD can elevate liver enzymes. CBD is metabolized in the liver, and large amounts of it could potentially cause liver damage. Because studies are still ongoing and CBD products have not been used on a widespread basis by humans for long periods of time before, a lot of the long-term effects – positive and negative – are simply not fully known yet. Therefore, if you decide to use CBD on a regular basis, you should always consult with your doctor or medical professional first. You should also remain under their care and discuss whether regular blood tests and liver enzyme reports should be conducted to determine how CBD is affecting you. CBD may indeed relieve your pain and ease your anxiety, but if it is at the cost of your one-and-only liver, you need to be able to appropriately adjust your dosages and weigh the risks.
There are many things we still do not know fully about CBD and the human endocannabinoid system, but what we do know shows promise. CBD can be an agent for healing in the human body, but there is still much to be studied and discovered. Before making any changes to your health routine, consult your medical professional.
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