Is CBD for me?


A seemingly new trend within the United States is CBD use. It seems like any product you can think of, lotion, shampoo, gummy bears and all foods can now be made using CBD. But, is it right for everyone? What does it actually do? Will I test positive on a drug test? What is CBD to begin with?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the lesser-known child of the cannabis sativa plant, which is commonly referred to as marijuana. Its more famous sibling, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the active ingredient in pot that catapults users’ “high.” Cannabidiol and THC are just two of the plant’s more than 100 cannabinoids. Cannabis containing 0.3 percent or less of THC is known as hemp.

CBD is advertised as providing relief for anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, insomnia, inflammation and pain and many patients report feeling these symptoms decrease after using CBD. The FDA even approved a CBD derived drug to help with a rare seizure disorder for children over 2 years of age.

There are many products on the market that have 0% THC for individuals who desire to only have the Cannabidiol in their systems – which means there is no way to have a possible positive drug test for THC. There are other products that have 0.3 percent THC, which is legal and known as hemp. Your healthcare provider can recommend which would work best for you.

Studies are still being conducted to conclusively state that CBD helps with the above ailments, however many individuals that utilize CBD have seen a huge change in their way of life. Topical creams can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Gummy bears can aid in helping you to fall and stay asleep and tinctures can help with anxiety. To best understand if these products are right for you, talk to your healthcare provider.

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