Individual and Family
What You Should Know About CBD
Published on June 18, 2019
CBD is the big buzz in the health industry right now. It’s legal in many states and as a result, it’s becoming readily available and can even be found in local grocery stores, doctors’ offices, and coffee shops. Many people claim that that CBD can help with a variety of health-related issues, ranging from insomnia to anxiety. Although the benefits of CBD are not medically proven, we’ve addressed the top questions floating around about CBD, and reviewed some of the claims people have made about what CBD can do.
1. What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It’s a naturally occurring substance that’s used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. While CBD is a component of marijuana, by itself it does not cause a “high.”
2. Does CBD cause a “high”?
CBD alone should not cause any type of “high” like smoking marijuana would. The cannabis plant is made up of two main players: CBD and THC. CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant. THC is the portion of the plant that causes a psychoactive reaction, the “high.”
There is also a risk though that CBD could cause a side effect, for reasons unknown. You never know how your body will react to a new supplement
3. Is CBD legal?
CBD is in a legal grey area. CBD that is extracted from hemp (which must have an extremely low level of THC, thus not causing a “high”) has only been legal nationwide since the Farm Act was enacted in December of 2018.
CBD that is extracted from other cannabis plants is still illegal on the federal level, but is legal under certain state laws.
4. What are the benefits of CBD?
The benefits of CBD are still being studied. Currently, there is only one CBD medication currently FDA-approved – Epidiolex.
However, many people swear by CBD and say that it has helped them with a wide range of health conditions, like insomnia, back pain, osteoarthritis, even cancer.
Although there isn’t a lot of scientific evidence to support the supposed benefits of CBD, there is a growing amount of anecdotal evidence as seen by the increasing number of people who use is regularly.
5. Should I consider using CBD?
That’s definitely something you should consult your doctor about. Some doctors will recommend it as part of a treatment plan, while other health professionals are still on the fence.
The verdict is still out on the benefits of CBD.
This article is for general information and should not be relied on as medical advice. Check with a medical professional for medical advice. eHealth is a private online health insurance exchange where individuals, families and small businesses can compare health insurance products from brand-name insurers side by side and purchase and enroll in coverage online and over the phone, and not an official source of information for healthcare advice or information on CBD.