What Is CBD And Is It Legal?

August 17, 2022

CBD is the latest trend to hit the health and wellness sector. Before, you had essential oils that claimed to help with every single ailment on the planet. Vitamin D supplements have been a longstanding trend that everyone’s into. Now, the world is going CBD crazy, and it’s been this way for a couple of years. 

You have most definitely seen some CBD products on the shelves in your local health store — and there are even drinks and other food products in grocery stores too. You have also possibly seen articles or videos touting the benefits of CBD. But, what exactly is it and is it legal?

CBD explained

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Those are lots of big words, but the simple explanation is that it is one of the many chemical compounds found in this plant. 

CBD products are products that contain other ingredients with an extract of CBD. Sometimes, there are low doses of THC in there, which is another chemical in the cannabis plant — it is the thing that gives it hallucinogenic properties. But, as CBD products either contain little or no THC, they will not get you high. 

Is CBD legal?

It is not difficult to deduce that CBD is linked to cannabis, seeing as almost every product will have a logo incorporating the plant in some way! Naturally, this makes people wonder if it is legal to buy the products. The short answer is yes, absolutely. 

Because these products only contain extracts from the plant, they are completely legal. However, there needs to be a maximum content of 0.3% THC. Any more than this and the product falls under the same regulations as marijuana. As you can see on HarvestHOC, it is possible to legally buy medicinal marijuana, but you cannot just go online and purchase some like you can with CBD products. 

Effectively, if a CBD product is for sale, it will typically pass the regulations that make it legal for you to put and use. 

What are the benefits of CBD?

It is important to note that there are no concrete studies that prove the benefits of CBD. Do not assume that using these products will help with your specific health problems. With that being said, it has been linked to providing relief from the following issues: 

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Muscle soreness

Is CBD safe?

CBD products that have passed the proper tests and are correctly regulated will be safe because they should not contain dangerous amounts of any cannabinoid. As such, they are unlikely to provide any bad side effects. Of course, you should check to see if you are allergic to any of the extra ingredients in these products. 

All in all, CBD is just another natural health supplement that claims to provide a whole list of health benefits. Is it going to make a difference in your life? Honestly, it is hard to say. If you suffer from anxiety, insomnia, or chronic pain, using CBD products might bring you some relief. They are safe to use, so it could be worth giving them a go.  

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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