CBD is a product that is extracted from the cannabis plant. (Learn More – What Is CBD Really?)
CBD does not have the potential to get you high or lead to an overdose. (Learn More – Can CBD Get You High?)
CBD is intended to be a medicinal product. (Learn More – Effects of CBD)
CBD gummies are an edible form of the product. (Learn More – What Are CBD gummies)
They can be used to treat any of the issues that CBD is designed to address. (Learn More – What Can CBD Gummies Address?)
At the current time, the medical status of CBD is questionable, and its production is not regulated very strictly. (Learn More – Beware)
CBD gummies may be available at any store where cannabis products are legally sold. They are also available online. (Learn More –Are CBD Gummies Readily Available?)
Before you purchase or travel with any CBD product, make sure you understand the legal status of the product in the area where you plan to travel or purchase CBD. (Learn More – Potential Legal Issues)
What Is CBD Really?
CBD is one of the natural ingredients present in marijuana.
CBD is an abbreviation for cannabidiol, which is one of the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.
CBD products have become very popular as potential medical treatments. They include CBD oil, CBD edible products, and other varieties.
Does CBD Get You High?
CBD is one of many cannabinoids; however, only two cannabinoids have been extensively studied. Aside from CBD, cannabinoid delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the component of cannabis that gets you high, has been studied in-depth.
CBD does not have any psychoactive effects. It will not give you the sensations you get from smoking marijuana. It also does not appear to be able to produce a fatal overdose.
Effects of CBD
The effects of CBD are considered to be medicinal.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a CBD product for the treatment of seizures. Other potential benefits of using CBD products include treating psychiatric issues like depression and anxiety, emotional regulation, and withdrawal from some drugs.
What Are CBD Gummies?
Most of the available CBD products are either marketed as CBD oils or CBD edibles.
CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant and can be purchased online. It can be taken orally or used topically (rubbed on the skin).
CBD edibles are designed to be ingested. One type of edible is CBD gummies, which are similar to regular candy gummy bears.
What Can CBD Gummies Address?
Anecdotal evidence suggests that CBD gummies may be able to reduce anxiety. However, the formal research investigating the use of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders (serious clinical psychological disorders that are primarily due to dysfunctional anxiety) is insufficient at the time of this writing.
CBD edibles are also reported to be able to treat depression, but again, more research is required in order to get approval for CBD to treat depression.
CBD has also been touted as a potential treatment for arthritis pain, chronic pain, joint pain, and other types of pain due to inflammation. Again, the clinical research is insufficient for CBD edibles to get FDA approval as treatments for pain. That being said, some of the research is encouraging.
Products derived from marijuana that are similar to THC or CBD have been approved to treat pain associated with chemotherapy, to address appetite loss associated with chemotherapy or AIDS, and to produce weight gain in people who have AIDS or have undergone chemotherapy. These claims cannot be made for CBD gummies.
There are many websites that promote the use of CBD as a miracle cure for all kinds of ailments. Many incorrectly state that CBD has no side effects.
There are recognized side effects associated with the use of CBD products. They include potential interactions with medications, the potential to produce liver damage, nausea, irritability, and fatigue.
Anecdotal evidence does not qualify as clinical research-based evidence that is used to approve any medication.
The production of CBD products is currently not regulated by the FDA. If you buy a CBD product, you may not be getting what you are paying for.
Are CBD Gummies Readily Available?
In states where medical marijuana and recreational marijuana use are legal, you may be able to find CBD gummies in businesses that sell these types of products. You can certainly find CBD gummies online.
Potential Legal Issues
Because the federal government still considers all marijuana products illegal, and there are states that have not legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, you should be careful when traveling with CBD products. There is no guarantee you will be able to take them across state lines or on an airplane.
If you have questions, you should check the laws and regulations in the places you plan to visit, or contact the airline (or other mode of transportation you plan to use).
If you attempt to buy any CBD product online and have it shipped to a state or area where cannabis products are illegal, you could be prosecuted. Always make sure you can legally purchase and own marijuana products in your area. Confirm it is legal for you to ship them across state lines before you purchase them online.
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