CBD Oil: Should You Take It?

CBD Oil: Should You Take It?

Here’s how much times have changed.

Less than 20 years ago, I used to drive past billboards warning against the use of marijuana. Use it or possess it, the signs warned, and you’ll go to jail.

Two weeks ago, I was in a health food store with a 60-year-old relative who bought a (perfectly legal) cannabis derivative known as CBD Oil. Why? Because he thinks it’ll help his heart.

Hype usually moves faster than science, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be curious about what might work for you.

Given the CBD explosion, we thought it’d be helpful to look at:

  • What we do know about CBD, according to research
  • What we don’t know
  • If you’re considering CBD, what you should do

But first, a little background.

What is CBD Oil?

The acronym “CBD” is short for cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant. From a chemical perspective, CBD looks almost exactly like it’s more famous sibling, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. THC is what gets you stoned. CBD doesn’t.

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Potential Benefits: Why are people so interested in CBD lately?

There have been studies in recent years that show CBD may be beneficial to your health. The most established (so far) is treatment for severe seizures. The research is so compelling that the FDA recently approved a CBD-based drug called Epidiolex, which will be available by prescription for those with rare forms of epilepsy.

There are a few other…

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