When CBD and THC enter the bloodstream, they interact with receptors found in the body. These receptors are critical components of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).
The ECS is the system in charge of interpreting and activating the effects of cannabinoids on the body. This includes CBD and THC alike.
CBD receptors are independently responsible for certain body functions, different from latching onto CBD particles. When CBD latches onto these receptors, it has the potential of altering and modifying the way they perform their roles.
If the receptor’s interaction with CBD positively enhances these body functions, you could say that CBD acts as a medicine. That interaction is yet to be wholly understood and standardized, hence the current legal label of CBD as a ‘dietary supplement.’
Is CBD legal?
Purchasing and consuming CBD is federally legal in all 50 states across the U.S. as long as it’s sourced from hemp, and all CBD extracts that come from hemp sources will only have up to 0.3% of THC content.
CBD has outgrown the issue of legality and is now facing an entirely different obstacle that was quite unexpected to consumers celebrating its newly acquired legal status.
Brought on by the legalization of CBD in the U.S., a new wave of product innovation washed up on the shore. One that makes many conspiracy theorists challenge is why so many benefits have been linked to CBD.
Suddenly, it seemed like everyone was in a rush to launch CBD products, and governments were equally motivated to back up their decision to make them legal. Perhaps there was a tremendous amount of motivation in the form of dollars that can explain it.
There is motivation to make money off CBD for many businesses worldwide, and that’s more than enough to raise a few eyebrows. But that doesn’t mean that the benefits associated with CBD consumption are not valid.
CBD has made a name for itself in the health and wellness industry based mainly on anecdotal evidence. Unfortunately, anecdotal evidence is not enough to confirm whether the product works concerning FDA standards.
The FDA needs first to see enough clinically relevant evidence acquired from formal research to validate CBD as medicine.
However, not having this evidence does not mean that CBD won’t be considered medicine at some point. It merely means that it cannot be considered treatment just yet.
Most CBD products are only considered supplements. They are not regulated, like any other medicine would, paving the way for many brands and products to take advantage of unregulated marketing campaigns, creating uncertainty among consumers.
Thankfully, retailers like Hemmfy get rid of that uncertainty because we screen for reliable brands that comply with safety and quality standards.
What We Know About CBD and Medicine
Currently, there is only one FDA approved prescription medication containing CBD. Epidiolex is CBD medicine used to treat symptoms of a couple of rare forms of epilepsy.
Apart from Epidiolex, there isn't any other product officially considered CBD medicine. This doesn't take away from that research regarding CBD, and its positive effects on some diseases' symptoms are quite promising
Is CBD medicine?
CBD is distributed and marketed as a supplement and not as a medication. The FDA does not currently regulate safety and quality for dietary supplements, which puts CBD in ‘limbo’ as most users consume it as a therapeutic substance regardless of its legal label. CBD is not formally considered a medication, but there is one FDA-approved prescription medication made with CBD.
What is CBD medicine?
CBD is a non-psychoactive component of the cannabis plant and one of the most frequently consumed cannabinoids globally. CBD has been used as a therapeutic aid in relieving symptoms for countless medical conditions. CBD is not a medicine legally, but it is used as one by frequent consumers.
We strongly suggest consulting with a licensed physician before using CBD to treat any symptom. Using CBD to treat medical conditions can be dangerous if a doctor does not adequately assess your dose and the pre-existing condition.
How is CBD used for medicine?
In addition to Epidiolex, other products with CBD content have been legalized as prescription medications in different countries outside the U.S. In those cases (and in the case of Epidiolex), CBD must be taken as advised by the licensed prescribing physician; accurately following doses and carefully sticking to the times directed by your doctor.
Health Benefits of CBD
Although lacking conclusive clinical evidence, below are some of the benefits experienced by frequent CBD users.
1. Pain Relief
2. Anxiety Reduction
3. Anti-inflammatory Properties
4. Seizure Control
5. Reduce Acne Inflammation
6. Neuroprotective Benefits
7. Potential Heart Health
It’s worth noting that all of the benefits listed above are assumed primarily from anecdotal evidence and the effects of CBD on the body are susceptible to pre-existing medical conditions, other drugs the patient is taking, and dosage size.
CBD has been legalized on a federal level (all 50 states) since the 2018 farm bill passed. However, only one prescription medication containing CBD has been approved by the FDA for medicine. Most CBD products are legally considered dietary supplements within the U.S.
Other countries have legalized different prescription medications containing CBD, but the situation is similar to that of the U.S. Although CBD can aid in treating symptoms stemming from medical conditions and is used as a medicinal agent, it cannot be considered medicine as of the current legal landscape in the U.S.A.
The main difference between CBD and medicine is the lack of conclusive clinical evidence and research for CBD. Enormous amounts of studies are undergoing that will determine in the future whether CBD can finally be considered medical or not.