Let us quickly end the suspense: Cannabidiol (CBD), unlike Marijuana (THC), does not intoxicate or produce a “high”. All mammals have Cannabinoid Receptors that respond to products containing cannabinoids. How a mammal responds to any given number of cannabinoids can vary, as there are after all well over 100 different cannabinoids! THC, THCA, THCV, CBD, CBDA, CBDV, CBC, CBG, CBN are just a few examples.
About a year ago, the FDA unanimously approved an epileptic CBD medication. Other than this product, everyone involved in the CBD Industry refers to CBD products as dietary, nutritional or health supplements. Until CBD is clinically proven to treat something other than epilepsy, this denomination will continue to hold. The list of diseases and conditions CBD could treat is endless, including ADD/ADHD, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Autism, Bipolar Disorders, numerous cancers, Crohn’s, Glaucoma, Chronic Pain, Stress, and many more. In other words, the FDA approval of a CBD medication for one thing could potentially open the door for more approvals.
Hemp, recently legalized on the federal level, is now wide open for such clinical trials. Clinicaltrials.gov cites an example of this in which a university has begun a study aiming to determine the efficacy of CBD administered daily with a range of 200-800mg for numerous anxiety disorders. 25 individuals of the study are to receive CBD for around 8 weeks while 25 will receive a placebo. It is difficult to speculate what the results will be, but it is very positive to see efforts such as this being made to determine the usefulness of CBD for humans.
Another trial begins this year at the University of California School of Medicine to study the use of CBD as well as a small dose of THC for its effectiveness on Essential Tremor. Furthermore, an English study has stated that CBD Oil may be helpful with Psychosis. They claim a single dose of CBD, how much is not stated, can reduce brain activity that causes psychosis. Their next step is moving forward with a major clinical trial.
Here at Hemp Direct, we believe answering the question of whether CBD Hemp Oil is a drug or not is currently a difficult one at best. It does seem, however, that we are getting much closer to a more definitive answer, so stay tuned!