What’s the deal with CBD?
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There’s a lot of buzz about CBD right now. From celebrity doctors to next-door neighbors, many people are talking about this new health product. But what is it? What does it do, and most importantly, is it legal in Idaho?
What is CBD?
The human body has a natural system of neural transmitters known as cannabinoids. According to the newest research, this endocannabinoid system helps the body regulate many of its basic functions, such as mood, hunger, pain management and sleep.
Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is referred to as a phytocannabinoid. These plant-derived molecules also act as neural transmitters when introduced into the human body and can interact with our physiology in interesting and beneficial ways.
What are the benefits of CBD?
Though testing is still preliminary, CBD has been shown to help with many common health concerns. It can support the body in the management of pain, especially when it is caused by inflammation, as is the case with arthritis or injury. It seems to be effective in managing anxiety and depression as well, and it can help regulate sleep. There is evidence that it is effective at aiding people to quit smoking or other substance abuse, and it may be a treatment for some skin issues as well.
The real benefit of CBD, however, is that it lacks most of the major side effects of other medications and treatments. Unlike the opioid family of medications, CBD is nonaddictive, and it doesn’t increase the chance of depression or sexual dysfunction when taken for anxiety.
What is its legal status?
Idaho is not just unique in its wonderful outdoors and friendly people — it has particular laws governing the sale and possession of items containing CBD. Whereas most states allow for a small amount of THC in CBD products, Idaho does not, and any THC will find you in violation of state law. For this reason, it’s very important to be vigilant when looking for a CBD source, and most reputable vendors will have documentation showing that their products are legal.
Overall, CBD is a promising and exciting new development in the field of medicine, and, though still in the early years of testing, it has shown great promise in managing many of the health issues prevalent in modern society, such as pain, anxiety and sleep management, without any of the major side effects that come with commonly used treatments.