What you should know about this con­stituent of the hemp plant

Amazing Wellness - - INSIDE SCOOP - By Lisa Turner


prob­a­bly heard of— and won­dered about—CBD (cannabid­iol), a con­stituent of the hemp plant that’s be­ing used in ev­ery­thing from top­i­cal creams to daily sup­ple­ment pills. And even though CBD has been used as a medic­i­nal cure for thou­sands of years around the world, it’s still shrouded in mys­tery—and fears that it will make you high, or that it’s not safe for kids. Here’s what you need to know:

IT’S NOT POT. CBD oil comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same plant fam­ily as mar­i­juana. But it’s not pot. “CBD is like mar­i­juana’s non-psy­choac­tive cousin,” says Alex Cor­ren, founder and CEO of Hem­power Nutri­tion, Inc., in Boul­der, Colo. CBD is made from a type of hemp that’s very low in THC (tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol), the com­po­nent that’s re­spon­si­ble for mar­i­juana’s mood-al­ter­ing ef­fects. The hemp plant has been used for thou­sands of years for build­ing ma­te­ri­als, tex­tiles, and food prod­ucts like hemp seed and hemp oil—which is not the same as CBD oil (more on that be­low). IT WON’T MAKE YOU HIGH. Un­like med­i­cal mar­i­juana prod­ucts, which con­tain large amounts of THC, CBD prod­ucts are not psy­chotropic, mean­ing they don’t cause the euphoric feel­ing as­so­ci­ated with mar­i­juana. Most con­tain minis­cule amounts (less than 0.3 per­cent) and some are com­pletely THC-free, Cor­ren says. CBD won’t im­pact drug tests, and it’s safe enough for chil­dren. In fact, CBD came to na­tional promi­nence with the dis­cov­ery of its abil­ity to halt seizures in chil­dren with drug-re­sis­tant epilepsy. And while both

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