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Sun-Times have recently posted a quick guide article on cannabis, which overviews everything about CBD oil: - What it is? How does it work? The legal issues CBD is facing in Illinois and who can use?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant. It is one of over 60+ cannabinoids compounds found in the cannabis plant.

CBD and THC are two different cannabinoids where CBD doesn’t get you high, but THC effects in an opposite way. CBD has gained a lot of popularity among the patients suffering from various conditions as it shows promising effects on managing health conditions in humans and pets.

History of CBD

CBD was explored back in the 1940s, where Roger Adams, discovered CBD from the Cannabis plant. He further represented analogs of CBD and THC while conducting research on the health benefits of CBD.

Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in 1970 had researched on CBD and found the actual dissimilarity between CBD and other cannabinoids along with its structural formation. It further helped in carrying out research on active cannabinoids while learning its potential benefits.

Is CBD legal in Illinois?

There are a lot of fuss about the legal status of CBD. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has listed marijuana and hemp as dangerous drugs. Hence, it is not legal under federal law to use. Congress is soon considering 2018 Farm Bill that will probably legalize the use of industrial hemp throughout the country.

A study was conducted on 100 patients in his clinic last year. The study revealed that CBD Even after certain confusions, the Agriculture Act of 2014 couldn’t legalize CBD products while restricting on universities to grow hemp. Illinois is one of the 37 states that have legalized CBD for medicinal purposes. The previous month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed off a bill which states to legalize the production of industrial hemp in Illinois.

What is CBD used to treat?

The WHO’s Expert Committee mentioned CBD can be proven beneficial for dealing with:-

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Psychosis
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Infection
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cancer
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Diabetic and Cardiovascular diseases

The committee further revealed that CBD does not exhibit an indicative effect of dependence potential or any abuse. Many professional experts are incorporating CBD for managing and treating various medical conditions such as sleep disorders, autism, or any mental condition.

CBD has now started getting countrywide exposure when the high profile case of a Colorado girl, Charlotte Figi came to the fore. The little Charlotte was suffering from Dravet syndrome and would frequently experience 300+ seizures in a week. After all the medications seemed to show no result, her parents introduced her to CBD oil. The impact of CBD oil on her seizures showed dramatic improvement and her seizure count drastically dropped every week.

What are the effects of CBD?

As we discussed above, CBD shows a non-psychoactive effect on the user and this is what has popularized the use of CBD among.

When someone takes a traditional pharmaceutical drug, the active ingredients present in the drug majorly focus on a particular symptom or condition. The traditional pharmaceuticals stimulate or else block receptors to make them function. However, the CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system of our body. It further biologically affects the body while healing the condition in an individual.

Types of CBD

Some of the different types of CBD are as follows:-

Marijuana-derived CBD:

This CBD compound is extracted from the marijuana plant. It tends to have a higher amount of THC than CBD and therefore, some professional experts claim marijuana based CBD to be beneficial for certain conditions. However, before taking this type of CBD, one should learn about the side effects of the CBD and THC together. The patients who wish to buy marijuana-based CBD from any Illinois dispensary should hold a legal medical cannabis card.

Hemp-derived CBD:

Such hemp-derived CBD is usually sold as over-the-counter medication at the dispensaries or medical centers in Illinois. Multiple reasons for using hemp-based CBD is as follows:-

-Hemp based CBD extract is the pure form of CBD and other essential cannabinoids with the lowest amount of THC (less than 0.5%).

- The different set of cannabinoids affects and results in various ways while providing a healing effect.

Pharmaceutical CBD:

The FDA approved the first prescribed CBD drug in June which promises to offer healing properties. Epidiolex is the medical CBD usually prescribed for treating two rare forms of epilepsy in children. While manufacturing this medication, the FDA officials saw Epidiolex would help in reducing seizures in conjunction with other drugs for treating epilepsy.

Before Epidiolex could hit the market, the DEA should differentiate CBD infused products in a federal drug category along with its approved medical benefits. The FDA had earlier approved the use of synthetic cannabinoids for managing and treating chronic weight loss among the HIV suffering patients.


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