It seems everywhere I turn these days, I am seeing advertisements for hemp CBD oil. What exactly is it, and are there benefits?
Here are some basics. Hemp is part of a family of plants called cannabaceae. Different genus and species fall underneath this category and they include both hemp and marijuana. These two plants are similar, but not the same. They are like cousins. They share some characteristics, but are not identical: plants.usda.gov/java/ClassificationServlet?source=displayclassid=CASA3
CBD is short for cannabidiol. This compound is the “second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis.” It is directly derived from hemp. Harvard Health Publishing shares that the World Health Organization has concluded that pure CBD does not seem to contain potential for abuse or dependence: health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476
Harvard also shares that CBD has scientific evidence for treating some epilepsy syndromes, particularly in children. It is commonly used for anxiety and insomnia. And, it
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