We’re willing to bet that you’ve heard of CBD before; it’s a trending product which, as a derivative of the cannabis hemp plant, has the potential to treat and alleviate several health problems such as aches, pains, inflammation, diabetes and cancers, just to name a few. It comes in the form of many products from vape juices to bath bombs and CBD gummies, it is widely accessible and is completely legal, even in places where cannabis itself isn’t.

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CBD has zero side-effects, it does not get you high, and it has even been used by FDA-approved companies to treat major forms of conditions such as epilepsy.

#1: What is CBD?

CBD is a cannabinoid, a compound found in hemp plants, and there are more than one hundred of these found within the plant. These include CBD and THC (the one can get you high), and CBD is the most abundant of them all, making over 40%.

Pretty much all the CBD products currently found on the market come from the hemp plant, a variety of the cannabis plant which contains less than 0.3% THC. Therefore, it is completely safe to consume CBD without the worry of getting high.

#2: What’s the Point of Using CBD?

At the moment, we are only just beginning to learn about CBD and all the benefits that it has. Several research studies on both mice and humans have shown that it has a real impact on several chronic illnesses.

One study on mice showed that CBD helps to fight diabetes. In the study with 200 mice who were prone to diabetes, only 32% of the group treated with CBD developed diabetes whereas 100% of the group without CBD ended up with the disease. CBD has also been shown to be effective in treating a whole host of other illnesses and ailments such as arthritis, anxiety and drugs cravings.

#3: Is it Really Legal?

In most cases, yes, it is completely legal. There’s a bit of an asterisk here, however, because it depends on the plant that it comes from. If CBD is derived from a legal plant such as hemp then it is legal, however, if it has come from a plant which is illegal where you live, such as the marijuana plant, then it is questionable at best.

The safest way to get hold of CBD is to ensure you are purchasing a product that has been derived from a hemp plant—it will say so on the bottle—because industrial hemp is legal all over the U.S. and most of the world, and it always has been.

CBD is, in most cases, a completely legal cannabis derivative which can be used to aid a whole range of health problems, including mental health problems such as anxiety. When derived from the hemp plant, it is always legal (in the U.S. at least), and it has zero side-effects (it is THC which gets you high) so there is no need to worry about any ramifications.