In 2018, the US government passed the Farm Bill effectively legalizing industrial hemp and making CBD and all forms of the substance legal in all 50 states. While each state has different laws regarding the use and possession of CBD, it’s no longer illegal to possess it in any state in the country. This new law has resulted in a massive spike in CBD products and CBD users alike.
CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant. It doesn’t contain any psychoactive elements and does not result in a high or altered mental state.
Over the last few months, it’s become increasingly popular due to data showing that it helps to relieve a variety of ailments and conditions including insomnia, chronic pain or inflammation, and mood disorders like anxiety, depression or PTSD.
In states where marijuana is still illegal, CBD is becoming a go-to alternative to the drug and a holistic approach to healing. People are opting for CBD instead of dangerous pharmaceuticals and are achieving favorable results without any of the nasty side effects.
While you can find CBD in most Cannabis shops and dispensaries, you might be curious where to find CBD in states where marijuana is illegal. In some areas, you can find CBD sold in shopping malls, coffee shops, and certain supplement chains.
Let’s dive into a few of the ways that CBD is helping people across all 50 states.
CBD works with your body’s endocannabinoid system to calm your nervous system and help you achieve a deeper state of REM sleep. A lot of people think that THC makes users sleepy. While THC does cause drowsiness and lethargy, it blocks your body from reaching REM sleep, which can disrupt your sleep cycle even more. REM sleep helps to restore your body and lets you feel rested and alert the next day. Using CBD before bed can promote improved REM sleep and allow you to drift off easier, stay asleep more deeply and wake up refreshed.
One of the most common reasons people use CBD is to help manage their anxiety. To avoid the harmful side effects of anti-anxiety pills, people are using CBD for a milder, and more holistic way to curb anxiety symptoms. CBD helps relieve anxiety by working with your body’s endocannabinoid system to help relax your body and mind. CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in people with PTSD and chronic panic attacks as well as reduce the symptoms associated with seasonal affective disorder.
Dealing with chronic, or even occasional pain is frustrating and burdensome. Some people are trading in their prescription painkillers for CBD to reduce pain and inflammation and alleviate symptoms of arthritis, joint pain, muscle spasms. CBD has recently been attributed to a reduction in some of the complications related to Crohn’s disease. For pain relief, CBD users have a few consumption methods to choose from. Vaping and edibles work well for full body pain reduction. For localized pain, CBD topicals like lotion and cream can provide instant relief when applied directly to a particular area of your body. CBD topicals are growing in popularity because you don’t need to wait for them to kick in like you do when consuming CBD edibles. The cream can be used to treat specific discomforts like pain, itchiness, and swelling only in the spot you need it.
It’s also used to reduce headaches, cramping, and has been seen to reduce symptoms of psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and itchiness. Additionally, CBD cream can also be great for your skin in general by reducing acne and regulating oil production.
The availability of CBD across the US is opening up opportunities for people to try alternative treatments to pain, anxiety, and insomnia. CBD is also creating a more open conversation around cannabis and as it becomes more widely used, is helping to reduce the stigma associated with THC as well.
Before switching from another healing method to CBD, consult with a doctor to make sure you know your options and won’t have any reactions with other medications or conditions. Even though there are little to no side effects associated with CBD other than possible sleepiness, it’s better to be safe and cover your bases.