CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabis plant. It's a naturally occurring substance that is used in products like oils and edibles to impart a feeling of relaxation and calm. It is said to help with muscle and nerve pain, anxiety, and skin conditions. Unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it's not psychoactive and it will not leave you feeling sedated or altered in any way. 

You've probably heard the terms cannabis, marijuana, and hemp all tossed around in relation to CBD. The plant Cannabis sativa has two primary species, hemp, and marijuana. Both contain CBD, but there's a much higher percentage in hemp. The other main difference is that hemp contains less than 0.3% of THC compared to marijuana which can have anywhere from 5% to over 50% of THC.

Now that cannabis is enjoying a research renaissance by way of legalization efforts, medical science is gaining a much more detailed perspective on this popular and fascinating plant. According to ClinicalTrials.gov, a federal database of accredited clinical trials worldwide, there are about 150 trials in progress that are testing CBD as a treatment for a wide variety of health conditions, including autism, alcoholism, skin conditions and schizophrenia. 

There are many ways to use CBD. It can be incorporated into lotions, gummies, tinctures, or a vape pen. It can be safely consumed in food or applied directly to the skin in small amounts. The key is paying close attention to the dosage and your body's reaction to the oil. It is very potent and one milliliter could last you a month. You can get involved in the push to know more about this amazing product! Contact your representative and encourage them to pass national bills that will support more scientific research on CBD! 

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