Highlights

  • CBD is a component of marijuana that does not cause a high by itself
  • CBD is generally taken as a supplement 
  • In India, CBD oil manufactured under a license issued by the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 is legal to be used

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What is CBD? Let's talk about the lesser-known child of cannabis

CBD or cannabidiol is an essential component of medical marijuana that is derived from the hemp plant. 

CBD or cannabidiol is an essential component of medical marijuana that is derived from the hemp plant. CBD is the second most prevalent active ingredient in cannabis but it does not cause a high by itself. According to World Health Oganisation, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD."

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How is CBD consumed?

CBD comes in many forms, including oils, extracts, capsules, patches, vapes, and topical preparations for use on skin. It is generally taken as a supplement and not as a medicine.

But, is CBD legal?

In India, CBD oil manufactured under a license issued by the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 is legal to be used. However, the use of cannabis as a medicine is not much prevalent in India. And the controversy around the use of drugs in Bollywood has further stigmatised the usage of CBD.

What are the benefits of CBD?

CBD has been touted to treat a wide variety of health issues. A report by the Harvard Medical School suggests that CBD extracts can be beneficial to treat anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain due to arthritis. Using CBD oils on the skin can also reduce acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce sebum production

However, the report also says that over usage of CBD can also cause side effects like nausea, fatigue and irritability. So, it is important to source CBD extracts from reputable sources and consult a doctor before incorporating them into your life.

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