Thursday, December 9

CBD: all you need to know about this substance derived from cannabis with therapeutic virtues

All over France and on the Internet, shops selling this non-psychotropic cannabis are popping up. And many experts now praise its therapeutic properties: relief of stress and anxiety, fight against eating disorders … its applications are numerous.

what is CBD?

CBD stands for “cannabidiol”. It is the second most common compound in the cannabis plant, which unlike the most common one found in it, THC, has no psychotropic effects when consumed.

In total, there are at least 113 types of cannabinoids in cannabis, so CBD and THC are just two of them.

What effects?

As one WHO report dated November 2017, “In humans, CBD does not show effects indicating risks of overdose or dependence … To date, there is no evidence of health problems associated with the use of CBD alone” .

It is therefore for its therapeutic virtues that CBD is consumed. Cannabidiol acts directly on the central nervous system, for example it improves the condition of people suffering from anxiety or insomnia, as recalled by a report from Harvard University.

Many people also use CBD for chronic pain and inflammation. From studies have thus confirmed its effectiveness against such serious conditions as arthritis, osteoarthritis and neuropathic pain.

CBD can also help stimulate appetite, an application that is particularly beneficial for people with eating disorders or who have lost their appetite due to the use of certain medications, or the side effects of chemotherapy.

But one of the most spectacular applications of CBD concerns the fight against childhood forms of epilepsy such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which we did not know how to treat until then. Videos showing the immediate effects on children with epileptic seizures can be seen on the internet, and CBD drugs have been launched on the market in recent years.

What the law says ?

Currently, there is legal uncertainty in France, which allows CBD to be marketed and consumed without legal risks. Many companies and even chefs like the great pastry chef Philippe Conticini have started to use and market it, riding on the current trend.

In addition, on November 19, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) rendered a judgment following a seizure by the Aix en Provence Court of Appeal.

It considers therein “that in the state of scientific knowledge and on the basis of international conventions in force, CBD oil does not constitute a narcotic product”. It therefore concluded that the free movement of goods is applicable to this product and “that a national measure which prohibits the marketing of CBD from the whole plant constitutes an obstacle to free movement”.

However, she clarified that “the application of the precautionary principle could, subject to convincing scientific evidence, justify regulations restricting the marketing of CBD products”.

Currently, in France, CBD products are considered food supplements. And tolerance against them applies as long as they contain less than 0.2% THC.

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