Cannabidiol Oil, or CBD as it’s more commonly known, has recently moved to the forefront in the medical cannabis diaspora. It’s a rising star, boasting wide-ranging health benefits.Cannabidiol CBD is one of at least 85 known cannabinoids. These are compounds found in the cannabis plant. Unlike its infamous cousin THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), however, CBD has no psychoactive properties whatsoever.
Charlotte’s Web is the name of a premium CBD oil company, and the high-CBD strain of hemp from which their products are derived. The brothers who own and operate the company named it after Charlotte Figi, born in October 2006, who made an almost miraculous recovery from a rare and debilitating seizure disorder by using their CBD oil, and inspired them to found the business. Today, the Colorado-based company provides steeply discounted CBD oil to children with seizures and related disorders. Charlotte’s Web’s line of commercial CBD tinctures, capsules and topicals use the same proprietary strain of source hemp, but are formulated to address common issues like inflammation, fatigue, and anxiety. All are made from hemp grown organically and sustainable in Colorado, and subjected to broad-spectrum extraction, which maximizes the Entourage Effect (the capacity of hemp compounds to enhance the therapeutic effects of CBD) by preserving a range of beneficial plant compounds. Their CBD tincture is an excellent choice for treating anxiety, and comes in chocolate or chocolate mint flavors which can be taken directly or added to beverages. This CBD tincture is available in strengths of 10 or 25 mg per ounce, or a more concentrated 50 mg per 0.6 ounce. This oral supplement comes in natural or chocolate mint flavors. Charlotte’s Web’s CBD oil capsules contain the same full-spectrum CBD extracts, and come in concentrations of 15 mg each or 35 mg.
Would I say that CBD oil has fundamentally changed my life? No. But per the Charlotte's Web website, this is the typical first experience. "Anyone who has ever started a new vitamin or supplement routine knows the short answer to how long it takes to kick in is—'it depends,'" reads the article on what to expect from hemp oil. "For many newcomers, they're not sure what to imagine, or some anticipate a huge change right away. For most of us, though, dietary supplements take time."
In the United States, non-FDA approved CBD products are classified as Schedule I drugs under the Controlled Substances Act. This means that production, distribution, and possession of non-FDA approved CBD products is illegal under federal law. In addition, in 2016 the Drug Enforcement Administration added "marijuana extracts" to the list of Schedule I drugs, which it defined as "an extract containing one or more cannabinoids that has been derived from any plant of the genus Cannabis, other than the separated resin (whether crude or purified) obtained from the plant." Previously, CBD had simply been considered "marijuana", which is a Schedule I drug.