CBD products also require a prescription in New Zealand
Currently, all medical CBD on the market must contain less than 0.02% THC; far below the amount at which most people would feel a ‘high’, or intoxicating effect. This regulation is similar to the maximum 0.05% alcohol content of Kombucha, which isn’t enough to have an effect on anyone, including children and is considered safe for general consumption.
CBD can be derived from hemp, cannabis and even some hops; although CBD from hops has the lowest THC content and, as it is a relatively new manufacturing method, is also rare and expensive to get hold of. Hemp-derived CBD is the most common ‘THC-free’ CBD but, compared to cannabis-derived CBD, is considered less effective. Cannabis-derived THC is considered most effective, but often contains THC, which can contribute to an intoxicating effect, depending on the quantity consumed.
CBD is also the cannabinoid that has received praise for helping children with Epilepsy; mainly because of that fact that, since it doesn’t interact with the brain, there’s no cognitive impairment in addition to the calming benefits it offers. CBD is also currently being studied, extensively, to combat autoimmune diseases like Crohns, IBS and other bowel diseases. Did someone say Wonder-Drug?!
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