A Beginner’s Guide to CBD | News

When Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Senate Enrolled Act 52 into law in March of this year, he ended a fierce debate and legal limbo over cannabidiol use in Indiana.

In the ensuing months, sellers of CBD flooded the state and made their products available everywhere from natural health stores to gas stations, with many setting up shop to specialize in the product alone.

CBD is big business, and Indianapolis is now one of its fastest growing markets. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of knowledge to go along with the flood of product.


For many years, CBD has been touted as beneficial in treating common health issues that range from anxiety to acne with added benefits as a natural alternative for pain relief. Those claims were largely ignored outside of natural remedy communities, however, primarily because of the association with marijuana and the perception that there couldn’t possibly be legitimate medical usage or benefits.

Attitudes and laws have changed, however, and scientific studies are now beginning to release data that supports many of these claims. Medical professionals are recommending CBD to many of their patients, and it’s quickly becoming available in more mainstream locations.

In the past, much of the opposition to CBD has come from ignorance and the belief that cannabis, hemp, and marijuana are the same thing. They are not. 

Here’s the simplest way to understand and explain it:

  1. Cannabis is a family of plants most commonly classified as either Indica or Sativa.

  2. Hemp and marijuana are both members of the Cannabis sativa family.

  3. While they share similarities, they are two distinct plants with distinct properties.

  4. Both hemp and marijuana contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that produces the “high” effect;  and Cannabidiol (CBD) non-psychoactive compound which does not get you “high.”

  5. Marijuana is high in

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