The climate regarding cannabis’ legitimacy and legalization in the medical space is still pretty cloudy, with the clouds continuing to quickly shift. And if you’re wondering how to talk to your doctor about CBD, that lack of clarity may be intimidating.

It can be difficult for the everyday consumer to understand the cannabis-related laws in their state. This is especially challenging because in many places, laws are in the process of changing, while others will take effect in the new year.

Yet with cannabidiol — or CBD — gaining momentum as a therapeutic treatment for a long list of health and wellness issues, more and more patients are asking how they can incorporate it into their routine. In fact, recent reports estimate that the CBD market will soon boom, growing as much as 700 percent by 2020.

This is partly due to CBD’s ability to react with many receptors throughout the body without affecting locomotor skills or memory. And we can thank our endocannabinoid system (ECS) for these benefits. This complex network of chemicals and receptors can interact with plant-based cannabinoids like CBD for a range of therapeutic effects.

So, how exactly does one interested patient navigate the current climate of cannabis legalization? And what do you need to know before you talk to your doctor about CBD?

“It is appalling that medical schools do not cover the endocannabinoid system, as it is a central physiological system that plays important roles throughout the human body,” says Gillian Levy, president and co-owner of the Humboldt Apothecary. Her woman-owned CBD business is based in Northern California.

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