You’ve probably heard about CBD in a movie or come across it in an article and you need to know what exactly it is. Well here’s everything you need to know about CBD.
CBD is a lot more popular than it used it be and for good reasons too. Thanks to all the various medical conditions it’s claimed to help with. Problems such as anxiety, depression, insomnia and even chronic pain have been said to reduce drastically with the consistent help of CBD. And as you guessed it, it’s a non toxic aging compound but then is it too good to be true? What exactly is CBD and what does it do? Are there side effects, does it get you high, is it addictive, is it safe? So many questions I’ll answer in a bit.
What Is CBD?
There are over 100 compounds that can be found in cannabis and most times we only get to here about THC (Tetrahydrocannabidiol). But there’s a lot more but for the sake of this article, we’re sticking to just CBD. CBD is another compound that can be found in cannabis and has been optimized and used in lots of wellness products and the medical field.
As you guessed it, it stands for Cannabidiol and it is a chemical compound which is found in cannabis. Production process of CBD involves extracting it from a cannabis plant while diluting it in a carrier oil. Carrier oils such as coconut oil, olive oil and hemp seed oil are the best options for a more potent CBD.
CBD can be found in both marijuana and hemp so it’s easy to think “oh it must get toy high then” but no, that’s far from it. CBD doing get you high or stoned because it contains less that 1% THC in it.
What Do We Know About CBD?
There’s still more research being done on how it can help, how it works and what makes it so special. But what we know so far is that unlike THC, it is not a psychoactive so you have nothing to worry about.
CBD comes in various forms and products. These include CBD gummies, treats, skin care products, chocolates etc. although it shows no psychoactive tendencies, in the United States CBD isn’t legal in every state. They aren’t also legal in various parts of the world but unlike the past, things are looking up and it might be available in your state sooner than you think.
One of the disadvantages of not being approved by the FDA is dosage. No one can say for sure just how much you need for a particular condition. You just take it till you find out what works for you. However, CBD is an active ingredient in Epidiolex which is a drug used in treatment of a special kind of epilepsy.
What Are the Uses Of CBD?
Due to various testimonies on the medicinal qualities, it can be used to treat the following conditions.
- Pain and inflammation
- Multiple sclerosis
- IBS (inflammatory bowel disease)
- Mental disorders
- Symptoms from chemotherapy and radiotherapy
- Symptoms of GERD
Most researches have come to prove the effectiveness of CBD in the treatment of epilepsy. Hence the presence of the compound in Epidiolex. It has aided in the reduction of seizures accompanying this ailment and, in some cases, they have said to stop them completely.
Other studies have gone further to suggest it is useful to people suffering from anxiety, depression and insomnia due to its calming properties. More research to prove its effectiveness in treating pain is as it claims. Fingers crossed right?
Patients suffering from GERD symptoms have also experimented with CBD to help with their heartburn and constant chest pains.
Does It Come with Effects?
It’s only normal to worry about the effects CBD has on the body and the mind. But one thing you should know is that it works by interacting with the body’s own Endocannabinoids which are produced naturally in humans. This endocannabinoid get assistance from CBD to help our body have a better perception of inflammations, depression, anxiety, pain etc.
When you make use of these products, you don’t get high if notice any form of psychoactive effects. Lots of users have claimed it makes them more calm and rest a little better. However it does come with possible side effects.
Side effects of CBD may include;
- Change in appetite
- Dry mouth
- Chances of liver inflammation.
Should I Try CBD?
It is advised to consult your doctor before trying any form. They are in the best position to let you know if you should or shouldn’t.