The benefits of CBD

Hype abounds because it sells. Luckily, the hype around CBD is legit. But, unfortunately, CBD is shrouded by ignominy because some think it’s the same as marijuana (not that that’s a bad thing!)

CBD could be a Game Changer for people in physical or psychological pain.

What is CBD?

  • CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is one of more than 100 compounds in a class called cannabinoids. THC is another cannabinoid.
  • CBD supplements can be sourced from hemp or marijuana. Federal law stipulates that any CBD product must contain <0.3% THC.
  • CBD oil is not the same as hemp oil.
  • Phytocannabinoids are found in plants, endocannabinoids are made by the body.
  • Most studies have been done on CBD, but other cannabinoids & terpenes have proven to have health benefits as well.
  • As with other herbs, the plant confers benefits that isolated components cannot.

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Will CBD get you high?

  • Nope.
  • THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the compound in marijuana that causes a high. It is not physically addictive.
  • CBD is a completely different compound than THC and will not get you high.
  • Both CBD and THC are “psychoactive.” Since CBD can have positive effects on mental health issue, it is literally psychoactive. But it is not intoxicating.
  • CBD products may smell like marijuana if they are full-spectrum extracts, but that’s because of compounds called terpenes, which do not have psychedelic effects.
  • Both marijuana and hemp are hybrids of a plant called Cannabis sativa.
  • The CBD and THC found in these plants are exactly the same molecule, but marijuana and hemp have significantly different amounts of each.
  • Personal note: I’m clarifying that CBD is not the same as marijuana, but that doesn’t mean that marijuana is bad. I personally believe that marijuana and hemp are both very effective and beneficial medicinal herbs that should be accessible to everyone.

What can CBD do?

  • CBD has a variety of impacts on the body
    • Analgesic (pain-reducing), Neuroprotective, Calming/Sedating, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-emetic (anti-nausea), Anti-spasmodic, Anti-epileptic, Antidepressant, Antianxiety, Antimicrobial, Anti-insomnia, Anti-proliferative (r/t cancer), Antipsychotic, Bone stimulant, Immunosuppressive, Vasorelaxant and more
  • CBD may positively impact a wide array of health conditions:
    • **This is not a health claim!
      • My statements made about CBD, hemp and marijuana have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.
    • Chronic pain, neuropathy, anxiety, depression, arthritis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, glaucoma, diabetes/insulin resistance, epilepsy/ seizures, heart disease, stroke/traumatic brain injury, migraines, nausea, skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, eczema), sleep issues (insomnia, narcolepsy), autism, anorexia, ALS, MS, Parkinson’s, antibiotic-resistant infections (Lyme), PMS + anything else caused by inflammation or an overactive immune response.
  • Generally, CBD balances the stress response, which reduces inflammation.
  • Resources:

How does CBD work?

  • All cannabinoids interface with the Endocannabinoid System, which maintains balance among the body’s other systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, integumentary, nervous, elimination, musculoskeletal, immune, reproductive & endocrine).

How to choose a CBD supplement?

  1. Choose full-spectrum or isolate.
    • Full-Spectrum is a whole-plant extract, isolate only contains CBD.
  2. Choose the delivery form best for you
    • Oil/tincture, capsule, vaporizing liquid, lotion/salve, suppository, patch, nasal spray)
  3. Choose a legitimate brand:
    • Provides transparent testing records, uses safe extraction process and does not use harmful additives (such as propylene glycol in vaping liquid).

Resources for legitimate CBD products:

How to use CBD?

  • Partner with an informed practitioner to determine a CBD strategy (see below for sample dosing schedules).
  • Symptoms of too much CBD: dry mouth, low blood pressure, dizziness.
  • If symptoms flare, decrease dose.
  • “Start low, go slow.” Take 2-3 times per day for consistent blood levels.
  • **Take CBD 2 hours away from medications & consult with your doctor.
  • CBD is biphasic. If a low dose is good, more is not better. (Think: Goldilocks)
    • CBD biphasic bell curve
  • Dosing is highly individualized and can change over time.
  • **Take CBD 2 hours away from prescription drugs because it can interfere with the Cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver.
  • Sample dosing strategy for tincture:
    • Start with dose of 10mg per day (5mg in AM, 5mg in PM) and increase by 5mg every 3 days until symptoms improve.
    • If negative symptoms arise, back down the dose.
    • If drowsiness occurs, keep in mind it could be good!
    • Symptoms of too much CBD: dry mouth, low blood pressure, dizziness, lightheadedness.
    • **Take CBD 2 hours away from prescription drugs.
  • Here’s a tool to help determine dosing: CBD Dosage Calculator
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page for more detailed dosing schedules.

Is CBD a magic solution?

  • CBD is part of a full-spectrum of health-promoting strategies:
    • Anti-inflammatory diet, resolution of nutrient deficiency, hydration, sleep, movement, massage, mindfulness techniques, detoxification, exposure to nature, involvement in community…
  • For someone experiencing a medical condition, even small changes can be paralyzing.
  • CBD may soften the barrier between how someone feels and how they’d like to feel. It helps balance the body and encourages it to use its own resources more efficiently.
  • The action of any supplement is enhanced by:
    • Clean water
    • Non-inflammatory diet
    • Resolution of nutrient deficiencies
    • Mindfulness techniques
    • Movement/exercise
    • Exposure to nature
    • Involvement in community
    • Physical touch

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