Canoboidoil (CBD) increased in popularity over the last ten years. States with laws legalizing medical and recreational marijuana now sell CBD in convenience stores and drug stores CBD is a chemical found in cannabis that doesn’t have any psychoactive ingredients such as THC. It’s becoming more used and accepted in health concerns ranging from mental health to physical pain to epilepsies. It’s accessible, but can we trust it?
CBD is ill-regulated, and this leaves room for misrepresentation. Often, packaging will indicate a certain level of CBD content. Though, this is rarely accurate. Chances are you are getting less (or even more) potency than originally thought. More often than not, it’s the first — less bang for your buck. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon and could explain why some people “feel” the effects of CBD and some people do not. The FDA does not regulate unprescribed CBD so it’s not always easy to know what you’re getting. Do your research on brands and products before buying so 1) you don’t waste your money and 2) you know what’s going into your body. Buy from reputable brands. Read product reviews! These will be telling. You can also check if products are lab tested from the product label or online website.
The amount of CBD in your body factors into how it affects you. For instance, some suggest that CBD on a daily basis builds up a chemical presence of cannabidiol in your body thus making it more effective. Building up a tolerance stimulates your endocannabinoid system. Consider looking into microdosing to find a balance that works for you. It is because of these reasons that time is necessary for results. It takes routine, time, and content just like any medication or prescription. Some may not notice results for weeks or sometimes months, but over time, you may start seeing a change. If anything, try switching methods of consumption. CBD varies from a topical, capsule, oil, liquid, and edible.
CBD may be ineffective depending on your body. Genetics, metabolism, and biochemistry affect how we process chemicals and other consumed items. Everyone’s bodies are built differently so what works for someone else may not work for you, and vice-versa. If the shoe doesn’t fit–don’t wear it.
CBD Health Benefits
CBD is tested and used in cases of epilepsy in children. Sometimes antiseizure medication doesn’t work for everyone. Doctors find that CBD is useful for children who don’t otherwise react to the medication. Children’s seizures typically go down or disappear completely. The FDA has already approved of medication with CBD for the treatment of epilepsy. Additionally, studies show CBD helps alleviate anxiety and insomnia in some patients. Again, this is not always the case for everyone. It’s helped patients deal with social anxiety and depression. Furthermore, it’s helped with smoking cessation and substance abuse.
CBD is free of THC and other psychoactive components, which makes it a great source for those just seeking health benefits. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is often treated by CBD. CBD is also used to treat pain. It acts as an antiinflammatory for flareups. Many people report that it helps with various pains. Research hasn’t looked into this near enough.
CBD Side Effects
CBD oil and consumption is tolerable for the most part. However, some patients report side effects of CBD and oils. Here are a few common side effects: tiredness, diarrhea, appetite changes, and weight gain or weight loss. Patients who combine CBD with other medications sometimes notice that their medication is less effective. So, this is something to consider and keep an eye on. Perhaps, consider speaking with your doctor about the consumption of both.
CBD Vape Pens
The method of consumption is another concern to think about. For instance, lung damage may occur from smoking CBD. This is more commonly a concern among vape users. The temperatures of CBD vape pens tend to be lower than burning cannabis with fire. Typically, this burns away impurities and other potentially unhealthy residues. However, cannabis plants contain fatty lipids called cuticle wax. Smoking cannabis flower with fire, whether it’s a bowl, bong, or joint burns away cuticle wax. But the lower temperatures of vape pen don’t adequately burn away the wax. This has the potential to cause respiratory problems.
Wrapping up, CBD does seem to be as effective as some say, but it depends. First, quality counts. Second, make sure the concentration is what you pay for and what works well for you. Third, consider talking with your doctor if you have other health concerns. Overall, there is little research to show the benefit vs. cost of CBD. However, it’s making its way into meditation and other applications so stay tuned!