Since its discovery nearly 10,000 years ago, cannabis has been widely used for both medical and recreational intentions. However, despite its extensive history, the current legality of the cultivation and consumption of the humble plant has been strangely floating around in a grey area -- which is quite maddening, to say the least.
Although we could blame the reefer madness propaganda -- the fearful theory of gateway addiction, or international politics for its global prohibition, we’re now starting to see cannabis grow in prevalence and popularity in the medical sector. But, we can’t help but ask: what is all of this chatter about CBD?
CBD or better known as cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in cannabis and known as a ‘cannabinoid’. It is usually found in hemp plants, but it might be worth mentioning that CBD can also be found in marijuana plants.
Unlike THC, it produces many effects through multiple molecular pathways found in our endocannabinoid system (ECS) to achieve optimal health. In research, the extraordinary cannabinoid has demonstrated the ability to address a range of conditions including anxiety, inflammation, epilepsy, mood disorders, and others.
Generally, human skin is not very permeable, as it blocks the majority of substances to prevent them from entering the body. So, in order to experience CBD’s healing and localized pain-relief effects, a generous amount should be applied to the area, (enough to break the dermal barrier) so that your skin can absorb CBD in the area of pain.
Additionally, this method works best when using products that contain very high levels of CBD, as they will have a greater chance of delivering a decent dose of cannabidiol.
Inhalation is one of the most efficient and perhaps most popular delivery methods because it takes effect almost immediately. Aside from smoking CBD flower, a vaporizer is a great way to deliver CBD.
They are easy to use, and usually require you to power it on, add the oil (or pop in the cartridge for disposable vape pens), inhale, and prepare to reap all of the health benefits.
Since CBD molecules don’t travel through the stomach, nor get broken down by digestive enzymes, CBD is able to enter the bloodstream quickly through sublingual administration. That said, the benefit of choosing this delivery method can have both immediate and long-lasting relief, as it allows CBD to interact with your ECS within minutes.
Cannabidiol gel capsules are the most popular products amongst CBD consumers, and for good reason too. They provide accurate dosing and can be taken like your normal OTC’s or dietary supplements -- much less intimidating than say, a vaporizer and easier to incorporate into your daily health regimen.
As we’ve learned, CBD is available in a wide range of forms, and the same can be said for potencies. Dosing with cannabidiol can be a little difficult to gauge, especially if you're a first-timer. So far, there is no scientific information that definitively answers how much CBD you should take for any given situation.
Like most if not all-natural remedies, CBD is a personalized experience and will depend on each person and the type of CBD you’re taking. Everyone metabolizes CBD differently, so it’s worth mentioning, that what may work for you may not for another person.
Generally, factors such as the severity of your health condition and your body weight will impact how much CBD is needed. Most manufacturers agree that the appropriate dosage of CBD is best measured in milligrams -- typically somewhere between 4 mg-30 mg per day.
Now, If you find that you still have not noticed any effects, (ideally after following dose recommendations labeled on your product) you may need to do a little experimentation of your own. Try increasing your dose (in small increments) until you find the minimum effective dose that what works best for you.
One amazing aspect of CBD is that there are no existing studies to date that indicate you can take too much. According to the World Health Organization (WHO)
“no public health problems… have been associated with the use of pure CBD...”
The cannabinoid has caused no known association with potential for dependence and abuse, no hospitalizations, nor has it ever led to an overdose or intolerance. There are also no known side effects and those that do occur are all minor and far less harmful than those associated with pharmaceuticals.
CBD is also safe for children and pets, though the cannabinoids receptors in your pet are more concentrated and may be affected differently by CBD, thus, doses will vary.
We hope that as cannabis becomes more widely accepted, conversations will increasingly move to more professional settings about how CBD can be a viable alternative within the medical sector.
Still, it’s important to make informed choices with your doctor, as CBD may inhibit the work of cytochrome p450 enzymes through its interaction with certain prescription medications. and also carefully monitor the levels of relief and intake -- knowing you can always increase or decrease until you find your particular ‘sweet spot.”
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