CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a nonpsychoactive (it won’t make you feel high) compound found in cannabis.
What Is CBD?
CBD is one of over 60 different compounds present in cannabis. Along with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), it is usually present in cannabis in high concentrations.
There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human body: CB1 and CB2.
Both are naturally found throughout the body but are most common in the brain and immune system.
CB1 receptors are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects and affect memory, mood, sleep, appetite, and pain sensation.
CB2 receptors have an anti-inflammatory effect and are found in immune cells.
CBD has a great affinity and or attraction for CB2 receptors, making it a great natural anti-inflammatory and immune system enhancer. And it is nonpsychoactive because of its lack of affinity and attraction for CB1 receptors.
What Are The Benefits Of CBD?
CBD has been proven to be highly beneficial in the treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), and cerebral palsy and anxiety disorders. Studies have found that CBD can:
- Relieve nausea and vomiting, which makes it a great digestive aid
- Help control and reduce seizures
- Help fight tumors and cancer cells (as a powerful antioxidant)
- Help relieve anxiety and depression
- Calm and protect the nervous system
- Promote relaxation and deeper sleep
- Help reduce stress
- Help relieve insomnia
- Help reduce swelling through its anti-inflammatory effects
- Help relieve muscle and joint pain
Is CBD Legal?
Unlike marijuana, CBD is 100% legal everywhere in the world and offers many of the same benefits of marijuana without the “high.” It is completely safe and nonaddictive.
How Is CBD Different From THC
THC is the most prominent psychoactive component of the marijuana plant, which makes you feel “high,” whereas CBD is nonpsychoactive. CBD accounts for about 40% of cannabis extract.
How Do You Use CBD?
CBD is extracted as an oil from cannabis or hemp plant and comes in various concentrations and forms. It can be consumed orally in the form of a supplement (pill form or liquid tincture), vaporized, or sprayed into the mouth.
How Much Should I Take?
The dosage of CBD differs for each person, but it is best to start small and gradually increase until you experience the desired result.
Generally, a serving standard is 25 mg of CBD twice daily. You’ll likely need to experiment with a dosage range that works for you.
Here is a list of common dosage amounts per certain medical conditions used in clinical trials:
- To increase appetite in cancer patients: 2.5 mg of THC orally, with or without 1 mg of CBD, for 6 weeks
- To treat chronic pain: 2.5–20 mg CBD orally for an average of 25 days
- To treat epilepsy: 200–300 mg of CBD orally daily for up to 4.5 months
- To treat movement problems associated with Huntington’s disease: 10 mg per kilogram of CBD orally daily for 6 weeks
- To treat sleep disorders: 40–160 mg CBD orally
- To treat multiple sclerosis symptoms: Cannabis plant extracts containing 2.5–120 mg of a THC/CBD combination orally daily for 2–15 weeks.
A mouth spray might contain 2.7 mg of THC and 2.5 mg of CBD at doses of 2.5–120 mg for up to 8 weeks.
Patients typically use 8 sprays within any 3 hours, with a maximum of 48 sprays in any 24-hour period
- To treat schizophrenia: 40–1,280 mg CBD orally daily for up to 4 weeks
- To treat glaucoma: a single CBD dose of 20–40 mg under the tongue (doses greater than 40 mg may actually increase eye pressure.)
As you can see, the dosage really varies per individual and medical condition. But CBD isn’t just for those with medical conditions; healthy people can greatly benefit from using CBD as part of a preventive health plan.
Does It Have Harmful Side Effects?
There are no scientific studies to date showing negative side effects of consuming cannabidiol regularly. CBD has actually been extensively studied and proven to have only positive effects.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussed it in his documentary Weed, as well as on CNN and various other videos.
Where Can I Purchase CBD?
As more and more scientific studies are released on the benefits of CBD, more and more products will hit the consumer market. Right now, your can purchase a wide variety of CBD products online and in some health foods stores across the country.
As with all supplements, it’s important to consider the quality, extraction, storage, and manufacturing methods before purchasing a product.
Sadly, about 90% of supplements on the market today are ineffective and a complete waste of money because they simply aren’t of quality ingredients or have poor extraction methods, which makes them useless and you just a little more penniless.