CBD is gaining a lot of popularity in the present time. Its effectiveness in treating chronic pain or specific neurological issues is something you may have heard people discussing but are not yet satisfied.
If you have confusion with regards to what exactly CBD is, what benefit does it provide and questions like how does it work, etc., then this article will act as a guide for you in clarifying all such confusion with regards to CBD.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Likewise, there is a compound named THC –Tetrahydrocannabinol, which is quite famous due to its psychoactive properties of providing that ‘high’ feeling to you.
Coming back to CBD, hemp is a specific strain of cannabis that is high in CBD and low in THC, which makes it perfect for fetching out CBD without that dazed feeling often associated with THC.
What Benefits does CBD Offer?
The research on CBD is still outgoing, but some of the benefits realized so far have shown to be quite encouraging. As observed in individual studies, CBD oil helps treat several medical issues and symptoms with little to no side effects, including treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety-related disorders, addiction, and schizophrenia.
Treatment of childhood epilepsy and seizure disorders and physical conditions like arthritis, inflammation are some of the other areas which are being considered as treatable with CBD. However, further research to ascertain the same.
How Does CBD Work?
Your body has an Endocannabinoid System (ECS) responsible for controlling functions like appetite, sleep, pain sensitivity, and immune system responses.
The in-built ECS in your body produces cannabinoids of its own, which are called endocannabinoids.
When cannabinoids from plants enter your body, they act together with your ECS receptors just in the manner your internal cannabinoids do.
This interaction accelerates response providing various benefits as mentioned above.
How Can You Consume CBD?
CBD is available in many different forms providing you the leverage of consuming it according to your needs. It can be obtained in the way of:
Tinctures – Oils
Usually, in the form of oils, the liquid is filled with CBD and placed under the tongue with a dropper. This easy-to-use method is also better in absorption than others as capillaries under the tongue reach directly in the bloodstream.
However, you may not prefer this form in case you feel its taste awkward, but it is the right choice for people who can’t or don’t want to take pills or capsules.
Tropicals – Creams or Lotions
Creams or lotions with cannabidiol help in getting relief from specific pain in muscles or joints. They may also prove helpful in skin conditions.
However, as this does not enter the bloodstream, the advantage of this form is limited to the specific area.
Capsules and pills
Considered one of the easiest ways of consuming CBD, capsules, and pills help treat seizure disorders and digestive issues.
The limitation here one may feel is the time taken for the capsule to show its effect. It may take 1-2 hours to work as it requires going through the digestive system first.
Vaping – Inhaling
Vaporized CBD oil is the fastest way to experience effects usually in a couple of minutes as compounds are inhaled and absorbed directly from the lungs into the bloodstream.
However, the effect may not last as long as ingesting CBD orally, and also there is confusion with regards to the side effect of vaping on lung tissues.
A fun and easy way to consume, cannabidiol in the form of edibles can be a great option in the form of a tasty and portable form.
However, you may here need to be cautious about the calories and dietary restrictions.
Dosage – How much to be taken?
It should be started with a low dosage and increased slowly. Since there may be differences in actual CBD content between products, you should refer to caution when starting a new package or switching dose forms.
As Lindsay Slowiczek, PharmD, suggested, “It is important to start with a low dose until you know how your body will react to CBD. A huge range of CBD doses was tested in clinical trials, but more research is required before a safe and effective dose recommendation can be made for particular uses. Take the recommended dosage of the drug unless your doctor gives you a go-ahead to take larger concentrations. People with certain conditions of health, such as liver disease, can need lower doses to reduce serious side effects.
While more researchers are still awaited, CBD can help with chronic pain or anxiety-related disorders, etc. So opt for the form of medicine as per the condition. Read labels and also review its lab reports to be sure of what you are buying. While CBD is legalized in most U.S states, however, you may refer to your state laws before opting for it.