Let’s Start at the Beginning – CBD
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a component of the cannabis plant that has been shown to have huge therapeutic potential, while at the same time being non-intoxicating. People with a wide range of conditions such as diabetes, cancer, Crohn’s, PTSD, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections and others have started adding CBD into their nutrition regimen. People suffering from chronic pain have claimed to have found relief using CBD products, and doctors are beginning to seriously study the benefits of CBD. Valuable research and studies are starting to be done like the one by Ethan B. Russo on THC/CBD effects on pain.
There is preclinical research as well as some clinical studies show Cannabidiol (CBD) has anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-convulsant, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant qualities. All of these benefits without having to get high!
How should you take CBD?
Most people suggest a delivery system that allows you to take a desired optimal dose for it’s intended use. Although some may choose to smoke CBD-rich cannabis flower or vape style products, most prefer CBD products that are made with cannabis oil concentrates. These products come as edibles, hard candies, gummy candies, gel caps, tinctures, and beverages. You can also get CBD topicals to apply directly on the desired area of the body.
How much CBD should you take?
The answer to this ranges depending on each individual and their particular needs. A dose as small as a few milligrams of CBD oil can be effective. The key is to start with a few small doses of CBD over the course of a day, and repeat for several days. Pay attention to how you feel and observe any effects. Then work on adjusting the amount of CBD until you find your right balance.
Does CBD have any interactions or side effects?
Although CBD is a very safe substance, it’s always recommended that you check with your doctor if you’re taking medications. Higher doses of CBD can temporarily deactivate a certain enzyme that can be used to metabolize Big Pharma Meds. If grapefruit interacts with your medication, there’s a good chance CBD products will too.
It’s recommended to monitor yourself closely when first beginning a CBD regimen. Notice any effects and make adjustments to your dosage as needed.
Analysis of Cannabis Seizures in NSW, Australia: Cannabis Potency and Cannabinoid Profile – Wendy Swift , Alex Wong , Kong M. Li, Jonathon C. Arnold, Iain S. McGregor – Published: July 24, 2013
Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain
Ethan B Russo Ther Clin Risk Manag. 2008 Feb; 4(1): 245–259