What the heck is CBD and what it can do for you?
Are you CBD Curious? Heard about this amazing new compound that can heal almost anything, it seems, and want to know more?
CBD is not, of course, “new”. Civilizations have been using hemp, and therefore CBD for thousands of years. But, it definitely is “hot”.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (there are thought to be over 100!). Cannabinoids are the active compounds in cannabis that make it useful and desired. THC, or tetrahyrdocannibinol, is the most well-know cannabinoid, because it is responsible for the “high” feeling you get when you ingest cannabis.
But let’s talk about CBD! CBD is having its moment right now, for a few worthy reasons.
1. CBD doesn’t get you high. CBD does many things (keep reading) but it does not have a psychoactive effect, so it can be used in many situations that cannabis with THC cannot, or for treating those who do not want to get high.
2. CBD is legal. Sort of. CBD can be found in the cannabis plant and the hemp plant, the difference being that CBD from the hemp plant has less then <.03% of THC. Hemp can be legally grown in certain states in the United States, and can be legally imported. However, since the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 does not distinguish between hemp and cannabis, it has been lumped under Schedule I along with cannabis. That being said, you can fairly easily buy hemp based CBD products online for delivery to your home.
3. CBD treats a lot of things. CBD is known to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, combat anxiety and fight seizures. And why is it a question as to whether this compound is legal again?? But we digress. CBD is also believed to help fight certain cancers, prevent diabetes, and help with sleep.
Are you sold yet? Let’s review. 1) It’s a plant. 2) It treats a lot of stuff. 3) It doesn’t get you high.
So, how should you use CBD? We won’t pretend to assert that this is a fully comprehensive list of all the ways to use CBD, but it’s a good start.
1. Daily wellness: Nurse Sue said once that taking a dose of CBD daily, like a vitamin, makes her feel more “resilient” all day. So who doesn’t want that superpower?? We recommend taking 10-20 mg a day in capsule or tincture form. Click here to see our recommendations.
3. ADD/ADHD: There are some accounts of using CBDs to treat the symptoms of ADD or ADHD, allowing patients to stop using their pharmaceutical medications. Note, while the World Anti-Doping Agency allows the use of CBDs, the NCAA does not.
4. Anti-Anxiety: This is probably the biggest reason that so many people are trying CBDs right now. Whether a little stressed, or very anxious, a little CBD seems to help. It calms your nervous system, which helps you react more evenly to stressors. It can even out your mood, and provide “resilience” as noted by Nurse Sue. We like these gel caps, but you can experiment with which method of taking CBD is the best for you.
5. Fight Inflammation: Besides the external relief that can be found with topicals, you can fight inflammation from the inside with CBD. Try a tincture or CBD only vape pen for quick relief, or capsule for longer duration.
6. Sleep: CBD taken during the day to minimize anxiety often leads to better sleep at night. Some people can take CBD before bed to improve sleep, but a majority find CBD to be slightly stimulating, so it's probably best to stick to daytime use. Currently, CBN, another cannabinoid, is the best recommendation for sleep.
7. Seizures: CBD has been effectively researched and used to fight seizures, especially from epilepsy. The famous Charlotte’s Web strain was created to help a young epilepsy patient, Charlotte, in Colorado, and has now spawned an entire company. They have very high quality CBD products for all types of use.
8. PMS: Though there is not a lot of research on the use of CBDs to treat the symptoms of PMS, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence. CBD taken orally can help with mood swings and cramps, and a CBD cream or suppository may help with cramps.
9. IBS and Crohn’s Disease: Since ancient times, cannabis has been used to treat intestinal disturbances. CBD (and THC) act on intestinal cannabinoid receptors to regulate intestinal permeability, motility, pain sensations and decrease inflammation.
10. Rheumatoid Arthritis: CBD's well documented anti-inflammatory effects make it a good treatment for RA pain and inflammation without the harsh side effects of NSAIDS or steroids.