Is is a new fad or is it something else?!
Everywhere you look these days you will find someone talking about CBD.
CBD is actually not a new thing, its just finally making itself known to everybody.
I started looking into CBD in 2016 when I got really sick with my IBS and found out I have 2 fistulas. The Dr's were pushing medication after medication at me that had all the side effects I didn't need.
Research grows more and more each year on the subject. But it also gets a bad name because of its association with the marijuana plant.
Lets touch on 10 of the most common questions I get asked about CBD.
1) CBD is addictive
In a comprehensive report on CBD, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on its potential for addiction. The report concluded that “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
2) Hemp seed oil and CBD oil are the same
CBD oil and hemp seed oil both come from hemp, but they are not the same.
CBD is extracted from the leaves, stalks and flowers of hemp while Hemp seed oil is made exclusively from the seeds of hemp plants. While the seeds do contain beneficial nutrients, they contain almost no CBD.
3) There’s no clinical research with CBD
According to a comprehensive report in 2017 by the World Health Organization (WHO), CBD has “been demonstrated as an effective treatment for epilepsy”.
The report also states there is “preliminary evidence” that CBD could be effective for Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Psychosis, Multiple Sclerosis, and diabetic complications, in addition to pain, anxiety and depression.
Other preliminary studies hint at a role for CBD in sleep disorders, drug addiction (smoking) and high blood pressure.
4) CBD works the same for everyone
We are all DIFFERENT and everything we put in our bodies reacts differently. The same goes for CBD. Some people use CBD to bring a little bit of happiness and ease back into their day, and others to manage symptoms of disease. CBD supports everyone's Endocannabinoid system differently. Some peoples endocannabinoid systems are working just fine without CBD.
5) CBD isn’t safe
In 2017, a detailed report from the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that naturally occurring CBD is safe and well tolerated in humans and is not associated with any public health effects.
It goes on to say that, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential.”
The World Anti doping Agency (WADA) also removed CBD from its banned substances list in 2017. Athletes can now use CBD, but must still be careful to monitor small levels of THC in CBD products.
6) CBD is totally non-psychoactive
Although CBD doesn’t get you high, like THC does; but a lot of people say it does boosts their mood and lessens anxiety.
These effects have been well documented in animal studies showing that CBD enhances serotonin signaling in the brain, which is a chemical which makes us feel happy, connected and lessens anxiety.
CBD also boosts our natural feel good endocannabinoid called Anandamide, the very same feel good chemical that gets released after we exercise.
7) All CBD is the same
In nature, CBD does not exist as a single compound, but is found within plants with over a hundred other cannabinoids. When extracted, you not only get CBD, but all the other cannabinoids. These are called full spectrum extracts.
On the other hand, CBD can be isolated from its original packaging to get99.9% pure CBD known as CBD Isolate. The effects with CBD isolate are questionable compared to the complete package of a full spectrum CBD extract.
CBD is also not all farmed or extracted the same way. Be sure to do some research before you purchase. Know if the company takes care of their own product from beginning to end or is 3rd party. These things can effect the end product.
8) CBD wont affect other medications
CBD works really well for a lot of people, but those taking certain medications may find CBD alters the way their drug(s) work. This may impact the effectiveness of their current medication, which may affect the management of their medical condition.
Anyone on prescription medication(s) should consult with their GP before using CBD
9) A little is all it takes
Again, we are all different. What you are taking CBD for and what type of CBD is being used effect the dosing.
There’s a common phrase we use when it comes to dosing; Start low and go slow.
10) CBD is Illegal
CBD is federally legal. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, the production, possession and sale of CBD products is legal in the United States. The Farm Bill distinguished hemp from cannabis, meaning CBD products are not considered drugs unless they contain over 0.03% THC, and can therefore be used and distributed legally.
Even with all this information....
I encourage you to do your own research and come to your own conclusions. I a constantly still learning and researching. I am always an open book and willing to help you find what you are looking for. Feel free to message me anytime.