If you’re looking to try CBD but aren’t sure where to start, we put together this post to help answer your questions and clear up some of the common misconceptions surrounding CBD and its uses.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of many active compounds found in the Cannabis
plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another active compound and the
most well-known, thanks to its psychoactive properties — it’s the one
that gets you “high.”
CBD is non-psychoactive but has a number of the same medical benefits as THC. This allows you to take advantage of the therapeutic benefits without leaving you with the “stoned” feeling that often goes hand in hand with THC.
That said, marijuana-derived CBD products, or CBD products that contain THC, may be more effective than fiber hemp. But if you live in a state that hasn’t yet legalized medical marijuana or these strains are unavailable, you can still benefit from products containing industrial hemp-derived CBD.
At first, many were skeptical, thinking that a natural compound, let alone a Cannabis-compound, could effectively treat such a wide range of conditions. But as medical researchers learned more, and the stories from thousands of people began to stack up, the truth was undeniable. CBD works.
There’s not a lot of research on CBD, but the results of what has been studied are promising. Some studies have found CBD may be effective in providing pain relief from various conditions. Because it’s non-psychoactive, CBD became a very popular option for those seeking a natural alternative to treat conditions like:
- anxiety disorders
- post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
It may be effective for physical conditions as well. One study on rats found that CBD oil may treat pain associated with arthritis, while another on human cells found that CBD cream was an effective anti-inflammatory.
Likewise, CBD has also been proven to help treat childhood epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Some evidence points to CBD’s anticancer properties and benefits in managing the side effects of cancer treatment.
More research is needed to determine the benefits of using CBD as a treatment for mental and physical health conditions.
You should probably start with a low dosage and go slow with increasing your dose. There may also be variations in actual CBD content between products. Use caution when starting a new package or switching between products. Every patient is different and so is every brand of CBD.