As CBD becomes a more popular way to address pain, anxiety and other health concerns, potential users continue to ask questions – and researchers are trying to catch up. Here are the 8 most-frequent questions about CBD.
How Does CBD Differ from THC?
Both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol THC are compounds of the cannabis plant, of which marijuana and hemp are varieties. THC contains a chemical that can produce a feeling of altered reality or euphoria, depending on the strain and strength. CBD is its much weaker cousin; it contains 0.3 percent or less of a psychoactive substance and does not produce a woozy feeling
What is CBD Good For?
The National Institutes of Health has found evidence that CBD may help alleviate anxiety, pain, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is being used in the dental industry to reduce fear of the dentist and control pain and inflammation. It has many other uses, such as relief of symptoms of diabetes, bipolar disorder, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and seizures. The FDA has approved medical use of Epidiolex, a marijuana-derived drug, to treat a rare epilepsy condition.
Is CBD Legal?
CBD from hemp plants containing less than .03 percent of THC has been legal in all 50 states and the District of Columbia since 2018, but there are still restrictions on where and how these products can be sold. In addition, CBD cannot be marketed with any therapeutic or medicinal claims. Check with your dentist, healthcare provider, pharmacist, or local health department for the laws in your state.
How Do I Know CBD is Safe?
The World Health Organization considers cannabidiol safe in general, but it is not yet fully understood what doses are safe and for what length of time. Be vigilant about reading labels and claims. In general, experts recommend 100 percent pure CBD oil derived from US-grown hemp and tested by an independent laboratory.
How Do I Use CBD?
Pure CBD oil can be applied by dropper directly under the tongue. It is also available in creams, vapes, patches, capsules, gummies and more. Availability differs throughout the country, depending on state laws.
How Does CBD Work in the Body?
According to research compiled by Harvard Medical School, the human body makes natural cannabinoids that help regulate mood, appetite, and sleep. Some researchers believe plant-derived CBD binds to the body’s CBD receptors and affects the related body symptoms. It is a process similar to melatonin.
What is a Safe CBD Dose?
Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not test cannabidiol, it is difficult to know how much you are getting when you buy CBD in a store or online. Some products may contain too little CBD to have any effect; others may also contain psychoactive THC. It is wise to start small. Better yet, ask your healthcare provider or dentist for recommendations on preferred products and dosages.
What are the Side Effects of CBD?
Research shows cannabidiol may interfere with the breakdown of some medications in the body, enhancing their effects. These include certain blood thinners, heartburn drugs, and antidepressants. Check with your doctor to be sure. Other possible side effects associated with CBD include nausea or upset stomach, diarrhea, fatigue, drop in blood pressure, drowsiness, and irritability.
In the medical landscape, CBD is akin to the Wild West. While research shows benefits for some people, you must be careful which products to trust. Rely on your dentist, pharmacist, or doctor to guide you in this part of your healthcare journey. Call Emerald Health Advocates today to learn more.
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