You may have heard about CBD whether for oral or topical use. It’s one of Mother Nature’s medicines and may help alleviate symptoms of certain conditions. So, we thought we’d give you a brief overview of what it is, how it works and what it’s typically used for.
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound found naturally in hemp and marijuana plants. It has become a hot topic in recent years because it may support a sense of peace and well-being in humans when used orally. That’s not surprising, considering the rampant stress and anxiety reported by most Americans today.
Many people have also found CBD to help muscle and joint pain. Again, pain is a major issue in healthcare today because of both its prevalence and the problems caused by prescription painkillers like opioids.
What is the Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana?
Both hemp and marijuana come from the same “family” and both produce CBD. There are several differences between them, including composition, cultivation, legality and uses. For the purposes of this discussion, the main difference is that hemp plants produce very low levels of THC, the intoxicating substance present in a much higher concentration in marijuana plants.
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 federally legalized hemp and hemp-derived products that contain no more than 0.3% THC. So, while both hemp and marijuana varieties produce CBD, only hemp-derived products are legal in the US. Because of the negligible levels of THC, CBD will not get you “high.”
How Does CBD Work in the Body?
Your body actually makes its own cannabinoids. These are called endocannabinoids. There are a series of receptors in your body known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). Studies show the ECS regulates your anti-inflammatory response, immune system, appetite, mood, anxiety levels, sleep schedule and more. Basically, the ECS helps keep your body in balance.
When plants make this type of compound, they’re called phytocannabinoids. CBD is one of over a hundred types of phytocannabinoids found in hemp plants, and taking it is an easy way to support your body’s own production of endocannabinoids.
Does It Really Work?
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, manufacturers of CBD products cannot make any claims regarding specific health conditions. Health claims are only permitted when approved by the FDA, based on accepted clinical trials. It is relatively new to the market, so the clinical trial period is still in process. A CBD product (Epidolex) has been FDA approved to treat epilepsy.
That said, there has been positive feedback and testimonials from people all over the world regarding the use of CBD products for adults, children and pets! In general, manufacturers claim their products are effective at relieving anxiety, depression, pain, inflammation and improving sleep. Please consult your physician (or veterinarian) to get the best advice for your specific health condition.
Some of Our Recommendations for Use
Our office currently carries Green Roads isolate products. These are products made using the isolated CBD compound with none of the other beneficial compounds of the hemp plant and no THC whatsoever. We are currently carrying gummies and capsules.
CBD is usually recommended for general anxiety or uneasiness, even to promote sleep. It can complement other natural products that may be used for anxiety or sleep (adding it in with GABA, L-theanine, or even melatonin).
We also have a topical muscle rub available, made with menthol and camphor. It is a “step up” from Biofreeze, if you are familiar with that popular product. The links below contain more information.
The brands we carry:
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