Proponents suggest that it acts as a powerful remedy for a multitude of health issues. On the other hand, adversaries and those trying to suppress it claim it’s nothing more than the next snake oil.
Luckily there’s a lot of research on CBD, and the studies are pointing to some very promising results, most notably in the fields of pain management and anxiety reduction.
Cannabidiol belongs to a group of chemical compounds called cannabinoids, which are synthesized naturally in cannabis.
Cannabinoids fit beautifully into the cellular signaling network we all have in our bodies, called the endocannabinoid system.
This system helps to maintain health on a cellular level in every of system of the body, vigilantly reacting and adapting to the continuous changes our body encounters on a daily basis.
Continue reading about the endocannabinoid system
CBD oil is still quite new, and people who haven’t had the chance to experience the effects of this oil often confuse it with other potent oils used for dabbing, which actually have a very high concentration of the main psychoactive cannabinoid THC, and very miniscule levels of CBD.
The truth is that this oil has a definite application as a natural medicine, and it’s a viable solution for many health-related issues.
According to a report published by the World Health Organization, it is also completely non-addictive.
Not only that, but studies have also shown that CBD prevents drug and alcohol relapse, even with heavy narcotics like cocaine.
Aside from those two benefits, CBD oil has a remarkable effect on pain management and a great potential for treating anxiety disorders, as it was discussed in a 2015 report published in the Neurotherapeutics scientific journal.
Cannabis dosing is a pretty complex subject in general, and the best way to get started is to check out our dosage guidebook, where we collaborated with Dr. Dustin Sulak, one of the most experienced cannabis physicians in the US.
In this eBook you’ll find recommendations on consuming just CBD (with precise instructions on how to consume cannabidiol during the day, and also in the nighttime), but also on using only THC, and combining these cannabinoids together.
If you don’t have the time to read that eBook, know that a good starting dose is a total of 12mg of CBD per day.
There are some very legitimate reasons why the World Health Organization has urged governments around the globe to remove CBD from their lists of controlled substances.
In a nutshell, the brain doesn’t interact with CBD in the same manner as it does with alcohol, opioids, heroin and other mind altering substances.
On the other hand, if you have some type of localized pain, like a post-surgery knee pain for instance, topical CBD creams are a far more suitable option.
If you’re skeptical, just watch the video below:
Anxiety is a common, yet very misunderstood disorder. It is becoming more and more prevalent among the youth as the pressures of modern life continue to rise.
It’s also a very complex condition because the causes can be extremely wide-ranging, from things like expecting an important test result, public speaking and even banal things like the direction of your life. All this stress heavily contributes to anxiety.
Taking the oil once you start feeling the symptoms often proves to be a bit late. This is why it’s vital to have a well thought out routine.
Additionally, having a routine may even enhance your absorption rate, and thus the efficacy of CBD in your system.
Scientists have found that doses between 40 mg and 600 mg seem to be most effective for reducing anxiety levels.
Also, a study published in 2010 found that if you take CBD prior to a stressful event (for example before a public speaking gig) you will have reduced anxiety, cognitive impairment and discomfort in speech performance.
So, feel free to load up on CBD to make stressful events just a bit less stressful.
CBD works wonders for a lot of conditions, despite what WebMD might have told you.
Many reports and studies show that CBD increases the rate of cancerous cell “suicide” (also known as cellular apoptosis) in leukemia and colon cancer patients.
Other studies have shown that CBD is effective in battling inflammation and relieving the neuropathic pain caused by multiple sclerosis.
The field in which CBD is yet to play a part is battling autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The only other side effect I could see is not liking the taste (which isn’t really a side effect), and involves accidentally mixing CBD tinctures and other medications.
- Anxiety and depression
- Dry mouth
- Increase in appetite
- Reduction in appetite
Using a CBD tincture can be dangerous if you are taking other types of medication, especially those that don’t mix well with alcohol.
CBD tinctures are usually made through ethanol extraction, and ethanol is a type of alcohol.
Recovering alcoholics that take blockers such as acamprosate or disulfiram can have extreme reactions even with tiny amounts of alcohol because of these medications.
Yes, there are some strong indications that CBD oil can help with sleep and even battle insomnia. Feeling sleepy and drowsy is also one of the reported “side effects” of taking CBD oil, however for that to occur you would need to take over 1500 mg of CBD per day, which is unrealistic at best.
Some preliminary studies have shown that using CBD can increase the death of tumor cells and even spread the growth of certain cancers.
Consuming concentrates high both in CBD and THC (also packed with a plethora of minor cannabinoids and other compounds like terpenes and flavonoids) present in the cannabis plant seem to offer best results for cancerous cells.
CBD benefits anxiety by stimulating receptors that secrete serotonin and by inhibiting degradation of endocannabinoids, like anandamide.
There are no studies that prove that CBD oil directly affects body weight. CBD oil currently shows both increasing and decreasing effects on appetite, and the effects seem to be dependant on the dose.
In the future, CBD will most likely find its use in certain metabolic disorders as well.
Yes. CBD oil helps asthma by relaxing the muscles in the lungs, which produces less frequent and less severe constrictions. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil is one of the best natural remedies for asthma.
It can, if it hasn’t been properly extracted. This mostly happens if the plant material used for extraction had high THC levels. Otherwise, properly made CBD oil shouldn’t make you “high”, because cannabidiol isn’t mind-altering like THC.
If you’re looking to get started with making CBD edibles, follow our decarbing tutorial here.
There aren’t any clinical studies looking at the effects of CBD on pregnancy, so there’s really not enough data to determine if it’s safe to consume during pregnancy.
In general, we at Greencamp advise against using any cannabis-related product during pregnancy just because there is not enough research on the topic.
Pure CBD is usually dark green or black color, because it is an extract essentially. Its consistency is thick and sticky.