If you are looking for a way to relieve muscle pain, or if you are struggling with insomnia or anxiety, you might have heard about an alternative remedy for those conditions called CBD.
CBD, which is short for cannabidiol, is just one of many compounds that are found naturally in plants that belong to the cannabis family. It has recently begun to gain attention for its therapeutic properties.
You may have heard of CBD and become curious about its health benefits, in particular, you may have heard that about effective treatments using CBD for inflammation and chronic pain induced by conditions like arthritis is.
You might also have heard that CBD is effective in reducing pain in cancer patients and alleviating the nausea and dizziness brought about by chemotherapy.
However, you are also likely to have heard that CBD is found in marijuana and as such can get you “high” or addicted.
In this post, we are going to take a closer look at some of the things that you might have heard about CBD and look into whether they are myth or fact.
1. Myth: CBD will get you high.
At first glance, it’s easy to understand where this false belief about CBD came from. After all, CBD is found in the marijuana plant.
However, CBD or cannabidol, is only one of 60 active compounds called cannabinoids that are found in plants of the cannabis family. One other cannabinoid is called THC, and THC and its effects are what give CBD a bad name.
THC is basically what makes cannabis plants, especially marijuana, psychoactive. It is the compound that is responsible for making people “high”.
CBD, while also found in cannabis plants – yes, even in marijuana – is non-psychoactive. So, even though CBD is found in marijuana it will not get you high.
2. Fact: CBD has therapeutic benefits
Probably the most studied therapeutic benefit of CBD is its ability to reduce seizures in sufferers of childhood epilepsy. CBD has been found to be effective for epileptic children who don’t respond to other antiseizure medication.
CBD has also been found to be beneficial to cancer patients. It is effective in reducing cancer-related pain and the side-effects of chemotherapy. CBD can ease the nausea and dizziness that many cancer patients feel after chemo.
CBD has anti-inflamatory and pain reducing properties as it interacts with your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS help regulate certain body functions such as immune system responses, sleep, and pain.
CBD stops your body from absorbing a compound called anandamide, which is associated with regulating how you feel pain. The more anadamide that is circulating in your blood stream, the less pain you feel.
CBD for inflammation and pain reduction has been observed in individuals who suffer from multiple sclerosis and arthritis. CBD cream for pain is also available for those with muscle pain.
CBD pills and other edibles are also taken daily to improve sleep and reduce both anxiety and depression.
3. Myth: CBD is addictive
As we mentioned, CBD is just one of many compounds that occur in cannabis plants like marijuana. CBD however is not psychoactive and neither is it addictive.
This particular myth has been debunked by the World Health Organization itself, which conducted an extensive study of the therapeutic use of CBD and found that it has “no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”.
4. Myth: CBD oil is marijuana
Again, CBD is found in the marijuana plant, but the CBD essential oil that is used for therapeutic purposes is actually mostly extracted from another cannabis plant.
CBD essential oil is CBD that is extracted from the hemp plant, than mixed with carrier oil such as coconut oil. Since CBD is extracted from the plant, it is essentially separated from THC, which means that the oil has no psychoactive properties.
This CBD oil from the hemp plant can be taken in several ways. The most basic way to use CBD essential is as is. CBD essential oil comes in bottles with a dropper. You can use that dropper to apply a drop or two onto your skin before rubbing it in.
The some purveyors of CBD also like to produce and distribute it as a cream. The main ingredient is still CBD essential oil with is added to a crème base to create a CBD cream for pain relief. A dollop of this cream can then be rubbed into the skin and into the muscles to ease soreness and pain.
CBD oil can also be taken orally. The oil can also be included in CBD pills or edibles or even baked into cookies. These edibles are then ingested and, when they are broken down in your digestive tract, the CBD will then get into your bloodstream.
5. Fact: You cannot overdose on CBD
As we mentioned before, CBD is not an addictive substance. As such, you cannot overdose on it like you can on pain killers or sleeping pills.
In fact, that’s one reason why CBD advocates are pushing for CBD for pain relief, because unlike opiates, you can’t get addicted and you can’t overdose. Same thing for when it comes to using CBD to treat insomnia, it offers stress relief that allows you to sleep better, without the dangers of you overdosing – unlike many popular sleeping pills.
Word of caution though, while you can’t overdose, you can end up taking too much CBD. The correct CBD dosage varies from person to person, so there is an element of experimentation to taking it. However, if you do take too much, the side effects are more inconvenient then lethal.
Taking too much CBD can cause sleepiness, diarrhea, and nausea. There is also, however, the slight chance that CBD might react to other medication that you might be taking. This is why it is still considered smart to talk to your doctor about trying CBD. They might also be able to help you find the proper CBD dosage for you to get the therapeutic effects –and not the side effects.