The short answer, of course, is no. But there is so much buzz around Cannabidiol (CBD) its hard to separate fact from fiction. So we at HealthZam wanted to demistify CBD and its plethora of uses and get to the bottom of this mysterious new miracle cure-all.
CBD this, CBD that. Use CBD for insomnia, use CBD for your glacoma! Rub CBD on your skin to look younger. Shoot CBD at your enemies to confuse them. What is CBD really about? Is this another over-hyped miracle "super cure"? We checked the data, the research and the science journals to find out exactly what CBD is all about.
First off lets just clarify what CBD is: CBD stands for cannabidiol and is the chemical compound from the sativa plant also known as Marijuana. However, CBD is not the compound responsible for why Marijuana is so famous: that would be the taboo and infamous THC.
Some common misconceptions about CBD
- CBD is NOT Marijuana. Cannabidiol is derived from compounds within Cannabis Sativa (Marijuana) and Marijuana's boring brother: Hemp (oil).
- Can CBD get you high? The answer is no. That's because it has too small amounts of THC (0-0.3% depending on the quality). Synthetic CBD is 100% cannabidiol.
- CBD is illegal. Because it does not contain THC, CBD is legal in the United States. Other country's policies may vary concerning CBD.
- You can become addicted to CBD. In fact quite the opposite: CBD has been shown in studies to have reduced addictive affects of morphine by reducing the pleasure the body feels from it.
- CBD works better without THC. Not true, in fact studies have shown both are more effective when combined or taken at the same time. However, THC is not legal in all states (yet) and still carries a taboo.
- CBD is a sedative. Although it can be used as a sedative if taken in certain doses, CBD itself is not a sedative.
Another important thing to note about CBD is there are many different varieties, grades and qualities, and some are used in very different ways. So know your CBD and do your homework (good job if you are still reading this article).
Why is CBD Oil Beneficial?
CBD oil and products work naturally with cannabinoid receptor sites in our body's endocannabanoid system (ECS).
Studies have shown the ECS helps regulate a whole load of functions in our body including Memory, Appetite, Energy and Metabolism, Stress Response, Immune System, Female Reproduction, Arousal, Autonomic Nervous System, Analgesia, Sleep, Thermoregulation, and Physical Exercise. It's no wonder there are so many uses for CBD oil and its various forms!
Different Uses for CBD
- Quit smoking - One short-term study showed those using a CBD inhaler when they got the urge to smoke reduced their smoking by 40% compared to the placebo group. We wrote a more in-depth article about this here.
- More natural pain relief - Daniel Clauw, MD claimed a CBD topical drug test by a pharmecutical company reduced his joint pain. While there have been few published studies, CBD is worth trying as a non-addictive and natural pan reliever. Here is a breakdown on how people are using CBD Oil for pain relief.
- Skincare Products - CBD seems to have anti-inflammatory properties, is rich in fatty acids and nutrients, and even has shown in one small study to inhibit the growth of acne or pimples.
- As a treatment for autism - Parents of autistic children might consider CBD as a potential treatment. But they should know research in this area is still very new. Initial tests look promising and have shown through CBD's interaction with the endocannabinoid system affect social behavior, circadian rhythms and reward processing. This is really cutting edge science and the first tests are underway at the University of California San Diego.
- Treat seizure disorders - The FDA recently approved the use of Epidiolex (a plant-based formulation of CBD) to treat seizures for people 2 years of age and older with Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS)
- Treat anxiety disorders - Recent studies by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that CBD has shown to reduce stress in rats with general anxiety disorder (GAD).
- Help with digestion - The anti-inflammatory properties in CBD have shown to help individuals with acid reflux. It also can tackle nausea, another common symptom of acid reflux.
Different CBD Products
There are oil tinctures, skin creams, ointments, pain relievers, CBD-infused patches, CBD gummy chews, even CBD infused coffee! In the end they all more or less strive to achieve the same thing: getting CBD into your bloodstream. Some may be combined with other features and ingredients to give compounded benefits.
The most popular, simple and effective way to consume CBD. Most people take it orally using a dropper every day. Read the instructions on your CBD product or consult with your doctor on how much to consume. CBD oils are highly regulated in the US and only vary a little bit in terms of quality. Still it is worth trying out a few as we did between our family and friends. Out of the three we tested we found the CBD oils sold at our partner's website to be one of the purest and strongest oils on the market today.
CBD Gummies are a great way for children, or even adults to get a dosage of cannabidiol. Please check with your doctor before treating your children for seizures, autism, sleep aid, pain or anxiety.
With all of these benefits being studied and dosing being analyzed in prestigious universities around the globe we can expect to hear a lot more about CBD and the endocannabinoid system in the future. We will keep this page updated with the latest science and products for our readers.