CBD, or cannabidiol, is a popular (and to some, controversial) supplement in the health food industry right now. You've probably seen it as a supplement, infused into food and drinks, or even in your beauty and grooming products! Let's dive in.
CBD is NOT psychoactive!!!
A common misconception of CBD is that it can make you high, however this is NOT true! There are over 80 chemicals within the cannabis plant, and while THC is a major active ingredient in marijuana, CBD is obtained from hemp, which doesn't contain THC.
How CBD works in our bodies
There's a lot of research on the exact mechanism for CBD in our brain because, as of now, the exact cause for the effects of CBD aren't clear. However, cannabidiol seems to prevent the breakdown of a chemical in the brain that affects pain, mood, and mental functions. Preventing the breakdown of this chemical increases its levels in the blood, which can reduce some mental symptoms and can also block some of the psychoactive effects of THC (another reason why CBD isn't getting you high!) There's also a high correlation between CBD in the blood and reducing pain and anxiety.
CBD may improve lots of conditions
The main researched condition CBD is known to improve is Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Researchers now are highly interested in the anti-inflammatory effects for CBD, especially for treatment of arthritis. Besides seizure treatment, there's research conducted for treatment of anxiety, learning disabilities, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, withdrawal symptoms from drugs, Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, smoking cessation, diabetes, and minimized complications with transplant surgeries.
So you've chosen to try that new CBD drink at Whole Foods or take the dropper you've been seeing on Instagram : great! Like alcohol or any other medicine, you should talk to your doctor first. They'll likely advise you start with a low dose to see how sensitive you are to it. Taking CBD in the past, being on certain medications, or other reasons may impact your tolerance to it. And like any other medicine, be wary of how starting to take CBD may influence any of your other medications. Again, talk to your doctor who manages these medications!
CBD may be a great way to help you relax without alcohol or other mind-altering substances. I hope you've learned a little more about cannabidiol and how it may help you! I'd love to know:
Have you ever taken CBD?
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