No longer relegated to tinctures and bottles, cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is having its day in the sun. Since hemp has been legalized after the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, you can now slather hemp-derived CBD on everything from edible products to shampoo and skincare products. But is all the hype real? Here, we’re going to demystify the information surrounding CBD and get down to the facts.
Know Your CBD
Cannabis and hemp come from the same plant species; the only difference is that hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa, which contains less than 0.3% of THC. This basically means that hemp-based CBD won’t get you high since it doesn’t contain much of the psychoactive component known as THC. Hemp-derived CBD gets you all the benefits of CBD, which is a non-psychoactive component and is used for its many reported health benefits.
Types of CBD
Ever since the legalization of hemp, store shelves are overflowing with CBD products in all forms, from edibles to beverages, creams, lotions, tinctures, and oils. Before you can turn to CBD-laced products, it’s important to learn about the different types of CBD.
CBD products are available in three distinct types – full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD, and isolate. In case you were wondering, here’s the difference:
Full-spectrum CBD products are CBD products that contain every phytochemical that is naturally found in the hemp plant, such as terpenes, trace cannabinoids, essential oils, and CBD. All of these active compounds work together to amplify the health benefits of the CBD product. This is one of the reasons why it’s encouraged to use full-spectrum CBD.
Broad-spectrum CBD also contains all the other compounds that are found in the plant, except for THC. This means that you are not even going to get the 0.3% of THC that’s been federally legalized when using broad-spectrum CBD.
In this way, broad-spectrum CBD is more like a mix between full-spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Another major difference with the broad-spectrum CBD is that it is not as effective as the other two types since the health benefits associated with cannabinoids require trace amounts of THC for effectiveness.
As the name implies, CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. Isolates are derived by pulling it from its natural source and removing all other ingredients. This results in a higher concentration of CBD in isolates, some of which can contain up to 99% of pure CBD.
However, since it does not allow you to get the same synergy of the terpenes and other various components in the hemp plant to enhance its health benefits, it is not as sought-after as the other two types of CBD.
5 Potential Benefits of Using Hemp-Based CBD
While those touting their CBD products might claim that CBD is the cure for almost everything, there is some substantial research-backed evidence that suggests that hemp-derived CBD products could have some positive health complications in some individuals. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a quick look at the potential benefits of using hemp-based CBD that is backed by science.
Chronic Pain Relief
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Experiencing pain, regardless of where it is in the body, can seriously impact one’s ability to function and can make even simple, everyday tasks difficult to accomplish. Whether it’s a headache or body ache, or pain caused by an injury or arthritis, CBD products can be used to relieve the pain. According to a study carried out in 2008, CBD was found to be effective in helping minimize pain in some patients.
While minor pain could be alleviated with the use of hemp-based CBD, for severe pain, it’s always best to consult with your doctor or physician. That being said, hemp-based CBD has been shown to be a more effective and safer alternative to opioids when it comes to pain management without the risk of getting addicted.
Minimizes Seizures in Epilepsy Patients
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There’s been a raft of research on hemp-based CBD for the purpose of reducing seizures in epilepsy patients, especially two of the rarer types of epilepsy – Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. In fact, the well-known CBD brand, ‘Charlotte’s Web’ was named after a little girl, Charlotte Figi, who was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome and used to have 300 seizures in a week.
The parents of the little girl turned to the founders of Charlotte’s Web, the Stanley brothers, who created their famous product to help manage her epilepsy seizures. It didn’t take long for the potency of hemp-derived CBD when it comes to the relief of epileptic seizures to get noticed. This also led to the only FDA approved, CBD-based drug used for the treatment of epileptic seizures.
Reduces Depression and Anxiety
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Patients suffering from anxiety, depression, or psychosis should turn to a psychiatrist for help, but hemp-based CBD could be a promising plant-based treatment option. This is said to be brought about by CBD’s ability to activate the brain receptors for the neurotransmitter known as serotonin, which regulates our mood, appetite, and sleep.
Unfortunately, there has only been a limited amount of research done on human subjects, which means further trials and testing needs to be carried out to fully understand the effects of CBD on depression and anxiety.
Beneficial for Insomnia and Sleep Apnea Patients
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Hemp-derived CBD oil has been shown to have an effect on the limbic part of the brain. This is the area of the brain that’s responsible for our fight-or-flight response. According to a study carried out back in 2011, it was found that the use of hemp-based CBD can be beneficial in calming the nerves, which can result in better sleep.
There have also been other studies that have shown CBD to be effective in helping improve sleep patterns in patients who have insomnia, sleep apnea, and other sleep-related illnesses.
A Potential Anti-Cancer Drug
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This is a big one for those in the CBD industry, but there is some truth behind the idea that hemp-based CBD could be used for its anti-cancer properties. In fact, there are some big names from the world of showbiz who swear by the use of CBD for the treatment of cancer.
For those looking for solid proof that CBD could be an antitumor agent, there have been quite a few studies that have found CBD to be beneficial for the reduction of cancerous tumors when used alongside chemotherapy. That said, you should still consult with an oncologist when it comes to your cancer treatment.
Hemp-Based CBD Dosage
At the moment, there’s no standard dosage when it comes to taking hemp-based CBD. However, it has been noted that users can take as much a 1,500 mg a day for long-term use and not experience any adverse effects.
That said, our genetic and biochemical makeup varies from person to person, which means that different individuals may respond differently to the hemp-based CBD while following the same dosage. This is why it is important to experiment with the CBD you take and tweak the dosage after every week to find out the dosage that works for you.
Possible Side Effects
The purpose of this article is to provide you with a complete picture of CBD products and their usage. This also includes any possible side effects. While hemp-derived CBD is considered to be virtually safe, there have been rare cases in which users have experienced certain side effects, such as fatigue and sleepiness, a decrease in appetite, and diarrhea.
Despite hemp-based CBD products having lower concentrations of THC (lower than 0.3%), it is possible that the excessive use of CBD products containing trace amounts of THC (full-spectrum CBD) can lead to mood disorders. However, the good news is, when it comes to CBD therapy, the less-is-more approach is found to be more effective, which significantly minimizes the chances of taking too much of the hemp-based CBD product.
Needless to say, you should consult with your doctor before using CBD if you are already using medication for an underlying illness or disease. Antivirals, antidepressants, immune modulators, calcium channel blockers, Benzodiazepines, and steroids, along with other forms of over-the-counter drugs should be avoided when using CBD since they could interact with the drugs and lead to complications.
It should also be noted that taking alcohol and CBD together could amplify their effects, while taking both in high concentrations simultaneously can lead to sedation. No matter what you’re using hemp-based CBD products for, it’s smart to consult with your family physician first before jumping on the CBD bandwagon.
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