Why do people use CBD? It certainly isn’t to get ‘high’ given that true extracts contain barely a slither of psychoactive THC. Instead, most people who take up a dosing routine have heard about the potential health benefits that cannabinoids may offer for overall health.
More specifically, it’s widely considered that CBD can help alleviate pain, improve mental health, reduce risk of seizures and even protect against very serious health considerations.
So what do you need to know if you intend on joining the millions of people who already take CBD for specific illnesses?
The chances are that you’ll have read one of the many articles in the media promoting CBD as being some kind of wonder ‘drug’.
Sorry to shatter those illusions, but the reality is somewhat different.
There’s absolutely no doubt that people who take these supplements can enjoy a significant improvement to their health. Science is still playing catch up to anecdote in this regard, but there’s no question that it does and can help millions of people with a staggering variety of physical and psychological ailments.
Yet it’s not a universal cure and it doesn’t ‘work’ for everyone.
Most people who have experienced success using this supplement express it as helping to alleviate symptoms. For example, that arthritic knee may ache a bit less, or the anxiety is much more benign.
It can be very subtle, yet under the right circumstances also incredibly beneficial. Is it going to 100% help? Of course not, and anyone who claims otherwise is a liar. But it can help a ‘good proportion’ of people – and that’s as far as we’ll stretch when it comes to medical predictions!
How to make CBD work
Of course there’s no certainty it will. A small proportion of people are quite simply naturally resistant. To understand why this is the case, we need to explain a little basic – and scientifically proven – biology.
Most people are surprised to learn that the human body naturally produces cannabinoids, and theyhelp to supportthe internal endocannabinoid system.
Understanding how this works is still quite far off, but there’s no doubt that two styles of ‘receptors’ – CB1 & CB2 – exist and can potentially play a huge role in supporting overall health.
CBD supplements are just like any other – they serve to boost deficiencies and keep things ticking over.
Let’s use an example to explain how this may work. Say someone is suffering from acute anxiety. In regards to CBD that could well mean that one of their receptors in the brain – and as part of the endocrine system these regulate the likes of dopamine and serotonin – is deficient.
So, in an ideal case their new supplement will be of suitable dose to assist the endocannabinoid process and get things stabilised again. Any excess intake will head the way of any other unneeded vitamin supplement – either absorbed into the body or passed through. It’s impossible to overdose on CBD and it’s utterly benign. In layperson’s terms – if you need it, your body will take it and if not it’ll roll right through.
What about dosage? Does that help?
This is a huge question and we’d have to refer those needing to think about their dosage to more dedicated guides. But you’ll find that there is no universal rule.
One of the ways that CBD is undermined is by the association with the cannabis ‘high’ that obviously people do feel. With this supplement there is no sense of it really kicking in or taking influence. Things do not suddenly become overtly better. In a way, it’s a bit like caffeine – subtle and works in the background, but obviously in different ways.
If you have a medical condition that you feel CBD may help with, the only advice we can give is the most practical. Do some research.
Millions upon millions of people have used these supplements worldwide to see if they can address certain conditions. Read and listen to their anecdotes – while also remembering that physiologically everyone is different! It may suggest a guideline to what sort of dose you may find useful, but you can only really find out by trying out for yourself. Frustrating – yes, and even more so taking an unnecessarily excessive dose is likely going to be a massive waste of money (high concentrates get very expensive).
The science is looking very positive indeed
So far it may sound a little like CBD is a hassle that may not deliver what you hope for.
Speaking from experience and also having heard hundreds of stories and product testimonials, when done properly CBD can help people. More importantly, the science is starting to really support this.
What we can say without doubt is that these compounds are naturally great for pain relief, psychological levelness, seizure control and sports recovery/inflammation.
We need more evidence to say conclusively that CBD can help with controlling/recovering from chemotherapy, diabetes, cardio disorders and a host of other problems – but it certainly isn’t going to do any harm trying.
Over the next few years we’ll see plenty more research being published in how the CB1 and especially CB2 receptors work to regulate hormones and nerve centres throughout the body. These will far more likely than not express genuine reasons why cannabinoid supplements in the form of CBD oils ought to be considered in the same bracket as any other off-the-shelf vitamin supplements. In the best case scenario, it will be even better.