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Consumer Guide to CBD

Petar Petrov
Written by Petar Petrov

CBD’s constantly surging popularity is as massive as it is sweeping with anyone from cancer patients to professional athletes from various disciplines trumpeting is diverse benefits. More and more studies are being conducted which keep solidifying CBD’s place at the forefront of medicinal and pain-relieving drugs.

That being said, there are still some gray areas and uncertainties surrounding CBD, especially its legality, which usually stem from its source – hemp or cannabis.

Benefits

First and foremost, it’s important to mention that CBD isn’t addictive and/or dangerous whatsoever, there are no risks of overdosing or long-term mind-altering effects, which makes it extremely safe, and respectively its other properties all-the-more accessible.

CBD replenishes our endocannabinoid system which permeates all human bodies, helping it maintain homeostasis, the stable inner environment we need to be healthy both physically and mentally.

Some of CBD’s most pronounced and vastly explored medicinal properties makes it highly effective against:

  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Pain
  • Arthritis
  • And many more

Modes of Use

CBD can be used in various and quite seamless ways, which is another benefit in itself.

Here are some of the main ways to apply or consume CBD:

  • oil drops, taken sublingually
  • capsules and tablets
  • edibles like gummies
  • vaping CBD oil
  • adding CBD oil to food and drinks
  • topically as creams, lotions, and balms

Dosage

Dosage is highly individual and depends on the condition it’s used for. That being said, a general point of reference is 15 mg/day for new users and 25mg/day for more experienced ones.

Side Effects

Side effects are very light and rare, if any, but in the spirit of safety, they can be:

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue

Legality

CBD still lives at least partly in the shadow of cannabis’s illegal past. Because of this, only CBD, derived from hemp is 100% legal. If CBD comes from cannabis, however, then it depends on the regulations of the state you’re in, and if the specific products make medical claims that haven’t been supported by the FDA, which tends to be more of a matter of technicality and terminology rather than actual effects.

Given the positive trajectory of the public image of cannabis, and CBD in particular, these formalities might soon be resolved.

CBD is giving a lot of prescription drugs a run for their money, and for good reason. Its benefits are strong, many, and diverse, its side effects almost non-existent, the applying CBD is usually as seamless as drinking water.

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2 Comments

  • What is the therapeutic difference between tinctures that are made of hemp and those made of flowers (buds). ? I’m curious how a CBD tincture from Bed Bath and Beyond compares to my Treatwell tinctures that are THCA and CBD from full plant extract, that contains trace amounts of THC to drive CBD for pain and inflammation. I’m asking this question because I’m curious how the two products compare in a therapeutic setting.

    • Thanks for your comment, Charlotte! It depends on what type of therapy treatment is in question. Different CBD products have different active ingredients, like you mentioned, so I suppose the presence of THCA might be beneficial in some situations.

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