According to researchers, CBD, among all the chemical compounds found in the Marijuana plant, has shown to have the most health benefits which is available on your local stores easily. It is mainly used for pain relief and is also a powerful anti-cancer, anti-anxiety, and anti-inflammatory compound. Moreover, it can be used for skincare, epilepsy, and relaxation without having to suffer psychotic effects.
Dr. William Troutt, a well-known neuropathic doctor in Arizona expressed that cannabinoid helps in stabilizing the activities of a person’s nervous system.
Medical studies on CBD
Dr. Sue Sisley, an internal medicine doctor and psychiatrist from Scotland Arizona, is the first to work on the pioneering DFA and FDA approved randomized controlled trial of the cannabis plant which was grown by the National Institute of Drug Abuse. This study was for U.S. veterans who had PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). Sisley expected to have good results by this year.
Sisley believes that CBD and THC could just be an outcome of a placebo effect, as the evidence of its health benefits is only limited to the stories of patients. She states that the need for controlled trials is essential.
CBD’s Effect on the Body
According to Troutt, the human body has its own natural cannabinoids that help in decreasing inflammation. There are two types of CBD receptors: CBD1 and CBD2 receptors.
CBD1 receptors are usually found in the central nervous system and affect a person’s movement, coordination, emotion, appetite, and memory. On the other hand, CBD2 receptors are usually found in the body’s immune system and help in reducing pain and inflammation.
THC binds with CB1 receptors and can affect a person’s way of thinking and also emotions, while CBD doesn’t bind to either of the two receptors, yet it helps in improving the body’s use of its natural cannabinoids.
CBD Drug Test
A five-panel screen test is used to detect cocaine, opiates, methamphetamines, PCP and THC. As you see, CBD is not part of the screening test.
A CBD consumer would have to take a minimum of 1,000mg of CBD or a whole 25 ml bottle of concentrated CBD oil to be positive for a THC test. A healthy dose of CBD is only two drops which provide the consumer about 50 to 100mg of cannabinoid extract.
Possible Side Effects of CBD
According to researchers, the overuse of CBD can result in side effects such as appetite changes, fatigue, and gastrointestinal problems, though it doesn’t cause any side-effect concerning the central nervous system.
Available Products on the Market
- Tinctures: CBD mixed with alcohol are called CBD tinctures. It is used because it has more flavor than oil-based products.
- Soothing cream: CBDNA Botanical offer a mixture of hydrocortisone, mangosteen and infused CBD argan oil.
- Vape pen: used mainly for relaxation, and is sold in different flavors.
- Topical serum: used for anti-aging and other skin related problems.
- Moisturizing balm: Nordic Goddess combines THC and CBD for pain relief.
- Other products: products offered by Marijuana vendors and legal sellers of CBD products such as chewing gums, creams, balms, and etc.
Tips on Buying
As expressed by Troutt, before purchasing a CBD product, a buyer should check whether the product is affiliated with a third-party lab to know its authenticity.
CBD is known to interact with more than 50% of the available pharmaceutical drugs in the market by inhibiting the function of cytochrome P450. Cytochrome P450 are liver enzymes that function as metabolizers of more than 60% of medications that are in the U. S. pharmaceutical markets.
As stated by FDA in 2017, CBD can cause a high concentration of medications for cholesterol and high blood in a person’s body, and it can also lower down the bioavailability of both anti-allergy and anti-anxiety medications.
FDA highly suggests that CBD users should ask advice from medical professionals before taking cannabinoid as it interacts with other prescription drugs.