What is CBD?

Posted by – July 02, 2018
Categories: Health & Healing

As cannabis and cannabis-based treatments become mainstream, more and more people are looking for all-natural treatments for everything from anxiety to heart health. This is where CBD comes in.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive compound of cannabis; unlike THC, CBD won’t impair your thinking or get you high. CBD packs a powerful healing punch. Whether you’re looking to alleviate specific symptoms like back pain or are trying to use cannabis to ease your chronic stress, CBD can provide relief without the high.

Benefits of CBD: What does CBD do?

The uses of CBD range from treating acute symptoms like aches and pains to managing chronic conditions. It’s been shown to be particularly effective for epilepsy and seizures. To learn more about using CBD and cannabis as an all-natural treatment, check out “Cannabis for 5 Common Conditions”.

CBD for cancer

CBD oil is used by cancer patients both to alleviate primary symptoms and pain and to provide relief from the side effects of chemotherapy like nausea. Early research suggests CBD and cannabis may even be effective in shrinking some cancer cells. It is used throughout the stages of cancer and for palliative care. It can be administered orally, sublingually, topically, and by vape depending on what each person best tolerates.

CBD for anxiety

Because it helps reduce stress, panic, and anxiety without any of the psychoactive side effects of THC, CBD can be a great asset to anyone’s anxiety toolkit. Vaping CBD oil produces the most immediate effects, but taking a CBD oil tincture or edible with regularity can help modulate anxiety and stress long-term.

CBD for pain

CBD has been well-studied for pain relief; both early research and anecdotal evidence show that it can work well in relieving chronic pain and some of its mental and emotional side effects as well. Topicals, like patches, creams, and oils, can be effective when taking CBD for pain, and edibles can produce long-lasting effects.

CBD for pets

Under the guidance of a veterinarian, CBD can even be used for pets. CBD oil for dogs has been shown to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, chronic pain, and even cancer. If you’d like more info about CBD for pets, please visit our blog.

Does CBD get you high?

Nope, CBD doesn’t get you high—when it’s used on its own. Many of the healing effects will go on behind the scenes: it acts on the body without creating psychoactive effects on your mind. But many CBD products come in CBD:THC combinations and these will, of course, produce a high effect.

THC and CBD can work together, and even enhance each other’s benefits. Pay attention when using a CBD product to ensure that you’re using just CBD if you don’t want to get high.

How to take CBD

There are many different ways to take CBD, whether you prefer a capsule, tincture, or CBD oil. Depending upon why you’re taking it, certain methods and CBD products may work better than others. As with any healing product, it’s generally recommended to start with the smallest dosage first to see how you tolerate it, and to always check with your doctor or other medical professional before starting a new treatment or supplement.

CBD vapes and CBD pens

  • If you need immediate symptom relief (like from an anxiety attack, or if you have acute pain or nausea), CBD oil vapes or pens might be your best choice. They deliver CBD quickly, and effects generally last one to three hours.

CBD edibles, capsules, and other ingestibles

  • CBD oil, capsules, and edibles like CBD gummies or chocolate work the best when you’re looking for long-lasting effects. Ingested products can take between a half hour and two hours to take effect, but they last a long time—up to 8 hours. Because of the number of cannabinoid receptors in our digestive system, CBD edibles generally produce strong effects.

CBD tinctures and sprays

  • When used sublingually (under the tongue), CBD tinctures and sprays take effect quickly, like CBD oil vapes, but last longer than inhaled methods.

Topical CBD

  • If you don’t want to vape or ingest CBD, or if you need spot-specific relief, topical treatment can be delivered in ointments, lotions, and oils.

CBD hemp oil

  • If you live in an area of the country where you can’t access cannabis-derived CBD, you may still be able to buy and use CBD hemp oil legally. Because it’s made from industrial hemp (vs. marijuana CBD oil), hemp-derived CBD is regulated differently.

If you want to learn more about the healing benefits of CBD, check out CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis—Healing without the High by Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum.

Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. This information on this site is not a substitute for medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. If you have a medical concern, please speak to your doctor or a qualified healthcare practitioner.

About the Author

Bevin is the publicity and marketing manager at North Atlantic Books.