What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a chemical component of hemp which has numerous medicinal benefits but does not give you a “high”. In fact, CBD is typically used to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC (the addictive part of the plant). Its great effectiveness has been responsible for it being used in some parts of the world to fight pain, inflammation, anxiety and depression without it having the effects of consuming the whole plant or being illegal (due to drug consumption).
For years now, US government-related organizations have been conducting ground-breaking research on the use of this chemical molecule in the treatment of several pathologies. With proven effectiveness in the treatment of arthritis, epilepsy or depression, CBD also seems to have some strong anti-cancer and neuroprotective properties.
Here’s a great video on the characteristics of CBD:
How does it work?
The human body has a biochemical communication system called the biocannabinoid system. CBD works by modulating this system, which can even lead to the regulation of gene activity. For example, a certain study found that CBD could destroy breast cancer without causing the negative effects of chemotherapy. Most of the researchers agree on the fact that the benefits of CBD exponentially increase when associated to THC, even just in small quantities.
What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana?
Hemp has a lot fewer cannabinoids than marijuana, so many more plants would be needed in order to obtain the same extract. On the other hand, marijuana contains more THC (which is why most products containing it are banned in the EU). If you happen to get hold a marijuana CBD, be aware that it will quite likely be more psychoactive and might get you a little high.
A plant with absolutely surprising and little explored medicinal powers.
Which is more important, CBD or THC?
Both molecules are different and work synergistically: CBD reduces the psychoactive effects of THC and also broadens its scope of action. The market is full of so called “hemp oils” which, when analyzed at the lab, turn out to have very little CBD and no THC at all. As it was mentioned earlier, specialists agree that it is necessary for the product to contain at least a small proportion (0.2%) of THC for it to be really effective. On the other hand, never trust a product which doesn’t provide a recent lab test with a detailed cannabinoid count. As it often is, you get what you pay for (meaning cheaper products often aren’t as good as more expensive ones).
Is CBD safe? What are its side effects?
CBD is extremely safe, even in large doses. The small quantities of THC that typically come combined haven’t been linked to the lethargy, moodiness or schizophrenia that characterizes chronic consumption of marijuana. This said and though no interactions with other substances have been described, it’s advisable to start with small doses and slowly build up to the desired amount. Using CBD oil won’t make you test positive at any kind of drug test, nor does it affect ability to drive or operate machines. Therefore, its a completely safe substance with a very interesting pros to cons ratio.
For which conditions is CBD recommended?
CBD has proved useful in a wide variety of diseases and syndromes. In the following paragraphs we’ll run you through the most relevant studies on the matter up to this date:
CBD is capable of inhibiting the inflammatory proliferation of psoriasis and reducing neuropathic pain from multiple sclerosis (MS). It has also shown effectiveness reducing pain in situations where other treatments have failed, amongst them being cancer-associated pain, which doesn’t respond even to high doses of opioids. What definitely seems clear is that CBD with certain quantities of THC can do the trick when no other painkiller does.
As mentioned earlier, CBD is also considered safe and effective for the treatment of MS, has proved as effective as standard drugs in the prevention of migraines and reduces intestinal inflammation in conditions such as Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. Likewise, the use of cannabinoids reduces pain, stiffness and fatigue in patients with fibromyalgia. Lastly, its use in rheumatoid arthritis also eases pain and improves quality of sleep.
The founder of the Holistic Health Institute in Denmark, talking about the results of CBD treatment in several conditions.
Out of all the conditions for which CBD seems to be of use, undoubtedly the ones that see best results are epilepsy, convulsions and Parkinson’s. Specifically in the latter, results are often spectacular. The following video shows how a couple of drops work wonders on a patient in just a few minutes:
Another fast-growing research field is the relationship and effect of CBD on the endocrine system. Though no human trials have been conducted yet, both the theory and the results of lab tests seem to indicate that it could be of a lot of use in the treatment of some conditions such as Hashimoto’s.
Also, there is enough evidence to support the use of CBD and THC in several types of cancer. Plus, it also treats symptoms associated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Between the years 2005 and 2009 more than 130 studies were conducted with approximately 2500 patients using CBD and THC to treat several conditions. As you can see they have been well studied and are perfectly safe to use in the long term. Here’s a good review of the research that was carried out in the previously mentioned time gap.
Though not officially considered scientific evidence, here are over 800 testimonies of patients who’ve used CBD oil for conditions ranging from arthritis to Hashimoto’s, cancer, fibromyalgia or Crohn’s.
Two other great sources of information about research conducted recently on the subject (and that have conveniently organized their information in categories based on illnesses) are www.projectcbd.org and www.nuleafnaturals.com.
What is the recommended dose?
Dose is measured in milligrams of cannabinoids. Whether it’s an edible form, vaporization or sublingual drops that you’re using, doses typically range from 3 to 45 milligrams per day. The standard procedure is to start with small quantities so to observe the tolerance and gradually build up (every 3 days) to the minimum dose that produces the desired effects. In an ideal situation in which you could choose the proportion of THC in the product, your THC sensitivity would define the most adequate dose. CBD is a biphasic compound: low and high doses of it can produce completely contrary effects. Therefore, consuming more milligrams of CBD won’t necessarily produce better results.
The following table shows approximate dosage in relation to the individual’s weight:
What’s the best way to administer CBD?
There are basically four types of CBD-containing products: edibles, oils, creams and vaporizers.
Generally speaking, edibles are the most useful for intestinal conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s or irritable bowel syndrome, since the goal is for the CBD to work in the colon or small intestine.
Vaporized forms are commonly used for conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis, due to their rapid effect on the brain.
CBD oils, which are normally administered under the tongue, are used to treat chronic pain such as that of fibromyalgia, arthritis or cancer treatments.
Creams are used locally for skin issues like eccemas, dermatitis or psoriaris. There are some excellent ones that combine CBD with curcumin and boswellia which are great to apply to swollen joints.
As you might realize, there isn’t one perfect product and treatment must to be tailored to each patient individually.
Is cannabinoid use natural for the human body?
The human body’s endocannabinoid system dates back to a very long time ago, so it therefore seems logical to consider that cannabinoid consumption does too. Carbon methods have shown that wild hemp started being used by humans about 8000 years ago. CBD oils come from a plant, are completely natural and cause no side effects. With that in mind, we dare to say they are natural for our bodies and, following our philosophy, we recommend their use to limit the symptoms of several chronic pathologies.
Where to buy CBD?
In our opinion, one should always go for products which are regulated and made by companies that can guarantee their products periodically tested. In order to achieve this one must turn to CBD’s birthplace: the United States. Specifically, California, Colorado and Texas account for over 80% of CBD production worldwide.
Below is a list of the best producers of CBD, based on product quality, number of users, their reviews and our personal experience testing the products :
BlueBird Botanicals: possibly the best producer in the world. They sell all forms of CBD and have maximum quality standards. The only con: price.
NuLeaf Naturals: another extremely reliable maker. They produce all kinds of products in the highest quality. Once again, quite expensive.
Elixinol: Another high quality producer. Their products always come with laboratory tests that guarantee the purity of the product.
BioCBD+: this maker uses a new technology involving nanoparticles, which increase bioavailability of CBD, thus making necessary doses much smaller. Though the price might seem absolutely prohibitive, the daily dose comes out to being the same price as the other brands.
Diamond CBD: Another high quality brand with a great variety of creams, gummies and oils.
KOI CBD: Great variety of CBD extracts with different flavours. Their products don’t contain THC so it’s an interesting option for those who can’t tolerate it.
Receptra Naturals: This brand provides an outstanding selections of topicals and cbd tinctures designed for athletes. They also produces a great variety of cbd oils.
Pure American Hemp Oil: Selection of capsules, gummies and different cbd oils.
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