What Does CBD Stand For and What Does it Do?
The basics of CBD and its effects
What is CBD?
CBD is one of the primary naturally-occurring chemical components found in cannabis. Collectively, these are known as cannabinoids. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is surging in popularity for its ability to help ease chronic pain, aches and pains, insomnia, anxiety and a host of other common ailments. Some of the first and most notable research into CBD involved its use to address symptoms of epilepsy and seizures.
CBD products found in Washington state dispensaries is derived from cannabis, and also contains several other active compounds like THC that contribute to relief.
Is CBD Intoxicating?
CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid produced by the cannabis plant. In an isolated form or at high CBD to THC ratios, it does not cause intoxicating effects, or a ‘high’ that is associated with other high THC cannabis.
What are the effects of CBD?
Chronic Pain Relief
Many people who use CBD cannabis products are looking for a powerful alternative to over the counter painkillers. Several studies have pointed to CBD’s powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and it’s commonly used as a part of a chronic pain relief regimen.
CBD may offer an option for treating different types of chronic pain. A study from the European Journal of Pain showed, using an animal model, CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Another study demonstrated the mechanism by which CBD inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most difficult types of chronic pain to treat. – Harvard Health Publishing
Anxiety and Stress Relief
CBD also demonstrates a number of anxiety and stress-relieving effects, and is used to ease symptoms of conditions as serious as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Overall, existing preclinical evidence strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders. CBD exhibits a broad range of actions, relevant to multiple symptom domains, including anxiolytic, panicolytic, and anticompulsive actions, as well as a decrease in autonomic arousal, a decrease in conditioned fear expression, enhancement of fear extinction, reconsolidation blockade, and prevention of the long-term anxiogenic effects of stress. – Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Insomnia and Sleep Difficulty Relief
With it’s powerful potential for anxiety, stress and pain relief, it’s a natural conclusion to draw that CBD may contribute to improved quality of sleep. Though few studies focus on CBD and sleep, there is promising evidence for its efficacy both in scientific review and in personal testimonials.
Overall, there is scientific research that supports the theory that there are CBD health benefits. While more research needs to be done, the use of CBD can potentially decrease your symptoms of insomnia and help you get more quality sleep. – Sleep Assocation
Use For Epileptic Disorders
CBD is increasingly used by individuals suffering from epileptic seizures. In an large body of evidence has demonstrated potentially life changing benefits in managing symptoms, decreasing seizure instances and severity.
CBD possesses affinity for multiple targets, across a range of target classes, resulting in functional modulation of neuronal excitability, relevant to the pathophysiology of many disease types, including epilepsy. – The Proposed Mechanisms of Action of CBD in Epilepsy
Use for Parkinson’s Symptoms
People experiencing difficult and painful symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease have found that cannabis and CBD can offer some much needed relief. Compelling anecdotal evidence and early scientific studies both demonstrate CBD’s potential benefits.
There was also significant improvement of sleep and pain scores. No significant adverse effects of the drug were observed. The study suggests that cannabis might have a place in the therapeutic armamentarium of PD. Larger, controlled studies are needed to verify the results. – Cannabis (medical marijuana) treatment for motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson disease: an open-label observational study
Where do I get CBD?
You can find cannabis-derived CBD products in licensed cannabis dispensaries like The Novel Tree Medical in Bellevue, WA. A staff of state-certified medical cannabis consultants can assist you with identifying an appropriate product, discuss dosing and frequency, and any other topics related to your unique needs.
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CBD products are everywhere now — but are they safe, or even legal?
CBD is everywhere lately — in skin care, coffee and even pet treats. But is it really all it’s hyped up to be?
Advocates say CBD, or cannabidiol, which comes from hemp and marijuana, can help with anxiety, pain relief and provide a slew of other benefits. And while many experts agree that CBD has potential, there are still a lot of unknowns.
Currently the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one CBD product, a prescription drug called Epidiolex to treat two rare forms of epilepsy. In July, the FDA expanded what the drug is approved to treat, saying it can also be used for seizures associated with tuberous sclerosis complex.
Interest continues to grow. Last year, the federal government pledged $3 billion to research CBD.
FDA to hold its 1st public hearing on CBD
Celebrities are also getting in on the craze. Martha Stewart recently released a line of CBD wellness products. Rob Gronkowski has one, too.
Here are the basics of what you need to know about CBD and health.
What is CBD?
CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the many cannabinoids, or chemical compounds, found in marijuana and hemp.
You’re probably already familiar with tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is another compound found in the cannabis plant and its main psychoactive component. But unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, it’s not what gets you stoned. It’s also different from medical marijuana, which has been shown to reduce pain.
What does it do?
In addition to treating epilepsy, research has shown CBD may help reduce anxiety for people who have schizophrenia or psychosis, or who are addicted to opiates.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD may even help treat acne.
It may also be beneficial for arthritis. Last fall the Arthritis Foundation became the first major health organization to release guidelines for the use of CBD.
Advocates believe there are many potential health benefits, but clinicians say more research needs to be done.
Arthritis Foundation offers guidelines for CBD use
“I do believe that cannabidiol has potential, absolutely,” Dr. Yasmin Hurd, a neuroscientist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, told TODAY. Hurd’s research suggests CBD can may have positive effects on opioid addicts.
“But you need studies to really be able to give us knowledge about how much CBD each day someone should take for their particular illness, and how it might interact with other medications they take,” she said. “That’s what you get with a clinical trial.”
How do you use CBD?
CBD can be taken orally or applied topically, depending on the product. There are lots of options out there, from gummies and softgels that supposedly ease anxiety to calming bath soaks, creams and oils — and even beer.
Most of the products claim to ease pain and anxiety. But whether or not these products actually contain the amount of CBD they advertise is up for debate, since they’re not approved by the FDA.
The FDA has tested various products and found that many didn’t have the amount of CBD they had advertised, and has often sent warning letters to companies that make unfounded health claims.
Is CBD safe — or even legal?
The law depends on where you live, and whether the CBD comes from hemp or marijuana. The Farm Bill of 2018 legalized hemp. Marijuana is trickier because the federal government still considers it an illegal drug, although states have their own swiftly changing laws. Some states have legalized recreational use of marijuana, while others have legalized medical marijuana. Still others have introduced CBD-specific legislation.
“This is such a complicated and murky issue,” said Dr. Roshini Raj, an associate professor at NYU School of Medicine in New York City. “With this Farm Bill passing, hemp-derived CBD products are legal, technically. However, the FDA still hasn’t approved it in food and beverages, so it’s still very complicated.”
From chocolates and gummies to creams and oils, the market is flooded with cannabidiol products that boast health benefits. Do they work?