All You Need to Know About CBD
The therapeutic and medicinal benefits of CBD are said to be far-ranging — from helping cancer patients and curing epilepsy to being the most effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). CBD is becoming increasingly popular due to its impact on a vast array of conditions and its reputation as a non-addictive form of pain relief. More and more, patients are finding CBD to be a safer and natural alternative to prescription painkillers and other traditional medications and therapies.
What is CBD?
CBD is the common abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the 400 compounds found in a cannabis plant (60 of which are unique to that plant). Oil-based therapeutic formulations are created by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant and then diluting it with a carrier oil, such as almond oil or fractionated coconut oil. CBD can also be taken via smoke inhalation, aerosol spray, or orally.
Key things to know about CBD include:
- It is not psychoactive. This means you won’t experience a euphoric feeling like you would with the compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
- CBD that doesn’t contain THC can be derived from hemp plants and cannabis plants.
- Because it doesn’t have psychoactive effects, CBD is legal almost everywhere. Many of the restrictions on its use depend on the legal status of cannabis in individual states.
- CBD is available in many different forms. These include oils, pills, gummy candies, and topical creams.
- If you are using CBD derived from industrial hemp, you do not need a prescription to purchase it.
- Advocates of CBD claim that it has plentiful medicinal and therapeutic effects, such as promoting relaxation, relieving chronic pain, anti-inflammatory effects, and reducing anxiety. It also reportedly has antidepressant effects and anti-seizure properties.
What are the main benefits of CBD?
CBD has been the subject of a growing body of evidence that speaks to its benefits, including:
- Its pain-relieving properties. It has been particularly helpful with easing the pain of diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- It has been helpful in the treatment of anxiety and depression.
- It can alleviate symptoms associated with cancer, such as nausea.
- It can improve acne. CBD has shown to be an effective anti-inflammatory that can reduce the amount of sebum from the sebaceous glands.
- Its neurological effects. It has been shown to effectively treat symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.
- It can improve heart health.
- It can assist with the opioid withdrawal syndrome and in the treatment of substance use disorder.
- It has resulted in a 25 percent reduction in opioid overdose deaths in states where cannabis is legal.
Can you use CBD if you are in recovery?
As with any choice of therapy in recovery, choosing to use CBD must be a personal decision in accordance with your care team. Many people in recovery use CBD to reduce anxiety, relieve menstrual cramps, alleviate symptoms of migraines, and help with PTSD/CPTSD. It is a plant supplement that is not psychoactive, meaning you cannot use it to alter your state of mind. Its benefits are purely therapeutic.
While we cannot say the use of CBD is right for you, there is a large amount of scientific evidence that exists backing up its reported benefits. Between this compound and addictive pain killers, CBD provides a more natural alternative.
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