Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the active substances found in the cannabis plant. Cannabidiol is mostly sold as oil. CBD oil is used for health purposes, given its numerous health benefits for the body. However, there is some controversy, given it is derived from the cannabis plant (marijuana).
Marijuana contains both CBD and THC, as its most active ingredient which is also responsible for getting you intoxicated. When broken down by heat and ingested or smoked, THC has potent mind-altering intoxicants. CBD alone, however, does not make you high as per se.
Most of the CBD is extracted from the least processed part of the cannabis plant, called the hemp (both hemp and marijuana come from Cannabis Sativa. Hemp farmers, unlike marijuana, do not modify their plants. Marijuana farmers are known to modify their plants in order to achieve high amounts of THC found in the plant.
Why is CBD used?
CBD was thought to act on receptors in the brain, affecting mood, movement, and pain. However, it’s now been discovered that CBD influences the body to use its own cannabinoids in terms of pain relief and mood regulation.
In essence, CBD is known to be a potent natural pain and inflammatory reliever. Most users feel that CBD offers them a more natural source of relief from pain and inflammation. CBD has been studied in rats and mice, and significant relief from chronic pain was noted. In fact, it’s thought that the non-psychoactive components in marijuana, including CBD, could be considered a treatment for chronic pain. We have reviewed the best CBD oils for pain, for your consideration.
CBD is also thought to possibly treat neuropsychiatric disorders like epilepsy. CBD has been noted to have anti-seizure effects and poses a low risk of side effects for people with epilepsy. This means that it can potentially treat disorders linked to epilepsy, like neuronal injury, neurodegeneration and other psychiatric issues. CBD is also thought to have effects similar to some antipsychotic drugs. These studies aren’t conclusive though; thus caution is advised where medication is involved.
Finally, CBD/Hemp oil is used regularly for anxiety and stress.
How much is a recommended daily dose of CBD?
According to WebMD, doses of 300mg daily have been safely used for close to six months. Doses of 1200 to 1500 mg daily have been used safely for a period not exceeding four weeks. It’s noted that the average individual won’t need more than 200mg per day for effective relief, body homeostasis, and general wellness.
Some people have intimated that CBD could have given them a ‘head trip,’ but it is unlikely that CBD will get you high. Unlike THC, CBD doesn’t adversely affect perception, sensory awareness, behavior, consciousness or reaction time of the individuals.
It is possible to use too much CBD (more than your body can process at the time), and there will be mild side effects like a slight drop in blood pressure and drowsiness. For a new user, it’s best to start slow and increase the dosage as you go, as CBD can effectively induce sleep. It’s highly unlikely that you’ll overdose from CBD and develop adverse reactions to the compound.
Although CBD won’t land you in the emergency ward, it is advised that you take it easy and stick to the recommended dosages.