- June 28, 2018
- Posted by: Rodney Prescott
- Category: CBD, Science and Technology
CBD (cannabidiol) is one of the active compounds found in the Cannabis Sativa plant. The Cannabis plant is more renowned for THC and its ability to alter a person’s psychiatric state and induce intoxication. CBD, while not actively psychoactive, does come with a myriad of health benefits that have made it quite sought after by holistic healers and people who prefer natural solutions for chronic pain.
CBD is extracted from the hemp part of the plant. Hemp oil that is rich in CBD is available as liquid hemp oil, paste hemp oil, capsules, tincture drops, sprays, gum and even CBD vaporizers which are similar to e-cigarettes.
Using CBD tincture
Mostly used orally, CBD can be administered as a sub-lingual paste or tincture. It’s best used this way as most of it will be absorbed by the tissue under the tongue directly. Most of what will be swallowed will be broken down by the digestive system; thus the sub-lingual route (under the tongue) is best for absorption. Other methods include capsules and edibles like chocolate bars. Though they work, the sub-lingual avenue is thought to be the most viable.
Measuring your consumption
According to research posted on WebMD, the average individual won’t need more than 200mg per day. Usage of 300mg per day has been safely reported for a period of six months, while there are cases of individuals using between 1200 – 1500mg per day for a period of four weeks.
CBD administration varies because each product comes with different concentration. However, there are a few agreed amounts for general use. For example, you are advised to use
- Not more than 20mg of CBD daily for chronic pain.
- To treat epilepsy, you will need 200 – 300mg per day
- To treat sleep disorders, 40 – 160 mg daily by mouth
- To treat schizophrenia, 40 – 1280 mg daily by mouth
For glaucoma patients, a single dose of 20 – 40 mg of CBD is enough. Doses greater than 40 mg risk increasing the eye pressure, making the condition worse.
While most doctors are averse to prescribing CBD as a viable treatment, you can still find a CBD consulting doctor who will advise you on your dosing. Depending on your medical condition and your history, the consultant will determine your dosage and the most viable form of administering CBD. You’ll also be guided on where to find the CBD products. Some clinics are offering 15-minute telephone consultation services, making their services accessible to anyone needing more information on treating conditions with CBD.
Will CBD make you high?
CBD-rich hemp oil is extracted from the least processed part of the Cannabis Sativa plant, which also contains THC. THC is a psychoactive compound, as it binds with brain receptors and makes you high. CBD, on the other hand, is thought to induce the body to use its own organic cannabinoids. CBD thus isn’t psychoactive, meaning it won’t influence the state of the consumer’s mind. There are reports of CBD inducing heavy sleep, mostly due to its potency to induce relaxation and dissipate anxiety.