As more patients seek to avoid the side-effects of mainstream pharmaceuticals, many look to CBD. Here is the latest thinking around the use of cannabidiol.
Only a short while after the US moved to legalize the use of cannabis for medical reasons in some states, several ground breaking health solutions have been developed as a result.
A good example of this is CBD (cannabidiol) – it is peaking in popularity mainly because it is used to treat such a wide range of symptoms hence it deserves a closer investigation. Whilst Dr. Zayed recently discussed CBD, there is a growing body of information in this area.
This discussion is not exclusively for those who suffer certain medical conditions. It is also aimed at family members and friends who witness the consequences of side-effects on a daily basis. These people all think to themselves: is there no better alternative with lesser side-effects than mainstream pharmaceuticals?
What is CBD (cannabidiol)?
CBC is classed as a “new drug” that is widely used in more than 20 countries outside the US. It is used to treat anxiety, bipolar disorder, muscle disorders, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
It is also used by those who are trying to quit smoking. It works by preventing the breakdown of brain chemicals that affects our mood, the sensation of pain and other psychotic symptoms.
It is a chemical which makes up around 40% of the Cannabis sativa plant. It is currently being studied as a “new drug”, so whilst retailers of the product wish to call it a dietary supplement, the FDA does not define it in such a way.
In the US, it is a schedule1 drug which appears to have very little side-effects, such as dry mouth, low blood pressure and drowsiness – possibly mind altering to individuals that are highly sensitive.
Human studies on cannabidiol present some positive findings. This can be found, for example in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
Is it worth experimenting with CBD?
It is easy to dismiss new things on the market based on little known side-effects, but considering the strong side-effects and addictive nature of some mainstream drugs, it is understandable why many people search for “the lesser evil” to treat their own condition.
You would of course seek a Doctors’ opinion before treating any serious condition with anything that pivots away from the mainstream. Currently, cannabidiol is touted as a “CBC revolution”, “legal, safe & batch tested”, “non-psychoactive or addictive”.
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A growing list of medical uses:
In addition to the list of potential benefits mentioned above, it is also claimed to be used effectively for Anxiety relief, seizure prevention, to be neuroprotective, preventing acne and to treat cancer.
To elaborate on this: It is believed that CBD can alter the way our brain’s receptors respond to serotonin. Why is this relevant? Since it can reduce stress, improve post-traumatic stress or combat social anxiety.
In terms of pain relief, a list of issues such as arthritis, muscle pain and spinal cord injuries (back pain & neck pain) can be treated. Who would have thought that a CBD oil can help treat such a wide range of symptoms?
CBD comes in many shapes and sizes
Since the application of CBD can be done in many ways – and there are different strengths, it can currently be found as part of a wide variety of brands. A leading provider of the products, currently markets more than 20 related brands.
These include CBDfx, Endoca, Mary’s Nutritionals, Tasty Hemp Oil, Zero, BioCBD+, CWHemp, Entourage, MedCBDX, Therabis, Bluebird Botanicals, Dixie Botanicals, Herbal Renewals, PlusCBD oil, CasaLuna, Elixinol, PureRatios and Treatibles.
If, for example your Doctor suggest trying CBD and recommend a specific brand, it is important to remember that switching to any alternative brand can have a different effect.
This is not only due to the fact that brands have varying strengths, but also have other ingredients and oils along with the main ingredient.
Clearly CBD research is ongoing around the world, it is not only a US issue. Participants in the research span the globe as we all face similar challenges regardless of where we are. Even as more states allow it in the US, we do not know what the next wave of researchers will reveal.
This is not an outright approval of CBD, but an acknowledgment of recent progress and alternatives that have gained in popularity. One thing is for sure: the side-effects of mainstream drugs are of such concern, that many people are considering other alternatives.
What is classed as an alternative treatment in once country, can be a schedule1 drug in another, as is the case for the US. Always consider a professional medical opinion and make sure you go for follow-up visits as directed by your Doctor.
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