Every day, my clients ask me for solid facts about CBD products. They want to know what CBD is, how much they can take, what forms it comes in, if it will make them “high” and what ailments it can ease.
Here’s more information to help you better understand CBD:
- What is CBD? CBD (Cannabidiol) is a naturally occurring molecule that is obtained from the flowers of the Cannabis plant. It has proven to be safe and is one of many phytocannabinoids in the plant that makes it an effective therapy.
- Does CBD get you high? CBD does not contain any psychotropic activity, therefore, it cannot get you high. CBD and THC act on different receptors and in diverse ways in the body.
- Do CBD products always contain THC? No, CBD can be extracted from a hemp or cannabis plant and separated from all other components of the plant, including THC. On its own, CBD is called an isolate and can be added to oils and sold as a dietary supplement. When THC products are sold in the flower form, there is CBD contained with the THC, and these products generally do create a “high” and must be purchased in states where it is legal to purchase THC.
- What is the difference between “full spectrum” “broad spectrum” and “isolate” forms of CBD? All of the above are terms that the supplement industry has come up with in order to categorize products that contain either ONLY CBD, which is the isolate, OR the whole plant, which is full or broad spectrum. Products that are sold commercially (unless sold in a dispensary where it is legal to purchase cannabis) cannot have more than 0.3% THC when being sold as CBD. Therefore, CBD products that have a high amount of CBD generally contain just isolate or a combination of isolate and whole plant extract.
- What health conditions does CBD help with and will it help me? There has been a recent spike in CBD research because of its potential therapeutic effects. There are studies showing a significant benefit for sleep, especially with ongoing sleep disorders. There are also signs that CBD and THC are neuroprotective, benefitting many neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS. As well, it has been shown to have good potential in treating a range of anxiety disorders.
Although research results are promising, each person’s body metabolizes and processes CBD differently. It is important to speak to your doctor to determine if CBD will work for your unique condition(s). If you are going to try CBD, start with the lowest dose possible and gradually increase the dose to maximize its therapeutic benefit.