If you've frequently heard the word CBD and wondered what all the buzz is about, we'll briefly break it down for you.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol, like THC, is a cannabinoid found in cannabis sativa. Perhaps you've heard marijuana referred to as cannabis sativa, and this is because both hemp and marijuana are this same plant species.
However, the difference between the two is the level of THC. Hemp has up to 0.3% THC, any more and it's classified as marijuana. Thus, the hemp-derived cannabidiol will not get you high since it's not psychoactive, unlike THC.
Why So Popular Though?
But why is cannabidiol so popular, you're no doubt wondering. One significant reason is that it's a natural, non-addictive way to manage pain and anxiety.
In stark contrast, opioids are addictive and dangerous. As a result of people abusing such drugs, in fact, the Opioid Epidemic has resulted, destroying countless lives.
It's worth noting though, some build a tolerance to cannabis, but the solution is simple: a tolerance break for a few days to "reset" the Endocannabinoid System. After the break is over, you simply return to your optimal dose.
You'll know if you need such a break because your optimal dose will no longer be alleviating your symptoms. An alternative to such a tolerance break is switching products though. The bottom line is that it's nothing to worry about.
Again, many are using cannabis as a safe alternative to addictive anxiety treatments such as benzodiazepines (e.g., Xanax, Ativan). Such drugs are so addictive that withdrawal can include seizures.
There are other things to consider before shopping though. For instance, what route do you want to use? While sublingual tinctures are popular and effective, there are also vape pens, gummies, and even suppositories available for those who choose to use them.
Select a CBD
While we are not going to recommend any specific brand, it's crucial to order from a company with third-party lab test results available. After all, you want to be certain of what's in the product your ordering.
Also, before purchasing a tincture, consider whether you want an isolate, full-spectrum (contains other cannabinoids including a tiny amount of THC), or broad-spectrum (full-spectrum without the THC).
A Word of Warning
If you get drug tested (e.g., for work or Pain Management), you could fail a test from using these cannabis products. In fact, even if the product claims there's no THC, there's still a possibility that some did not get filtered all the way out.
Need to Stay Informed
Plus, as a cannabis user you have to read and research, remaining well-informed. After all, unlike prescribed medication from a doctor, you have to determine both your dosage and how frequently you need to take the oil.
"Low and slow is the mantra though." Your optimal dose is the lowest dose that resolves your symptoms. It greatly varies from one person to the next though. One person may only need a couple of drops of a tincture while another needs half a dropper of the same product. In short, experimentation is involved.
Buy the Best
Regardless of which product you decide to buy, we hope you found this article interesting and informative. And may your medical issues be resolved. After all, living in this age of amazing technology, no one should have to suffer.