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CBD has created chaos and confusion among the elderly in society. I asked my uncle what his thoughts were about it and he said “Back in the days, this is what we called weed, right?” Little did Uncle Joe know how he had strayed far from the truth!
Well, this article is for all the baby boomers out there who want to be up to speed on the how’s, the what’s, and the where’s of CBD.
So, What Is CBD?
Well CBD is the shortened form of what is called “cannabidiol”. CBD is extracted from the hemp or the marijuana plant. It had started making its rounds in the medical scene, and many patients who had been skeptical and wishy-washy about using CBD, have taken a leap of faith! Man that definitely paid off or what!
Don’t People Get High After Taking This “CBD Oil”?
Absolutely not! To understand why not, we need to understand what is in marijuana that makes people see the world in slow-motion. The marijuana plant consists of something called THC. This is shortened from tetrahydrocannabinol. The THC in the plant is what creates the feeling of haziness and euphoria.
How Is CBD Different From THC?
Both of these interact with what’s called the “endocannabinoid system” in the body. They however create different effects! CBD is a non-psychoactive substance while THC is not. That means if you take CBD oil which is dominant in CBD and has minimal THC, you won’t feel any of the effects you wrongly associate it with.
But medical marijuana that contains THC will cause the person to effectively become “high”.
Why Does Everyone Want To Take CBD? What Is In It For Me?
The flexibility of its forms and the illnesses it helps curb is what shot CBD products to the limelight! So what are the CBD benefits, you may ask?
Helps With Pain
The human body consists of an “endocannabinoid system (ECS)” which is responsible for regulating a multitude of bodily functions. Amongst these are your immune system, your appetite, sleep, and your pain response. The body forms endocannabinoids which are neurotransmitters that hold onto the cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system. CBD in essence interacts with the neurotransmitter, weakening the bindings. This helps reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Those who are suffering from arthritis and conditions like osteoporosis will find relief in using CBD products.
Reduce Anxiety And Depression
These are quite common mental health disorder whose rise has been meteoric, compliments to the fast-paced lifestyle that today’s generation has been trying to be accustomed to. According to WHO, depression is the single largest contributor to disability worldwide, with anxiety close behind at number 6. Over the counter medications such as benzodiazepine has been seen to be very addictive and there have been cases of its abuse. CBD products have been known to provide a much healthier alternative
CBD has been able to actively curb many sleep-related disorders. People as a result of work stress and anxiety find themselves in between a rock and a hard place. The reason for the lack of sleep could be anywhere from chronic pain induced sleeplessness or even nightmares. Using CBD helps relieve the built-up tension in the muscles and induces a state of relaxation and calm for the user. This aid in helping those with insomnia sink into their pillows, and float amongst the dreamy clouds in bliss!
How To Use It?
CBD products can be in the form of extracts, gummy bears, edibles, and oils. The dosage can be decided by checking the instruction label and using that as a starting point. You could always seek the help of your doctor regarding the same. Using oils will be more potent, and you can expect the result to show more quickly compared to the other forms of its consumption. The CBD oil drops are to be squirted under the tongue and held there for about a minute. The taste may seem harsh, but then again you’re having it for its benefits and not its taste. It can then be swallowed.
What Is One Thing I Should Know?
Research on CBD is on-going. There has been plenty of controlled testing that has been conducted. Even animal trials have to lead to very positive results. However, human trials are yet to be carried out in a full-fledged manner. So if you are somebody who consumes prescription drugs, the extent of interaction of CBD with them is, yet to be ascertained. Whether it will diminish or counteract the effect of the drug is still yet to be researched. Steroids, antihistamines, HIV antivirals, and benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax are likely to interact with CBD.
All in all, CBD has managed to make a considerable impact on people’s lives. Chances are you could also be one of them!