It’s easy to get carried away when new products and ideas hit the market. Everyone is quick to jump on the bandwagon and many do so without any forethought. With all the recent success stories around a special, non-psychoactive compound found within the cannabis plant, everyone is wondering about CBD benefits to our bodies and if it’s right for them. There are really a few areas where choosing CBD as a dietary supplement really knocks it out of the park. Especially when compared to traditional pharmacotherapeutics. Everyone is different and absolutely should consult their care professional before adding or stopping a new health regime. However, there is some general data surrounding CBD and how it might work for the average user.
CBD Benefits – 70+ years of research
Since the 1940’s, researchers have been isolating and studying the CBD molecule. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a classic, phytocannabinoid found with great prevalence in the male industrial hemp plants leaves. Research, both globally and regionally, has sought to fully understand the activity of CBD in our bodies. Through which, clinical trials found that CBD may, in fact, be a novel: anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antiepileptic, neuroprotectant, vasorelaxant, antispasmodic, anti-ischemic, antiproliferative, antiemetic, antibacterial, antidiabetic, anti-prokinetic, bone-stimulant, anti-inflammatory and immunosuppresant. Beyond CBD, the ongoing study of the endocannabinoid (ECS) system and its powerful roll in our bodies has been so fruitful that, in hopes to circumvent a sticky situation using a cannabis derivative, drug labs will develop synthetic molecules that mimic cannabinoids. However, as with many traditional pharmaceuticals, the side effects with these synthetic cannabinoids can be awful.
CBD Benefits – Side Effects
Everyone dreads potential side effects when seeking out new or alternative treatments and health supplements. We all see the adds on TV where we laugh and say to our buddy “The side effects are worse than the problem!” CBD has homeopathic properties and is shown to have better side effect profiles than its synthetic drug counterparts. Those reporting side effects note drowsiness, low blood pressure, lightheadedness and/or dry mouth. CBD, when working in the endocannabinoid system, does so by allowing our body’s naturally occurring anandamide (AEA) to increase in levels enough to work more effectively. This indirect signaling to anandamide may be one of the reason there are markedly few side effects for CBD treatments.
So…Is CBD Right for Me?
Safe to say, yes. Especially if you are drug sensitive and always seem to get all the possible side effects. With chronic conditions, treatment can take a lifetime. So if you are suffering, it is worth it to speak with your doctor or a naturopath about what you are seeking to treat or hoping to achieve. Ask about the research and ask them their opinion on potential CBD benefits. Starting the dialogue about CBD with ourselves and our care providers is the first step.