In recent years, experiments involving CBD-rich cannabis therapeutics have been changing the national conversation about cannabis. It’s no longer a question of whether medical marijuana works. Today, the key question is how to use cannabis for the maximum therapeutic benefit.
What is CBD?
Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic potential. Although CBD does not make people feel high like THC does, it is causing quite a buzz among scientists, health professionals, and medical marijuana patients who are using CBD-rich products to treat a wide range of conditions such as chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, autism, schizophrenia, and more. Studies have shown that CBD has strong health benefits.
6 Proven Benefits of CBD
- Relieves Pain and Inflammation
- May Treat Seizures and Other Neurological Disorders
- Reduces Anxiety
- Lowers Incidence of Diabetes
- Promotes Cardiovascular Health
- Helps to Fight Cancer
What’s the best way to take CBD?
Most CBD patients prefer non-inhalable products made with cannabis oil concentrates such as tinctures and edibles. However, the time you take to feel it and the duration of effect vary depending on the method of administration. CBD-rich cannabis oil products can be taken sublingually (under the tongue), orally, or applied topically. Concentrated cannabis oil extracts can also be heated and inhaled with a vape pen. Inhalation is good for treating acute symptoms that require immediate attention; the effects can be felt within a minute or two and typically last for a couple of hours. The effects of orally administered CBD-rich cannabis oil can last for four hours or more, but the onset of effects is much slower than inhalation.
What is the optimal dosage of CBD?
An effective dosage can range from as little as a few milligrams of CBD-enriched cannabis oil to a gram or more. Begin with a small dose of high CBD/low THC oil, especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis. Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose. Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount. Don’t overdo it. Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate. Too much THC, while not lethal, can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. CBD has no known adverse side effects, but an excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy. Always consult your doctor.
Extract from Project CBD