As more places around the world start to accept cannabis and CBD, people are becoming more interested in what cannabis-derived products can do for them. Companies are introducing CBD-infused products every day, it seems, and consumers are eating it up; but do these products have any benefit, or are we all being deceived by a placebo effect?
Good news! CBD does truly work, as science continues to show us. Let’s have a look at how CBD may be able to help you, as well as some reasons why you may be experiencing less than the desired effect.
What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound of cannabis, which is why you may see CBD oil called cannabis oil or vice versa. Cannabis plants are rather amazing when it comes to their chemical makeup. With over thousands of compounds—the most famous being cannabinoids—cannabis can be used in a wide variety of medicines and other applications.
The best part? CBD is 100% legal in the UK. Since CBD products do not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive ingredient that gives people a “high,” you can use CBD for its benefits without any worry. There is also only a slight chance of negative side effects when using CBD, so that makes CBD products an attractive alternative for many people.
Are the benefits of CBD real?
Even though CBD is being touted as a miracle cure for many problems like anxiety, does it truly do what it has been claimed to do? Can CBD truly soothe your nerves? Help you sleep better? Relieve pain?
A number of scientific and clinic studies have been underway for a few years now that are looking into the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant properties of CBD. Some of these studies report back overwhelmingly positive results for those involved, while others say that CBD had little to no effect. But promising research results do exist.
Numerous studies have found that CBD can assist with moderating the symptoms of certain diseases and other health conditions, including:
• Inflammatory and autoimmune disorders
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Anxiety and depression
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Metabolic syndromes, like diabetes
• Kidney issues
• Skin problems, like acne and eczema
However, CBD products are currently best used as a complement to medications you are already taking—except those that come with a grapefruit warning.
Do topical CBD products actually work?
Depending on the kind of condition you want to treat, CBD may or may not help. The most searched for CBD products are topical creams, lotions, and salves to be applied to the skin or aching muscles. According to science, topical CBD products do indeed work, because there are cannabinoid receptors in the skin associated with sensations, including those for pain. When you use CBD topical creams and other products, CBD can dampen overactive receptors.
One study found that CBD can repress the production of inflammatory markers, such as tumor necrosis factor alpha, which is often abundant in people with rheumatoid arthritis . But the effect varies from person to person.
In other words, you won’t know whether or not CBD truly works for you unless you give it a try!
What are some reasons CBD won’t work for me?
Evidence—both scientific and anecdotal—points to CBD working for a vast amount of people in some way. However, those who report no effect or even a bad one tend to have some things in common.
Here are some reasons why CBD does not work for some:
Poorly sourced CBD.
Even though CBD is legalized in numerous countries and can be bought in pharmacies throughout the UK, that does not mean it is always of the highest quality. Look for CBD products that provide proof of third-party lab tests, are created by a well-established and reputable brand, and has plenty of consumer reviews, like the Farmula.
CBD isn’t built up in your system yet.
The right dosage means everything. If you are not using the right amount of CBD for the problem you wish to treat or alleviate, then you might end up feeling nothing or receiving the opposite effect. Start with a low dose and work your way up to what provides relief. But you will need to work your way up to a higher dose.
CBD is not an instant shot of relief. Some people will need to take it for several weeks or months before anything happens. Track your results for a few weeks, and if nothing happens, either try a different product, brand, or something else entirely.
You’re using the wrong product.
Different CBD products treat different things. Tinctures, capsules, edibles, vape oils, topical creams, and so on all have different rates of absorption. For instance, if you are using edibles, you have to take bioavaliability into account. That is why edibles are slower to take effect than sublingual tinctures or vaping. You will need to customize your method of consumption based on what you desire to treat.
Maybe CBD doesn’t work for you.
CBD affects everyone uniquely, which means that your genetics, metabolism, and biochemistry alter how cannabinoids work for you. CBD is not one-size-fits-all.
However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give CBD a try. With all kinds of ways to take CBD, as well as various dosages, and no recognized lethal dosage or even recurring negative side effects in many uses, there is little to no risk.
Try CBD today!
Do CBD products really work? It depends! Most people have reported positive benefits from CBD, and research is also promising. Others may have genetic or metabolic issues that prevent CBD from working optimally, though. Yet, you can always try and see if CBD works for you! CBD is all natural, after all.
Just be sure to receive clearance from you GP before trying CBD if you are taking prescription medications.
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