Have you heard about CBD?
Haha, just kidding. It’s everywhere. You probably can’t go a week without reading or hearing something about CBD. So what is it? Is it helpful? Should you be using it? And how can you learn more?
This week, I’m going to dive a bit deeper into CBD, my personal experiences, my thoughts on potential benefits, and how to buy and use CBD. First, I thought it might be helpful to link to some quality articles about CBD so you can learn more about this supplement, if you’re interested.
Harvard Health – How is cannabidiol different from marijuana?
CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is the second most prevalent of the active ingredients of cannabis (marijuana). While CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, it is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. While CBD is a component of marijuana (one of hundreds), by itself it does not cause a “high.” According to a report from the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential…. To date, there is no evidence of public health related problems associated with the use of pure CBD.”
Live Science – Why do people use cannabis oil?
“People claim that cannabis oil can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, though evidence to back up these claims is often lacking. For example, according to Medical News Today, people use cannabis oil for conditions ranging from pain to acne; some even claim the oil can cure diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. (But again, there is no clinical evidence to support these claims.)
A review published in 2017 in the journal Frontiers in Pharmacology described how CBD may work to protect the hippocampus — the part of the brain responsible for several important functions, such as learning, memory and navigation — during times of stress, and may also help prevent brain-cell destruction that results from schizophrenia. Another 2017 review published in the journal Annals of Palliative Medicine summarized a handful of studies that suggest cannabis oils containing THC or CBD, or both, may help with chronic pain management, but the mechanism is unclear.”
The Paleo Mom – CBD Products
“Just doing a quick Google search for CBD products, SO many options come up: creams, salves, sprays, lozenges, oils… it goes on and on! So, what does the research say about these products? Well, the bottom line is that the above studies have mostly been conducted in animal models and/or used internal supplementation (pills/oils) that are in SUPER high doses. When we look at the possibility of taking CBD ourselves, we have to think about the form of the product and the amount of CBD we are actually going to get from each product. This comes down to bioavailability, which varies from product to product as well (and isn’t that well-studied).
The bioavailability of CBD depends on the different forms of it that are used. Research has shown that oral intake of CBD results in bioavailability between 13% and 19%. If that doesn’t seem like great bioavailability to you, that would be correct – it isn’t. Plus, metabolism of CBD is mostly regulated by the liver, where it is subjected to several modifications that influence its uses in the body (this is important to note for anyone who may have liver disease or is worried about the burden of other medications or supplements on their liver function). The established half life of CBD is 9 hours, meaning that it takes about 9 hours for the volume of CBD to be decreased in the blood by 50%, so the effectiveness of CBD can last about half a day.”
The ultimate goal with this week’s focus is to help you decide if supplementing with CBD is worthwhile. It offers a number of potential benefits, but those benefits don’t apply to everyone and while CBD may work well for one person, it may not work at all for another. Additionally, there are TONS of products out there and it can be difficult to make the best decision so we’ll go over the different variables to consider if you do decide to supplement. I do hope you read these articles and let me know your thoughts.