What Is CBD?
With CBD in the spotlight, it can be overwhelming to try and Google your way to understanding what CBD is, what it does, who it’s for, and all the other things you want to know about it. Terrapin Select’s mission is to educate people so they can make mindful decisions regarding how CBD can be added to their wellness routine and improve their quality of life. To do that, we have put together an overview of CBD and the important things all consumers should know before they start filling their virtual or physical carts with products.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, a molecule that is found in the cannabis plant. CBD has a lot of benefits for those looking to find alternative, plant-based solutions for their bodies. As of now, the FDA is trying to figure out how to best regulate CBD. Ultimately, they will be able to test it, categorize it, and require certain standards for labeling and dosage. Until then though, manufacturers are not allowed to make medical claims such as “can cure cancer” “great treatment for epilepsy”, etc. However, there is ample anecdotal, small case study, and international research that shows the many benefits users of CBD are experiencing.
CBD is an excellent anti-inflammatory and is being researched as an analgesic as well. Currently, opioids are the predominant medication for analgesic properties to help regulate pain; however, the side effects of opioid use and abuse are severe causing many to look into safer alternatives. Since inflammation is at the root of a number of issues that can affect every part of our bodies, its applications are wide and varied. Many have used CBD to help with everything from Chron’s disease to eczema, to migraines, and more. If inflammation is the root problem, CBD may be able to help. While these two properties are the most well documented of CBD, research is nascent at best and we expect more clarity on accepted benefits as well as additional benefits to come about in the future.
CBD has also been used by many who struggle with motivation and mood disorders such as addiction, depression, and anxiety. CBD can influence dopamine, opioid, and serotonin receptors in our brains. While more research is needed, in vitro trials and animal tests have promising and robust results regarding CBD’s ability to help with motivational and mood disorders. Because these disorders span a number of neural networks and multiple receptor systems, the mechanics of understanding how CBD affects them is complex. However, CBD’s interactions with multiple systems and its own complexity in how it acts within our bodies and brains is key to CBD therapeutic profile.
Dosing for CBD is not an exact science. Each manufacturer will provide guidelines for each product, but there is currently no known, approved, and researched “therapeutic dose” that can effectively address specific issues. The CBD community’s consensus is for people to begin with a dose of 10-15mgs daily and increase as needed.
CBD can do a lot of good in our bodies, but it can’t do everything. To use CBD to demonize either western medicine and prescription drugs, THC, or any other substance does more harm than good. While CBD offers a lot of help for people dealing with a variety of issues, it is not the cure-all that some marketing machines want to make it out to be. Be wary of any manufacturer or individual that is touting CBD as everything your body needs to heal and function well. CBD is a new and powerful addition to your wellness routine as it can boost your immune system and regulate a number of functions in your body. Many people have had exceptional results with few to no side effects, but you should always consult with your doctor when looking into adding to your health regimen and proceed with caution, knowledge, and sound advice.