There is so much to be said about the therapeutic value of CBD, and it’s believed by many that it could soon become one of the most useful medicines ever found.
CBD works positively on a range of illnesses, including:
- Nicotine addiction
- Motor disorders
- Parkinson’s disease
- Chronic pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Some pediatric conditions
You should bear in mind research into cannabidiol is still in its infancy compared with other drugs. As this research continues, it’s quite possible even more uses for the medicine will become apparent.
Side Effects of Cannabidiol
If you’re considering taking CBD, it’s natural to wonder about the side effects, especially as it’s derived from the cannabis plant. As stated previously, cannabidiol is not psychoactive and won’t produce any high.
That being said, some users of CBD have reported minor side effects, such as light-headedness, drowsiness, lowered blood pressure and a dry mouth.
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. Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. 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.
Medical Benefits of Cannabidiol
There is exciting research coming out that points to CBD being effective for a wide range of conditions and disorders. According to research published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, CBD can act as an:
- Anticonvulsant to suppress seizures.
- Antiemetic to reduce nausea and vomiting.
- Anti-inflammatory to discourage inflammation.
- Antipsychotic to alleviate psychosis.
- Antioxidant to combat neurodegenerative disorders.
- Antidepressant/anxiolytic to allay depression and anxiety.
- Anti-cancer/anti-tumoral to combat cancer and tumor cells.
In addition to the above, there is currently a prescription-only nasal spray, Sativex, that contains both CBD and THC, and has been proven effective in terms of treating frequent urination, muscle tightness and pain in MS sufferers.
Research also suggests using a CBD spray under the tongue may tackle pain as well as muscle tightness.