CBD

CBD is the rage right now. I have been getting a ton of questions about it in both the clinic and the gym. I have also been hearing lots of questionable statements about the effects of CBD, so this week I wanted to give you the skinny on the other 3 letter cannabis plant product.

Before we start with the Q&A here are some definitions and things you should know:

  • Cannabis – A flowering plant that has been used as food and medicine for over 12,000 years
  • Hemp – cannabis plant with 0.3% or less THC (the stuff that gets you high)
  • Marijuana – cannabis plants with more than 0.3% THC

CBD – naturally occurring compound found in the resinous flower of the cannabis plant. It’s non-addictive and one of more than 100 phytoncannaboids found in cannabis. CBD must have less than 0.3% THC.

THC – the psychoactive part compound in cannabis that gets you high. Only sold in dispensaries in forwarding thinking progressive states that legalize it.

Ok onto the Q & A

What Does CBD Do?

It is well suited for:

  • Reducing pain & inflammation
  • Reducing or eliminating seizures
  • Fighting the growth of tumor & cancer cells•
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Reducing muscle spasms
  • Protecting the nervous system – managing Parkinsons & Dementia
  • Use with THC in autism & post stroke care
  • Reducing the undesirable effects of THC

Will CBD Make You High?
No. Not a single chance, even if it’s CBD isolate that comes from a marijuana plant. Even if CBD full spectrum (includes 0.3% THC) you won’t get high. If you do feel high it’s a placebo or you are having a bad reaction.If you want to get high go to one of the forwarding thinking progressive states and hit up a dispensary, it’s a fun experience.

Can Exposure TO CDB Make Me Fail A Drug Test?
If you bathe in it or take an entire bottle in an attempt to get high from it, there’s a chance. But with normal use absolutely not.

How Much Should I Take?
Start with 25 milligrams

What Should I Look For When Buying CBD?
A Certificate Of Analyses (COA) from 3rd party labs that they don’t own. (Alert: non-regulated supplements are usually clinically tested by a lab owned by the manufacturer. That is sketchy AF and probably why your birch bark never cured a headache, or did it when it became aspirin?)

Also make sure that non-getting you high stuff is made and grown in the USA.

Eric and I both use CBDMedic and it’s fantastic. Hopefully we’ll have some in the gym and treatment room in the near future for you to try in you’re interested.

Sources:

Rupal Pandey et al. “Endocannabinoid Sysyem & Bone”
Martin A. Lee “The Brain & Marijuana”
Saundra Young (CNN) Marijuana Stops Seizures in Childrenn
P.G. Fine “Cannaboids for neuropathic pain”
Emillio Perucca – Cannaboids in the Treatment of Epilepsy
Martin A. Lee – CBD, THC & Cancer
United Patients Group – Cannabidiol Facts & CBD Facts

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