Marijuana has been in the news quite a bit as it has become legal recreationally in almost a dozen states and legalized for medicinal use in 33 states. All the talk of marijuana has brought CBD more into the spotlight.
Hemp-based CBD is legal to purchase in all 50 states. Derived from hemp, a plant has less than .3% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol – the intoxicant in marijuana). CBD made from “marijuana” with higher than .3% THC is only legal where laws have been passed indicating so.
Although Amazon is still shying away, some big box retailers including Barney’s, CVS, Walgreens, and Rite Aid have already rolled out the red carpet to some CBD products and mall kiosks will be popping up soon. It is necessary to point out that CBD is still very new and still being studied. Only a few human trials have been conducted so far. This week we will break down some of the claims or proposed benefits!
• Anti-Seizure – the FDA has approved Epidiolex, a drug derived from hemp CBD for that use.
• Anti-Inflammatory and chronic (no pun intended!) pain relief
• Reduced Stress Response – CBD may help in keeping cortisol levels lower during stressful times. High cortisol levels are well-known to negatively affect sleep and muscular recovery to name a couple of things.
• Improved Immune System Functioning
• Improved Heart Functioning
• Pre-Workout Boost – by elevating your mood and helping to prep your muscles for intense activity through its’ anti-inflammatory properties. Allowing you to get in the right frame of mind to push yourself past that point of exhaustion.
• Improved Sugar Metabolism
How Does It Work?
CB1 & CB2 are the two naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors within the body that CBD interacts with to produce the physiological benefits mentioned previously.
• CB1 is located primarily in brain and nervous system and is responsible for relief from pain, nausea, depression, and more.
• CB2 is located primarily in the immune system and helps regulate our appetite, immune system functions and pain management.
How Do You Use It?
CBD can be inhaled, taken via softgel, ingested orally via tinctures, or consumed in edibles (edibles are still murky as far as legality).
For localized relief after an injury/strain, CBD lotion has been used as an effective alternative to traditional topical pain relief creams. CBD lotions can be applied directly to sore muscles.
Lotions work well to combat the surface level pain where softgels or vaping work from inside to ease internal inflammation.
*If you consider using a CBD product, be sure to check with your doctor and/or pharmacist to discuss if there may be any contra-indications with current medications or conditions you may have.
**If you are going to be taking a urine test, there is a possibility that CBD products can cause it to turn up positive.