There’s so much hype about CBD these days that it can start to sound like cure-all. Everybody has a friend or family member who swears it helped them feel better. Here are a few of the reasons people use CBD, and the effects you can realistically expect.
At The Leaf, our customers most often seek CBD for chronic pain, anxiety, and insomnia. Any product that contains CBD can help with these things, but the degree to which it helps will depend on the dose, the biology of the person taking it, the severity of their condition, and the quality of CBD product they choose.
According to a 2017 study published in Cannabis and Cannabis Research, effective CBD dosage can vary widely – published studies have administered between 20 and 1500 mg of the cannabinoid to subjects (20 mg is a good starting point; 1500 mg is an extremely large dose). The right dosage for you depends on a number of factors, including body weight, severity of symptoms, and means of administration -- for example, capsules, tinctures, and gummies may affect you differently. Start with a low dose, and gradually work your way up as needed.
Using the raw flower, or bud, of the cannabis plant allows you the most control over your experience. Different strains contain different terpenes, which interact with the cannabinoids to produce a strain’s specific qualities, a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. For example, people who suffer from insomnia may find more relief from strains high in beta-caryophyllene, while those who suffer from inflammation may find more relief from high-pinene strains. Those with anxiety may find that strains high in linalool and limonene work best. However, CBD in any form, from any strain, can be helpful for these conditions.
When you take CBD, the effects will probably be subtle. You might find that you get more of a cerebral effect from one strain or product, and more of a bodily effect from another. You’re likely to feel a sense of relaxation, and possibly a mood boost. You might feel your pain gradually melting away, or lessening. CBD has a cumulative effect, so you’ll probably find that the longer you take it, the greater the relief. You won’t feel high, because hemp contains almost no THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the euphoric effects of marijuana.
Of course, you should always talk to your physician before starting or stopping any medication or supplement. But whether you use CBD by itself or in combination with other pharmaceuticals, it can help relieve both mental and physical stress without side effects.