If you take the time to review the information on our site, you’ll find details on the many benefits of using CBD for overall wellness and to combat a range of illnesses. But if you are still in doubt, or looking for a simple summary, here’s a breakdown of some reasons why CBD might be for you:
CBD is shown to be effective against many mild to life-threatening conditions.
CBD and other cannabis medicines have been used for thousands of years—even before we knew what cannabinoids were. There is hard evidence that cannabis was used as medicine in ancient China, ancient Greece, and in other early cultures.
As of this writing, there have been somewhere around 25,000 clinical studies done on the use of CBD to alleviate the symptoms of a broad spectrum of ailments. One review from 2009 recapped CBD’s many documented capabilities as an anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antiepileptic, neuroprotectant, vasorelaxant (meaning it helps to lower blood pressure), antispasmodic, anti-ischemic (meaning it allows for more blood, and therefore oxygen, to flow to tissues/cells), anticancer agent, anti-emetic (meaning it combats nausea and vomiting), antibacterial agent, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and even as a means to stimulate bone growth. CBD has also been shown to improve the efficiency of the mitochondria, which are like the energy furnaces of our cells, producing the compounds that ensure their healthy function. You can learn more about how CBD operates in these different use cases by visiting the SCIENCE and CONDITIONS sections.
Despite the legal saga around cannabis that’s been going on for 80 years, the United States government itself has acknowledged the benefits of cannabis, and even filed a cannabis patent in 2003! This comes straight from the patent abstract:
“Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This newfound property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of a wide variety of oxidation-associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention.”
As the world of cannabis medicine continues to expand and old-guard legislation continues to be challenged (and hopefully phased out), we expect that more studies will shed light on all that CBD has to offer.
CBD is a natural alternative treatment.
CBD is a naturally occurring compound in the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. It works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which regulates many of our physiological activities. This interaction takes place via specialized receptors (CB1 and CB2) that are found throughout the brain, central nervous system (CNS), peripheral nervous system (PNS), and immune system. We produce our own cannabinoids that allow this system to function, too. Therefore, one can say that CBD constitutes an already-familiar chemical compound that our bodies innately “understand” via the ECS. We highlight this simply to illustrate the contrast between natural CBD as a therapeutic treatment versus synthetic drugs made in big pharmaceutical labs.
CBD has few if any side effects.
While it wouldn’t be fair to say that you “can’t lose” with CBD, the cons of using it are few compared with the potential upside. Any side effects reported from using CBD are generally minor. Cannabis medicine—even the THC-heavy, psychotropic variety—is by and large considered to be extremely safe. You can make yourself sick from smoking or eating too much THC, but it’s virtually impossible to consume a fatal dose. It stands to reason that CBD-based medicines are even safer, as they come without the psychoactive effects.
A few scientific studies have shown CBD to be safe for consumption. One study published in 1986 in the International Journal of Neuroscience noted CBD’s side effects as “mild,” citing low blood pressure, dry mouth, slowed thoughts or movements, lightheadedness, and sedation. Another 1980 study on epileptic patients, published in Pharmacology, reviewed CBD’s effects after daily consumption for a month, and stated the following: “All patients and volunteers tolerated CBD very well and no signs of toxicity or serious side effects were detected on examination.” In 2006, researchers studying CBD’s effects on anxiety and psychosis summarized their findings regarding CBD’s safety in the Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research:
“Acute CBD administration by the oral, inhalatory or intravenous route did not induce any significant toxic effect in humans. In addition, chronic administration of CBD for 30 days to healthy volunteers, at daily doses ranging from 10 to 400 mg, failed to induce any significant alteration in neurological, psychiatric or clinical exams. Finally, in patients suffering from Huntington’s disease, daily doses of CBD (700 mg) for 6 weeks did not induce any toxicity. Therefore, confirming results from animal studies, the available clinical data suggest that CBD can be safely administered over a wide dose range.”
One study in 2007 did find that CBD and other cannabinoids might have potential as an anticoagulant (blood thinner). This fairly recent finding suggests that people with blood-clotting disorders like hemophilia should exercise more caution with cannabinoid therapies.
Full disclosure: The sample sizes of many CBD studies like the ones cited above are quite small. But there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from CBD users to back up the fact that side effects are minimal. A small sample of people have reported mild mood-altering effects, but this seems to be rare. Some also have reported digestive issues, including diarrhea, from taking CBD oil. However, it’s possible that this can be attributed to the quality and purity of the CBD products consumed. As the CBD business is relatively new, there are a lot of unsubstantiated claims and unreliable products out there. Some of them might contain impurities that you’re better off steering clear of.
It’s still early days when it comes to medical research on CBD, but thus far the results are overwhelmingly positive. CBD is even administered safely to children and pets. But it’s of paramount importance that you choose a high-quality CBD product, not only for maximum benefit, but also maximum safety.
CBD might be more effective than many pharmaceutical medications.
A study done in August 2017 revealed that many consumers are dumping traditional drugs in favor of CBD and other cannabis medicines. Of the 2,400 surveyed CBD users, 42% said they had abandoned traditional medications in favor of CBD. Most users (82%) reported that CBD was extremely effective in treating everything from anxiety to chronic pain, even in conjunction with other medications. More than half of the respondents stated that CBD is “more effective” or “much more effective” than pharmaceutical drugs. This is somewhat speculative, as the study was done on a set of people predisposed to taking an interest in the medical use of cannabis, but there is strong evidence as to the efficacy of CBD for many health concerns.
CBD is (complicatedly) considered legal and easy to purchase.
While still bound to the less-than-0.3%-THC loophole, this kind of CBD derived from hemp varieties of cannabis is legal to purchase in the United States. In addition, hemp is now slowly becoming less of an import product after the 2014 Farm Bill, which opened the door for states to adopt statutes allowing universities and state departments of agriculture to grow hemp. Domestic hemp production was up to 23,000 acres in 2017, with Colorado being the top state producer. Homegrown hemp is being tweaked and refined to yield higher-CBD/more resinous cultivars as well, which will make for better, more effective CBD products. CBD is widely available in an array of forms online, but it’s important to know what you’re buying. Remember, just because it’s considered legal doesn’t mean it’s regulated—the CBD industry right now is in its early, ”Wild West” phase, and anything goes. This should change over time as cannabis laws throughout the United States are overturned, but regardless, do your research before you spend money on a CBD product.
We aren’t here to convince you to take CBD, and in the end it’s your body, and your choice. But it is a rare find in this world that something with so many clear, proven health benefits also has so few (and mild) side effects. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re seeking some alternative options to treat what ails you. Well, there’s a reason we’ve started a CBD Movement—the pros far outweigh the cons.