I’ve had a few people private message me asking questions about CBD, so I thought I would write a post about what I’ve learnt along the way and also invite people to ask me questions.
If you are new to my page you might want to read this post first:
*What is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the most prevalent chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. Unlike the more famous molecule, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is completely non psychoactive so therefore will not get you high.
*Is CBD Legal?
Just to reassure everyone CBD is 100% legal in the UK and is sold as a food supplement, just like vitamins are. Many high street health food shops sell it. Please make sure you buy from a reputable company.
*Reputable suppliers of CBD
*How do I take It? Methods of ingestion.
CBD comes in many forms including oil and paste (oral use) vape liquid, capsules, edibles, tea and balm.
What CBD products do I personally use?
I take the Hybrid oil (during the day) and the Nights oil (before bed) from Molytor I vape Wax/crumble (a concentrated form of CBD with other cannabinoids and terpenes) from CBDLife UK using their dab pen, when needed. I also use hemp balm and drink hemp tea, both I buy from Fiddler’s Elbow Grease – Hemp Balm
*How long does it take to work?
Some people notice the benefits of CBD almost immediately but for others it can take a few weeks. So don’t feel disheartened if you don’t notice improvements straight away. Please read about the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
*Interactions and Side Effects
CBD can interact with certain prescription medication. I would always recommend you speak to your pharmacist or GP about any possible interactions. If you have been advised not to consume grapefruit with your medication then you may need to reconsider CBD.
The only side effect I’ve experienced is drowsiness but some people also get headaches and other minor symptoms. Compared to prescription medication these side effects are minimal. By introducing CBD slowly you can minimise these unwanted symptoms.
It is worth noting that Cannabis compounds, like CBD, have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. So taking too much can actually make you feel worse.
*What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that naturally occur in the resin of the Cannabis sativa plant. These chemicals have a drug-like effect on the human central nervous system and immune system, leading to altered moods, pain relief, and other temporary changes. CBD is one of the many Cannabinoids found in Cannabis.
*Terpenes and the Entourage Effect
Terpenes are fragrant oils that give cannabis its aromatic diversity. They also have their own individual beneficial properties, and when taken alongside cannabinoids, produce what’s called the Entourage Effect. Please see image in comments.
*Should I tell my GP?
I would always recommend you speak to your GP about any treatment changes including taking CBD. My GP knows I take CBD and she’s supportive.
*What conditions can be treated with CBD?
CBD is beneficial for a number of conditions including: Chronic pain, anxiety, depression, MS, Epilepsy, CFS/ME, migraines, IBS and sleep disorders and many more.
What I’ve learnt:
*I find that CBD alone isn’t as effective as whole plant products. There are many cannabinoids and terpenes that work best when taken together. This is called the entourage effect.
*I find a combination of products work better for my Fibromyalgia pain and anxiety than just one product e.g a CBD oil. I mainly use CBD oil (oral use) but I top up with a vape when needed. I also use hemp balm and drink hemp tea. You will find the right combination for you.
*Often less is better. For conditions like anxiety smaller doses seem to be more effective than larger ones and larger doses can actually increase anxiety. Also some people are very sensitive to CBD and respond well to lower doses.
*Introduce CBD slowly. By starting Start low and slowly increasing to an effective dose (please note this is not the case with conditions involving seizures like epilepsy) you can lessen the effects of herxing but also avoid the biphasic effects.
*Take time to do your research. You will save yourself a lot of money in the long run. We are lucky enough to have a thriving CBD market in the UK. You don’t have to buy from the first company you are told about, shop around.
*One size does not fit all. You may need to try a few products to find the right one for you. We are all unique and react differently.
*Teach yourself about how CBD works. Please see above links about The Endocannabinoid System.
*Be aware of scammers. There are many people who will jump at the chance to rip you off. I was a victim of a scammer selling on Amazon when I first started taking CBD. I personally wouldn’t advise buying CBD from eBay or Amazon, you have no idea who you are buying from and what is in their products. And please don’t be tempted to buy from someone who contacts you via Facebook Messenger, as this is the preferred method used by scammers.
NB: the above is just my experience with CBD. I’m not a medical professional and what works for me may not work for you.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about CBD, I will try my best to answer.
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