FAQs about CBD
What is CBD?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis sativa plant, which is also called marijuana or hemp. It is a natural product that may be used in oils and edibles to address various conditions ranging from pain/analgesia to relaxation.
CBD is available in different forms such as isolate, broad spectrum, and full spectrum. Isolate forms contain just one component of the sativa plant, such as CBD alone. Broad spectrum forms contain more of the cannabinoids found in the sativa plant, such as CBD, CBDA, CBN, etc. The addition of multiple cannabinoids in a broad spectrum formulation may enhance its effects. The full spectrum formulations contain a mixture of cannabinoids plus THC. The THC component is legal as long as the concentration of THC is below 0.3%.
Is CBD the same as marijuana?
The sativa plant or marijuana is made up of two main chemical compounds: CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). THC is the chemical responsible for the euphoric or “high” feeling. Although CBD has similar properties, there is NO euphoric feeling associated with its use.
What can I use CBD for?
Though studies are still being conducted on the uses of CBD, these are a few of the uses that have produced good results:
- Pain relief
- Reduction of anxiety and depression
- Can help reduce symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment such as vomiting, nausea, and pain
- May reduce acne due to its anti-inflammatory properties
- Reduce seizure activity
- Lower blood pressure
How can I take CBD?
CBD is available in many dosage forms, and how you take it is based on personal preference and presence of symptoms. Listed are a few of the available products:
- Topical creams or ointments
- Baked goods
- Tinctures (a liquid that is applied under the tongue)
Topical formulations provide localized relief and work fairly quickly. Sublingual formulations work the quickest, but also wear off the fastest with effects that last only a few hours. Edibles take longer to work, however, their effects last several hours longer.
Will CBD interfere with any of my other medications?
CBD may increase the concentration levels of many common drugs; the following is a list of some drug interactions:
- Atorvastatin and simvastatin
- Some antidepressants such as sertraline and amitriptyline
- Azithromycin, clarithromycin, and erythromycin
*If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding current medications and the use of CBD, please follow up with your pharmacist or doctor.*