A quick reminder... what is CBD?
CBD is the shorthand term for cannabidiol, which is one of the active ingredients in cannabis. More specifically, the cannabis sativa plant.
Unfortunately, many still associate the use of CBD with the use of cannabis, the illegal recreational drug. But this most certainly is not the case.
CBD is not psychoactive and does not get you 'high'. It is the high THC content that causes these effects. Often low amounts of THC can be found in CBD products. Whilst this can most certainly be beneficial, there are often legalities to consider.
CBD - like THC - comes from the cannabis plant, is known as a powerful natural pain reliever, as well as having numerous other benefits. For example, it's anti-inflammatory, and also it's antidepressant-like effects.
CBD interacts with the human body's endocannabinoid system, which affect many different processes in the body. Both CBD and THC work with cannabinoid receptors that release neurotransmitters in your brain. These transmitters can affect processes such as mood, sleep, memory and pain.
But CBD and THC are not the only cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
In fact, the hemp plant contains over 100 cannabinoids!
CBD products often contain some of these other cannabinoids, as well as flavonoids and terpenes.
This is because the cannabinoids work together and enhance the effect of the products.
This is known as the entourage effect.
CBD products which have this mix of cannabinoids are referred to as full-spectrum products. Be aware that these can contain THC. Products that contain only trace amounts of THC are called broadspectrum. CBD products that contain zero THC are known as CBD isolate. These are the three types of CBD products you can buy.
CBD oil is never just pure CBD oil, it requires a 'carrier'. A carrier oil helps to carry the CBD into your body. Without the carrier oil, your body would be unable to process the CBD properly. It needs to combine with fat molecules.
Whilst the carrier oil's job is predominantly to help your body process the CBD, the oil itself can offer various health benefits. In addition to this, the combination of the carrier oil also helps to control correct potency, and therefore CBD dosage.
Common carrier oils include coconut oil/MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride), Olive oil and hemp seed oil, but there are many others. With many opinions as to which one is the best.
How should I dose CBD?
Dosing is always a grey area. There is of course no universally correct dosage for everyone. The effectiveness of CBD oil can vary from person to person.
In addition to the appearance of the actual anxiety disorder or the intensity of the panic attacks, it also depends on the individual's body weight.
Normally, you should start with an oil with a lower CBD content in order to get used to the product. In the event of severe panic attacks, 20 percent oil can also be used.
As a dosage, 3 x 5-10 drops (with 5% or 10% oil) daily is often a suggested starting point, but you could start with low doses at first. You can always adjust the dosage if there is no or little effect. CBD oil normally comes in a tincture with a pipette, which makes it easier to administer.
There is no universally correct dosage for everyone.
Can you take CBD in the long term?
CBD can be used as a dietary supplement for a longer period of time or temporarily for specific health problems.
There are no known negative consequences of long-term use of CBD in humans. However, according to a study in an animal experiment with rats, there was evidence of an anxiety-promoting effect in the event of continued use. Whether this is also the case with humans is not scientifically proven.
It is particularly important to note that there is no evidence of a risk of dependency.
Can children take CBD?
There is plenty of scientific evidence that CBD can help children with various ailments.
The general tolerance of CBD is good. There is no intoxicating effect and no potential for addiction. The effects of CBD could be a real alternative to conventional drugs, which are often associated with very strong side effects.
Children can also benefit from the health-promoting opportunities of the CBD.
The most common form of intake is in the form of CBD oil or, alternatively, with food.
Teas or gummy bears could be considered here, which might taste better for kids. But as always, consider the amount given that sweets can contain high levels of sugars and additives.
Again, we recommend that you discuss any possible use of CBD with a doctor beforehand.