Guest blog: Courtney Gunnels, KU Pharmacy Student
Recently, CBD has been all over the news touting the numerous potential therapeutic benefits, so we decided to dig in and see what all the fuss is about.
What is CBD? CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis that is non-addicting and produces non-psychoactive effects in the body. So, in other words, CBD is much UNlike THC, the compound found in marijuana that produces mind-altering effects. While medical marijuana is used for a number of different ailments, research shows that CBD alone has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, antiemetic, and anti-anxiety properties, just to name a few.
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While the benefits seem endless, what about the side effects? CBD research has been on the rise in recent years and in general, it is viewed as one of the safest alternative therapies on the market. The few and most commonly reported side effects include: sleepiness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite (it has a better side effect profile than a lot of pharmaceutical medications!). Several studies suggest that CBD is non-toxic to cells in our body and does not affect our physiological functions or parameters (blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature). While CBD is considered a safe, non-intoxicating and non-addicting product, it can interact with a few specific medications. CBD may increase concentrations of drugs like antiretrovirals, benzodiazepines, statins, steroids, and some other medications, so it’s important to have a conversation with your physician about if CBD is right for you, and what dose to begin with before giving it a go!
As far as legality goes, CBD extracted from hemp can be legally sold in the United States, as long as it meets certain criteria. To ensure you are investing in a legitimate and valuable product, always check the label and product website to see if it has been tested for potency and ingredients - or check with us at Health Suite 110 to see what products we recommend/have in stock! CBD comes in many different forms to be taken orally, like oil, lozenges, gel caps, sprays and more. While taking CBD internally is the most common method, there are topical products available, too.
If you’d like to research CBD for a condition you may have, an organization called Project CBD collects articles, journals, and research on a variety of conditions that CBD can benefit. Here is a link: https://www.projectcbd.org/guidance/conditions