Plus, with topical use, you don’t have to worry about overdoing it, because your skin can actually handle a lot of it (it’s a big organ, after all). For those topically applying CBD for the first time, Gawhtrop says 16 milligrams per topical use is enough for you to feel an effect.
“If you’re using it for stress and you find it you’re holding that stress in your neck or in your shoulder, being able to apply it there and kind of rub it in can also create a calming ritual,” says Gawhtrop. “If you’re feeling pain, being able to direct;ly apply it where you are experiencing pain and inflammation usually creates a really positive response for people.”
“The science right now tells us that your body will pick up the CBD better if it does have some THC,” says Gawhtrop. She points out the oil only has 0.3% THC, and based on the science, feels it creates the most effective product for her customers. She points out that even in history from a healer’s perspective, CBD was never meant to “own the table,” but merely be a small part of the entire product.
It is best applied topically.
As of now, the FDA has not approved any kind of dietary supplement for CBD. Meaning that it cannot be ingested like you could with any pill or vitamin. Gawthrop and the team at Ami Wellness make sure to follow all FDA guidelines and only provide products that are topical, meaning they are applied through the skin.
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By using it topically, Gawthrop points out that the user can acutely choose where they apply the CBD on their skin. This, of course, can help with anyone experiencing pain or inflammation in particular parts of their body.
Gawthrop also mentions that some studies show how CBD can also help your neuroprotective properties, meaning it can help protect your neurological system.
Using CBD purely to fall asleep won’t do much, however. “At extreme doses, CBD may be sleep-inducing, but it’s a misconception that it does that at low or moderate doses,” Russo said. “Some preparations of CBD are often associated with high levels of another compound called myrcene and that is sedating, but this creates a misconception that CBD is sedating.”
“CBD won’t completely take the pain away like a morphine would,” Khare said, “but it may decrease it to a point where it makes the pain more tolerable.”
Unfortunately, most of these sources are unregulated, said Dr. Jordan Tishler, member of the medical advisory board at cannabisMD and president of the Association of Cannabis Specialists . This means that if you’re not careful about where you’re buying CBD from, you may actually be buying a product that contains little or no CBD at all.
CBD could affect sleep — but maybe not in the way you think.
A review published in the journal Molecules found that medications containing CBD from a cannabis plant may be able to enhance a patient’s drug treatment for chronic pain and inflammation conditions . But note: They may work as a complement rather than a replacement to treatment, and one that is very dependent on the preparation, dosage and formulation.
“People talk about CBD as being non-psychoactive, which isn’t quite true in the sense that if CBD were helping you with anxiety, then it would be psychoactive as it’s acting on your emotional well-being,” Tishler said.
“At truly high doses, CBD ― more than any other of the cannabinoids ― can interact with conventional medications and can potentially be dangerous,” Tishler said. “Particularly for someone who is older or has multiple medical conditions and is taking multiple medications.
Though more research is needed, CBD may be able to help gastrointestinal issues caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). A review published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research found that cannabinoid receptor antagonists (AKA parts of CBD that bind to those cannabinoid receptors in your body discussed earlier) decreased relaxation in the lower esophageal sphincter . When the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes too much, it can often lead to acid reflux, and thus CBD may be able to limit the occurrence of acid reflux and other GERD-related symptoms.