Dealing with insomnia is more normal than people would think. Insomnia and other sleeping disorders are so deeply rooted in our society that more than 50% of the adults inside the United State deal with one or various forms of sleeping disorders.
Insomnia has become common than ever due to how technology has influenced our sleep schedules, and considering how most people use technology nowadays, it makes a lot of sense. The same can be said for problems related to anxiety and stress, and high levels of anxiety and stress can greatly affect someone else’s mental health to the point of affecting their overall performance in their daily activities.
In addition to that, pain-inducing conditions and inflammatory diseases like arthritis or cancer are very present in our society as well, and although they might not be as common as insomnia, they are very daunting things to deal with.
Traditionally, most of these conditions cannot be actually healed but treated. This provides a certain level of relief when it comes to dealing with their symptoms, and the use of drugs is the most common way of handling them. However, new methods of treatment have been introduced to our society, and among those, products made with CBD and Medicinal cannabis are the ones gaining the most fame and popularity.
CBD as a form of treatment is still fairly new, and although a lot of people have claimed it to be a very safe and reliable method of treatment, not a lot of people know about it. For that reason, in this article, we will talk about the main aspects everyone needs to know about CBD to help them decide whether to give it a try or not.
Medicinal Cannabis vs CBD-Based Products
Medicinal cannabis, or marijuana, and CBD-based products are fairly similar when it comes to their capabilities. The biggest difference between the two is that medicinal cannabis contains high levels of THC, which is a psychoactive compound, and lower levels of CBD, which is a non-psychoactive compound.
CBD stands for cannabidiol, thus, cannabidiol-based products contain incredibly low levels of THC, making them harmless to the body. The reason is simple: Most cannabidiol products are created using the hemp plant. The hemp plant is a variation of the cannabis Sativa plant, which is known for causing a relaxing effect in the body. This plant is well known for containing low levels of THC in comparison to other cannabis variations, only reaching up to 0.3% of its structure, and higher levels of CBD, making it viable to be used for products.
If you are interested, you can check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemp for more detailed information about it.
How It Works
Our reasons to say say that medicinal cannabis and CBD products are very similar is because they can provide the same health benefits with the only difference that one is capable of getting you high while the other can not.
You see, the problem with THC is that it targets the body in a more aggressive way that can influence our senses, getting us high in the process, while cannabidiol-based products are much gentler because of their low levels of THC.
Now, cannabidiol is capable of targeting a combination of neurotransmitters located in several areas of our body known as the Endocannabinoid system, which can influence several physiological functions of the body.
Some of these functions can influence the way we react to stress and anxiety, how our body causes inflammatory reactions due to physical conditions or injuries, and even the way we achieve a deeper level of sleep, thus, granting us the health benefits we discussed and mentioned here.
How to Handle Cannabidiol Medication
Although cannabidiol has been claimed as a very safe method of treatment that causes little to no damage to the liver (depending on whether the person is consuming other forms of medication) and in comparison to traditional drugs, it is way less harsh. Still, it has its drawbacks.
For example, one of the most common side effects related to cannabidiol is vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Other side effects include headaches, lack of appetite, and excessive drowsiness.
Still, it is important to note that these side effects are often the result of consuming the wrong dosage. By reducing the intake of cannabidiol, these side effects can be easily managed and controlled.
That is the reason why, regardless of the type of CBD medication you choose, it is always recommended to start with small dosages and increase until you find the adequate outcome without suffering from side effects. This can be a little difficult considering that everyone reacts differently to it. That is why stores frequently provide doses charts to guide people in the process of finding their correct dose.
Make sure to do some research regarding the compatibility between a medication you are already consuming and cannabidiol, so you avoid suffering from liver damage as much as possible.
What Product to Choose
There are a lot of CBD-based products out there. Edibles, vaping oils, strains, and tinctures, are the most commonly found. We personally recommend going for tinctures or consumable oils, just because they can be easily handled with a dropper, making the process of finding the right dosage a much smoother one.
They also tend to be more affordable and can last for a long period of time, in comparison to edibles. Another thing to add is that they can be combined with beverages or even be used with cooking, so you have multiple ways of using them. Overall, they are the most comfortable option for beginners, so if you have doubts, just go for them!