CBD Oil: The Facts, Risks and Alternatives

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Cannabidiol (more commonly known as CBD) usage has doubled in the past year. It claims to be able to provide relief from everything from pain to depression and anxiety, but are those claims accurate? MH takes a closer look.

What Is CBD Oil?

It’s weed, but not as you know it. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a botanical extract taken from the hemp plant. It contains only trace amounts of THC (the psychoactive substance that makes weed illegal). This means you won’t get high, but also that you don’t have to meet a dodgy bloke in a dark-windowed Vauxhall Corsa to acquire it.

What Does CBD Promise?

Preliminary studies suggest CBD is beneficial for (deep inhale) insomnia, liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, osteoporosis, PTSD, stroke, heart disease, depression, diabetes and arthritis. The most promising benefits, however, lie in the management of anxiety; timely, given the fraught state of modern mental health.

What Does It Deliver?

In one survey, almost one in 10 users reported that their chronic pain, inflammation and anxiety had been completely cured by CBD, says Jon Liebling of the United Patients Alliance. And while claims that it can cure diseases require further evidence, there’s no medical reason not to dabble while the research catches up.

Where Can I Get It From?

If you’re thinking of taking it up, now is a good time. Major brands generally will stock it, or offer their own ranges – which is reassuring, because you can be sure that they’re sticking to strict EU guidelines regarding purity, dosage and contaminants. The same cannot be said for independent online retailers, so steer clear of their snake oil.

What Should I Avoid?

Don’t get overexcited. Your body’s response to CBD dosage is bell-curved. Take too little and you won’t feel anything; too much and you risk side effects such as diarrhoea, which is not exactly chill, man. Research into dosage is still hazy, so build up slowly to find your own “Goldilocks zone”.

Alternatives to CBD Oil

If you want a dose of something more rigorously tested, try these pills instead.

Vitamin A

Anxiety sufferers often lack vitamin A, an antioxidant that has been shown to help manage the symptoms of stress.

Turmeric

1,000mg a day (more than in any latte), but the curcumin that it contains is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Glucosamine

As one of the building blocks of cartilage, ligaments and tendons, this repairs creaking joints.

Magnesium

Use this supplement before bed to fall into a deep sleep more easily – you will also wake up less frequently during the night.


by Tom Ward

from menshealth.com


Post time: Jan-25-2019
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