CBD is everywhere and found in countless products. You can easily find tinctures, creams and gummies, but now look for CBD toothpicks, CBD infused activewear (yes clothing), and CBD Hair Pomade. I am often asked, “Is CBD right for me?”, “Should I try it?” And to be honest, everyone is different.
First it’s important to understand what CBD is and what it is not. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non psychoactive component found in the Hemp plant. It’s being researched for many possible medical benefits. It is essential to our natural Endocannabinoid System for repairing the receptors, keeping our natural endocannabinoid neurotransmitters active longer and binding with receptors with other systems in our body to create balance. Even after assuring that the patient has a quality product, some patients do better than others and here is the criteria I use to determine how successful a patient will be with CBD treatment.
1- Are you paying attention? Regardless of the condition, you must be
2- Are you patient? Take your time and find the right dose. CBD does not always work immediately. It may take 3-10 days to start working. An awakening of your Endocannabinoid system is often needed and a build up of CBD in your fat. Starting low and gradually increasing your dose while staying vigilant of side effects like GI symptoms, drowsiness or change in appetite is important. Also do not assume if a little is good then a lot is better. CBD dosing is biphasic. Too little will not be effective and often too much will lead to side effects and a return of the original symptoms. Be patient and find that right dose for you.
3- Are you open-minded? Although CBD is available in capsules, many patients are taking CBD in a form they have never taken a medication. CBD can be administered as a tincture (liquid that is placed under the tongue to be absorbed), gummies, vaporizer form, bath salts and many more. Some patients find it difficult to change the method of administration to a form they may not be as familiar with to obtain better results.
Working with a Cannabinoid Physician or consultant can help guide your experience to a place of wellness. Do not assume that just because you may be having difficulty that the entire industry is a sham. Work with dedicated professionals that care about your success!
Have questions or would like to suggest a subject for my next column? Please email me at DrBridget@greenharvest.health
Dr. Williams is a Board-certified family physician, cannabinoid physician and life coach. She is the owner of Green Harvest Health Clinics and GHH CBD Medicinals. Learn more at www.greenharvest.health.