CBD QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 compounds found in cannabis plants that belong to a class of naturally-occurring, biologically active chemical constituents called cannabinoids. CBD is non-intoxicating and has remarkable therapeutic potential.
Cannabinoids are a diverse set of chemical compounds that bind to special receptors in the human body that make up what is known as the endocannabinoid system.
What is the endocannabinoid system?
The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a biochemical communication system that all humans (and many animals) have. Endo refers to endogenous, which means originating within the body. Cannabinoid refers to the group of compounds that activate the ECS.
The ECS is responsible for the physical and psychological effects of cannabis.
You could say we are “hard-wired” for cannabis, because we have receptors throughout our bodies that respond to cannabinoids.
Endocannabinoids interact with cannabinoid receptors to regulate basic bodily functions, including mood, temperature, digestion, sleep, pain, appetite, and many more.
What is cannabis?
Cannabis is a plant family that includes hemp and marijuana. Both plants are in the same genus, Cannabis, and are of the same species, Cannabis sativa.
Marijuana contains high levels of a cannabinoid called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which has psychoactive properties and causes the “high” associated with the plant.
Hemp is a variety of cannabis that is used for many purposes and contains very low levels of THC. It does not produce a “high.”
Hemp plants produce more CBD than THC, while marijuana produces more THC than CBD.
Who Should Take CBD?
Scientific research has shown CBD has strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities.
It is used for conditions including anxiety, arthritis, bipolar disorder, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, pain relief, muscle dystonia, seizures, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson's disease, sleep disorders, and schizophrenia. It has also been used to help people quit smoking and shows promise in helping people with opioid addiction.
CBD is safe, non-intoxicating, and non-addictive.
Is CBD Right For Me?
Everyone has an endocannabinoid system, so in theory, CBD “works” for everyone. CBD is very safe and well-tolerated. However, if you are pregnant, nursing, have a serious health condition, or are taking prescription drugs, check with your healthcare provider prior to using CBD.
How Does CBD Work?
CBD influences a wide range of receptor systems in the brain and body - not just cannabinoid receptors, but many others. It indirectly influences the body’s two classical cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) by signaling through those receptors. CBD appears to direct the body to use more of its own cannabinoids.
CBD also can increase levels of the body’s own naturally-produced cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) by inhibiting the enzymes that break them down.
Will I get high if I take CBD?
No. CBD is not an intoxicant. It does not produce a high like THC does.
Will CBD show up on a drug test?
If you take a CBD product that has a small amount of THC, the THC may register on a drug test.
Organica Phytopharma offers THC-free CBD solutions for those concerned with drug testing.
How And When Should I Take CBD?
There is no standard dosage for CBD, and it can be effective therapeutically at a wide range of doses. Because CBD binds to so many different receptors, it is difficult to pinpoint an exact dosage for every person and every wellness concern.
CBD has no known adverse side effects, but an excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case when using CBD.
When Will I See Benefits From CBD?
This varies a great deal from person to person, and from condition to condition. Some CBD users report feeling symptoms noticeably diminish soon after use, some report a more subtle, gradual effect, and some report rapid, dramatic improvements.
Is CBD Safe?
CBD is a very safe substance and is well-tolerated. However, it can interfere with certain medications. Please consult with your healthcare provider if you are taking prescription drugs and would like to take CBD.
Is CBD Habit Forming Or Addictive?
CBD has not been shown to be habit-forming or physically addictive.
Is CBD Approved By The FDA?
Our CBD products are dietary supplements and are not approved by the FDA.
Can I Take CBD With Birth Control?
There is little to no information available regarding the possibility of CBD interfering with hormonal contraception, including the birth control pill. If you are taking hormonal birth control and would like to use CBD, you may want to seek guidance from your healthcare practitioner.
Can I Take CBD If while pregnant or nursing?
There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking cannabidiol if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Consult with your healthcare provider before using CBD during pregnancy or while nursing.
Can I Combine CBD With Prescription Drugs?
CBD is a very safe substance, but it can interfere with the way the body metabolizes some medications.
It can temporarily inhibit the activity of cytochrome P450, a family of liver enzymes that metabolizes drugs. This means it is possible that CBD could increase the effectiveness or potency of certain medications. It is important to monitor your health if you are taking CBD along with prescription drugs. Your doctor may need to adjust the dosage of your medications while you are taking CBD.
CBD can also help reduce unpleasant side effects caused by some medications. And, sometimes CBD can be used to replace prescription drugs under the guidance of a healthcare provider.
Always consult with your doctor before taking CBD if you are currently taking prescription medication.
Can I Take CBD Instead Of An rX Drug?
CBD is not intended to treat or cure any disease or disorder.
Consult with your healthcare provider for guidance.
What Precautions Should I Consider Before Taking CBD?
In certain instances, it is imperative that a person consult with a medical professional prior to taking CBD.
These instances include, but are not limited to, the following situations:
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers
- Those who are taking prescription medications
- Those who have been diagnosed with a serious health issue
Can I Take Other Supplements With CBD?
Yes, you may take CBD with other dietary supplements that you are currently taking. No interactions are known.
Should I Talk To My Doctor About CBD?
Yes, you should always speak with your primary healthcare practitioner before taking CBD or making any other changes to your wellness plan. This will ensure that you make health changes with adequate medical supervision just in case something should happen. It's always best to be safe.
What if my doctor advises against taking CBD?
You should always follow your doctor's advice. Not every doctor shares the same worldview when it comes to what works best for their patients. Seek a second opinion if you disagree with your primary healthcare provider's advice before you make any changes to your wellness plan.