I came across cannabadiol (CBD) several years ago when Massachusetts passed the general law, Chapter 94G: The regulation and taxation of recreational marijuana, in late 2016. Having used cannabis in the past I was happy to see, what I felt was a non-threatening medicinal plant, become legal for people who may have issues that tend to go undiagnosed. Things like anxiety, depression, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Having never really heard of CBD up until then (it’s since become much more mainstream as the awareness of its benefits get out to the general public) I had to dive into the research, both anecdotal and scientific. What I came across was more than interesting.
CBD is just one of many compounds found in cannabis, including the more popular THC, the one that gives you the psychoactive “high” feeling. CBD, on the other hand, while still having a plethora of medicinal benefits, doesn’t have the same psychoactive effect, in fact, it’s virtually non-existent. CBD is legal in all 50 states, just so long as it doesn’t contain more than .3% of THC in it. Many legal CBD is derived from the hemp plant and some of the benefits I’ve experienced from it myself include:
A calming effect
Lower social anxiety
Reduction of pain and soreness from weight training
Anti-inflammatory effects (although I don’t have any objective measurements of this, only the feeling of reduced soreness and pain which are both associated with inflammation.)
For my own personal use, CBD is very effective for reducing my anxiety and pain/soreness, and I have used it mainly for these two reasons. It comes in many different forms: dry herb, tincture, edibles, sprays, and as a topical cream. I personally use the tincture, typically a 1000mg bottle, and use a half dropper which is approximately 35-40mg per dose. I take it in the morning or in the evening before bed, depending on how I’m feeling at the time.
I recommend you start low with your dose and work your way up. It’s not something you can overdose on, but taking more doesn’t always mean better. You may just be wasting product and CBD isn’t cheap!