Some Clarity on CBD

Patty Christopher, MS,PT

Owner, Advanced Weight Loss & Wellness

With recent changes in law and increasing availability of CBD, so many are interested in the health benefits of CBD products, but find the language confusing. We thought some clarification was important.

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of many compounds found in the cannabis plant called cannabinoids, and it is non-euphorigenic. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is also a cannabinoid, but is the compound that produces intoxicating affects. It is believed to have many good health effects, too, and recent research suggests that it works well with CBD for even more favorable health benefits.

Hemp and cannabis plants both come from Cannabis sativa plant species, but contain differing amounts of THC. Hemp oils are extracted from the seeds of the hemp plant, and contain very little or no THC (0.3% or less), compared to cannabis oils which contain 5-35% THC. Users of hemp oils generally do not experience euphoric or intoxicating affects.

Results from recent studies suggest that CBD may provide a safe, powerful natural treatment for many health issues.The reported benefits are broad and include: relief from pain and inflammation, reduction in anxiety and depression, alleviation of cancer related symptoms, relief of nausea, treatment for seizures and other neurological disorders, promotes weight loss and cardiovascular health, and lowers incidence of diabetes.

CBD appears to have very few adverse side effects when used appropriately. Most common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, anxiety and changes in mood. CBD may also interfere with the metabolism of certain drugs, causing them to stay in our system longer, which is why it is important to discuss with your health care provider prior to CBD use.

CBD can be taken in many forms, including oils, tinctures, sprays, concentrates, capsules, topical solutions, edibles, powders, and vape oils. To learn more about what to look for in your CBD product and provider, go to: