CBD isn’t just having a moment, it’s quickly becoming a go-to remedy for many people in the U.S. and across the world. CBD is sold in many forms now including baked goods and vape pens. With the passing of the farm bill earlier this year, it’s become easier than ever to purchase domestically grown CBD products. Most people take CBD orally to help support inflammatory conditions, anxiety, depression and even migraines. However, it can also be used topically and can help skin inflammation and pain.
While the CBD industry is busy booming, the research side of things isn’t so much. In fact, researchers are trying to catch up to the popularity of CBD and help paint a clearer picture of the use and function of CBD in the medical world. Since cannabis has always been a controlled substance, it makes it difficult to even conduct research but that’s starting to change. As research rises out of the CBD industry, there are questions that the CBD industry needs answers to. Here are just some of those questions:
What’s The Correct Dose Of CBD?
In the same way that dosing is important to over the counter medications, it’s also a hot button issue with CBD. Because every CBD product from each company tends to be slightly different in its formulation, it can be tricky to get the right dose. Whether it’s measured in drops, pills, sprays, or vape juice, the amount of a dose can make a big difference in the application of the CBD. For example, when you take a low dose of CBD, it can actually act as a stimulant. Therefore taking low doses may not be great for sleep conditions or anxiety.
It’s hard to tell what doses of CBD are correct for what conditions. Even though there is some evidence amongst the population that CBD is effective in helping anxiety and aiding sleep. It’s still not certain how much CBD will effectively help these conditions and how much is required for specific age groups and genders.
Research needs to be conducted to determine how much CBD a person should take in order to maintain a healthy endocannabinoid system.
What is the Difference Between Methods of Delivery?
There are many ways to take CBD; these range from vaping CBD, to taking the oil under the tongue, to taking gummies, tea, or applying the salve to the problem area on the skin. There is still little research on how the method of delivery can make a difference when applied to a specific condition. For example, perhaps CBD oil is better for sleep conditions, while vaping CBD is better for anxiety and depression.
We can correlate this with taking Aspirin by rubbing the pills on your forehead as opposed to taking them orally. One way is going to work more effectively than the other.
If researchers are able to determine which methods are best for which conditions, people suffering from anxiety, sleep conditions etc. can confidently take CBD in the recommended method that is best suited or their condition.
How Does CBD React With The Cannabis Compounds Surrounding It?
CBD is only one of many other cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant. You may recognize THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, or what about CBG, a rare, more misunderstood cannabinoid compound. These compounds are found alongside terpenes, which have been known to affect and modulate the character of cannabis.
When taken, these cannabinoids work together to adjust and modulate each other’s effects. Some research has been done to look into how CBD tempers the psychoactive impact of THC. If research is done to further our understanding of how these cannabinoids interact, we can unlock more cannabinoid uses within the medical industry.
While CBD has only just begun to revolutionize the way we can help disease and ailments, there is still a lot more we need to look into. If we can understand how CBD works on its own as well as in concert with other cannabinoid compounds we can then introduce more applications for CBD and other cannabinoids for certain conditions.