CBD: Is It A Safe And Effective Alternative To Medicine?

Many doctors are now recommending CBD as a safe and effective alternative to medicine.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent for CNN has been endorsing the health benefits of CBD on his many episodes of “Weed” since 2013. This first public endorsement of CBD by a well known doctor has continued to resonate with the general public.

Since then, CBD has been featured on Dr. Oz, CNN, CBS, Fox News, The Today Show and The Doctors.

Along with celebrity endorsements, more people feel comfortable and secure with trying something like CBD.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound that naturally occurs in the Hemp plant. This natural compound or cannabinoid, is an Anti-oxidant and Neuroprotectant.

In 2003, the United States Department of Health and Human Services filed a patent on ‘Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants’.

Commercial CBD products derive their CBD from industrial hemp. By definition, hemp is a cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. So is there a difference between ‘hemp’ and ‘cannabis’? No, it’s the same species of plant; the only distinction is the amount of THC the plant contains.

Traditional cannabis—pot, weed, marijuana, whatever you want to call it—is typically bred for high THC content, which provides the psychoactive effects. Alternatively, hemp is bred and grown for the industrial use of fiber and seed as well as CBD, which is why hemp must legally contain below 0.3% THC.

Since the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp derived CBD oil is legal in all 50 states.

How CBD Affects The Body

The body creates its own cannabinoids, called endocannabinoids, to help support our regulatory system. This central system helps to keep our bodies balanced day to day, including: appetite, pain sensation, mood, memory, immune system functions, and inflammation control.

Similar to how we use vitamin C to kick start our immune system, CBD acts as a kick starter for these cannabinoids to keep the receptors working at optimal capacity and to help the functions of the body’s central regulatory system.

Despite its lack of psychoactive components, (cannabis’ THC feel-good benefits), CBD when taken internally has a similar effect — just without the high.

What Does CBD Feel Like?

The result when ingested orally is described by many as a wave of relief or relaxation that can be felt throughout the whole body. Topical application results in a near instantaneous reduction in swelling, pain and discomfort.

You won’t feel anything out of the ordinary, until you subtly realize that your pain has diminished, your anxiety has melted, or your depression has lifted.

Depression, anxiety, insomnia and chronic pain are the top 4 medical conditions treated by CBD. Other conditions treated by CBD as reported by doctors are muscle tension, migraines, menstrual cramps, skin concerns, diabetes, PTSD, ADHD and stomach issues.

Here’s what happens in your body when you start using CBD oil…

CBD Versus Medicine

CBD has the ability to naturally relax your mind and body, activating the body’s natural healing system. This is especially important if you suffer from insomnia.

When it comes to pain management, opioids damage receptors in the brain and are very addictive. As reported on CNN’s “Weed 4 Pot vs Pills”, studies have proven CBD relieves pain, normalizes the brain and repairs damage caused by opioids.

The opioid crisis has become a huge epidemic and people are losing their lives every day. In fact, more than 70,000 people died from a drug overdose in 2018, prompting the Department of Health and Human Services to declare a public health emergency.

The good news is, people all over the world are now discovering CBD to be a safe and effective alternative to medication.

In a poll of 2400 CBD users, 69% of people said CBD was more effective than medicine and 42% said they would replace their medicine.

In January of 2019, Consumer Reports surveyed over 4000 CBD users nationwide to find out how it’s changing their lives. The survey found that most of those who tried CBD reported that it was effective, especially among those who used CBD for anxiety.

Doctors Find CBD Extremely Effective

Doctors have reported eight out of ten patients found CBD to work either extremely effectively or very effectively against their various conditions.

Dr. Allan Zubkin discusses the most common uses of CBD for his patients…

CBD and Celebrities

As an increasing number of Hollywood Celebrities discuss their use of CBD, more and more attention from the mainstream media is now focusing on what CBD is and the depth of its potential uses.

Jennifer Aniston has become the latest of high profile celebrities to speak out in favor of CBD, revealing her use of the supplement in a recent interview with US weekly. The former Friends actress stated “CBD helps with pain, stress, and anxiety. It has all the benefits of cannabis, but without the high.”

Olivia Wilde and Jessica Seinfeld have raved about the pros of topical CBD. Wilde told The New York Times, “My body was wrecked. My neck was really tight. The CBD has relaxing benefits, and the idea is to avoid using too many painkillers.”

Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease when he was 29-years-old. “If there is anything working with CBD oil has shown me, it’s that there is always hope. Even for the hopeless,” said Fox.

With more and more high-profile users of CBD now coming forward, we can expect further celebrities to reveal their support and usage of CBD as a safe alternative to medicine.

How To Find The Best CBD Oil

When making your decision to buy CBD, it’s important to know that not all CBD claims are as they seem. There are over 8000 CBD companies and unfortunately some of them are out to make a quick buck.

From deceptive advertising to using synthetic CBD made in a lab, it’s hard to know who to trust.

On CNN’s “Weed 5: The CBD Craze”, Consumer Reports exposed retail CBD products that are made with synthetic CBD and other dangerous drugs.

Furthermore, stay away from CBD companies who make medical claims about their CBD product to treat any medical condition or symptom. Doing so is a violation of the FDA’s guidelines.

The FDA does tests on CBD products for sale online and publicly release warning letters to those companies who have failed to meet their claims.

Although CBD is safe and effective, there are many fake and synthetic products on the market.

The most important thing to remember is to purchase CBD from a certified company. Also, make sure that the company uses the highest quality raw materials and their products are produced with organic methods.