Lately I Have Been Getting Many Questions on What is the Best CBD or Cannabidiol
As is well known, Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound derived usually from the hemp plant and is marketed as a supplement. CBD has been shown to reduce the frequency of certain types of seizures, and it may also help with sleep, anxiety, schizophrenia and many other conditions. It is important to note that all of these studies have involved large doses. There are many types of CBD out there, so I went to Consumer Labs and got some answers. Also, refer to the last CBD article I wrote on Floyd’s of Leadville.
What is CBD?
CBD is a precursor to cannabinoid compounds that are found in hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not believed to be a psychoactive compound affecting perception and behavior. So, CBD will not get you high, that is what THC does.
How much does CBD cost?
The Consumer Labs report found that a 10 mg dose of CBD ranged from as little as $.80 to as much as $4.50. This is a huge range, so it pays off to do your research. It is important to look for products that list the amount of CBD per serving. Many products contain some amount of CBD but you will not know exactly how much. Likewise some products may have significant amounts of CBD if they list “cannabidiol extract” as an ingredient but don’t expect much CBD if “hemp oil” is the only ingredient.
How much to take and when?
As stated before most of the research with CBD has involved high doses. Most CBD products are marketed at a lower dose and it is not clear if this dosing is effective. Nevertheless, to increase CBD absorption from the human gastrointestinal system take CBD with or shortly after a fatty meal. Think of a salad with copious amounts of olive oil, a meal with sardines are oysters or salmon, a rib-eye steak, coffee with full fat cream, or a handful of macadamia nuts will do the trick.
CBD for seizures
Much of the research with CBD has focused on the reduction of certain types of seizures. Most of this research involves taking 20 mg of CBD per kilogram of body weight, i.e., hundreds of milligrams to reduce the frequency of convulsions. CBD has been cleared by the FDA to help rare forms of epilepsy in children and young adults, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. It is important to note that these higher doses can sometimes result in a higher rate of adverse effects including diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, and abnormal results on liver function tests. Realize most of these studies are very recent and are short-term.
CBD for anxiety
There are many animal studies as well as some small human studies that suggest CBD may help to reduce anxiety. For example, a small study in young healthy men found that a single 400 mg dose of CBD reduced self-reported anxiety. Patients took 400 mg dose of CBD in a capsule and reported the affects one hour after ingestion compared to a placebo. These men reported they reduced level of anxiety but also increased feelings of mental sedation. Another study found that CBD reduced anxiety associated with social speaking when taken 90 minutes before the event. Finally, a recent Brazilian study found that 300 mg of CBD taken approximately 90 minutes before the event reduced self-reported anxiety. But they noted a lower dose of 150 mg did not reduce anxiety.
CBD for sleep
There are many studies on using CBD to help insomnia or difficulty sleeping. In one study, 27 healthy men and women (with no history of sleep disorders) took a 300 mg dose of CBD 30 minutes before bedtime. In this study CBD had no effect on the amount of time it took to go to sleep or any effect on the amount of time in REM sleep. That being said, I and many other doctors have had many patients who have reported better sleep with CBD, but the studies are ongoing.
CBD for pets
This is a particularly popular subject. In some studies, the dose of CBD is about 2 mg per kilogram of body weight. It should be noted that CBD made specifically for pets is typically much more expensive than that found in humans. It is hard to distinguish what the differences are exactly, except that the pet product may not have to have a GRAS certification, or Generally Recognized As Safe. It is probably safe to assume that CBD for humans would be fine for pets, official disclaimer: check with your veterinarian.
What is the cost of CBD per 10 mg?
Consumer Labs tested 9 products found the range as low as $.80 per 10 mg up to $4.54 per 10 mg. It seems that the Elixinol hemp oil plus coconut extract is only $.80 per 10 mg. PrimeMyBody nano enhanced hemp oil was $2.94 per 10 mg. The Plus brand evened out at $1.02 per 10 mg. With this large variation it is best to do your homework and purchase the most reasonable cost for CBD extract to fit your needs.
Can CBD cause a positive drug test at work?
It would seem unlikely that such a small amount of THC found in CBD hemp derived products would cause a positive result for drug tests for THC. The drug tests are testing specifically for THC and not CBD. In studies, consuming hemp oil providing a daily dose of THC less than 0.6 mg has generally not resulted in a positive test on standard drug test (using a 50 ng/mL limit), although there is some variation among individuals. In some studies, as little as 0.39 mg of THC per day resulted in a positive test. CBD supplements can potentially contain enough THC to cause positive drug test for marijuana. For example, to get 0.6 mg of THC, you would have to consume about 8 tablespoons of hemp oil or 300 grams of hemp seeds. Due to these possibilities, this is why some branches of the military and other organizations forbid the use of any hemp-based products. Interestingly, the world anti-doping agency announced in 2018 that cannabidiol or CBD is no longer prohibited but cautioned that CBD extracted from marijuana may contain varying concentrations of THC, which is a prohibited substance.
To Your Health
This information is only provided for informational purposes only. I do not endorse any product and is and not meant to substitute for advice that may be provided by your physician or any other healthcare professional. The information contained in this post should not be used for diagnosing or treating help problems or disease. Always tell your doctor of what supplements you are taking.