This is one of the hottest topics of interest right now, and there’s likely some questions you still have regarding the use of cannabidiol (CBD). Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to the use of any medically approved, or holistic substance meant to aid in improving one’s health.

“CBD is the secondary cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. This compound is non-psychoactive and has been gaining popularity over the years,” says Justin Whitehall, Clinic Director for Avail Cannabis Corp in Barrie.

The availability of CBD allows consumers to receive the benefits of the plant without the high. “CBD can be found in various forms, but most commonly in an oil or gel cap here in Canada due to government regulations. You’ll shortly find CBD in other formats across the country as Health Canada licenced producers have finally been given the green light to distribute additional products,” informs Whitehall.

It’s extremely important to ensure you’re getting the purist form of CBD from a Health Canada licensed producer, says Whitehall. “There’s a debate within the industry as to whether CBD products derived from hemp, or the natural cannabis plant are more beneficial. We’d always recommend for the CBD to be derived from the natural cannabis plant as it has been proven to be more potent and medically beneficial.”

So, what are the health benefits of CBD oil? Some of the possible therapeutic effects of CBD aid in pain relief, alleviate cancer related symptoms, decrease episodes of epilepsy, aid in quitting smoking, ease neurological disorders, or help with heart health. “Patients are most commonly consuming CBD oil or gel caps to reduce inflammation and anxiety during the daytime. In some cases, it can also be recommended for sleep, but THC is more helpful for providing a better sleep in our opinion,” says Whitehall.

“THC is responsible for the way your brain and body respond to cannabis, including the high and intoxication. THC has some therapeutic effects, but it also has harmful effects. Harmful effects may be greater when the strength of THC is higher,” according to Health Canada.

Make sure you purchase CBD oil or gel caps through a regulated channel, prescription, or provincially regulated retailer of recreational cannabis, suggests Whitehall.

“The only companies allowed to distribute CBD products in Canada are Health Canada licenced producers who distribute directly to patients, plus provincially regulated recreational retailers, and the specific product would include a cannabis excise stamp. Be careful of unregulated CBD products being sold in corner stores as those products have not been tested and are not regulated in any way. All of those products have been either illegally imported into the country, or manufactured here illegally and are derived from hemp.”

You also need to be aware of how CBD oil might interact with other medications. “CBD can potentially cause interactions with some common medications such as warfarin. It can cause the warfarin to become more active, and in a worst-case scenario, become toxic or cause other dangerous problems. Also, CBD can potentially have negative reactions with Benzodiazepines, which are commonly used to treat anxiety. With benzos, it is increased sedation or drowsiness that you have to watch for because high CBD oil is commonly recommended for the daytime due to its little to no psychoactive effects. This could potentially cause some concern for any novice consumers that operate motor vehicles, or heavy machinery during the day,” advises Whitehall.

Always speak with your healthcare professional before trying CBD products. Continue to educate yourself, and ask a lot of questions to ensure you understand CBD in its entirety including the benefits and risks.
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Avail Cannabis & Medical Clinics

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