CBD research hasn’t quite caught up to the compound’s rapid rise in popularity. Experimentation in the lab is just beginning, putting consumers in the awkward position of knowing that the compound produces powerful therapeutic effects that remain shrouded in mystery.
Now that legalization is in full force and CBD is primed to become one of the largest industries in the U.S., it’s the perfect time for researchers to answer some of the most pressing questions about the compound. Here are four of the most popular ones.
How can we calculate the right dose of CBD?
One of the biggest questions that plague CBD users is finding the right dosage in order to treat whatever is ailing them. There’s not much data or research on CBD available, making people rely on an estimate of how much they should consume with no consideration for their body type and experience with the drug. As long as there’s no data, there can be no accurate way of obtaining the right dosage, and people will continue to use trial and error as a way of self-medicating.
Does CBD’s consumption method have some effect?
One of the best aspects of medical marijuana is the variety of consumption methods, which affect ailments in different ways. For example, for the treatment of muscle pains many doctors and experts recommend transdermal patches, which target the area more accurately over smoking flower. There’s no such knowledge on CBD, which can be vaped or consumed in an edible with no apparent difference for the pain or ailment that’s bothering people.
Does CBD interact with other cannabinoids?
Cannabis compounds have a way of interacting with each other, altering the effect on our endocannabinoid system. While some studies say that, when consumed together, CBD makes THC less psychoactive and more therapeutic, not much else is known about it’s effect with other compounds. The few CBD studies that are being conducted tend to isolate the product. There’s also the fact that many companies are trying to sell it on their own as a wellness or beauty product, separating it from cannabis (mainly THC) and the possible controversies that surround it.
What are CBD’s real therapeutic effects?
CBD is advertised as a sort of cure all medicine, which is great, but leaves us with a lot of questions and room for companies to take advantage of people and their lack of information. By labeling it a miracle drug, information about CBD remains vague and easy to manipulate. Once more research and data is acquired, users may finally learn CBD’s real properties and its true therapeutic capabilities.