Cannabis as a health supplement

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There are several health supplements in the market today but our focus is on cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD). Access to medicinal cannabis is available only as prescribed by a specialist doctor, however, cannabidiol (CBD) which happens to be less contentious is easily found in local health stores and is rapidly taking over as one of the most popular supplements.

The supplement is made from hemp plants with a broad array of intended benefits for health and wellbeing. It relieves joint pains due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components and other dysfunctions to promote better sleep, relaxation, and reduces stress.

CBD has an immediate impact on the brain receptors to lessen the perception of pain and to improve mood. It’s also effective for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety. CBD is highly sought-after as a treatment for insomnia as it enhances sleep.

It is recommended to start at a slow pace and gradually increase the intake of CBD as required. A dose of a 6.4mg taken a maximum of three times a day or 15mg taken a maximum of twice a day is recommended for general wellbeing according to Dr. Brewer. It’s important to check the advice on dosage as stipulated by your chosen CBD supplement as it varies.

You may get your CBD ‘fix’ in many different ways. CBD oil, capsules and powders are means to get the supplement into your system. Dr. Brewer believes Healthspan’s CBD oil is derived from industrial hemp plants cultivated in Europe without pesticides, purified, independently tested to verify they are non-GMO and certified to contain some detectable amounts of psychoactive components such as THC. She further states that slight elements of THC would have no impact on your physical or mental wellbeing.

Healthspan is a member of Cannabis Trades Association UK, an organization that ascertain the legal and ethical CBD trading standards and give certification at the point of sale while displaying the real CBD and THC testing levels.

New launches abound, and recently Lloyds Pharmacy’s Celtic Wind Crops Multi-Complex range of CBD products happens to stand out. You can add CBD capsules, £74.99, and CBD powder, £64.99 to smoothies, porridge, and cereals. It also includes 5% strength CBD oils £19.99 for 10ml and £79.99 for 30ml.

Purephyto is another product that has a huge following due to its potent effect on reducing body pains. There are several endorsements of the product from Billy Joe Saunders world champion boxer and Kywan Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champion.

Dr. Brewer observes that CBD works well with the body’s system across different dosages (up to 200mg per day taken orally). Nevertheless, there are some reported side effects like low blood pressure, drowsiness, and dry mouth which are rare. The report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on CBD confirms it has a good safety profile for wellbeing.

Care should be applied when making use of CBD as it may conflict with some prescribed medications. Dr. Brewer explains that CBD interferes with liver enzymes involved in breaking down the supplement. Hence, it reduces how some drugs are metabolised within the body which results in side-effects. It’s necessary to get approval from a doctor before taking CBD while on any prescribed drugs. You could also check with drugs.com as the website has an online drug interactions checker. Furthermore, you should avoid taking CBD if your medicine interacts with grapefruit juice. These are some safety measures to ensure you have a good experience while taking CBD for your wellbeing.

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