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8 Myths About CBD and Its Medicinal Benefits
By Andrea Carr, Best Health Magazine Canada, March 13th, 2019



What to know about CBD for pain and anxiety
Long before cannabis became legal for recreational use in Canada, it was prescribed by physicians to treat the symptoms of chronically ill individuals—including cancer patients who wished to relieve nausea from chemotherapy. Thanks to legalization, more research will be conducted into the many additional medicinal benefits of cannabidiol (a.k.a. CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the two most well-known cannabinoids out of over 100 identified cannabis compounds. For now, medical cannabis—particularly CBD-dominant strains—is commonly used to treat ’anxiety, pain, appetite loss, nausea and vomiting, sleep disorders and seizures,’ says Dr. Hance Clarke, Director of Pain Services at Toronto General Hospital and member of the Shoppers Drug Mart Advisory Board on Medical Cannabis. ’It’s also commonly prescribed for inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis,’ says Ilana Platt, PhD, Vice President of Innovation & Global Regulatory Affairs at CannTrust, and may even affect the progression of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).

While it’s possible that medical marijuana could be the right treatment for you and your symptoms, it’s time to familiarize yourself with eight common misconceptions about CBD before you go running to your doctor.



Myth #1: CBD has therapeutic benefits and THC does not.
’Many people assume that CBD has therapeutic benefits and that THC is for getting ‘high,’’ says Platt. ’But THC has as much medicinal value as CBD, and combined they can help patients with common issues such as chronic pain and insomnia.’ Many CBD-dominant strains of cannabis also contain some THC.


Myth #2: CBD is non-psychoactive.
While it’s true that THC produces the euphoric effect generally associated with getting high, ’CBD has psychoactive effects as well,’ says Platt. CBD impacts mood and can be effective for treating depression and anxiety, so it does affect the user’s mental state—meaning it should be considered a psychoactive compound.


Myth #3: CBD is a sedative.
Though CBD can be used to treat insomnia, it’s not actually a sedative. Instead, CBD helps to regulate the body’s stress responses and alleviate anxiety, which means a user will be better able to sleep at night. In small doses, CBD may even increase alertness and reduce daytime sleepiness.


Myth #4: CBD is safe for anyone over the legal age limit.
Many people could potentially benefit from CBD’s medicinal properties, but medical cannabis still ’may not be appropriate for those with a history of psychosis, psychiatric disorders and adolescent or developing brains,’ says Dr. Clarke. ’Other factors to consider include severe cardiovascular disease, liver disease or kidney disease.’ It’s important to work with a healthcare professional to identify if medical cannabis is the right treatment for you.


Myth #5: CBD is for adults only.
Cannabis use is generally not recommended for adolescents, but it is sometimes prescribed by physicians for children suffering seizures due to epilepsy. ’We have children using half a bottle of high-dose CBD per day,’ says Platt.


Myth #6: All forms of CBD will affect the user in the same way.
Mode of consumption matters. ’For immediate relief, inhaling is more effective,’ says Dr. Clarke. ’However, for ongoing chronic therapy, oils and capsules provide a more sustained level of symptom of relief, while also preventing the possible negative consequences of smoking.’ In April, legislation will come through that will allow producers to develop edible cannabis items such as gummies, chocolates and beverages, says Platt, meaning consumers will be able to choose from even more well-regulated forms of cannabis.


Myth #7: Higher dosing means greater therapeutic benefits.
The dosage of CBD that your body requires can depend on a wide variety of factors, from your age to the condition you’re trying to treat. For certain conditions, using more than the necessary dose may even result in the CBD becoming less effective, not more. Listen to your physician and follow the general rule of ’start low and go slow,’ says Platt, whether you’re using cannabis recreationally or for medicinal purposes, and ’wait at least 4 hours before taking a second dose,’ she says. ’Daily dosage is generally divided into three or four administrations, or one dose before bedtime.’


Myth #8: Now that cannabis is legal in Canada, everyone has access to CBD for medicinal use.
’All licensed producers must adhere to good production practices as outlined in the Health Canada regulations,’ says Platt, which means you can be sure that you’re purchasing a quality product—whether CBD-dominant or not—if you buy from a licensed cannabis producer. That said, ’medical cannabis is specifically authorized by health-care practitioners to treat a variety of conditions,’ says Dr. Clarke. ’To access medical cannabis, patients need a medical document from their healthcare practitioner, similar to a prescription. If you self-medicate with recreational cannabis products, you may not know your correct dose or what factors might influence your reaction to the treatment, which can result in unwanted negative side effects.’

If you think CBD could provide relief for anxiety, chronic pain, inflammatory diseases or any other condition you may suffer, your next step is to talk to a healthcare practitioner. If you live in Ontario, you may wish to then visit shoppersdrugmart.ca/cannabis or visit your local Shoppers Drug Mart to get referred to a specialized cannabis care advisor who can help you find the cannabis brand, strain and format that will work best for your needs.
 

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I agree tren! Iv never taken it myself but i had a pretty little roommate with depression, helped her work threw it and when she was ready to come off the anti depressants was having issues with withdrawls. Took her to the city grabbed some cbd and it she dropped all the meds easier. When she moved out she was running everyday and he energy levels were back. It was a beautiful sight to behold!

Nice post!
 

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I never considered CBD psychoactive simply because it lacked sedation qualities... I dunno how they gauge psychoactivity but I barely even got a response to symptoms of stress or anxiety - it helps with physical pain and inflammation tho... just goes to show you people react differently to these compounds just as much as they do to alcohol, caffeine, SSRI’s, steroids, etc either in major ways or minor ways
 
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CBD didn't worked for my back pain, ive tried all forms, but high thc did, but like all things you use for a period of time you need more for it to work. I ended up giving up on it due to the amounts I had to take. Same with opiods or othe pain meds. They're a tool, a vicious one wich you can fall on it if you're not careful.
 
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CBD does squat all for me. No matter the dosage.
I can get high as a kite on THC but then the paranoia and dry mouth come along with it.
Not a fan of any of it personally.
My wife loves the stuff though.
 

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I’ve had an rx for medical cannabis for the past 6 years and always use strains high in Cbd(10-12%) and low thc(5-6%). My reasonings been shoulder pain and insomnia (no i don’t take tren) and has aided me greatly! I’m not dependant on it but would rather take a low dose thc/cbd cap(10mg) instead of taking a sleeping pill or an Advil for minor aches.
 

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I’ve had an rx for medical cannabis for the past 6 years and always use strains high in Cbd(10-12%) and low thc(5-6%). My reasonings been shoulder pain and insomnia (no i don’t take tren) and has aided me greatly! I’m not dependant on it but would rather take a low dose thc/cbd cap(10mg) instead of taking a sleeping pill or an Advil for minor aches.

What also works great for sleep is melatonin, but if you abuse it youll lose it lol the receptors will give up.
 

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CBD does squat all for me. No matter the dosage.
I can get high as a kite on THC but then the paranoia and dry mouth come along with it.
Not a fan of any of it personally.
My wife loves the stuff though.

Haha i got 30mg thc oil and figured my dropper was about 1ml, took one waited an hour felt nothing so i took a second. Turns out my dropper is about 5ml, wanna talk dry mouth?? Haha it was lile my mind was some hormone free enlightened spirit and i spent like 8 hours judging my actions!😂😥🙂
 
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Haha i got 30mg thc oil and figured my dropper was about 1ml, took one waited an hour felt nothing so i took a second. Turns out my dropper is about 5ml, wanna talk dry mouth?? Haha it was lile my mind was some hormone free enlightened spirit and i spent like 8 hours judging my actions!😂😥🙂
Lol that’s hilarious. I had a similar experience the last time I had edibles a couple years ago. Bought some cookies at 420 Vancouver and went home and ate one. It was delicious so I ate the rest (stupidly, as I definitely know better cuz this wasn’t my first rodeo). Fell asleep before feeling high and woke up 5 hours later just trippin out like I was on shrooms or something, only not as insane, of course. Ultimately an unenjoyable experience and made me lose interest in eating my dope.
 

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What drives me crazy about cannabis is situations like the nfl, if any of yall ever played serious football for a few years knows what concussions are all about. It was the reason i quit, i hadto withstand 20+ team members calling me and parental pressure for months.

But i told them i had head aches and tunnel vision, even a doctor told me i was fine.. but i knew different.

But these leagues are more than happy to prescribe these poor bastards with unlimited opiates, some guys even get epidurals before games for fuck sakes.

Yet if they light up a joint like micheal irving did threw his career they are run off and out of the league. It really makes you wonder if all these studies are manipulated by big pharma so they can keep control??
 
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