How to talk to your doctor about CBD

How To Talk To Your Doctor About CBD

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Is CBD a Medicine?

CBD is a drug, and drugs are regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), but that doesn’t make talking with your primary care or specialist physician any easier. Less than 2% of all practicing medical doctors in the US did not learn anything about cannabis (aka, cannabinoids) while in medical school. And because doctors are increasingly over-worked (ie, busy) they are less likely to take a peer-conducted medical educational course. Hence, is it any wonder that many patients know more about CBD (or cannabis/THC) than their own physician, or simple are unsure how to talk to their doctor about CBD.

CBD containing products have become increasingly popular over the last few years. There are many options to choose from, and with that comes many questions. WHAT IS CBD. WHAT ARE ITS USES ?Should you be using a specific delivery method for pain? Is edible CBD just as good as CBD vapes? What is the correct dose to administer for your particular needs?

Your doctor may be able to  answer some of the most basic of your CBD questions; such as:  How much do you know about CBD? What are it’s known uses? How might CBD help my health? What prescription drugs interfere with CBD (and vice versa)? 

For your own benefit, do not be shy or intimidated about asking your doctor every question you need answered — that you haven’t already researched on your own. Your own doctor should know that you take CBD because the more they know, the better they can keep you healthy.  

Isn’t CBD Still Taboo?

You might be worried that talking about CBD with your doctor is still taboo or that CBD is not legal. The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp-derived CBD on a federal level. The exact specification is that the hemp plant from which CBD is derived must contain less than 0.3% THC (which is such a tiny amount). Simultaneously to the passing of the Farm Bill, the FDA removed CBD from its list of Schedule 1 list of controlled substances, making it federally legal; although South Dakota, Nebraska and Idaho still forbid any physical store in its state from selling any CBD with THC in it. 

Is It Worth To Ask About CBD?

As we mentioned before, CBD has become increasingly popular over the last few years. And there is a good reason for that! More and more people are turning to CBD as a natural support mechanism for various health concerns. 

CBD could help with pain, inflammation, insomnia, mood disorders, immune support, and more. CBD is believed to interact with the body’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS). This system’s sole purpose is to keep homeostasis in the body. ECS aims to maintain things like the immune and nervous systems and make sure they run smoothly. 

ECS uses endocannabinoids to send messages through its extensive network of receptors in the body and brain. CBD is similar to endocannabinoids, so supplying the ECS with an additional supply is believed to increase it’s working potential. 

Some people choose to add CBD to their existing treatment programs. Others supplement with CBD to support their overall well being. Whatever the need may be, your doctor is a great resource to figure out in what capacity CBD can be beneficial in your life.  

What Are Your Needs?

Before heading to the doctor’s office, it is generally a good idea to know what you’d like to discuss. To prepare for this, consider making a list of health-related concerns as well as areas in your life you’d like to improve.

For example, are you mainly concerned with chronic pain or inflammation? Or are you looking for support with your sleep and mental clarity? There are different types of CBD administering. Your doctor can help you choose the best option when you have a clear idea of what you need. 

For example, CBD topicals are best for delivering quick pain relief. When applied to the skin, CBD immediately bonds to ECS’s  CB1 and CB2 receptors located on the surface. This way, CBD starts providing immediate pain relief to the target area. 

If you, on the other hand, are looking for help with anxiety, CBD vapes might be your best bet. Inhaling CBD is one of the quickest ways of getting it to your brain. So if you want almost instant support for your nerves, this could be the right method. 

There are also CBD edibles, tinctures, and beverages. These are considered suitable for a slow but steady CBD delivery. You won’t get quick results, but CBD will stay in your system for longer, providing lasting support. 

Don’t Get Discouraged

CBD is still relatively new to Western medicine. And although there is a substantial amount of research that points to CBD’s beneficial properties, some doctors may not be aware or open to recommending CBD to their patients. 

This does not mean you are out of options. Getting a second opinion is always available to you. In fact, it is often recommended to get a second opinion when it comes to health matters. 

Many health professionals will be able to discuss CBD and its benefits with you openly. Some may recommend using CBD as a supplement, while others may choose to incorporate CBD into your existing treatment plan. Whatever route you choose, it is important to remember that ultimately your health is in your hands. And you can decide to use all options available to you!

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