Since the US Farm Act of 2018, cannabidiol (CBD) infused health and wellness products became popular among users. This is due to their therapeutic effects that are useful for treating the symptoms of a myriad of ailments. In this article, we will discuss in detail why cannabidiol is a better alternative to pharmaceutical medicines.
CBD As Natural Medicine
The major reason people are using CBD products for treating ailments is due to their natural appeal. Legally available products are made using the extracts of hemp plant parts like flowers, buds, and leaves. Bear in mind that cannabinoids like CBD and THC produce their effects by stimulating the ECS. Also, cannabidiol has no psychotropic effects, and it is well tolerated by human beings. Furthermore, there are no side-effects at normal doses and there are no known cases of fatalities due to overdosing. Due to these reasons, cannabidiol (CBD) is considered safer than pharmaceutical drugs like painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications.
The Problem With Modern Pharmaceutical Drugs
Many of the modern pharmaceutical drugs used for treating ailments have undesirable side-effects. For instance, opioid painkillers when used for a prolonged period results in addiction. Likewise, anti-inflammatory drugs cause side-effects like diarrhea, headaches, stomach aches, drowsiness, etc. The other common undesirable effects of pharmaceutical drugs are reduced blood pressure, vomiting, allergic reactions, and palpitation.
CBD Uses For Treating Ailments
The two major therapeutic effects of CBD are its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. For this, it can be ingested in the form of oils, tinctures, or edibles. For those who want quick relief from ailments like chronic pain, CBD can be inhaled using a vape pen.
The effectiveness of cannabidiol (CBD) depends on the method of using it. Inhaling its vapors gives the quickest effect because it directly enters the bloodstream via the lungs. Consuming CBD oil sublingually has the second-fastest onset time as cannabidiol reaches the bloodstream through the sublingual gland. These two methods give higher CBD bioavailability as they bypass the first-pass metabolism. Finally, oral consumption of cannabidiol has the longest onset time as it must pass through the gastrointestinal tract to be absorbed. Moreover, in this method, the bioavailability of CBD is low due to the first-pass effect.
Cannabidiol manufactures are conducting more research to identify potential CBD uses so that it can be used as an effective alternative to many modern pharmaceutical medications.