CBD Education

CBD, or Cannabidiol is a chemical compound found in the Cannabis plant.  Unlike THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects or have any addictive properties.  

CBD works with the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) to have a positive effect on our immune system and overall cell function.

The ECS regulates the body's homeostasis, or general state of balance, impacting such functions as mood, sleep, appetite, hormone, regulation, pain, and immune response. 

Potential uses and benefits of CBD:

  • Pain

  • Memory

  • Appetite

  • Mood

  • Immune Response

  • Sleep

  • Anxiety

CBD comes in many forms and can be used in many different ways. 

Ask one of our pharmacists what form is best for you.

Potential side effects of CBD:

  • Decreased Appetite/weight loss

  • Dizziness

  • Drowsiness

  • Fatigue

  • Diarrhea

  • Rash

  • Liver Injury (at very high doses)

Not all CBD is created equally.  When considering to purchase and use CBD, be very diligent in making sure you are getting the best product for you.  CBD can be evaluated for quality and purity standards, always make sure you know exactly how much CBD is in your product and what else is in your product.  All reputable CBD manufactures should be performing 3rd party lab tests to demonstrate the purity and quality of their products.  Do not buy a CBD product without being able to access the Certificate of Analysis performed by a 3rd party lab. 

References:

  1. Shannon, Scott, et al. “Cannabidiol in Anxiety and Sleep: A Large Case Series.” The Permanente Journal - Kaiser Permanente -, 2019.

  2. Product information for Epidiolex. Greenwich Biosciences. Carlsbad, CA 92008. June 2018.

  3. Product monograph for Sativex. Bayer. Mississauga, ON L4W 5R6. March 2015.

  4. Hill KP. Medical marijuana for treatment of chronic pain and other medical and psychiatric problems: a clinical review. JAMA 2015;313:2474-83.

  5. Ward, Sara Jane, et al. “Cannabidiol Inhibits Paclitaxel-Induced Neuropathic Pain through 5-HT(1A) Receptors without Diminishing Nervous System Function or Chemotherapy Efficacy.” British Journal of Pharmacology, British Journal of Pharmacology, Feb. 2014.

  6. Product information for Epidiolex. Greenwich Biosciences. Carlsbad, CA 92008. June 2018.

  7. Friedman, Scott, and Jack Douglas Jr. “CBD Arrests Flying High at DFW Airport.” NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth, 26 Apr. 2019, www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/Traveling-With-CBD-Could-Land-You-in-Jail-509075341.html.

  8. Hudak, John. “The Farm Bill, Hemp Legalization and the Status of CBD: An Explainer.” Brookings, Brookings, 13 Dec. 2018, www.brookings.edu/blog/fixgov/2018/12/14/the-farm-bill-hemp-and-cbd-explainer/.

  9. Russo, Ethan B. “The Case for the Entourage Effect and Conventional Breeding of Clinical Cannabis: No ‘Strain," No Gain.” Frontiers in Plant Science, Frontiers Media S.A., 9 Jan. 2019