How to make the switch from prescriptions to CBD products

Published May 30, 2019 01:16 p.m. ET
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By now, almost everyone has heard of at least some of the benefits that can be obtained by using CBD products. In a world where healthier trends like vaping, holistic health practices, and clean eating, it makes sense that so many have considered the possibilities of using CBD oil instead of more traditional pharmaceutical options, but most have no idea that it would take to even begin such a journey. Unfortunately, this lack of knowledge can potentially lead to some dangerous situations, so it’s crucial to diligently research before venturing out on your own to self-medicate. This here is an essential guide to help anyone who might be interested in using CBD products to treat medical conditions that are currently managed with prescriptions.

1. Find a doctor who supports you

Chances are if you are already on a prescription medication than you likely have a doctor as well. Unfortunately, not all family physicians are convinced that CBD has any therapeutic value at all, so it is often struggled to find this type of support. If you are in the middle of an ongoing treatment for a medical condition, then it is critical that you seek out a doctor who is willing to respect your wishes. This is necessary to facilitate a smooth transition either off current pharmaceutical medications or onto CBD products. A healthcare practitioner that is knowledgeable on CBD use is preferred since some medicines can be adversely affected in one way or another by the element.

2. Settle on a method of consumption

A lot of people think that using CBD means having to smoke cannabis or other derivatives of the plant, but that isn’t necessarily true. Most CBD oil is a byproduct of hemp plants that contain little to no THC, which is the psychoactive substance that some would prefer to avoid. There are so many options to choose from when selecting CBD products, that it can be hard to choose just one! Below you will find a list of CBD products and how they are most often used.

CBD oil

CBD oil can be either smoked or taken orally. Sometimes it is ingested purely in capsules or in CBD edibles, and others it is rubbed directly onto the gums or placed underneath the tongue to dissolve. Only the methods of smoking or vaping require some sort of device to consume CBD oil.

CBD vape oil

Pure CBD oil can be made into vape oil by adding another liquid that allows vaporizers to use them effectively, but most people who like to vape CBD prefer pre-filled CBD cartridges which may require a specific vape pen.

CBD edibles

CBD edibles can come in many different shapes and forms. Everything from your favorite candy to the most elegant dinner meat you can think of can easily be made with CBD oil. Unfortunately, premade CBD edibles tend to come in a limited variety that is mostly sweets, but you can make your own at home with pure CBD oil with no trouble at all. This is the healthiest way to ingest CBD and often thought to be the most enjoyable.

Cannabis strains

Though many CBD products are made by extracting the CBD oil from hemp plants, there are many high CBD strains of cannabis to choose from. Since hemp plants do not produce flowers, this will be your only option is smoking is your preferred method of consumption. Smoking cannabis flowers can be done with many different devices, including rolling papers, pipes, bongs, and vaporizers. They can also be processed into concentrates which allows for a higher dosed hit.

CBD topicals

CBD topicals do not generally require any tools to use. They are meant to work topically and are only partially absorbed into the bloodstream. Therefore, CBD skin products come in such high concentrations but are also a popular choice amongst those with area-specific issues like pain or inflammation.

3. Find a reliable source

Even in regions where cannabis remains illegal, CBD products like CBD oil are easy to access and highly regulated. Though it might seem tempting to make your CBD products, it is challenging to get specific dosing that is the same for each batch of goodies, but both are feasible options. The most important thing is to be sure of the CBD products purity and consistency, which can be verified by third party testing.

4. Start at a small dose of CBD oil, and slowly work your way up until the desired results are achieved

CBD will generally take anywhere from several hours to several days to show results, so it’s impossible to tell whether a dose is enough immediately. It is always recommended to start at the lowest dose possible, and slowly up the amount of CBD take or used every three to seven days.

5. Do not ever entirely or abruptly stop a prescription medication without a doctor’s supervision of your progress

Doing so may put you and others around you at risk and should never be considered in people with moderate to severe symptoms, or who are on addictive prescription medications like opioids.

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Benefits of CBD oil

Thanks to several decades of cannabis research, we now know that there are some issues that CBD products have proven effective at treating.

  • Antimicrobial (bacteria and fungi)
  • Anti-viral (common colds)
  • Anti-inflammatory (swelling and inflammation)
  • Anti-depressant (depression and other mood-related issues)
  • Analgesic (pain)
  • Brain stimulant
  • Anti-cancer (cancerous growths and tumors)
  • Migraines (pressure)
  • Antispastic (seizures)

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