What is CBD and four ways to consume it.

Interest in medical marijuana has grown in the last decade. Since 2016 the Australian Federal Government legalised access to medicinal cannabis and made it possible for a registered medical doctor to prescribe it. Cannabis plant extracts like CBD have shown significant benefits in treating anxiety, sleep disorders, sports injuries, loss of appetite and many others. Learn today about the different ways in which you can consume CBD to benefit your health, naturally.

What is Cannabidiol (CBD)?

It’s an active compound present in the Cannabis plant that is non-psychoactive which has shown overtime to have medical benefits when used for treating patients suffering from anxiety, sleep disorders, sports injuries, loss of appetite, addiction and others

Medicinal cannabis has been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety and sleep. Research suggests that increasing serotonin levels can help treat anxiety. An article on Neurotherapeutics titled “Cannabidiol as a Potential Treatment for Anxiety Disorders" states that there is “existing preclinical evidence that strongly supports the potential of CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders".

When it comes to tackling opioid addiction, for instance, CBD "influences the relapse phase of opioid addiction by decreasing cue-induced, drug-seeking behaviours" according to a 2015 study titled "Cannabidiol as an Intervention for Addictive Behaviors: A Systematic Review of the Evidence". Simply imagine what a huge impact CBD can potentially have in the life of a recovering addict!

In the results of a 2022 survey of 2,000 U.S. adults it was shown that 60% of those who responded “believe CBD has health and wellness benefits such as improving sleep and relieving pain”. Close to 64% felt that CBD is safer to consume than alcohol. Global perception is shifting.

Now that you have an idea of what CBD is and some of its benefits, we can dive into the ways in which CBD can be taken.

One active compound, many alternatives.

CBD comes to the market of alternative treatments under many guises. It’s versatility, one of its special attributes. Here are 5 of the most common ways CBD is presented:

  • Creams and lotions / While all the alternatives have overlapping benefits, creams and lotions are often used to relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints topically.
  • Capsules and pills / Since each dose of CBD is premeasured, capsules and pills allow for a more consistent dosage than oils, making it easier to monitor and use.
  • Edibles or gummies / Edibles or Gummies offer a premeasured dosage, much like capsules and pills. They come in different flavours and can be fast acting and deliver long lasting effects.
  • Oils and tinctures / Although sometimes people use the term CBD oil to mean both or use them to mean one and the same thing (CBD oil tincture, for instance), don’t be mistaken, oils and tinctures are different. Tinctures are made by soaking the Cannabis plant in alcohol to extract its natural components. Oil, on the other hand, is usually a mix of CBD extract and what is called a carrier oil that serves as a medium, usually coconut oil or olive oil.

Consult with an Authorised Practitioner

You now know some of the benefits CBD can bring to your health naturally and have been introduced to the variety of presentations it has, and like any other medical decision in your life, it’s time to consult with the experts.

At Greencare Clinics we do just that. We have a highly experienced team of doctors and practitioners who provide patients with ongoing support when accessing medical cannabis. We are committed to delivering the best available treatments and plant-based medicines to help patients rebalance their endocannabinoid system (ECS) and achieve optimum health, naturally

Take the first step. Book a consultation with one of our doctors here. We are here to help.