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Okay, What’s Really Going on With CBD?

Misinformation and disinformation have always been around, but they’ve never been so prevalent, nor as readily available, as they have since the start of the internet. Now, it seems, everyone with a keyboard is sharing their opinion, whether it’s grounded in fact or not, and lives are being negatively impacted by all the falsehoods. 


While we’re not exactly qualified to weigh in on whether you should vaccinate your children or vote for a particular presidential candidate, we are qualified to answer at least one concern: what, if anything, do CBD products do for their users?


What We Know


First and foremost, you need to know that CBD has at least one clinically proven application: reducing the frequency and severity of seizures. This is actually why CBD became popular in the first place—conditions that cause seizures in young children are notoriously medication-resistant, and one mother (willing to try anything) found that CBD worked where available medicines didn’t. 


It’s proven so effective that the FDA fast-tracked the development and approval of a new medicine that includes CBD in the formula.


From there, what we’ve learned from the (admittedly limited) research that’s been done about CBD is that it interacts with the brain in non-harmful ways, but doesn’t get you high like marijuana does. 


What We Don’t


Now, a disclaimer: research regarding CBD is still in its early stages. There simply still so much we don’t know about how CBD interacts with the human brain and the human body. And while many of the common claims about CBD have a wealth of anecdotal evidence to back them up, there’s only a few things we can guarantee


Because of the lack of clinical research, we also don’t know what effective dosing is for CBD. And with concentration varying by brand, it can be somewhat difficult to determine a dosage that works for a given person without a fair amount of trial and error. 


What You Can Expect


So, aside from dealing with seizures, is CBD even worth trying? The short answer is “yes.” See, remember that anecdotal evidence we mentioned? Well, there’s a lot of it. A lot. And it’s been resoundingly positive. Now, some claims are well outside the realm of plausibility (like the claim that CBD products can cure cancer). But some—two in particular—are becoming more and more certain.


Once you weed out (no pun intended) all the difficult-to-believe claims, you’re primarily left with two reasonable ones: that CBD helps with chronic pain, and that it helps with relaxation and anxiety relief. These are the two most reported effects reported by users by a wide margin, and there the two that are easiest to support with science.


As mentioned above, we already know that CBD interacts in potentially positive ways with the brain. Early research suggests that the areas of the brain most likely affected are those that deal with pain, and those that deal with fear and stress. In other words, CBD very likely helps manage chronic pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and may even function as a sleep aid


As a final note, it’s important to know that CBD seems to affect different people in different ways. So while we can’t guarantee that it will help you handle your arthritis, or calm you down from a panic attack, we can recommend it, especially if you’ve tried other solutions and they haven’t done the job. 


If you have further questions about what CBD may be able to do for you, contact the experts at Keen Leaf.