CBD – The wonder drug of the century?

Introduction

Over the last few years, CBD has become far more mainstream in the UK. From nationwide health stores to your local vape shop, no matter where you live it can be found anywhere.

Throw in the dozens of online vendors offering next day delivery and it’ll be popped right through your letterbox.

Thanks to national news reporting and the online testimonies of many thousands of people who claim to have been helped by taking CBD, many more people are experimenting with it.

And why not – it’s completely legal to buy and consume in the UK, it’s not going to make you high, and may just help where conventional medicine has failed.

But is it a wonder drug?

Those who understand the many nuances of CBD would never describe it as a universal cure-all. Doing so is frankly irresponsible because there’s absolutely no certainty that it will help everyone.

Just as people differ in how their body’s interact with CBD supplementation, there’s also a huge difference in strength and quality pervading an unregulated market.

There’s no doubt that many people who may have found it useful give up before finding a suitable dose or end up using low quality or inappropriate product. This fact alone means that ‘wonder drug’ is a term suitable for sensationalist newspapers and absolutely not when describing the realities of the current scene.

It has changed lives

So if it isn’t accurate to describe CBD as a wonder drug, then what is it? After all, it has clearly helped a huge number of people.

Be it from reducing the extent of physical pain through to providing an effective cushion for psychological disorders, it has changed many people’s lives for the better.

Marijuana has been used for thousands of years due to its mysterious medical properties, and there are no reasons why ‘whole plant’ varieties (retaining far more cannabinoids than isolates) cannot perform a similar role.

Just because we cannot scientifically explain – yet – quite how it works does not mean that such a wealth of human experience should just be waved away and ignored.

How can it help such a variety of medical problems?

Research is ongoing to figure this out but don’t expect any specific answers anytime soon.

Indications suggest that regardless of the condition, full plant varieties provide an additional wave of useful cannabinoids that help the CBD bind to the body. While this is not proven yet, once again anecdotes from people who have found it useful suggest this could likely be the case.

One thing also worth considering is that CBD is not necessarily a cure. For many people, it serves to help cope with their condition.

For instance, it may help reduce the aches and pains from arthritis. It can perhaps reduce the extent of dermatological upsets. Clouds of depression may seem a little lighter and even the post-workout recovery from a heavy session in the gym may occur sooner.

It really does depend all upon the personal condition, but on the same note, it must be considered as an aid to conventional medicine, and certainly not a replacement.

Increasingly endorsed by sporting professionals

CBD has been widely endorsed by a variety of well-known sports professionals such as Eddie Hall, who won the World’s Strongest Man competition in 2017, and Alex Montagnani, a professional MMA fighter. There are many advocates for it in the sporting world and athletes are swearing by it.

As for the rest of the century?

There’s still another eight decades to go and you’d certainly hope that we’d develop a superior understanding of CBD by 2100.

Will it turn out to be “the new avocado on toast” as one former Coca Cola and InBev executive claims (talk about vested interests), or will it be integrated into conventional medicine? In all honesty, it’s too early to predict. The best way to appreciate CBD, for now, is what it has done, and continues to do every day for the millions of people around the world who use it.

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