So you must have already heard by now of the new thing that everybody is talking about: CBD. But is it really as good as everyone states that it is? After all, it does brag an amazing array of CBD pros, from helping with bowel diseases to even stalling the development of cancer. Is it all too good to be true? In this article we will look at just how true all of these claims are or if all of the effects of CBD are just based on a strong placebo effect.
What is a placebo effect?
First things first: what is a placebo effect? A placebo effect is when the mind shapes what happens because it has a firm believe that it will work. This means that the curing effect doesn’t come from the substance or its components but instead from the strong belief from the person taking it, that it will work. An example of this is when patients have been given sugar pills in the past, with doctors telling them that they are painkillers, and have then gone onto feeling less pain. However, a placebo effect only works whilst the recipient taking the said medication really believes that it is the correct medication, if it is proven that it doesn’t work, then normally the person stops feeling the effects of the placebo.
What is CBD?
CBD is the second most active ingredient that is derived from the hemp plant, read more about hemp plant at https://www.britannica.com/plant/hemp. Unlike the other active ingredient in the plant, THC, it does not provoke any psychoactive reactions in the body. However, it still produces a relaxing effect upon the user’s body which is one of the many benefits that it can offer to the user. This is just one of the many benefits, as it also boasts other benefits such as being anti-inflammatory, delaying the onset symptoms of Alzehiemer’s disease, helping with bowel disorders and even reducing the effects of anxiety.
How is CBD regulated and what are its risks?
As CBD gains more and more popularity it is becoming more and more different companies who sell the product to set their product out from the rest; so just how do they do it and how do you make sure that you are getting what you are paying for? Unfortunately as it is not a regulated drug there is no legal promise that the manufacturer has to follow strict restrictions in regards to ingredients, however, there does exist a third party system. This means that another company is vouching that you are paying what you think you are paying for, and it is highly recommended that you only buy CBD that comes with this recommendation. In terms of safety, CBD is very safe and only runs the risk when the user is already taking medication, but before taking this a person is recommended to seek guidance from a medical professional. Another risk that must be taken into consideration is the risk of an accidental overdose, which could cause liver damage.click here to read more about CBD safety use.
In conclusion, it is very difficult to know whether the effects of CBD are from the substance or from a placebo effect as it seems to vary from person to person, what does stand true is that CBD could be beneficial to a lot of people and if it is possible – should be tried if needed.