CBD has been shown to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a network in the brain that seems to play a role in social behavior, circadian rhythm, and reward processing—all of which can be atypical in people with autism. For that reason, researchers are excited about a study that’s currently underway at the University of California San Diego about CBD’s potential as an autism therapy.
Industrial hemp farmers tend to aim to grow the plants up, not out as is the case with medicinal cannabis – and the taller, the better. This is because some of the great value of industrial hemp in fibre based applications is primarily in its stalk rather than leaves. Industrial hemp is grown at quite high density – another major difference to the cultivation of subsp. indica.
Here’s something else to consider. Hemp is responsible for what’s known as phytoremediation. Basically, hemp can be used to decontaminate soil at a very rapid rate by absorbing the various toxins it might contain. The plant is so adept at removing toxins from soil that it’s been cultivated around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site for over 20 years.
Another popular chemical substance found in the marijuana (or cannabis) plant is Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is responsible for the ‘stoned’ feeling when marijuana is taken. CBD though from the same plant does not give a feeling of being ‘high’ which is quality makes it dissimilar from THC and medically legalized in some states. CBD is a popular choice for those who seek to enjoy the full benefits of CBD oil without any “stoned” or “high” feeling.
Other great products that are easily digested are the CBD capsules. An ongoing debate about whether CBD oil capsules are better than regular oil speaks volumes about how far we’ve come in the CBD business. Capsules and CBD pills often have a wider range of active molecules. Phytocannabinoids in capsules work together with other compounds to alleviate symptoms such as pain, nausea, anxiety, etc.
Dosage is important, because CBD can have side effects—the most common are tiredness, diarrhea, and changes in appetite and weight—so it’s best not to take more than you need. As CBD becomes more prevalent, says J. Michael Bostwick, M.D., a psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, “I’m reasonably certain new kinds of side effects will emerge.”
For the record, for all the super sensitive people out there, I want to comment that CBD oil CAN get you high. NO REALLY. It can. And I’m talking about Elixinol. the recommended brand here, not some random adulterated stuff, not some high cbd marijuana, actual purified, tested, industrial hemp oil. I have chronic fatigue syndrome and experienced with my own body all the same effects from Elixinol, that I have gotten from eating a weed cookie (less intense, but still unpleasant). For me these side effects include full body convulsions and tremors lasting over an hour, anxiety and panic, disturbing disassociative and repetitive/confusing thought patterns, cottonmouth, and intense emotions and weeping. This was from 90mg CBD content at once. Which is more than recommended on the bottle but still well within the realm of a reasonable dose. Like an edible the effects took many hours to kick in, and then the high came on fast. I am also largely intolerant of caffeine and alcohol. However I never have any noticeable effects from most vitamins and herbal products. Not against CBD. Just saying it is possible, even if no one believes you.
Although cannabis can be used to make marijuana, CBD itself is non-psychoactive—meaning that it doesn’t get you high the way smoking or eating cannabis-related products containing THC (the plant's psychoactive compound) can. Still, there’s a lot doctors don’t know about CBD and its effects on the body, and a lot consumers should understand before trying it.