Designed By Nature.
Perfected by Science.
CBD is well tolerated in humans and maintains a good safety profile. Neither abuse nor dependence has been demonstrated. In clinical studies, CBD shows potential therapeutic efficacy against a diverse assortment of medical conditions. These include seizure disorders, psychotic symptoms, anxiety, depression, inflammation, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegeneration, symptoms of multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain, either used alone or when coadministered with THC.
Almost 62% of CBD users reported using CBD to treat a medical condition. The top three medical conditions were pain, anxiety, and depression. Almost 36% of respondents reported that CBD treats their medical condition(s) “very well by itself,” while only 4.3% reported “not very well.”
Consumers are using CBD as a specific therapy for multiple diverse medical conditions—particularly pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. Preliminary data provides a compelling rationale for further research to better understand the therapeutic potential of CBD.
Good vs bad
Contrary to the flurry of media coverage and frenzy of benefits associated with CBD products, there have also been claims that CBD can cause liver damage. Like most claims, there has not been enough research concluded to say this definitively. This claim, however, is based on one study in particular that Forbes Magazine published an article on. The problem with this study, that has been rebutted by many websites already, is that it is basing its findings on giving mice morbidly high dosages with an "extract" that was already questionable. Scientists force-fed mice a single dose of CBD, ranging from the supposedly “low” dosage of 246 mg/kg up to a mega-dose of 2460 mg/kg CBD. That means for every kilogram of body weight, they gave the mice about 2.5 grams of CBD, which had been formulated as a hexane extract2 from cannabis supplied by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Hexane, it bears mentioning, is a neurotoxin. There is a safe and recommended dosage amount, which is not typically represented in these studies showing the potentially harmful effects of CBD. Read more about the study here.
Grapefruit Warning: CBD can have an interaction with certain drugs in a manner that is similar to grapefruit. Research has shown that certain compounds in grapefruit can interact with many common pharmaceutical drugs by inhibiting cytochrome P450 enzymes, a family of liver enzymes that metabolizes these drugs. CBD can also inhibit these enzymes when consumed at high enough dosages so it is recommended to not consume any if you have this warning associated with any other medications you are currently taking. As with any addition to your regiment, always check with your physician before starting a new dietary supplement program. Any instructions you may have received from a medical professional regarding grapefruit should be treated with the same level of care when it comes to CBD products.
Taking CBD before bed can improve sleep for those with insomnia
With the lack of longitudinal clinical research, it's hard to say definitively that CBD is as miraculous as it is touted to be. However, anecdotal evidence is abundant and CBD is definitely proving itself to be quite effective with a plethora of acute and chronic issues, including both physiological and psychological disorders.
If you're interested in the research, this website has an extensive list of all the clinical studies that provide evidence of CBD's benefits.
I was very excited about CBD when I first heard it was hitting the market simply because I believe in the power of plants, especially the healing properties of the cannabis plant. I love that we are moving away from this plant being demonized and recognizing all the benefits it possesses. I read and researched for about two months before even purchasing any products. It was very apparent that everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and, since it is not regulated or controlled by standardizations, it was hard to distinguish what companies were trustworthy. I finally decided to use and sell Lazarus Naturals products for a variety of reasons. First, they are a reputable and established company that has been in business for 5 years, which is much longer than many CBD companies who just got started recently to catch up to the craze. Secondly, they are accredited by numerous, reputable organizations including American Herbal Products Association, Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon Industrial Hemp Farmers Association, and Oregon Cannabis Association. Last, but not least, Lazarus Naturals' pricing for general consumers is incredibly modest. They strive to bring the benefits of cannabis to everyone, even offering assistance programs with deep discounts to veterans, individuals on long-term disability and for low-income households.
For my initial dosage, I took 100mg of isolate (pure CBD without any other cannabinoids) sublingually for three days straight. While I know now that 100mg is pretty excessive, I figured there was little risk and wanted to see what it would do. I didn't know what to expect since I don't have depression, anxiety, sleep problems, and, at that time, regular pain. So, like a lot of other first time users, I couldn't tell what it was doing... until the following days when I had not taken it. I realized in the previous days that I had felt really good; great mood, happy, slightly elevated energy. In a roundabout way, I realized it helped me regulate my emotions as I didn't get annoyed or frustrated as easily as I normally did. My body felt more relaxed and I didn't hold my shoulders as tight.
Now, having this tool in my arsenal for a variety of uses, I have since used it for pain which worked very well. Recently, I was having very bad neck pain from a combination of sleeping wrong and a postural issue (which I was able to identify and correct). One day in particular that I had not taken any CBD, my neck pain was at a level 7. I was at work so I took 50mg (a 1mL dropper full) of CBD isolate. Within 40 minutes my neck pain was at a 3. For the most part, I take either 50mg of CBD isolate or 25mg of full spectrum CBD daily. With the full spectrum oils, I feel a subtle wave of relaxation course through my body. I do not feel any physiological change when taking the isolates. Taking isolate CBD, in my opinion, is comparable to taking an ibuprofen; you know it's working, but you can't necessarily distinguish when it starts or stops and can not feel it working, it's more-so an absence of symptoms. Full spectrum CBD has a subtle, distinguishable physiological presence, especially if you take a lot. It is not necessary to take a lot, however. I would highly recommend anyone who does not have to worry about THC content take full spectrum CBD products over Isolated or Broad Spectrum products. It is said that the "entourage effects" of full spectrum products, which contain a multitude of cannabinoids in addition to CBD, possess more power and benefits than just taking CBD alone in isolate form. Dosages do vary greatly from person to person. I've just experimented to see how I feel at each dosage and I recommend my clients do the same. There's no blanket dosage recommendation because absorption and reactions could differ due to each individuals biology.
Trace amounts of THC can be found in most hemp-derived CBD products. Lazarus Naturals' products comply with the federally mandated THC limit of less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Full spectrum CBD products contain THC in small amounts whereas broad spectrum and isolate products are supposed to contain no THC, it is extracted in an extra process. Since CBD is unregulated, persons who can not consume THC for any reason are recommended to consume isolated CBD products or none at all. No company or seller can truly guarantee that the consumption of CBD products will result in a negative result for THC on drug screenings.