CBD is Trending, But is it Good for You?

Tessa McLean
by Tessa McLean
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CBD is Trending, But is it Good for You?

Cannabidiol may as well be dubbed the new miracle drug. From its alleged anti-anxiety benefits to better sleep to fighting inflammation and aiding workout recovery, CBD seems to be able to help everyone one way or another.

Unlike its controversial cousin Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and produces no high. The compound is extracted from the hemp plant and is available in many forms — pills, creams, sprays, oils and even protein powder — all of which claim to reduce soreness and muscle aches. So, is all the hype true about CBD and fitness?

Maybe.

Unfortunately, since its wide usage is still a new phenomenon, there aren’t any reputable studies available that specifically study CBD and workout recovery. All reports are anecdotal — and opinions vary widely within the medical community.

THE UPSIDE

If you ever find it hard to concentrate in that yoga class or you’re too stressed to stick to your routine, CBD has been shown to decrease anxiety. Without that distraction, you may find you’re able to better focus, which could then lead to improved workout results.

Harvard-trained doctor and cannabis specialist Dr. Jordan Tishler says  those searching for a workout recovery aid might actually be better off with THC. “CBD is an anti-inflammatory at very high doses. It could be used post workout to reduce soreness and promote muscle regeneration. However, it’s important to note that these effects are only seen at doses of 300mg per day and above,” Tishler says. “Anyone considering cannabis as a fitness and/or recovery aid, should understand the dosing of CBD must be astoundingly high.”

IS IT LEGAL?

It’s also not legal in all states. While it is legal in many states that haven’t legalized medical or recreational marijuana, it’s best to check with your state and to make sure you’re always reading the ingredients in whatever you’re purchasing. Many products mix CBD and THC, which not only confuses the legality of the product, it also makes it harder to determine what’s actually giving you benefits.

And laws are changing rapidly. Just last month, a bill with bipartisan support was introduced in the Senate that could federally legalize hemp and its byproducts.

THE BOTTOM LINE

If you’re giving it a try, know that you can’t overdose from it and there are no known toxic side effects thus far. The most important thing to remember is that, as with any supplement, results and side effects vary from person to person, so proceed with caution. Start slow and stay in tune with your body to understand whether or not CBD is right for you. It’s best to check with your doctor, especially if you’re taking other medicines or supplements.

And stay tuned, there’s sure to be much more research focusing on CBD for years to come.

About the Author

Tessa McLean
Tessa McLean

Tessa is a San Francisco-based writer and editor covering all things lifestyle. She loves exploring new places and ideas and translating unique experiences onto the page (or, you know, webpage). Learn more about her writing and adventures on Instagram and Twitter.

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9 responses to “CBD is Trending, But is it Good for You?”

  1. Avatar Joe d says:

    No known reputable studies, yet recovery assistance from this substance is only noticeable at dosages of 300mg or higher. How did we arrive at that conclusion? Seems, we as a community continue in ignorance turning a blind eye to obvious truths of results experienced every day by hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions. Sad, this could have been a very thought provoking blog, yet chose instead, to say a lot about nothing.

  2. Avatar Lewcee says:

    A bit like “Modern Medical Practice”… which has only been around, say, 70 years (in the case of the UK’s NHS), and is being tested and tuned every single hour of every day, and because we can read Journals, we think that “we” are experts too, when we really know…diddley squat. Just do the best you can, and keep your own counsel – safer in the long run!

  3. Avatar Heather Henderson says:

    I’m disappointed in this article. The headline was overly dramatic clickbait resulting in a thin article that said nothing of substance. “People say it’s cool. Ask your doctor if it’s good for you. Here are 14 ads.” MFP usually has better content so I’m disappointed; based on the headline I expected more.

  4. Avatar Vnus5 says:

    Uninformative piece, but I think pot in general is way overrated. I tried a small dose (internally) of CBD/THC oil from a dispensary in a legal state, and it gave me a migraine. I’ve tried CBD topical salves and they do nothing. I’m better off using cheap drugstore menthol rub. All these marijuana products are so expensive, and there are other legal, much cheaper herbs for almost every condition ppl are using them for.

    • Avatar Bryan Teague says:

      Given the reaction you had, it is entirely possible that you are allergic to marijuana and its extracts. If you want to give it a second try, you may want to try CBD extracted from Hemp based canabis instead of Marijuana based canabis. They are similar, but not the same.

      CBD oil, etc doesn’t work for everyone, in the research that I have done (and there are legitimate studies that have been done in Isreal and other countries) CBD is effective in about 90% of the population.

  5. Avatar Bryan Teague says:

    In point of fact, counter to what this article states, CBD oil that is derived from Hemp based canabis is legal in all 50 states. There are several reputable organizations that you can purchase CBD oil, tinctures and topical salves from. In addition, there have been studies performed, just not in the United States. Look to countries leading the research into the use of Marijuana that aren’t ruled by big pharma such as Israel. After all, there isn’t another country in the world that classifies Marijuana as a more dangerous drug than Cocaine. Seriously, look it up. Marijuana is a Schedule 1 narcotic. Cocaine is a schedule 2.

  6. Avatar Jessica Canepa says:

    Yeahhhh, no thanks.

  7. Avatar The CBD Expert says:

    Your quote from Dr. Jordan Tishler shows that he is uninformed. What kind of CBD is he saying must be at 300 mg or higher for a result? Clearly he has never heard of Whole Flower CBD. Depending on the type of CBD product and other cannabinoids included for the entourage effect, many people find great results at MUCH lower doses!

  8. Thanks for sharing this valuable post on the trending CBD. The bottom line of the this blog is very helpful to know more about CBD.

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