The stereotype is that marijuana makes you stupid. This certainly seems to happen in the short run. A 2016 study led by Staci Gruber, Ph.D. suggests that medical marijuana may actually improve executive functioning in adults.
Does your doctor need to know if you take CBD or THC? Probably. CBD can interact with some medications and THC can rarely cause some very troubling symptoms.
While THC may increase the risk of psychosis CBD may actually help treat psychosis. How? An interesting study sheds some light.
It’s easy to make a homemade hemp salve to help soothe your achy joints. I use it at night for arthritis pain in my hands.
A company called “Strain Genie” claims to be able to analyze your DNA and tell you how cannabis will affect you. You may get information on how well you metabolize CBD as well as suggestions as to which terpenes you might most benefit from.
An intriguing study from the United States has found that low dose CBD decreased anxiety in mental health patients with an anxiety diagnosis. It seemed to help sleep as well, but less so.
How much CBD or hemp oil should you take? Nobody really knows. There are standard doses for people using the prescription form of CBD called Epidiolex to treat seizures, and these doses are very high. Most people taking CBD for anxiety and chronic pain take much lower doses.
If you are making your own CBD oil you can tailor your blends of terpenes to include terpenes that are activating for morning use and terpenes that are sedating for evening use.