What is a CBD tincture good for? Well, we wouldn't recommend you add it to your gas tank, but then again you wouldn't. However, there are definitely a number of known uses for CBD tincture, as they show great promise for treating certain ailments.
Bear in mind, of course, that this isn't medical advice. You should consult with your doctor before using CBD tinctures.
You should also know that the FDA only approves CBD oil - and at that, a specific CBD oil - for treatment of two types of childhood epilepsy. Canada has also approved it for use with terminally ill patients.
But with that out of the way, what are some common uses for CBD tincture? Here are 6 typical afflictions and conditions that CBD is commonly used for, often in conjunction with prescription medication.
One of the most common uses of CBD tinctures is for anxiety. Most users will either take CBD tincture regularly or, for those who only intermittently feel anxiety, as needed.
What seems to be the most common regimen is to take a dropper (or half a dropper) in the morning and then another around midday or in the afternoon. A lot of people have found that CBD helps with their anxiety either on its own or in conjunction with medication as a booster.
CBD is known to work on the GABA A receptors, which monitor levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter. Low levels usually result in anxiety. By modifying the signals sent by the receptors, CBD is therefore an effective anti-anxiolytic.
CBD has also been shown to work as a pain reliever in a number of studies, though hasn't been through the clinical trials necessary for FDA or other regulatory approval.
The mechanism for CBD's efficacy on chronic pain associated with a number of diseases and disorders - including arthritis, migraine and other types of chronic pain - is not entirely known.
However, what has been repeatedly shown in empirical studies and some clinical trials is that patients treated with CBD in conjunction with other medications or on its own led to lower pain levels. It's thought that CBD essentially lowers the volume on pain signals received by the brain.
Canada's regulatory body for medication approved its use by terminally ill patients for managing pain, so clearly the medical community is aware that it has some promise for pain relief.
The only FDA-approved use of CBD is for epilepsy. Specifically, for Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. These are particularly severe forms of childhood epilepsy, which are often resistant to other medications.
The medication in question is a 500 mg CBD oil called Epidiolex, and the FDA only approves of the use of Epidiolex for use in treating those two specific types of epilepsy.
Some people have also added CBD to the management regimen for other forms of epilepsy, with some success. Obviously, if you or a loved one suffers from epilepsy, you should consult a doctor about its use.
The mechanism isn't entirely known, but what appears to be the case in studies is that CBD molecules have an insulating effect on the brain in areas of seizure activity.
A number of people also take CBD tincture as either a supplement to other medication or use CBD to treat acute depression.
Similar to CBD's effects on the brain in regards to anxiety, it has likewise been shown that CBD acts on nerve receptors to change how the brain and nerves interpret the information they get from neurotransmitters.
Just as CBD changes the signals regarding GABA, it seems to have a similar effect of changing the balancing equation when it comes to serotonin deficiencies, helping to reduce depression.
Since depression is usually a side effect of anxiety, it may be something of an entourage effect for people who suffer from anxiety-induced depression.
CBD tincture is also taken for inflammation. CBD creams and roll-on products are used to quell acute inflammation in the skin, muscles and joints, but CBD also has a beneficial effect when it comes to more systemic inflammation.
Arthritis and some other disorders are by nature inflammatory, meaning they are defined by the presence of inflammation (and pain) in specific areas. The effect that CBD seems to have is turning the volume down on the inflammation signals received by the brain.
Specifically, CBD acts as an adenosine reuptake inhibitor. Adenosine is a neurotransmitter that regulates the inflammatory process; the less you have of it in your system, the more inflammation occurs. CBD keeps more of it in circulation, thus quelling the signal to the brain that triggers inflammation.
Another common use of CBD tincture is for sleep issues. The interesting thing here is that CBD in and of itself does not actually cause a person to enter a somnolescent state, so it doesn't actually make you sleepy.
Sleep is a biological process regulated, like everything else, by the brain. The brain has to put out certain signals in order for sleep to occur. CBD doesn't induce them, so it doesn't actually make a person sleepy.
It can make a person feel tired or lethargic, but not sleepy.
However, what CBD definitely DOES do is make a person relax to the point where they can BECOME sleepy. So it's not so much that it makes you sleep; it's more that CBD lets you get into a state where you can sleep. Many find it relieving for sleep issues as a result.