Whether you’ve heard about it from a friend or you’ve seen ads on Facebook, CBD is everywhere. Most likely, it has piqued your interest, too. Like thousands of others, CBD and its potential benefits are leading many to inquire about this interesting compound and if it’s right for them. Before purchasing, however, there’s one person you should always turn to first: your doctor.
Talking to your doctor about taking CBD is crucial in your health journey. Your doctor knows your body better than most, and they can give you real, honest insight about how CBD may or may not work for you. While there are many things you and your doctor might discuss, below are six questions you should always ask your primary care physician before trying CBD.
1. Can I take it with my medication(s)?
For many, CBD is used alongside typical treatment regimens to receive an added boost of support. But, before just mixing substances willy-nilly, you want to first discuss with your doctor to make sure your medications are safe to consume with CBD.
Even if you don’t take regular prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and even substances like alcohol may also be good things to discuss with your doctor if those are often in your routines. Knowing how CBD may react to these different medications and substances is key in getting you fully prepared for your experience, and whether it is right for you or not.
2. What are the potential side effects?
As much as we’d love to believe that CBD doesn’t come with any harmful side effects, we’d be lying if we said it didn’t. Though some can go their whole lives never experiencing adverse effects from CBD, others may feel them within their first dose. Typically, side effects are mild, ranging from dizziness to nausea to discomfort, but it varies from person to person.
To get you prepared, ask your doctor about what they’ve heard about CBD’s side effects and their professional opinion. There is a good chance that they’ve had patients relate certain experiences back to them, so your doctor may be able to give you helpful insight into how you might feel if you take too much.
3. What are CBD’s benefits?
CBD’s benefits are vast. Sitting down and having an open conversation with your doctor about how they’ve heard CBD help their patients can give you a firsthand look into its benefits. Again, it is different for everyone, but hearing from your doctor the benefits they’ve experienced (whether through patients or study) can be extremely helpful.
Do keep in mind, though, that CBD isn’t a traditional medication and has only recently been involved in the medical world. That being said, your doctor may not know much about CBD’s benefits or have a lot of experience. If that’s the case, they can often refer to you someone who does, or you can rely on trustworthy online educational sources.
4. How will CBD affect me?
As we mentioned earlier, your doctor knows your body and health extremely well. Because of this, they can often let you know how CBD may affect you personally based on certain biological functions. If they know that you often show higher tolerances to medication, they may suggest starting with a more concentrated product; this may be the opposite if you have lower tolerances.
On the same note, if you’re someone who frequently complains of digestive problems or chronic pain, your doctor may let you know that CBD can target these complaints directly. It is completely unique to you and your medical history, however, your doctor may give you a good insight into the specific problems that can be remedied through this cannabinoid.
5. What dose should I start with?
Your starting dose of CBD should always be small, but it does depend on various personal factors how small your doses should be. Factors like weight, height, and tolerance can all have direct effects on the efficacy of your CBD, and these are all characteristics that your doctor should know well. Based on this, they may be able to give you a more accurate indication as to what kind of dose will be best for you.
That being said, if the doctor’s recommended dose isn’t one that works for you, you can always adjust it yourself. Whether that means taking a little bit less or a little bit more totally depends on how your body reacts, so it might take some trial and error getting your perfect dose. However, your doctor’s opinion surely cannot hurt in this process.
6. Is CBD even legal?
This may sound silly, but discussing the legality of CBD with your doctor is important. Federally, the US government legalized the sale and cultivation of the hemp plant as long as it contains less than 0.3% THC. However, some states have created their own rules and regulations surrounding CBD, making legality tricky.
Inquire with your doctor what the specific CBD laws are in your state and how they can affect you. This will give you a great indication as to where to buy your products, how much you can purchase, and even what kind of products are available to you. Plus, it provides a good amount of peace of mind, too.
Asking Questions, Getting Information
All in all, talking to your doctor about CBD before taking it can only help you get more information surrounding the complicated cannabinoid. With a lot of information out there, some real and some not, getting the facts from a doctor you trust is key in having the best experience with CBD possible.
Once again, there’s a chance that your doctor may not be as familiar with CBD as you need them to be. If that’s the case, there are various online sources you can turn to that will give you all the answers you need to the questions you may have. The better you understand CBD–whether it from your doctor or not–the better of a relationship you’ll have with this special plant compound.