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Leonard Leinow is the author of the new book, CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. He wrote the book because he was constantly getting questions about the use of CBD. As such, he designed the book to be an introductory guide for people to learn about CBD and determine their own path to experience the substance.
Substances in cannabis help with healing, as it is a complicated substance with a number of chemicals. Most medicinal qualities are in the cannabinoids. However, the entourage effect of all components will create different varieties of CBD based on the various ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes included.
CBD does not have a psychoactive component, but it lowers your appetite which could assist with weight loss. It is also good for having the body break addiction qualities and has uses with the opioid crisis. It impacts diabetes, as many have reported that their disease has been improved as a result of introducing CBD. With Alzheimer’s, CBD also has a beneficial impact in that it can help to prevent the disease, as well as easing the effects of those who currently have the disease. CBD can also help with sleep, specifically helping people go to sleep easier and sleep longer.
Leonard also speaks about the methods of delivery. Smoking involves an onset that is very quick, usually within 30 seconds. Vaporizing also includes a quick onset, but would be a safer and cleaner method of delivery. When taken orally, it could take 30 to 45 minutes for one’s system to digest the substance, but it will have a longer effect of up to eight hours. By using a topical application, it will penetrate through the skin possibly up to an inch. This will be anti-inflammatory and help with the pain, but anything deeper will require ingesting the substance. Patches are gaining popularity, as they include a continuous application, lasting six to eight hours. Dosing is critical. Leonard recommends starting small, with a quarter of one’s target dose and slowly raising the dosage over the course of one to two weeks.