At this point, you've likely heard about or run into a product containing cannabidiol, also known as CBD. From drinks and lotions to chewable gummies, CBD can now be found in drug stores across America. CBD is thought to be a holistic alternative to medications that can be used to help regulate various physiological processes within the body, and has been shown to be a safe and effective option for many conditions including chronic pain and inflammation.
Arthritis & Sports has seen the advantages that CBD can offer its patients, so we have partnered with Verséa to offer trustworthy CBD products from a trustworthy source. While many people have heard about CBD, many people still don't really know what CBD is. So we thought we would take some time to answer these questions.
1. What is CBD and how does it work?
CBD, short for cannabidiol, is the primary cannabinoid found in Verséa products. It is one of over 100 naturally-occurring cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and is among the most thoroughly researched alongside THC. Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that occur naturally in the human body, and actively interact with cannabinoid receptors located throughout the human body. When CBD binds to these receptors, it triggers various physiological actions that help to regulate your appetite, pain sensation, mood, and memory.
2. How is CBD different from marijuana?
While CBD is a naturally-occurring component of marijuana, it does not cause a "high" like some may think. The CBD we offer is derived directly from the hemp plant, which is a cousin of the marijuana plant. Industrial hemp is defined by US law as cannabis having 0.3% or less delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content by dry weight.
3. What is Verséa and why do you offer their CBD products?
Verséa is a trusted company in the hemp industry, comprised of health care professionals with broad experience within the pharmaceutical industry. They are one of the original companies who worked to legitimize the hemp oil as a holistic alternative in the United States. Their brand of clinically driven, broad-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD products are only available through healthcare professionals. These highly concentrated formulations are wrapped in multiple layers of technology designed to enhance the potential for therapeutic effect.
4. How is Verséa manufactured?
Verséa products are medical grade, cultivated and manufactured in the United States, and formulated to promote maximum absorption of CBD. Verséa follows the FDA's Good Manufacturing Practices and the USDA's guidelines from seed to sale. The plants used to make the products are the highest purity, organic, naturally grown, non-GMO hemp.
5. What is the difference between broad- and full-spectrum CBD?
If an extract is full-spectrum, this means it contains all phytochemicals naturally found in the plant, including CBD, trace cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oils. Full-spectrum extracts from hemp also come with a negligible THC content — below 0.3%
Although non-psychoactive, full-spectrum CBD can give you a false positive during a drug test, especially if you consume high doses of CBD oil daily. That’s when the broad-spectrum CBD comes in.
Like full-spectrum CBD, broad-spectrum CBD contains cannabidiol and all the other compounds within the plant. However, it goes through an additional process to remove the trace amounts of THC, completely removing it after the initial extraction.
6. What is the “Entourage Effect”?
The entourage effect is used to describe what happens when multiple compounds from the industrial hemp plant work together. These components work together to enhance the potential benefits of the plant, with each compound amplifying the therapeutic properties of the others while mitigating their potential side effects. Though the impact of this effect has not yet been validated through clinical studies, this synergistic interaction is believed to increase the potential for therapeutic effect.
7. What dosage should I take?
Everyone is unique and the fact remains that everyone is in a different place and will react differently to their CBD dosage. As dosage of CBD differs for each person, it is best to start small and gradually increase at a comfortable level until you experience the desired result.
8. How can a water-based formula help?
When a therapeutic substance that likes to be transported in fat needs to be taken orally, making it so the substance can be transported in water can enhance the amount that actually gets used by the body. This can be sprayed directly in the mouth and swallowed immediately or added to drink or food. Because of the way the water soluble CBD is absorbed, the effects can be up to 10x more effective than the oil equivalent since your body is able to absorb almost 100% of the cannabinoids into your system. Using a special technique, the oil compounds are reduced so that they are small enough for the body to process the CBD as it would any other food stuff that isn't an oil.
9. Will I fail a drug test is I use Verséa?
Different labs tend to have different testing protocols, so if this is of major concern, we recommend that you visit www.versea.com, download the Certificate of Analysis (COA) for the appropriate Verséa product, then share it with the lab that administers your drug test to get an answer you can trust.
Unfortunately, CBD products are completely forbidden for use by any service member in any of the services at this point of time.
10. Who shouldn't take CBD products?
Pregnancy and breastfeeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking products containing cannabidiol if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Pregnant or breastfeeding individuals should avoid taking CBD products like VERSÉA.
Parkinson’s disease: Cannabidiol may make muscle movement and tremors worse in people with Parkinson’s disease. Therefore, CBD products like VERSÉA should be avoided in patients with Parkinson’s.
History of hypersensitivity to cannabidiols or any of the ingredients in the product
Before you start taking a hemp-based product like Verséa, you should consult with your physician. Inform your doctor of other medications that you are taking before you take Verséa. Do not take Verséa if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, including cannabidiol. If you have any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, stop taking Verséa and call your doctor right away.
If you think Verséa is the right product for you, we encourage you to request an appointment online or call us at 703.444.5000 to schedule a consultation with one of Arthritis & Sports’ physicians.