To fully understand the cannabis plant as it relates to health, one must peel back the layers of misinformation and miseducation that were necessary to support its prohibition. Medical studies are just now catching up to the centuries-old, indigenous, knowledge of the plant and in Bermuda, more specifically, the Rastafarian community’s long-standing assertions that cannabis is medicine. Let me repeat that one more time: the plant is medicine!

 

The compounds in the cannabis plant work with the naturally occurring endocannabinoid system within all of us. Endocannabinoids, cannabinoids produced within the mammalian body, play a major role in survival by helping the body maintain homeostasis or balance. Yes, just as your immune system, central nervous system, and your circulatory system exist and work to aid in your optimal health, so does the lesser-studied endocannabinoid system.

Phytocannabinoids, the cannabinoids produced by plants, work with our endocannabinoid system correcting imbalances or deficiencies. Dozens of phytocannabinoids have been vilified due to one singular compound—THC. Its time to change how cannabis is viewed and see it simply as one of many other botanical species that are the basis of standard pharmaceutical medications and therapeutic treatments.

At People’s, we are frequently asked the following questions regarding cannabidiol (CBD), which is one of the hundreds of compounds found naturally in the cannabis plant, and currently legally available in Bermuda without the need for a prescription.

 

Why CBD?
CBD, which is a non-psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, has immense medicinal benefits. It interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, a system which helps regulate sleep, immune system responses and pain.

According to research, CBD has some effect in reducing episodes of schizophrenia, easing social anxiety and treating some types of childhood epilepsy. Some of the other reported benefits include: relieving pain and inflammation, as well as treating nausea, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and depression.

 

Is CBD even legal?
In Bermuda, cannabidiol (CBD) products with less than one percent THC are permitted for sale.

 

Will CBD make me high?
CBD has a number of reported health benefits, without the high or euphoria associated with THC. Conversely, CBD can actually counteract THC’s psychoactive effects.

 

How can I take CBD?
As cannabinoids are fat soluble, they are typically extracted into oils, and then prepared in various forms. Oils or tinctures are most popular—these are administered orally. CBD honey and tea can be added to drinks, smoothies, or other food items. Topical applications—creams, lotions, balms and serums—are also widely available.

 

What is the right dosage for me?
Unlike traditional pharmaceutical drugs, CBD acts on naturally occurring endocannabinoid receptors in your body. Our bodies and required dosages vary. Additionally, the quality of the cannabis and the level of active CBD in your delivery method impact your dosage.

It’s very important to understand the dosing (active CBD in milligrams per serving), as not all bottles of CBD are created equally. Purchase only from reputable brands with quality, organically sourced cannabis and talk with your pharmacist about getting started with CBD and initial dosage recommendations.

 

Are there any side effects?
Most experts consider CBD to be very safe. A World Health Organisation report found CBD to have no harmful effects and no abuse potential. If you have any existing health conditions, however, please speak with your doctor before beginning treatment.

 

Where can I buy CBD?
People’s offers a wide selection of CBD products in various forms. You do not need a prescription to purchase CBD products.

 

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I urge anyone suffering with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, cancer, epilepsy or a myriad of unexplained autoimmune diseases to consider cannabis as medicine and educate themselves. You are responsible for your own health outcomes; you play an equal role to your medical professionals in your well-being. I urge you to become an active participant in your journey to radiance and a more vibrant life.

 

For over 30 years, People’s Pharmacy has been dedicated to helping locals feel their best. From baby care, kids toys and natural products to pharmacy services, beauty, senior living equipment and everything in between. 62 Victoria St – info@peoples.bm – 232-7527