The Side-Effects of CBD
If you look at magazines, health and wellness blogs, or billboards, no doubt you know that CBD and cannabis represents a multi-billionaire dollar industry. Though more research needs to happen, millions of satisfied customers can’t be wrong. CBD provides a promising health care alternative. But the cannabis industry comes with complications. You need to know your options and the warnings involved with your CBD products before incorporating it into your daily routine.
What is CBD?
CBD represents the abbreviation for cannabidiol, a cannabinoid that derives from the Cannabis Sativa plant. Found in the hemp version of the cannabis Sativa plant, CBD represents a cannabinoid with notable healing power, but it does not contain intoxicating properties like the THC in marijuana.
Marijuana also comes from the same species of the Cannabis Sativa plant, but unlike the hemp plant, it contains between .5 and 30% of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. THC does possess healing properties, but it’s most popular with recreational users because of the euphoric high feeling it provides.
Both the hemp and marijuana plant may contain over 100 different cannabinoids, but CBD and THC represent the most notable, respectively. The CBD oil or serum comes from the hemp plant mostly through maceration or CO2 extraction of the flowers and buds. If adequately isolated, the CBD product contains less than .3% THC, and it will not result in intoxication.
How CBD works with the body:
Cannabis use dates back thousands of years. But we didn’t know why cannabis assisted with different ailments until 1992. The endocannabinoid system or ECS resulted from research that was commissioned in the 1980s to prove the adverse effects of marijuana. Instead, scientists discovered an intricate network of small acidic molecules. These molecules, produced naturally by the body, called endocannabinoids, run through all the body’s systems.
The ECS exists in all mammals, and it represents the reason the body does heal itself. The ECS works at the cellular level. It stimulates C1 and C2 receptors in the nucleus of the cell to signal DNA to reduce the acid that caused pain and inflammation.
Homeostasis or balance represents the ultimate purpose of the ECS. But, the ECS does suffer compromise. Aging naturally causes an ECS that needs a boost, but so does autoimmune disease, stress, and destructive lifestyle choices such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and drug and alcohol abuse.
Cannabis assists a compromised ECS because the plant’s system that keeps the plant healthy mimics that of the ECS.
Benefits and Uses of CBD:
Ingesting or using CBD products topically may alleviate conditions caused or aggravated by pain and inflammation. As CBD targets the system in need, some of the ailments it may assist include:
- Autoimmune diseases such as arthritis and fibromyalgia
- Stress and anxiety
- Sleep disturbances
- Chronic pain
Side-effects and warnings:
Any substance with medicinal properties most likely comes with some share of side-effects as well as interactions and contraindications. Though you won’t experience the severe side-effects such as seizures and death that accompany some prescription medications, when using CBD, you need to consider some factors.
Dosage is key:
Especially when ingesting CBD products, you need to take care to follow the manufacturer’s recommendation or that of a healthcare professional regarding dosage. Like many other herbal products, often, “less is more.” Any increases in dosage need to happen slowly and incrementally.
The World Health Organization reports CBD as a promising medicinal alternative. But they also point to a study in which children ages 2 to 18 took double the recommended dosage of CBD. They did experience the following symptoms:
- Decreased appetite
- Gastrointestinal disturbances
And, as we still need more research to confirm some of the positive results people experience from using CBD products, we also possess inconclusive evidence regarding negative side-effects. However, some CBD users report the following side-effects:
- Nausea and other gastrointestinal issues
- Loss of appetite
- Issues with liver enzymes
- Skin irritations and rashes with topical products
Certain circumstances exist in which you should not use CBD:
- Your blood pressure measures below normal
- You plan to become pregnant
- Pregnant and nursing mothers should not use CBD
- CBD may increase the tremors in those with Parkinson’s disease.
- You should check with your doctor if you take prescribed medications for contraindications or interactions.
Especially in an age where you buy CBD online, you need to deal with a trustworthy CBD manufacturer. Inferior quality products may contain pesticides, illegal amounts of THC, and contaminants such as mold and bacteria. These substandard products result in more adverse side-effects.
We offer high quality third-party tested and pure CBD products. Though we recommend watching for side-effects, you may also experience unexpected benefits. Since CBD works at a holistic level taking a CBD product for better sleep may also help shed unwanted pounds or reduce stress and anxiety.
If you have questions about side-effects or other concerns using CBD, please contact us here.