CBD is definitely the surprise success in the alternative medicine market in recent years, with the industry set to be worth a whopping $1.8 billion by 2022.
Cannabidiol oil, or CBD oil as it is also known, is commonly discussed at length in the public domain by people seeking relief for a number of different ailments, conditions, and diseases. Although research is still limited when it comes to the effectiveness of this natural remedy and the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one drug that contains CBD, new studies are being carried out daily.
However, if you are considering trying CBD products, it can be useful to know the answer to what are the effects of CBD and how they could potentially help you?
Whether you are considering CBD tinctures, CBD topical creams, CBD vape juice, CBD oil supplements, or other vape products, you can fully understand the side effects you might experience by reading on.
What is CBD?
CBD oil comes from cannabis plants, although it is worth noting that some CBD is extracted from industrial hemp (the male crop) and some from the female cannabis plant. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of cannabinoids, with the two most crucial ones being tetrahydrocannabinol THC and CBD.
THC is a psychoactive compound, which is responsible for the “high” that marijuana smokers experience, whereas CBD does not have psychoactive effects.
What are the most common CBD effects?
As explained above, the FDA have only approved one drug that contains CBD, Epidiolex. However, research is ongoing surrounding the potential effects of CBD, so let’s take a look at what CBD oil may be confirmed to help in the future pending further clinical trials and study.
Disclaimer before reading further – To be clear and for the avoidance of doubt, until such time that the FDA allows CBD companies such as ourselves to make definitive statements on the potential health benefits of CBD products in humans, we are not legally allowed to specifically endorse any of the statements below as a company. What follows is merely a condensed summary of information being discussed daily by folks in the public domain, so please perform your own research or ask your doctor about their opinion of CBD and how it might potentially benefit you. Do not take this article to constitute either medical advice or guidance for the treatment or prevention of any medical issue. In every case below, further studies are ongoing to better clarify or determine efficacy and safety. Our products are not intended to treat or prevent any medical condition or disease.
It might surprise you, but Cannabis has been used for centuries, as a way to relieve pain, and some studies suggest that cannabinoids may be responsible for this effect. Cannabinoids work by binding to cannabinoid receptors within the body that alter how the cells function. This might have varying effects in the body, with some research suggesting it may help to reduce pain. Further studies and trials are ongoing.
Anxiety disorders are considered to be the most common mental health condition in the United States, affecting over 18% of the population. Although high doses of THC are said to make anxiety worse, low doses of THC have been linked to potentially helping reduce anxiety. THC free CBD oil that has zero psychoactive effects is arguably your best choice if you suffer with anxiety but want to try CBD products without ingesting THC while doing so. Further studies and trials are underway.
Chemotherapy side effects
Two common side effects of chemotherapy are nausea and vomiting. Although CBD is not currently used as an antiemetic, promising studies have shown that by adding a combination of THC and CBD to a conventional antiemetic, symptoms of nausea and vomiting decreased. Furthermore, research is underway to determine whether CBD may also help with other common side effects of chemotherapy, including pain, loss of appetite, and organ toxicity. Further studies and trials are being performed.
If you suffer with acne, you are likely to have tried every potion, lotion, and prescription drug under the sun that promises to clear up your skin and leave you with a fresh-faced, dewy complexion. However, for those who are interested in a more natural remedy, CBD oils, serums, and creams may potentially be able to help.
Some studies published have shown that CBD oil has anti-inflammatory properties and that it may be able to help with the reduction of sebum production, an oily secretion made by the sebaceous glands in the skin. Further studies and trials are underway.
One of the lesser-known potential health benefits of CBD is the long term effect it may have on the heart and circulatory system. Namely, studies indicate that CBD may be able to lower blood pressure, with high blood pressure being linked to a number of different yet dangerous health conditions such as strokes and heart attacks. Further studies and trials are being performed.
Other potential CBD effects that may one day be better clarified through clinial trials and studies – until that time we will keep our fingers crossed while awaiting further information
- Reduce psychotic symptoms in those with schizophrenia and other mental disorders.
- Help with substance abuse. Studies are aiming to prove that CBD may help to reduce morphine dependency and heroin addiction.
- Anti-tumor effects. In a clinical trial, CBD has demonstrated anti-tumor effects in animals.
- The prevention of diabetes. In diabetic mice, CBD treatment was able to reduce the incidence of diabetes by 56%.
It is worth noting that more research in humans is needed before the Food and Drug Administration will approve CBD as a dietary supplement or as an approved drug for any of the aforementioned health conditions.
How can I take CBD safely?
Whether you are taking CBD with the hope that it may help with an ongoing health condition or you just fancy trying this increasingly popular natural remedy, the most important aspect is that you take it safely.
However, with so many different CBD products to choose and multiple ways to take it, from vape CBD oil via vape pens, to CBD oil via tablets, tinctures, and creams, it can be challenging to know what the best option for you is.
Fortunately, there are several precautions that you can take to ensure that you can take CBD both safely and effectively.
Follow the recommended dosage
As with all medicines, natural or otherwise, you should also follow the recommended dosage amount. This should be clearly labeled on the bottle, and if it is not, you should not purchase CBD from this company. It is also advisable to start on a low dosage if you have not used CBD products before and gradually increase if needed.
Look out for side effects
Again, as with most medicines, there are possible side effects of taking CBD. These include drowsiness, digestive issues, and changes in mood. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may want to stop taking CBD or lower your dose.
Iso hemp oil, which is made from pure CBD and contains no THC or any refined or chemically enhanced ingredients, is a good choice for those wanting the most natural form of CBD.
Buy from a reputable company
With literally thousands of CBD suppliers available on the internet, it can be difficult to determine a credible company from an untrustworthy one.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways in which you can identify a reputable CBD supplier, including:
- Look for third-party testing
Unless you want to risk buying a product with more THC than you wanted, your chosen CBD supplier should send its product off for third-party testing.
- Avoid low cost, low-quality CBD
Although you should be wary of CBD that is overly expensive, low cost CBD products are often the result of poor extraction methods that use harmful solvents such as propane.
- Check the THC amount
Legally CBD oil has to contain less than 0.3% of THC with a failure to adhere to this leading to serious ramifications for both you and the supplier.
- Reach out to customer service
A reputable company will be more than happy to answer any non-medical questions you may have about their products with complete transparency, and they will refer you to your doctor if you have medical questions. If you aren’t sure where to start, check out our extensive range of high quality, third-party tested, organically grown CBD oil and CBD products and then get in touch with us to help give you a clearer idea.
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