If you have looked into natural or alternative health treatments, you may have come across people recommending the use of something called cannabidiol. In fact, this substance is gaining increased exposure as more research is being done into the compound and the ability of consumers to access these products becomes more widespread.
More commonly referred to as CBD, cannabidiol is just one of many active ingredients found in both hemp and marijuana plants. Unlike its counterpart THC, cannabidiol CBD does not produce the psychoactive effects, or high, that THC does, making it far more attractive to people who may be interested in the therapeutic, rather than recreational nature of the substance.
As more states have legalized medical marijuana and either decriminalize or legalize recreational marijuana, research into the effects of CBD and the development of CBD products using these substances has dramatically increased. People have a much different view of marijuana than they did even a decade ago and this change in views is allowing for the proliferation of products derived from the plant.
It is most commonly seen in its liquid or oil form, but cannabidiol CBD can also be found in a purified, crystallized form that can be used in a whole host of different applications and is much easier to dose properly given the pure nature of the substance. In its crystallized form, it can also be used in a wider variety of applications, but this is not the easiest form of CBD for most people to find at present.
While a lot of research still needs to be done about the effects of cannabis and cannabidiol oil and the substance itself is still controversial in some circles, there appears to be a lot of conditions that can be positively benefited with the use of CBD.
Currently, many people use CBD, most often in its oil form (hemp oil), as a way to treat issues like anxiety and it is even showing promise as a potential treatment for schizophrenia. Though the actual underlying CBD oil side effects are not fully understood, it appears that CBD does have antipsychotic effects. This means there is a lot of potential for this to be used in treating mental health issues once more research into the efficacy has been done.
The substance has also shown a great deal of promise in helping people suffering from chronic pain and has also been shown to help reduce nausea and improve appetite in people undergoing cancer treatment. Many people will use CBD oil or crystals as an active ingredient in homemade skin care treatments and even topical pain medications for conditions like arthritis and bone or joint pain.
There are a number of reasons why people are looking towards things like CBD hemp oil as a means to treat a whole range of different conditions. First, it provides a natural, non-pharmaceutical alternative for health issues. Second, it is quite safe and doesn’t have a huge laundry list of side effects like many pharmaceuticals do.
However, this is not to say that there are no side effects and that no caution needs to be taken with this substance. It is important that you understand the risks, proper dosage, etc., so as to avoid the potential of having the side effects laid out below.
Before moving on to the specific side effects, it should be noted that a lot of people prefer CBD based treatment options to those that contain other active ingredients in marijuana like THC. Products made with CBD tend to have fewer associated risks and side effects than products that contain THC.
Side effects are a relatively uncommon occurrence and one is more likely to start to experience side effects when taking doses of over 300 mg a day. The most common side effects are dry mouth, low blood pressure, drowsiness, dizziness, and lightheadedness. Some people report that these symptoms ease over time and others find that there is no change in symptoms with the amount of time the substance is being taken.
A more serious side effect that has been noted was discovered in a recent NCBI study. What it found is that, in some people, CBD can inhibit hepatic drug metabolism. Basically, what this means, is that CBD can interact with other medications, either intensifying their effects, reducing their efficacy, or change the way the medicine is absorbed in the body.
For this and the reasons described above, it is highly recommended that you consult with a doctor before beginning a CBD regimen, especially if you are already taking other prescription medications.
People with Parkinson’s disease should be advised when taking large doses of CBD. High doses of this substance have been shown to increase tremors in people with Parkinson’s, but it is well tolerated at lower doses and can even be beneficial at lower dosages for people with this disease. Again, you will want to consult your doctor and start off with lower doses and work your way up over time.
CBD is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative treatment for a wide range of conditions, from being used in skin creams to treat issues like eczema, or simply to reduce the signs of aging. CBD is also showing promise as a highly effective treatment for anxiety and even, potentially, schizophrenia. It also shows potential as being a nonnarcotic alternative to pain medication in chronic pain sufferers and is helpful in treating and controlling the symptoms of a number of different illnesses.
It is relatively safe and is known for being easily tolerated by most users and having few side effects, especially at low doses. There are, however, side effects and potential risks in using CBD that should be understood, especially for people who already take prescription medication or that have certain disorders that can be exacerbated by CBD. When used in proper dosages and with the right amount of caution and guidance from a medical professional, CBD can provide relief from a range of different painful and even debilitating issues. It provides hope for people who have tried other options with no success or who want to try an alternative to traditional drugs.