All you ever wanted to know about CBD effects
You’ve probably seen a lot of reports recently about the amazing effects of CBD. Maybe you’re asking yourself how one plant extract can do so many things.
You wouldn’t be the first person to think that the effects of CBD oil sound too good to be true.
And what about the side effects of CBD? Is it completely safe for people of all ages to take, from children to the elderly?
This article will clear up any confusion or doubts you might have about CBD oil effects. After reading it, you will feel ready to make the next step and choose the best CBD oil product for you.
What is CBD?
Let’s get started by understanding just what CBD is.
Otherwise known as Cannabidiol, it is a type of compound called a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. After THC, CBD is the second most abundant. However, unlike THC, the effects of CBD on the brain do not include producing a high feeling.
CBD can also be extracted from industrial hemp, which has less than 0.3% THC, meaning it is considered legal in most parts of the world. CBD is also non-addictive and non-toxic.
CBD is the subject of a lot of scientific research for conditions as varied as epilepsy, anxiety, PTSD, autism, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and chronic pain.
It’s hard to imagine that CBD positive effects could stretch to so many different illnesses. But when you consider that the cannabinoid interacts with several different biological pathways and receptors at the same time, it helps us understand the far reaching potential of this amazing, natural compound.
We cannot talk about the effects of CBD without mentioning the endocannabinoid system (ECS). If you’re new to CBD, this is probably the first time you’ve heard of the ECS. But don’t worry, you’re not alone.
The ECS was discovered in the 1990s when scientists were looking at how THC works in the body. They discovered a complex network of special receptors and cannabis-like chemicals that work together to bring about balance to our body and mind. While THC fits perfectly into the receptors, CBD’s effect is more subtle. But what scientists do know is that one effect of CBD is to boost the endocannabinoid system if it has become depleted.
This is particularly interesting when you consider the theory of Endocannabinoid System Deficiency, which suggests that some modern illnesses such as fibromyalgia, IBS and migraines are caused by a weak ECS.
What CBD effects can you expect when taking CBD?
One of the difficulties in prescribing CBD is that it has different effects on different people. Some people are quite sensitive to whatever they put in their body, and so need a lot less to notice any high CBD effects.
Therefore whenever you take CBD, it’s a good idea to start with a low dose and gradually build up. When you either start to feel less benefit or you begin to notice any CBD side effects, it’s time lower the dose again.
But in general CBD effects on the brain or body depend on the following factors:
1. How much you take
Studies have shown that CBD is well tolerated up to doses of 1500mg a day. In reality, most people wouldn’t take more than 20 mg a day. At doses under 20mg most people feel pleasantly relaxed, whereas at higher doses many feel drowsy.
2. How you take it
The way you take CBD, otherwise known as the delivery method, changes the CBD effect you experience.
Taken sublingually, the effect of CBD drops comes on after about half an hour. Therefore it’s a gradual onset. Not only that, but due to the handy dropper, the dosage is easy to regulate.
CBD can be taken orally through capsules or edibles. If you eat or swallow CBD, it has to pass through the digestive process, and as a result the effect takes longer. Also, because of this less CBD is absorbed by the body.
For the quickest CBD effect, many choose vaping. This is because CBD is taken in directly through the lungs, going straight into the bloodstream. Many people choose this approach if they need an instant effect, perhaps if they’re suffering from pain or anxiety.
While many people shy away from suppositories for obvious reasons, the CBD effects are gradual and long lasting. Suppositories have a high absorption rate, and many people choose them if they can’t take CBD orally.
4. Is it the whole plant?
CBD is one of over 400 active molecules in the cannabis or hemp plant. However, doctors have become used to prescribing synthetic medication with one or two molecules. So, with all this talk of the wide ranging effects of CBD, it’s little wonder then that pharmaceutical companies are researching synthetic versions or single cannabinoids.
BUT, and there is a but, it is thought that to get maximum CBD benefits, you must consume the whole plant. Why? Well it’s because of a reported synergy between all the various molecules in the plant, whereby the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Right now, a pharmaceutical CBD product called Epidiolex is at the point of being approved for childhood epilepsy. But, in clinical studies on the drug, there were more CBD side effects with Epidiolex than in the whole plant versions.
Side Effects CBD
As mentioned previously, CBD is non-toxic and tolerated in fairly high doses. But every person is different, and side effects from CBD oil can include drowsiness, nervousness, diarrhea, and sleep disruption.
Scientists also think that CBD may affect how pharmaceutical drugs are broken down in the body because it inhibits the activity of some liver enzymes. In practical terms this means that if you are taking CBD, you should monitor the current medication you are taking with your doctor.
CBD effects on our health
We cannot talk about any specific CBD health effects, but we can point you in the direction of some areas of scientific research that are proving promising
Scientific studies show that CBD activates the serotonin receptors in areas of the brain associated with mood, anxiety and memory. So it’s fair to say that there are CBD effects on the brain. Clinical trials have shown that CBD taken before situations like public speaking can reduce the stress experienced by subjects with social anxiety.
2. Anti-inflammatory and pain
A common reason for people to try CBD is for chronic pain. In conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, the body’s immune system is out of balance and there is too much inflammation. Studies have shown that CBD can reduce this inflammatory response.
Perhaps the most well known effect of CBD that has recently been proven in clinical trials, is CBD’s ability to reduce epileptic seizures in patients.
CBD’s anti-inflammatory effect is also thought to be of benefit for acne. It regulates the over-production of oil in the skin.
5. Powerful antioxidant
Our systems are continually bombarded by free radicals in the environment. If left unchecked they cause cellular damage, oxidative stress and disease. Antioxidants help protect us from this damage, and studies have found CBD to be even more powerful than Vitamins A and E.
6. Protects our brain cells
Because CBD comes from cannabis, many people are worried about the its effects on the brain. Contrary to what you might imagine, studies show that CBD actually protects our brains. Scientists are currently researching the effects of CBD on neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
So that’s it. You should now have all the information you need about CBD’s cannabinoid effects, and feel ready to take the step towards getting the right CBD product for you. For more specific information on medical conditions, it’s best to do your own research on sites such as Project CBD.
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