Benefits And Side Effects Of CBD Explained

CBD products are popular and more countries legalize the use of it.

I wonder what the real benefits are of using CBD oil? And what are the side effects of CBD oil? To answer these questions, I did some research about the benefits and side effects, and this is what I found out.

Look:

CBD is a product that could help with quite some diseases like anxiety, depression, sleep problems, Parkinson’s disease, and much more.

You may wonder:

“What are the side effects of using CBD oil?”

You will find the answer to this question in this blog post plus a lot more information about CBD oil benefits and side effects.

Does CBD improve health?

So far it’s not been proofed that CBD oil improves health. It is showed in lots of studies that CBD oil helps with many kinds of different conditions like depression, anxiety, stress, pain, sleep problems, etc.

When you search the internet for testimonials, you’ll see that there are lots of people claiming CBD oil helped them with their daily problems and that their quality of life improved has improved when taking CBD. 

Now how much will it help you:

How much it helps totally depends on the type of CBD oil you take (Full-Spectrum, Broad-Spectrum, CBD Isolate), the dosage and also the quality of the CBD.

How can CBD oil help me improve my quality of life?

I will list some benefits of taking CBD oil and describe how it can improve your quality of life.

CBD can help with:

Pain Relief Reduces Inflammation Relieves Anxiety Reduces seizures
Suppresses muscle spasms Aides Sleep Reduces Blood Sugar Levels Helps with weight loss
Anti-Aging On Skin


Pain relief

When you are looking for a pain relief product, you must take into consideration where you have the pain.

Is the pain superficial? Then you should take a CBD cream to put on the skin and rub it in. 

Does the pain go deeper into your body? CBD oil, edibles or vape could be the right option for you.

Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is a vital part of the response of the immune system to injury and infection. Inflammation is necessary to heal the body from wounds and infections.

Without inflammation, infections could become deadly. However, in some diseases like arthritis, the immune system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no invaders to fight off. In that case, the immune system damages the body itself.

But here’s the kicker:

Research has shown that CBD oil can modulate the immune system. CBD binds to TRPV1 receptors and quickly numb them. TRPV1 receptors are known to mediate pain, inflammation and body temperature. CBD appears to block inflammatory pain.

If you are suffering from Inflammation, then CBD oil or CBD cream can help you reduce this kind of pain.

CBD Reliefs Anxiety

Research has shown that CBD oil helps with many forms of anxiety. Social Anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and also anxiety-induced insomnia. 

Take CBD oil, vaping for a direct effect, or taking CBD gummies before going to bed will help you reduce anxiety.

CBD helps to reduce seizures

In a new study comparing two doses of CBD oil to a placebo, the researchers reported a 41.9 percent reduction in “drop seizures” — a type of seizure that results in severe loss of muscle control and balance — in patients taking a 20 mg/kg/d CBD regimen, a 37.2 percent reduction in those on a 10 mg/kg/d CBD regimen, and a 17.2 percent reduction in a group given a placebo.

CBD oil Suppresses muscle spasms

Muscle spasms are also known as muscle cramps. Everybody in their life probably experienced muscle cramps and normally this passes quickly.

It becomes a problem when you are suffering from this on a much regular basis. For these people, muscle cramps are a gigantic problem. Research discovered that CBD oil can help in basically two main ways with muscle cramps.

The first one is what I talked about earlier in this post and that is inflammation. Muscle cramps are essentially an inflammation response. The other way CBD helps is in reducing the pain.

The second one is that when you suffer from muscle spasms it’s advised to use a CBD cream and rub it on the affected area, this will help to quickly reduce the cramp and the pain that comes with it.

CBD Aids with sleep

Research has shown that CBD interacts with specific receptors that are affecting the sleep and wake circle. I advise CBD oil or CBD gummies to take right before going to sleep.

CBD reduces blood sugar levels

Studies have shown that CBD alone (CBD isolate) doesn’t lower the blood sugar level at all.

But:

When researchers used CBD products with THC in it, it lowed the blood sugar level suggesting that if you want to use CBD for reducing your blood sugar levels, you should make sure that the compound THC is in the products, meaning you would need a full-spectrum CBD product.

CBD helps with weight loss

Several studies show that CBD helps with suppressing appetite and boosting metabolism.

It’s being said that CBD can convert white fat into brown fat, which may help with the body’s ability to burn calories faster.

CBD works Anti-aging on the skin

Because CBD comes from a plant, it contains antioxidant properties. This antioxidant helps lessen the visual signs of aging. By reducing the look of inflammation, CBD anti-aging cream visibly lower issues like skin dullness, rosy skin tone, and wrinkles.

How long does it take before I feel the effect of CBD? 

CBD comes in different forms and shapes so it depends per CBD form how long it takes for the effect to being felt. There are products like CBD oil and CBD gummies that you can take oral, the drawback of this is that it takes longer to work than for example vaping CBD. 

When you vape CBD, it will go through your longs into your bloodstream and you will feel the effect almost instantly.

When taking CBD oil or gummies oral it takes much longer before the CBD enters your bloodstream and therefore you will feel the effect of it much later (around 60 minutes after intake). 

Is vaping CBD dangerous?

Vaping CBD has the quickest effect. Unfortunately, there is also a major drawback when vaping CBD, the problem is that vaping CBD brings also health risks with it. 

When vaping CBD you should always be careful about the temperatures of the CBD and how much you are inhaling.

It could be even riskier:

The other health risk is that the CBD oil itself could be dangerous to vape. Lots of CBD oils contain Vitamin E what is great for skincare but not for vaping. Vaping vitamin E could even cause death so be cautious that your vaping oil doesn’t contain vitamin E.  

What are the side effects of CBD?

There could be a couple of side effects when taking CBD. 

The most common are:

  • Dryness of the mouth 
  • Solved by drinking much water
  • Drowsiness
  • Probably you should reduce the dosage
  • Dizziness or Lightheaded
  • Drink lots of water, also tea or coffee do miracles in this kind of situation
  • Drop-in blood pressure
  • Drinking coffee usually helps, but it’s always a great idea to contact your doctor before using CBD
  • Diarrhea and Change in appetite and weight
  • Interaction with pharmaceutical drugs

What happens when you take too much CBD?

Although taking too much CBD will not cause death, it can be dangerous in different ways. Studies have found that the side effect of taking too much CBD can cause a loss of appetite, diarrhea, and fatigue.

Can I combine CBD with other medicines?

Most times, you can combine CBD with other medicines, but be aware. CBD can interact with other pharmaceutical drugs. The drugs are:

  • Steroids
  • HMG CoA reductase inhibitors
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Antihistamines
  • Prokinetics
  • HIV antivirals
  • Immune modulators
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Antiarrhythmics
  • Antibiotics
  • Anesthetics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antidepressants
  • Anti-epileptics
  • Beta-blockers
  • PPIs
  • NSAIDs
  • Angiotensin II blockers
  • Oral hypoglycemic agents
  • Sulfonylureas

This is just a list naming some drugs, chances are that the list could be much longer. My advice would be to always contact a medical expert before using CBD products.

Conclusion

I hope this post is helpful for you in deciding if you want to try CBD and what you need to look out for. 

That being said, CBD is still a young product although it already exists for hundreds of years. Because of the recent legalization, it only became recently possible for researchers to study all the benefits of CBD.

But here’s the good news:

Lots of studies done so far show extensive potential in CBD so that is great news! The sad news is that it will still take some time for researchers to prove and show exactly how CBD can benefit the human body and mind. 

I would say to try CBD, you don’t take many risks unless you use some medicines where CBD could interfere with it. Just to be sure, always ask your doctor for advice to be sure you don’t take any risks.

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