CBD or cannabidiol has given many patients and those suffering from ailments all over the world, a lease at another life. CBD has a preconceived stigma all around, which detested people from seeking out its plethora of benefits. Much until the 20 century, this stigma lasted. Alas, this is changing. Slowly but steadily…
People have started opening up to CBD with expectations, and CBD has delivered it, time and time again. Many of these patients had been using over-the-counter prescription drugs that had a lot of side effects and long term baggages that their already weakened body had to shoulder!
But, like everything in life, too much of anything does harm too. CBD is no different in this regard. Today, we take a look at what makes CBD great, and what are the side effects that you should be aware of. Let’s begin.
Understand About CBD
Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound that is found in marijuana or hemp seed plant. The CBD is categorized under “cannabinoids” and include many others like THC, Terpenes and so on, that is found in the plant as well. The CBD is present in many forms with varying percentages of other cannabinoids, especially THC. The CBD that we often associate with is the “CBD oil” which has close to 0.3% percentage of THC.
The reason for much of the stigma is because of its portrayal in media and as well as by the out casting of the beneficial drugs by many governments, to only hoodwinks and degenerates. The misconceptions further fuelled this stigma, but the truth is that the feelings of euphoria and delusion when you intake marijuana is restricted to only marijuana. CBD on the other hand is a non-psychotic substance extracted from the plant. Marijuana consist of a compound called THC, or Tetrahydrocannabinol which is psychotic in nature, which causes the aforementioned effects. With CBD consisting of only 0.3% of THC, the chances of you getting “high” are slimmer than slim!
CBD has a plethora of effects. Read ahead to know.
CBD Can Be Used To Treat Anxiety
CBD is a proven science when it comes to treating anxiety, ranging from Social anxiety disorder (SAD) to Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The CBD calms the neuron receptors and enables on to feel more in control and relaxed in the face of uncertainty. This was proven for a 2015 study, where a few in a controlled group were made to intake CBD, while the others were given a placebo. They were then made to participate in public speaking. Those who had anxiety issues were relaxed and confident, while those who took the placebo had heightened blood pressures, heart rate and other parameters that were indicative of their lack of steel nerves!
Very Easy To Use And Administer
CBD products are available in many forms, including tinctures and oil to vape and lotions. It can be ingested very discreetly without getting the attention of the whole room. You feel yourself getting stressed out? Pop in a few CBD gummy bears, and see your troubles go away!
CBD Is An Effective Pain Reliever And Anti-Inflammatory
One of the highlighted benefits of CBD is its ability to interact with neurons in the body causing pain relief. This is beneficial especially to those who ail from chronic back pain and arthritis. Another feature of the organic drug is its ability to control inflammation which is a godsend for those who suffer from severe cases of gout!
|Easy to administer||Can react with other drugs|
|Help pain relief and inflammation||Can cause liver complication|
|Proven to treat anxiety||Risky for new and expecting mother|
The Side Effects
If You Take Prescription Drugs
CBD has been seen to interact with drugs involving steroids, antiretroviral, beta blockers. The result of the interaction is the negation, or complete counteraction of the effect of the drugs. Research is being carried on as you read this.
It Might Cause Liver Complication
The liver plays the vital role of “first-pass metabolism”. This is the breakdown of drugs and toxins that enter into the body. The CBD is shown to lower the metabolic activity, causing the drug to persist in your system longer. This is of particular concern if you are undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. The results of these test are however not conclusive, and the actual outcome is yet to be determined.
If You’re Pregnant Or Breastfeeding
There is a sacred link between the mother and child. Substances in the bloodstream can pass to the child by means of the placenta and the breast milk. It is best for expecting and new mother to minimize their exposure to cannabinoids and CBD products.
CBD benefits far outweigh CBDs side effects. Consult your doctor and let them advice you on the best course of action!