Everyone has heard about CBD oil and its potential benefits. CBD-derived products have increased in popularity in recent years, and people still have questions about their side effects.
There is no denying that CBD has positively impacted the lives of millions of people worldwide. Although CBD is generally well tolerated by the vast majority of users, it is important to understand how this compound works and its potential side effects on the body.
It is also worth mentioning that each individual is unique, and some external factors, including lifestyle, and healthy habits, may increase the chances of occurring side effects. It is also essential to understand that in order to avoid any possible side effects, you should always take the correct dosage and avoid taking CBD with certain medications.
What is CBD?
Cannabis and hemp are different strains that originate from the same plant species. CBD is one of the hundreds of compounds in these plants. Different cannabinoids provide different effects due to how they are metabolized and broken down by the body.
CBD is also one of these cannabinoids and is the second most commonly found in cannabis. CBD is short for the cannabinoids’ scientific name, which is Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol, unlike THC, does not provide any intoxicating effects. In fact, CBD has been scientifically proven to combat the intoxicating effects that THC produces.
How does CBD work?
We have an internal network of chemicals and receptors in the central and peripheral nervous systems called the endogenous endocannabinoid system. These receptors, named CB1 and CB2, bind with molecules called ligands to control the release of neurotransmitters like glutamate and dopamine. The endocannabinoid receptors, ligands, and certain enzymes work in concert to affect several processes in the body, including thought, memory, mood, pain management, and appetite.
Cannabinoids created outside the body—like CBD— can also bind with the CB1 or CB2 (and other) receptors to produce various effects and moderate some of these physical functions. Studies have shown that using CBD oil can relieve pain, reduce anxiety and depression, alleviate cancer-related symptoms, reduce acne, have neuroprotective properties, improve heart health, and many other potential benefits.
Potential CBD Side Effects
The side effects of CBD, when compared to those of pharmaceutical medication, are mild. It may include, but not be limited to:
- Changes in weight
- Changes in appetite
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
Like any other supplements and medications, the effects of CBD can vary based on your dosage, lifestyle, use with other drugs, and other external factors. The CBD dosage is based on several factors, from body weight to severity of symptoms and usage history. Also, the specific type of CBD product you are using, for example, CBD oil tinctures, gummies, or any other way, can also affect the recommended dosage. Always check the dosage guide recommended by the manufacturer.
Still have questions?
At Gaia Hemp, we believe in the miracle healing power of herbs, as we personally have experienced the restorative medicinal benefits of CBD. We value transparency by offering the finest quality Canadian-grown hemp and cold-pressed CBD extracted with 100% purity. If you still have questions, do not hesitate to contact us today.