It is important to remember that you should always talk to your doctor before using CBD if you have symptoms of a serious mental or physical health condition. CBD could potentially worsen symptoms or interact with other medications you are taking.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most abundant cannabinoid found in marijuana. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not have psychoactive effects. Interest in the use of CBD for health purposes has grown tremendously in the last few years.
Start With a Low Dose
Federal law prohibits the sale of products that contain more than 0.3% THC. States laws also vary, so you should always check with your state before buying CBD products online.
Before you try CBD, discuss your plan with your doctor. They may be able to recommend a dose and help you better understand any potential risks, complications, side effects, or interactions you might experience.
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This means placing the CBD product under your tongue. CBD tinctures or pure CBD oil work best with this delivery method. CBD oil is made when cannabidiol extracted from the Cannabis plant is put into a carrier oil. In contrast, a CBD tincture is made when cannabidiol extracted from Cannabis is mixed into an alcohol solution.
You can consume the CBD dose either:
When CBD has entered your bloodstream, it interacts with a network of receptors referred to as cannabinoid receptors; these are typically found on the surface of your cells, everywhere from your spinal cord, to your muscle cells, skin, brain, and other organs. Together, these receptors form an entire network referred to as the endocannabinoid system.
Thankfully, you can’t really ‘overdose’ on CBD. If you take a dose exceeding 100mg, you’ll likely feel tired and sleepy, but you’re unlikely to experience harmful effects. If you are new to consuming CBD, your stomach may be upset. This is a natural biological response that occurs when a foreign material enters your body. Typically, the nausea passes once your stomach recognizes that CBD isn’t an irritant.
Endocannabinoid receptors come in different sizes and shapes and are responsible for responding to different cannabinoids in various ways. CBD appears to engage with CB1 and CB2 receptors.
Found in the central nervous system (within your spinal cord and brain). They are associated with effects relating to depression, memory, sleep, and anxiety.
Read on to learn more about CBD and anxiety, so you can discover whether it is an alternative option that you might want to consider.