Common CBD side effects
We are not going to go over the amazing benefits of using CBD as they are endless, but we will cover its potential side effects. If you are considering using CBD in the form of oil then keep on reading.
Most often you will find good reviews, but occasionally someone experiences adverse side effects. The question is: Are these side effects a result of the CBD itself or just the result of user error? The answer isn’t so straightforward.
Before you decide to start to take CBD, do the research and speak with your healthcare practitioner to cover all of your bases. You should look at the benefits, dosing methods and dosage, additives and of course the risks involved with taking CBD.
How to protect yourself
There are many different CBD products on the market, each with different additive, purity, and potency factors. Unfortunately, some companies are only wanting to cash in on the CBD business, by providing low quality products that may have synthetic additives.
The best way to avoid these additives is to look for a company that provides total transparency about their product. Even though CBD is not regulated by the health ministries, legitimate and proffessional CBD producers pay for third-party labtests and make them public. These tests generally look at the quality of the CBD oil and provide information regarding potency, cannabinoid and terpene profiles, and purity.
When purchasing a CBD product, you should have full access to a list of ingredients and any third-party test results.
CBD Side effects
There is still a lot of research to be done concerning the side effects of CBD. This makes it slightly difficult to give a definitive answer. When you look for online reviews, you will find lots of positive responses about the amazing benefits of CBD. But ever so often, you will find a complaint or warning of side effects. Generally, these side effects are mild and are usually simple to resolve.
To help you make an educated decision, below is a list the most commonly reported side effects related to CBD. These are some of the experiences of other users or taken from relevant studies.
Dry mouth is sometimes present. Luckily, it is easily manageable by consuming plenty of water before, during and after your CBD consumption. In general, it is important to remember to drink enough water daily, so staying hydrated carries a clear advantage for a variety of reasons.
A Drop in Blood Pressure
Some studies have shown that higher doses of CBD have caused a small drop in blood pressure, so for those who are taking medication for low blood pressure, it is important for them to consult with their doctor before consuming CBD. Low blood pressure is often tied with a feeling of lightheaded, which can be uncomfortable for many.
Although CBD is commonly considered a good way to ward off nausea, some people report an upset stomach or feeling nauseous as a side effect. Because our digestive tract is so delicately balanced, there are several reasons this could happen. Too much CBD can easily lead to nausea and results in loss of appetite. Luckily, the fix to this problem is pretty simple. Just take less CBD, smaller doses and less frequently.
CBD effects everyone a bit differently. For some, CBD is giving energy and focus, but for others, it can produce the opposite. In high doses, some people have reported feeling drowsy after taking CBD. If this is how it affects you be sure not to take your dosage when you have to be most active.
One of CBD’s more temporary possible side effects, feeling lightheaded, which is often linked with a drop in blood pressure, can be easily managed by consuming some sort of caffeinated beverage, which will help to regulate your body back to normal, (a cup of tea or coffee works wonders).
Contrary to the previous effects, some users report that CBD makes them feel restless. Of course, extra energy is not necessarily a bad thing, but for people who want to treat insomnia or use CBD to help them sleep, restlessness is frustrating. Sometimes, higher doses are needed to help users get the “sleepy” effects they’re looking for.
Rarely, someone may report having headaches after using CBD oil. Some people chose CBD as an alternative to migraine medications, and many studies have shown that cannabis has the potential to reduce inflammation and pain due to headaches.
It is likely that an increased dose can result in negative effects. Generally, there is no reason to increase your dose if you are already experiencing the desired effects. If you suddenly start experiencing mild side effects after an increased dose, that is a telltale sign that your dose is too high.
Increased Tremors in Parkinson’s Disease
There is significant evidence that CBD oil may help with motor impairment, rigidity, difficulty sleeping, tremors, and other symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease. CBD is shown to have neuroprotective effects that help reduce the severity of these symptoms. However, some users report that CBD actually increases tremors due to Parkinson’s disease. There is not much scientific evidence to explain this reaction. It is important to talk with your doctor when using CBD oil for treating chronic illness.
We can not recommend to take CBD if you are on blood thinning medication, read more here.
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CBD oil for ADHD?
Facts about this natural approach! Could CBD oil help ADHD?
CBD oil is a natural option which has been tried for everything from chronic pain to cancer. Many parents with children with ADD and ADHD prefer a drop of the natural option the hemp plant has to offer, then turning to the hard drug treatments like Ritalin (Methylphenidate), which can cause dependency and have a lot of side-effects.
What is ADD and ADHD?
ADHD affects functioning skills which include important functions such as attention, concentration, learning from mistakes, impulsivity, hyperactivity, organization memory, motivation, and effort, and social skills. It’s actually an umbrella term for three different types:
- ADD is where the child or adult has trouble paying attention.
- Hyperactive is where the child is frequently wild and out of control. They can be very talkative and super excited.
- Combined is precisely what it sounds like, a combination of both of the two previous types of ADHD.
No matter what type of ADHD a person suffers from, it all results from signalling issues in the brain.
How can CBD oil help ADHD?
When you consume CBD oil, the plant compounds engage with two receptors in your body. These receptors, known as CB1 and CB2, have a direct effect on specific parts of your body.
CB1 is more present in the brain and is directly related to behaviour and mood. CB2 is more abundant in the immune system. It’s connected to pain and inflammation.
CBD oil for ADHD has been reported to block the activity of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). This allows the body to increase dopamine levels naturally which results in calmer and more relaxed behaviour.
Using CBD oil for ADHD is something to discuss with your doctor, but the benefits are showing up in multiple studies around the world.
Can CBD Oil treat ADHD? What Science says:
There is no scientific basis from which CBD could be recommended by a doctor for use as a treatment for ADHD, nor is there any data that could speak to which product or dose would be appropriate however……
Use of cannabis and CBD have been shown clinically to help in the management of troublesome behaviors which occur in ADHD. A study was done in Germany (2015)* showed that many adults with ADHD prefer cannabis or CBD over pharmaceutical drugs treatment. They feel the treatment is more natural, has milder side effects, and is more effective.
Another study** show the effect of CBD in children with ADHD. As an all-natural product derived from hemp, it has none of the unwanted side effects found in prescription medication, meaning it may be useful as a long-term replacement.
5% pure CBD oil could help!
Pure 5% CBD oil is a good starting point. Our recommendation is to start low and go slow! More is not always better. Put a drop or two under the tongue and keep it in you mouth for at least a minute. If you child don’t like the taste you can mix it on a teaspoon of honey and let that mixture “melt” in the mouth. Do this morning and evening. If you don’t see any changed after a couple of days you can increase the dosage to 3 drops twice a day.
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NEW – The CBD pain Patch to relieve you from your pain!
We love it when CBD and creativity join forces. It’s the result of our hard work and finally, we can offer some truly unique pain patches!
Advantages using the CBD Pain Patch
CBD patches for pain deliver the power and pain relieving CBD (Cannabidiol) into your bloodstream. This by absorbing through multiple layers of your skin. Other delivery methods like vaping CBD or taking edibles can reduce the bioavailability (amount of CBD going into your body). As the CBD compounds need to go through the respiratory or digestive system, before reaching your bloodstream. For example, if you take an 8 mg CBD orally, you will have less of the beneficial value than if you used an 8 mg CBD transdermal patch.
CBD Pain Patch dosage
Another major advantage that the patch is able to offer is you never have to remember when to take your next dosage oil. The patch goes to work automatically while you get on with your day, even if you travel a lot, works different shifts, sleeps late or is busy night and day raising a family. The ingredients are released into the skin over a timed release through absorption.
Additional beneﬁt of using patches is that the CBD is supplied gradually and constantly, rather than in a large, single dose. Patches utilize the skin’s natural barrier properties in order to achieve a constant delivery cannabidiol and achieve steadier blood levels as compared to oils, vaping or edibles.
How does it work?
Our skin is the largest organ we have. It covers and protects the body, regenerates when needed, and provides limited but essential penetration. The skin has three layers.
- The ﬁrst layer is called the epidermis. The epidermis is the skin’s outermost layer. This is the layer that contains the primary barrier of the skin to the entry of foreign substances. The epidermis is the layer upon which a transdermal patch is placed.
- The second layer of the skin is called the dermis. It lies beneath the epidermis and contains connective tissue that gives the skin structure and strength. The dermis also contains sweat glands and hair follicles. This layer of skin transmits the CBD from the patch into the deepest layer.
- The deepest and third layer of skin is called the hypodermis. It is deeper tissue and is made of fat and more connective tissue. This layer contains blood vessels which also reach into the dermis and epidermis. These blood vessels are important in the transmission of CBD from the patch to the bloodstream.
CBD Pain Patch Product Description
You will get 2 sheets of 15 patches in a small handy resealable envelope. This is sufficient for 30 days of pain-relieving daily life. Each patch is 3.2 cm x 3.2 cm skin coloured and very discreet. Every 24 hours you must place the patch anywhere on the body that is hair free, non-greasy from creams and body lotions and covered by clothing. Each patch has 8mg of CBD, which is equivalent to 1 drop of or 15% CBD oil.
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CBD Oil and Cancer
Cannabis is the Latin name for hemp, a plant that enjoys special interest because of the psychological and physical effects. Ever since ancient times, it has been a popular herbal remedy for calming, analgesic, antidepressant, sleep-inducing, nausea-suppressing, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and appetite-inducing properties. The best-known cannabis products are marijuana (weed) and hash, but CBD (Cannabidiol) is gaining popularity and people are slowly opening up towards the medicinal properties of hemp.
The active ingredient of Cannabis
The active ingredients of cannabis are the so-called cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are the most abundant. THC is the psychoactive ingredient that makes users high or stoned. CBD mitigates the effects of THC, has an antipsychotic effect and seems to protect against addiction. The ratio between THC and CBD determines the effects and side effects of cannabis.
According to the Dutch Office for Medicinal Cannabis (the government organization responsible for the production of cannabis for medicinal purposes), there are sufficient scientific data that shows that cannabis can be effective to help:
- Pain caused by cancer
- Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic bowel inflammation
- Nausea, loss of appetite, weakening in treatment of cancer and AIDS
- Nausea and vomiting due to medication or radiation in cancer,
- Muscle cramps and muscle twitches in multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury
- Prolonged nerve pain, ex. due to damage to a neural pathway, phantom pain, facial pain or chronic pain that persists after healing of shingles
- Tics in Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
- Therapy-resistant glaucoma
Can CBD oil cure cancer?
CBD alone can not cure cancer. The active cannabinoids in the cannabis plant are like your internal endocannabinosystemid (ECS). Your body’s endocannabinoids are responsible for keeping your body in balance. When your body is out of balance and in a state of stress, your endocannabinoids work, over time, to correct this imbalance. The endocannabinoids in the cannabis plant enable your body to restore this balance, which is one of the reasons why cannabis works so well for you if you have cancer.
The whole plant is needed when helping to treat cancer, and this includes THC. THC encapsulates the cancer cells and makes them “commit suicide” which then keeps them from mutating and grow. Not every cancer patient want to feel high or stoned for weeks, which is where CBD comes into action. CBD counteracts the feeling of being high or stones so that the patient can actually function in everyday life.
Side Effects of Cannabis for Cancer
As all cancers are different, some can be treated quickly, whereas others take time and cause a lot of discomfort and pain. Cancer not only affects you as an individual but it also your family and friends. It’s crucial to have the best quality of life you possibly can while you’re fighting the disease. Gentle and effective treatments, like cannabis, can contribute to a better quality of life.
The Real CBD have a 60% CBD/CBDa paste available for exactly this purpose. It is available in an easy to dose syringe with a lid. Best stored in the refrigerator for the exact dosage.
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What is the difference between CBD oil and CBG oil?
CBD oil has made its rise in the world of nutritional supplements in recent years. THC oil is also being used by more and more people. Still, there are many more cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that people do not know much about. One such cannabinoid is CBG. Did you know, for example, that most cannabis plants contain less than 1% concentration of MEB? This is one of the reasons that this cannabinoid has not received much attention so far. But in 2019, the health-conscious consumer will certainly get to know the effect of CBG oil. In this article we will discuss the difference between CBD oil and CBG oil.
What is CBG oil?
CBG oil consists of cannabigerol (is a phytocannabinoid) which is diluted with hemp seed oil or olive oil. Our human endocannabinoid system (ECS) produces endocannabinoids. The cannabis plant produces phytocannabinoids. These two types of cannabinoids are very similar. Because most cannabis plants contain less than 1% concentration of CBG, it took some time before the effects of CBG were valued. So far, therefore, it is usually labeled as a “less important” cannabinoid. During the growth period of the cannabis plant larger concentrations of CBG-A (cannabigerol acid) can be found. As a result, MEB also mentions the “stem cell” of the cannabis plant. However, at a later stage of the growth of the cannabis plant, CBG-A (cannabigerol acid) enzymes are broken down. As with (CBD-A / THC-A), CBG-A is converted into CBG by drying, heating or UV light. We call the latter acid-free cannabinoids. The cannabis plants that are currently available are bred because they contain a lot of THC and / or CBD. As a result, these strains usually have a low CBG content. Nowadays, producers are still experimenting with crossings so that strains are formed with a higher CBG concentration.
What are the effects of CBG?
Because CBG has so far usually been labeled as a “less important” cannabinoid, little research has been carried out into the effects of CBG. We expect that this will change in the short term because more and more people are beginning to realize that the functioning of CBG should not be underestimated.
What is the difference between CBD oil and CBG oil?
In order to understand the difference between CBD oil and CBG oil, it is important that we realize that CBD and CBG are two completely different cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. They differ both in the chemical structure and in the concentrations. Because CBG is mainly present in the growth phase of the cannabis plant, the scientific community thinks that CBG is one of the most important cannabinoids. This is because CBG provides the compounds (cannabinoids) that form later in the plant. However, it is certain that CBG can have a strengthening effect on CBD. Precisely this is a reason we combine CBD oil with CBG oil.