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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Cannabidiol and its influence on your sleep cycle
The vast majority of people suffering from sleeping disorders neglect their issues for years. Why is that?
Difficulty getting into sleep, having trouble sleeping? Or waking up early: a large group of people experience problems sleeping, often referred to as sleeping disorders. A good night’s sleep is not only important to function well, but also to prevent health damage. Chronic sleep disorders increase the risk of getting diseases and other health issues. But it also causes reduced energy, concentration and memory problems, and even irritability. On the list of natural remedies that are used to battle sleeping disorders, CBD oil is getting increasingly important.
Most individuals with sleeping problems considered these to have an impact on their daily functioning, with family life most affected in the Western European sample, personal activities in the US sample and professional activities in the Japanese sample.
Sleeping problems neglected by most people
Almost half of the individuals with sleep problems had never taken any steps to resolve them, and the majority of respondents had not spoken with a physician about their problems.
It is especially the women who have sleep problems. Women generally sleep a little longer than men, but they have more difficulties getting into sleep, and use more sleep medication than men, according to this study.11 percent of women in the age group 41 to 65 years use sleep medication vs. 4.6 percent of the men, in the age group 65+ this is even 17.5 percent of women vs. 6.1 percent of men.
Medication and sleeping disorders
Not everyone is keen to use sleeping pills. They can help you sleep better for one or a few days, but sleeping medication also has many disadvantages. For example, they have side effects such as drowsiness during the day and can cause concentration problems. They increase the risk of falling (elderly people) and therefore increase the risk of fractures. In any case, general practitioners are careful when prescribing these so-called benzodiazepines because you get used/hooked to them quickly. If you use them every day for a week, the effect decreases. So you need more and more sleeping tablets to be able to sleep. In short: within a few weeks, you become addicted and dependent on such a drug. Doctors only recommend them if the need is very high and then only for a few days or temporarily.
Natural resources against sleeping disorders
Natural substances such as melatonin, chamomile, and valerian have been sold for years in the fight against insomnia. Relatively new in this list is cannabidiol or CBD oil as a natural tranquilizer. In the endocannabinoid system in the brain, the brain produces a type of marijuana that is native to the body: endocannabinoid 2-AG (arachidonoylglycerol), a protein-created substance that has the same effect as THC, the active component in marijuana. The brain produces another type of marijuana, anandamide. The exact role of both substances is not clear, but this includes the regulation of appetite, pain sensation, memory and anxiety. And a lack of it can cause complaints such as concentration disorders, insomnia and restlessness.
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Can CBD help you sleep better?
Although further scientific research is needed into the functioning of the endocannabinoid system, CBD seems to be a natural alternative to prescription sleep aids. CBD generally does not cause any side effects and can be used by almost anyone.
If you have any questions regarding the use of CBD Oil, please visit our CBD FAQ page. Or contact us regarding any questions that you might have. We are happy to assist you, and our team exists of professionals with over 10 years of experience in the natural healing industry.
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CBD oil can be a highly effective and safe supplement. This guide aims to educate pet owners on the benefits of CBD while providing tips on how to purchase a quality product, dosage guidelines and ways to talk to your vet about CBD for your dog
It’s an understatement to say we love our pets. Our furry children are part of our daily lives, hilarious members of the family and emotional support providers when we need it most. We always want to keep them in good health, so with all the buzz around the benefits of CBD products for humans, it comes as no surprise that CBD oil for pets has become a hot topic of discussion among pet owners and vets.
CBD is an all-natural, natural way to help your beloved furry friends overcome a variety of ailments and behavioral issues. All without the side effects that come with traditional prescription medication. Unlike medical marijuana, which can be toxic for animals, CBD oil for pets is typically derived from industrial hemp and contains less than 0.02 % THC — nowhere near enough to cause either psychoactive effects or toxicity in even the smallest animal.
While research around the benefits of CBD oil for pets is fairly new, there are many anecdotal stories about the efficacy of CBD in pets. What’s even more exciting is that these aren’t isolated incidents. People all over Europe are daily finding that CBD is giving their nervous, temperamental, ailing or elderly dogs an improved and better quality of life.
To learn more about how CBD oil can work for your pet, we’ve covered some important topics below like the types of ailments it can help with, how to choose a quality product, dosage guidelines and ways to talk to your vet about CBD.
Understanding How CBD Oil Works for Pets
The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) functions the same way in people as it does in pets. In fact, the ECS exists in all mammals with receptors in the body: in the organs, immune system, glands, connective tissues and the brain. Receptors are involved in a number of physiological processes including pain sensation, memory and appetite. In short, the endocannabinoid system provides an essential bridge between the body and mind.
The ECS in both dogs and humans is part of what maintains the natural balance in the body and is stimulated by endocannabinoids which we all produce internally. However, the ECS can also be stimulated by external cannabinoids. This includes Cannabidiol—commonly known as CBD—the non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plants. Much like humans, pets can become deficient in endocannabinoids. This is where CBD comes into play for treating a variety of ailments.
If your pet is suffering from ailments like chronic pain, inflammation or anxiety, you might consider giving them a pet-friendly CBD product. CBD is a non-psychoactive compound, meaning it won’t make your dog “high.” In fact, CBD oil is known for being well-tolerated, even at large doses.
Benefits of CBD Oil for Pets
Because CBD oil for pets is typically produced from industrial hemp, it doesn’t come with the psychoactive effects present in high doses of THC. And can be used to safely treat or manage a variety of conditions in pets without the side effects associated with many conventional medications. Your pet may benefit from CBD oil if they suffer from:
- Acute or chronic pain
- Arthritis and inflammation
- Psoriasis or sensitive skin
- Itching from allergies
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Lack of appetite
- Separation anxiety
- Situational anxiety from loud noises, car travel or bad weather
- Chemotherapy-induced vomiting
- Motion sickness
By this point, you’re likely interested in incorporating CBD into their daily regimen. But with so many available products, where do you start? In the next section we offer advice on how to choose a quality CBD product for your pet and what to look out for.
Choosing a Good CBD Product for Your Pet
Not all CBD products are created equal. With the growing popularity of CBD oil for pets, there are many sellers jumping on the train to get their share of the market. However, not everyone makes a quality product. It’s always important to do your research to get the right CBD product for your furry friend.
- Always buy a CBD product made for pets, not for humans—Remember that CBD products are very different for humans and dogs. There are potency and dosage measurements that correspond with each and are important to follow.
- Buy Organic—Hemp can easily pick up contaminants from the soil it’s grown in, which you don’t want transferred to your pet. So make sure the CBD products you buy is grown on organic soil.
- Ask for a certificate of analysis—Serious companies will provide a certificate of analysis showing their product has been lab tested.
- Choose a product with a CO2 extraction method—This system uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and low temperatures to assure the purity of the product and to keep most of the cannabinoids intact.
- Choose a healthy carrier oil—For maximum absorb-ability, look for a CBD product that has an organic carrier oil. It should also be free of alcohol.
- Beware of products that contain essential oils—It’s easy to confuse natural with safe. Essential oils are potent substances that can pose serious risks for pets. While great for humans, essential oils can cause skin irritation in dogs and some are even toxic.
- If you can find reviews - If you can find reviews of the company’s products or of their service you can determine yourself if you feel comfortable dealing with them. Maybe they have a chat online where you can ask your questions and feel the customer service.
CBD Oil for Pets vs. Other Products
With the growing popularity of CBD, new products are entering the market every day—some are more effective than others. The three most popular CBD products for dogs are oils, capsules and treats.
- Tincture (oil)—This is the most common and effective method, providing the fastest relief from symptoms. CBD oils are always administered in drops. While the exact amount of drops needed for a dose can vary from one product to another, 2-4 drops taken 2-4 times a day is generally suggested.
- Capsules—CBD capsules are clean and come with easy measurements. Each capsule typically contains between 5-20 mg of CBD. Again, the exact number of capsules needed for a dose can vary from one product to another. But 1 tablet taken 1-2 times per day is typically suggested.
- Treats—Treats are great for sensitive pups and picky eaters. If you find you’re having trouble with oil or capsules, this might be the best method for your pet. Keep in mind that, unlike oil and capsules, CBD dog treats can contain varying concentrations of CBD per treat and can be less effective. Dosage is also known to vary by brand, so it’s best to follow the specific product guidelines.
How Much CBD Oil Should I Give My Pet?
Understanding the correct CBD dosage for your pet can be confusing. Many companies will show the amount of CBD per serving, the amount of CBD per milliliter and the amount of CBD per bottle. Always read the instructions and seek out more information on a product’s website if necessary.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s safe to follow this formula for the appropriate dosage: 0.50 mg x 1 kg of bodyweight.
Administer CBD oil orally, or if your pet is picky, it might be easier to mix with their food. Next, you’ll want to closely monitor their behavior, as it can take up to an hour to kick in. Always remember to start with the minimum dosage and increase if needed. Now that you have an understanding of dosage guidelines by weight, you’ll want to evaluate the type and severity of your dog’s ailments.
How to Talk to Your Vet About CBD Oil for Pets
Many pet owners prefer their vet’s advice on new supplements, medicine or food, so bringing up the topic of CBD oil can be uncomfortable, because of “the worlds” relationship to cannabis. Here are some suggestions on how to best approach the topic of CBD oil for your pet with your vet.
Be Open and Honest
First, keep in mind that while your vet may not be up to date on the latest research around CBD oil, it’s unlikely they will be surprised by your inquiry. With more pet parents curious about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs, they’ve likely already been approached about it.
You might mention that another pet-owner friend, who uses CBD oil, has noticed benefits for their dog or cat. You can also bring up news stories or articles about the benefits of CBD oil that are relevant to your dog’s situation. Don’t be hesitant to state why you are curious about CBD oil. And remember, that your vet has your pet’s best interests in mind.
Your vet sees many pets every day, so they may be able to share what other dog owners have found to be helpful. Here are a few questions you can ask your vet to start the conversation about CBD.
- In your practice, have you seen CBD oil benefit other pets?
- Are you familiar with any research or studies on CBD oil?
- What’s your personal opinion about CBD oil?
- Would you support my decision to give my pet CBD oil?
Potential Side Effects of CBD Oil for Pets
As you know by now, CBD is a non-psychoactive and non-toxic substance that will not cause an overdose in your dog. Unlike products that contain THC. THC is toxic for cats and dogs. However, as with anything new you give your pet, there can be some trial and error. It’s common for them to appear sleepy 30 minutes to an hour after giving CBD oil. However, there are some symptoms you should look out for.
- Excessive Sedation
Stop treatment immediately if your dog displays any of these side effects. After they are feeling better, try resuming treatment at a lower dose. If the conditions persist, fully stop treatment and contact your vet.
It never hurts to do some digging of your own. To date, there have only been a few studies published on CBD for animals. Which limits the amount of true scientific data. However, there is a wealth of anecdotal evidence to help you make an educated decision. Here is an example:
Runners and other athletes bodies do have special needs. The intense daily workout can put a huge strain on various muscle groups in the body while preparing for a major race or competition. Pure CBD oil for runners can help improve recovery from pain, muscle recovery and other effects of intense physical training.
10 reasons why runners should use CBD products
CBD is commonly used as a pain reliever. It’s mainly helpful when runners need quick relief from pain during or immediately after a workout.
Pure CBD binds to the body’s endocannabinoid receptors in various parts of the body, resulting in a reduction in the sensation of pain in the brain and muscles. Endocannabinoid receptors also increase anandamide levels, which, in turn, produce a pain killing effect.
2. Prevent Inflammation
Runners and other athletes face the problem of inflammation almost every day they practice or do hard physical exercise. Instead of using well-known creams that can have a burning sensation, CBD topical creams can provide fast, soothing relief.
Pure CBD oil works as an anti-inflammatory agent.¹ Using CBD balm and oil in conjunction can prevent joint injury. CBD can suppress swelling by decreasing the rate at which specific skin cells multiply. The cannabinoids in pure CBD oil can also inhibit the production of cytokines (small category of proteins that are used in cell signaling).
3. Sleep and Relax for Full Muscle Recovery
Cannabinoids in hemp can have a sedative effect on most users.² Taking hemp drops with min. The 10% CBD Oil can provide a better sedative effect than popular sedative drugs. Athletes and Runners who enjoy the deep sleep from CBD will experience better muscle recovery and faster muscle growth. When combined with MCT oil you will get double benefits for muscle recovery.
4. Eliminate Nausea
After training hard for hours, athletes can feel a nauseating sensation coming from their stomach. Pure CBD oil has well known anti-emetic effects that can prevent vomiting.
The gastrointestinal tract has its own endocannabinoid receptors that bind to the cannabinoids in CBD oil. The fastest relief usually comes by vaping . Runners may also use CBD oil tinctures to avoid the irritating effect of inhaling CBD.
5. Reduce Cramps and Muscle Spasms
Athletes and runner can often experience muscle spasms and cramps due to repeated use of the same muscles. Muscle spasms are contractions, which takes place suddenly without the control of the person involved. They could last for a short time or be long and crippling.
Applying CBD to the affected muscles can provide pain relief. CBD oil or topical creams can cut the pain and make the muscles relax.
CBD topicals work on virtually all muscle groups, including the neck, arms, glutes, legs and other parts of the body. It will diminish cramps and spasms by reducing the inflammation that occurs around strained or injured muscles.
The cannabinoids in CBD oil connect the endocannabinoid receptors and alter the body’s inflammatory response. This provides an anti-inflammatory effect and prevents any further damage to the muscles and surrounding tissues.
6. Protect the Brain From Damage
In addition to reducing inflammation around muscles, CBD can also reduce inflammation in vital organs such as the brain, heart and lungs. Athletes who take Pure CBD oil before having a traumatic brain injury are more likely to survive than those who don’t. Any athlete who suffers a severe brain injury can avoid a severe concussion by using a hemp oil product like CBD oil.
7. To Recover Faster From Injuries
When athletes are injured, their instinct would be to reach for over-the-counter painkillers like Ibuprofen or Paracetamol. Such painkillers will provide temporary relief from pain, but they have no impact on the time it takes to recover.
Taking CBD products not only stops the pain, but it helps the body recover faster. CBD can improve the healing of all tissues and cells in the body because of its interaction with the endocannabinoid system.
8. Boost the Immune System
During the weeks before a major competition, most athletes go through intense training. Practicing for a long time can have specific side effects on the body including weakening the immune system. CBD products can help boost the immune system. Hemp is rich in antioxidants, which can help the body fight infection. The antioxidants also improve heart health, so athletes can cope with the strain of training and still perform well.
9. Prevent Game Day Anxiety
As game day or an important competition is drawing closer, it’s common for athletes to get a bit nervous. But they can reduce this anxiety by taking pure CBD oil, which is also a potent anti-depressant. If this is the main freight for the athlete, The Real CBD recommend taking CBD/MCT oil 18% for a minimum of 2 weeks before the competition. This is to fill up the endocannabinoid system – it will make you calmer, more focused and in top form for your important day.
10. Lower cortisol levels with CBD/MCT oil
What to look for when buying CBD oil!
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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.