Despite CBD’s popularity, the product remains unregulated and lacks scientific research. People interested in the compound have to make sure they’re buying the right kind of products, as well as avoiding false advertising and items that claim to feature CBD, but don’t.
There are many questions surrounding CBD, including how it works and why it has been reported to provide relief for many different conditions. While experts are nowhere near understanding everything there is to know about CBD, here are some details about how CBD interacts with the body.
Experts believe that CBD attaches itself indirectly to the cannabinoid receptors in our bodies. These receptors are known for regulating a wide variety of behaviours, including appetite, pain, moods and even memory.
It can help treat inflammation, pain and anxiety
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD has been found to reduce pain — not completely eliminating it, but making it more manageable. Experts believe that the compound works best when taken as a supplement and not as a replacement for other kinds of treatment.
When it comes to anxiety and mood disorders, people have may say CBD is non-psychoactive, which isn’t technically true. According to Project CBD: “If CBD can relieve anxiety or depression or psychosis, then obviously cannabidiol is a profound mood-altering substance, even if it doesn’t deliver much by way of euphoria. Perhaps it would be better to say that CBD is “not psychoactive like THC”, rather than repeating the familiar and somewhat misleading refrain that “CBD is not psychoactive.”
Different studies suggest that CBD can treat symptoms of anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorders and more. Some research indicates that results are even better when there’s some THC thrown in the mix
It could influence sleep and gastrointestinal issues
There’s mixed evidence on CBD and gastrointestinal issues, with one study suggesting the compound might help treat people with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) by limiting acid reflux. When taking high doses or experiencing an adverse reaction to CBD, some side effects reported include nausea and diarrhea.
When it comes to sleep, the data is interesting since it appears the compound helps patients sleep better when they also suffer from anxiety or stress. By treating these symptoms, CBD might indirectly help a person get better sleep and battle periodic bouts of insomnia.
It may have adverse reactions when taken with other drugs
One of CBD’s strongest shortcomings is the fact that when consumed in very high doses it can interact with other medications that people might be taking. This is especially concerning for people who suffer from chronic illnesses and other conditions where they’re consuming different medications.
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