CBD has grown immensely in recent years, and many users aren’t sure of what it is and what it can do to help them. We’re going to take an in-depth look at CBD across a wide range of categories so that you can get a better idea of what it can and cannot do.
We’ll start off by taking a look at the basics, so you can get a better idea of what CBD is, what it does, how it compares to related supplements, and some of the basics of using it. After that, we’ll get into some of the conditions that it can be used to treat as well as what it can do for you in other ways.
What is CBD?
From infused energy drinks to tinctures, CBD can be found in more and more forms, but have you ever wondered exactly what it is? This part of our guide will be dedicated to the details that you should know about CBD, including more about it, how it relates to THC, and how you can take it.
What is CBD?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is one of the main ingredients in the hemp plant. CBD has been known for a long time, first being discovered back in 1940, though full and conclusive research into its effects are still in motion.
In most places, the active ingredient within the hemp plant, CBD, is legal while the cannabis plant itself still remains illegal. This varies based on where you are, and we’ll discuss more about CBD’s legal status in the UK and in the rest of Europe later on.
What is THC?
THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in the hemp plant, meaning that it’s the one that gets you high. This substance is closely related to many chemicals that can already be found in the human body, which are known as cannabinoids. These chemicals bind to receptors in the brain, and these receptors are responsible for a range of feelings.
For example, some receptors are linked to memory, pleasure, thinking, your perception of time, and coordination. When THC attaches itself to these receptors, these different areas will be affected, which is the reason why using cannabis will end up getting the user high.
In most cases, the effects of cannabis will impact the user within one minute of consumption if smoked or vaporised, though effects may start taking place up to 30 minutes later. Effects can last up to two hours, though this varies based on the individual’s tolerance and amount consumed.
The Difference Between CBD and THC
THC and CBD are both secreted by the glands of the cannabis plant, but there are some very important differences between the two. The main difference is that CBD is legal and THC is not. This is because THC is psychoactive and CBD is not.
CBD contains 0% THC, meaning that you won’t feel any psychoactive effects when you use it.
For example, CBD won’t increase your appetite like THC, and it won’t result in any motor skill impairment. Another difference lies in how the two substances are sourced. CBD is harvested from hemp, which contains no THC.
While the molecular structure of CBD and THC is very similar, there are differences in the arrangement that result in different effects on the human body when consumed.
What Does CBD Do?
CBD’s effects are still being studied, but on the most basic level, we know that CBD binds to the body’s endocannabinoid receptors to affect us in various ways. Some studies have shown that CBD may reduce anxiety when consumed regularly, and work is ongoing to determine the validity of the claim.
CBD may also reduce anxiety, allow for easier and deeper sleep, improve insomnia, and relieve joint aches when applied topically.
One of the most-studied claims is that CBD can help treat epilepsy, especially in children, and this has led to various medications being based on CBD to help treat the condition. While studies for humans are still being conducted, it’s also possible that CBD helps reduce pain, as evidenced by animal studies.
When it comes to the length of time that it will take CBD to start working, you have to account for the method that you used to take it. This is due to changes in bioavailability depending on the method that you used to consume it.
Topical consumption has the lowest level of bioavailability, though it works well at the source, such as when applied to inflamed joints. That being said, it doesn’t have the same homeostasis effect as CBD that is taken orally.
On the other hand, oral consumption will take longer than many other methods because of the slow speed of digestion compared to other ways of getting CBD in your bloodstream. If you ingest your CBD orally, you may find yourself waiting up to two hours for it to take effect.
As we mentioned in the previous section, there are a wide range of ways that you can take CBD. Topical solutions like lotions don’t provide the same degree of homeostasis because of the difficulty that the substance has when it comes to getting through the skin’s water barrier.
On the other hand, oral CBD solutions like food and drinks are popular options for beginners who may not like the idea of sublingual administration. As we mentioned, the one thing to consider about this method of consumption is that the CBD will take longer to impact you.
Sublingual administration is quick and efficient. Sublingual administration consists of putting drops of CBD under your tongue and keeping it there until it’s absorbed into the bloodstream.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, we’re going to take a look at how CBD is made and sourced. There are a few key differences between how CBD and THC are produced, but there are also many similarities, which is a large part of why CBD has existed in such a legal grey area for such a long time.
How is CBD Made?
The first part of producing CBD is always planting the hemp plant and waiting for it to mature. Hemp is one of the most efficient plants in the world because of how closely each one can be planted together, making the process of harvesting it a lot less space-consuming than with other plants.
After that, the plant is harvested and then cured or air dried. Once the flower is ready, the CBD has to be extracted from it, and there are a few different methods of doing so. For example, CBD can be extracted using ethanol, in which the plant is soaked in alcohol, or it can be extracted using CO2 and oils.
After the CBD has been extracted, it is combined with a carrier oil to dilute it and make it easier to consume. Sometimes the CBD is combined with a flavouring to ensure that it’s more pleasant to consume because of its typically earthy and hempy taste.
What is CBD Isolate?
As you would expect from the name, CBD isolate is CBD where the substance has been fully isolated from other cannabinoids that may have been present in the plant.
CBD isolate is typically used by individuals in areas where the laws around THC are extremely strict. Puresport CBD isolate products have been tested by the Banned Substances Control Group and are regularly used by drug-tested athletes. However, this substance can also be used by those who want to try out CBD without consuming THC for moral or psychological reasons.
What is Broad Spectrum CBD?
Broad spectrum CBD is different from CBD isolate because it contains many of the other compounds you’ll find in cannabis. Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily mean that your broad spectrum CBD will contain THC, since it is usually kept below the legal limit. Puresport’s broad spectrum CBD contains 0% THC.
Some broad-spectrum CBD products may contain trace amounts of THC, but it will rarely ever be enough to get you high. Puresport's broad spectrum CBD contains 0% THC.
However, you may find some substances known as terpenes that are still present in broad spectrum CBD. These will often affect the flavour of the flower itself, particularly if smoked.
Broad spectrum CBD is usually purchased by people who intend to vape or smoke their CBD due to these additional terpenes and the effect that they’ll have on the experience of consuming it.
Is CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum Better?
Picking between CBD isolate and broad spectrum CBD is usually a matter of preference and it depends on how you intend to consume your CBD. However, there is also growing evidence that broad spectrum CBD may have more effects than isolates because of how the substances interact with each other.
This is known as the entourage effect, and it hasn’t been researched sufficiently to determine which specific conditions it affects the most keenly. On the other hand, you may prefer CBD isolate if you want to make sure that there is 0% CBD in your THC.
As we already mentioned, you should also consider the legality of THC and CBD in the area where you live when determining which of these two CBD types will work best for you. CBD isolates will be a lot easier to find and possess in particularly strict jurisdictions.
CBD is a relatively new substance and is therefore subject to ongoing legislative changes due to its direct correlation with the cannabis plant, which is just now starting to be legalised or at least decriminalised in much of the western world. Let’s take a look at the legal status of CBD in the UK, Europe, and in sporting competitions.
There are relatively strict conditions that mean high-quality CBD is legal in the United Kingdom. The first condition is that CBD cannot contain more than 0.2% THC. Beyond that point, the law considers it psychotropic and therefore illegal. Bear in mind that this is stricter than the US limit of 0.3% but not meaningfully different in practice.
One thing to consider is the form that the CBD comes in so that it can be legal to sell in the UK. CBD needs to come in liquid form for it to be considered legal. That means that you can only market vape liquid for electronic cigarettes, various liquid forms of CBD that are meant to be ingested, capsules, and topicals.
This includes CBD oil and CBD tinctures, as well as CBD beverages such as teas and kombuchas that have been infused with the substance.
Is CBD Legal in Europe?
In many other European countries, the law is a little more lax than in the UK. For example, CBD is fully legal in several European countries. These countries include Greece, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, and the Czech Republic. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that THC is allowed in CBD in these countries.
There are a few countries that are nearly as restrictive as the UK when it comes to their THC limits, such as Italy, with its limit of 0.6%. On the other hand, most of the countries that we mentioned before have a limit of 1% THC in their CBD, which is still unlikely to cause psychological effects.
Due to the widely varying laws in Europe when it comes to CBD, it’s a good idea to do your own research before travelling with it. If you have a medical certificate, ensure that it’s on your person in case you get questioned about it.
Yes, CBD is legal for athletes. The substance has been allowed in international competition since 2018, when the substance was removed from the list of prohibited substances by the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). This was also the case for the USADA (US Anti-Doping Agency).
One thing to consider is that CBD was the only cannabis compound that was removed from the list. THC is still considered a banned substance, as the world learned after the Sha’Carri Richardson situation where the runner found herself suspended after testing positive for THC.
If you want to be as safe as possible when taking CBD as an athlete, it’s usually a good idea to stick to isolates or other substances that won’t potentially contain enough THC for you to show up as positive for it on a test.
Puresport CBD was the first CBD product to be approved by the Banned Substances Control Group.
Who Can Take CBD?
Reactions to CBD can vary based on the person, but evidence shows that there are relatively few serious risks to consuming it. Some of the most common side effects of taking CBD include increased hunger and a dry mouth, but there has never been a serious medical incident linked to CBD.
This means that CBD is suitable for most individuals, though it’s usually a good idea to check in with a medical professional before you start using it regularly. This will ensure that your CBD won’t conflict with any other treatments that your doctor has prescribed or any existing medical conditions.
One thing to consider is that there haven’t been long-term studies conducted on the use of CBD for children, and most products that you’ll find available have been created with adult use in mind, so the jury’s still out on whether CBD is suitable for children.
Can You Use CBD on Pets?
CBD and pets fall into the same area as CBD and children in that there haven’t been enough studies conducted to determine if it’s safe to give to animals. Regulatory bodies around the world have yet to approve CBD products that are recommended for use with your pets, though there is anecdotal evidence stating that CBD may help them.
For example, some pet owners report that giving their pets CBD when they’re suffering from arthritis and other painful conditions has helped them deal with the pain. What few studies have been conducted when it comes to CBD and dogs have shown that it can be beneficial, supporting the anecdotal evidence about arthritis treatment.
One study even showed that CBD could be used to treat epilepsy in dogs, though the dogs in the study had also been administered a seizure medication at the same time.
Banned Substances Control Group
The Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG) is an entity that certifies products and ensures that they are not contaminated with other substances that are banned by anti-doping bodies. When looking for dietary supplements as an athlete, it’s usually a good idea to ensure that your supplements have been verified by the BSCG.
This is particularly useful when looking for CBD supplements. As we already mentioned, athletes can end up getting themselves suspended for doping if they test positive for THC, and due to the process of making CBD, it’s pretty common to find both substances alongside each other.
Another reason to use the BSCG is to ensure that a supplement for animals doesn’t contain banned substances. For example, THC can have adverse effects on canines and other pets, so it’s a good idea to be sure that it’s not present in your pet’s supplements.
Common CBD Tips
If you’re new to using CBD, then you may have some questions on your mind about it. This can range from the amount of CBD that you should use to the way that you should get it into your system. We’ll cover some of the most common questions about CBD over the course of this section.
How Much CBD Should You Take?
There are many factors that will determine the amount of CBD that you should use, including your body weight, what you’re trying to treat, the way CBD affects you, and more. Also, it’s a good idea to consider the concentration of the CBD in the method of delivery that you’re using.
The best way to determine the amount of CBD that you should be doing is to simply talk to your doctor. A medical professional will let you know how much you should start off with, especially if you’re taking a medication that contains CBD, but even if you’re just taking pure CBD itself.
It’s a good idea to usually start with a lower dosage like 10 to 20 mg per day and then ramp it up slowly over time to see how it affects you. For example, if you’re starting off at 15 mg per day, you can slowly increase it by 5 mg per week until you reach a level you’re comfortable with.
How Can You Take CBD?
There are several different ways to take CBD, and if you live in a country like the UK where only liquid CBD is allowed, then you have relatively few options. For example, CBD oil is usually taken sublingually, in which you put the oil under your tongue and hold it there for 30 to 60 seconds.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t swallow while you’re absorbing the THC under your tongue. On the other hand, you can mix in CBD oil or powder with your food and drink if you don’t mind the effects taking a little longer to take hold.
You can also take CBD through topical lotions that are applied to the skin and by ingesting capsules.
Which type of CBD Oil Tincture Should You Buy?
Picking out the ideal type of CBD oil tincture for your needs is a matter of finding out what kind of CBD you want in the first place. There are several different options, including isolate, broad spectrum and full spectrum tinctures, and they have a few key differences between one another.
The difference between broad spectrum and full spectrum is that the former contains most of the compounds present in the plant matter whereas the latter contains all of them. Some argue that including all possible compounds improves the healing qualities of CBD, while others maintain that the differences are inconsequential.
Of course, there are also CBD isolate tinctures, which are formulated using CBD isolate. These tinctures are the best choice for users who don’t want to end up accidentally getting THC in their system, and all of Puresport’s CBD products contain 0% THC. This is the best choice for athletes.
Taking CBD With Other Medications
If you’re taking CBD for a certain illness or particular symptoms, it’s possible that you’re taking another medication to help out with them. If that’s the case, then you’re going to need to be careful because of the possibility of CBD having a negative interaction with the other substance that you’re taking.
While CBD is relatively safe compared to most medications, there are a few possible side effects that may end up becoming more noticeable or intense because of the other medications. For example, you may want to avoid using CBD if you’re using drugs that can potentially cause lightheadedness, drowsiness, dry mouth, and nausea.
This is because you may end up doubling down on your side effects which can make them much more intense. Another thing to consider is that CBD can interfere with the functioning of other drugs. Here are some drugs that have potentially negative interactions with CBD:
- Clobazam, valproate, and lamotrigine
CBD and Coffee
CBD and coffee have some interesting interactions, but neither of them are quite as negative as the interactions between CBD and the prescription drugs that we just mentioned. In fact, it may be the case that CBD can neutralise many of the negative impacts of coffee, such as the caffeine jitters.
CBD is known for reducing anxiety, and caffeine is known for causing it if consumed in large amounts. Even if you’re drinking large amounts of coffee, CBD can help even out the effects of coffee, making it easier to get to sleep after you’ve had a few cups of it over the course of the day.
It’s up to you whether you consume your coffee and your CBD at the same time. If you’re looking for an energy boost, then wait to take your CBD later on. If you want to counter the effects of the coffee as soon as possible, then you can even mix your CBD with your coffee.
Common CBD Myths
There are several very prevalent myths about CBD that seem to keep sticking around no matter how much research goes into it. This is to be expected due to the relatively recent time frame during which the CBD craze has occurred as well as its common interpretation as a drug.
Is CBD Marijuana?
By far the most prevalent myth when it comes to CBD is the thought that it’s marijuana. This is due to the fact that they’re closely related, but CBD certainly isn’t marijuana because marijuana implies that the drug contains a psychoactive component. As we’ve mentioned, however, it’s possible to get CBD out of marijuana.
The truth is that CBD usually isn’t sourced from marijuana because of how much more expensive it is than hemp. This also helps ensure that there’s no THC left over in the CBD extract because hemp doesn’t contain any psychoactive compounds.
In the end, this means that CBD decidedly isn’t marijuana, even though the two come from the same plant. Keep in mind that certain countries with stricter laws may not necessarily see the difference between these two, so that’s one thing to keep in mind.
How is CBD Different to Marijuana?
CBD differs from marijuana mainly in that it doesn’t contain any THC, which is the ingredient that causes you to get high. That being said, it’s possible for CBD to contain THC, though the amount that is contained in most CBD oils is insignificant enough that it probably won’t get you high.
When comparing CBD and THC, the difference lies in how they affect you. While both of them will bind to your cannabinoid receptors, only THC will affect you in a perceptible way, which means that it’s the only one that will get you high.
There are some effects that are shared between CBD and THC, namely an increase in appetite, possible nausea, and drowsiness. Whether these effects are due to residual THC or the CBD itself is still being studied, though it seems like at least some of these effects are due to the CBD itself.
Is CBD Oil and Hemp Seed Oil the Same?
While CBD oil and hemp seed oil are both oils that are created from the cannabis plant, there are a few key differences between the two. The first and most major difference is that hemp seed oil doesn’t necessarily contain a large (statistically significant) amount of cannabinoids.
This means that hemp seed oil is relatively neutral when compared to CBD oil, and that it likely won’t have the same health effects as CBD oil. However, one thing to consider is that hemp seed oil is still relatively healthy because of the large amount of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that it contains.
Regardless, this means that you won’t benefit from the many advantages of CBD oil. Because of the lack of active cannabinoids in hemp seed oil, it’s a lot easier to find hemp seed oil available in countries that have strict legislation related to CBD.
Is CBD Addictive?
While some might argue that you can’t get addicted to marijuana or cannabinoids that are related to it, it’s actually possible to develop a dependency on THC. However, the case is a little bit different for CBD because CBD doesn’t actually produce any psychoactive effects that you can start to depend on.
The WHO claims that CBD does not show any abuse potential or any way that people can start getting addicted to it. In fact, the capability of getting addicted to CBD has been compared to the chances of getting addicted to placebo pills, which is extremely rare.
Will CBD Get Me High?
CBC doesn’t have any psychoactive properties, so it likely won’t give you the traditional high that you may expect out of something like THC. For example, you won’t experience deteriorated motor skill control, you won’t have the same euphoric feeling as you’ll experience when you smoke marijuana.
That being said, there are a few effects that you may feel when you take CBD that are similar to the ones that you’ll get out of THC. For example, you may experience dizziness or tiredness when you consume CBD, and you may even end up getting the munchies, also known as increased appetite.
That being said, CBD doesn’t produce a high that’s comparable to THC, merely what can be described as side effects. These side effects are relatively mild to many of the side effects that you’ll experience from prescription drugs and even over the counter medication, in many cases.
Is All CBD the Same?
No, there are various different kinds of CBD, and that’s largely dependent on what they contain. For example, CBD isolate only includes the CBD itself because it has been isolated from the rest of the compounds that can be extracted from the plant matter itself. This ensures that you’re getting a more pure experience.
On the other hand, broad spectrum CBD contains many of the terpenes and other compounds that you’ll expect to find in the plant, but not all of them. That’s the main difference between broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD, as full spectrum contains all of the compounds, as the name would suggest.
Most manufacturers will simply call their product “CBD,” and it’s often up to the customer to determine what kind of CBD they’re getting their hands on. More experienced sellers are aware that the customer cares about what they’re getting and they will display the type of CBD that they’re selling loudly and proudly.
Is CBD a Cure-all?
CBD is certainly able to help with a wide range of conditions, sometimes more effectively than other substances that we’ve discovered. However, calling CBD a cure all is a huge stretch because it can’t necessarily cure everything, and it can’t even treat every condition known to us.
One good thing about CBD is that it’s relatively safe and easy to consume, especially compared to other natural products. This may make it seem like one of the best substances known to us, but we simply don’t know enough about it to get an idea of what it does and how it accomplishes that.
It’s best to do as much research about something like CBD as possible before making broad, sweeping statements when you’re talking about medicine. At best, you’ll mislead people, at worse, you may end up distancing someone from the medications that they actually need in the hope that CBD will be a miracle cure.
Is CBD a Non-psychoactive?
Yes, one of the key differences between CBD and THC is that the former is not psychoactive. This is what has led to CBD being legalised a lot sooner than THC in many places, because it can’t actually get someone high, thus impairing their ability to operate machinery and more.
The reason why CBD is not psychoactive and THC is is still being researched, but research proposes that it’s mainly due to the way that CBD binds to cannabinoid receptors. When these substances bind to receptors, they elicit different reactions from different parts of the body.
While CBD seems to convince the body to start healing and cut down on inflammation, THC instead creates the feelings of being high that we typically associate with consuming marijuana.
What Are the Potential Mental Health Benefits of CBD?
CBD has been touted as having a wide range of potential upsides compared to other substances, and some of the most common claims involve CBD’s ability to help people deal with mental health conditions. These include stress, anxiety, depression, and other, rarer conditions.
Research in animals has so far shown that CBD oil can be used to treat generalised anxiety disorder. Most of these studies have been conducted on rats, and evidence is still scant on whether or not the same will apply to humans, but a lot of anecdotal evidence suggests it can be effective in the treatment of anxiety.
On the other hand, CBD can also help people deal with more specific forms of anxiety such as social anxiety disorder and PTSD. Since anxiety is often a cause of insomnia, which creates a vicious cycle of anxiety because you can’t sleep and the inability to sleep because of your anxiety, CBD’s anti-insomnia properties are also of note.
A study was conducted on people back in 2011 in which they were given 400 mg of CBD compared to a placebo. In this study, the people who took the placebo had markedly higher anxiety levels than the ones who were using CBD.
Despite all of our advancements, we’re still living in one of the most stressful times in human history, and substances like CBD can help us overcome it, or at least that’s what research suggests. As we’ve already mentioned, CBD can help reduce anxiety, which is linked directly to stress.
Keep in mind that the amount of CBD that you should take for stress relief depends on the level of stress that you’re experiencing. Some studies have had people take as much as 400 mg of CBD so that they could counter their stress while some people can get by with only 20 mg per day.
It’s a good idea to experiment with the amount of CBD that you’re taking so that you can see how it affects your stress levels. As we mentioned earlier, always make sure that you cross-check your dosage with your doctor to ensure that you don’t end up causing any adverse effects.
Can CBD Be Used for Depression?
Yet another common mental condition that CBD may be able to help with is depression, and this is linked to the same mechanism through which CBD helps patients and study subjects deal with their anxiety. Depression is largely caused by lowered levels of serotonin, and CBD can affect your system’s response to serotonin.
While CBD will not necessarily boost the amount of serotonin that your system produces, it will affect neural receptors that are responsible for producing both antianxiety and antidepressant effects. This was posited and discovered by a study on animals that was conducted in 2020.
One thing to keep in mind is that info about this is constantly coming out, and it’s subject to change based on what new research has to say. Thankfully, it seems that the theory is confirmed further by every new study that comes out, instead of being disproved by these new studies.
Could CBD Improve Mental Health?
As we’ve mentioned, CBD can help improve your mental health because it can counter some of the most common conditions that people deal with in the UK. For example, anxiety is one of the most common disorders in the UK, with over 8.2 million people suffering from it and untold thousands or even millions who have not been diagnosed.
Other conditions that CBD has been posited as helping with include obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and PTSD. CBD doesn’t only directly help improve your mental health by treating the conditions that many people deal with but also by doing so indirectly.
For example, CBD has been shown as being able to help people get to sleep, combatting conditions like insomnia. Something like insomnia can have a net negative impact on lives, and by helping combat that, CBD can improve someone’s mental health dramatically.
Does CBD Have Neuroprotective Properties?
Neuroprotectiveness is the property through which new neurons in the human brain are protected, ensuring that they don’t degenerate over time. Neural degeneration can lead to conditions like Alzheimer’s, so it’s pretty obvious why scientists would be interested in how the substance can protect neurons.
From what we’ve seen, using CBD allows the body to maintain its endocannabinoid system, regulating it and ensuring that it can keep producing healthy enzymes. For example, anandamide is one of the main compounds in the brain that scientists believe can help fight diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Other research states that CBD can also help reduce oxidative stress, which is essentially when free radicals start to outnumber the antioxidants in your system. Along with this, CBD can apparently cut down on cytokines, which are known for signalling the creation of inflammation in the body.
CBD and Sleep
CBD also has a few effects on sleep and the inability to sleep, which came as much-needed relief to people who were suffering from insomnia when the research was first released. Let’s take a look at how CBD can potentially help you with insomnia, whether it can help you sleep, and if it makes you tired or not.
Can CBD Help with Insomnia?
There have been many studies over the course of the past decade about whether or not CBD can work as a sleeping aid. One study consisted of giving people placebos and another group 160 mg of CBD, and the group that used the CBD before going to bed had, on average, longer sleep times.
Insomnia occurs because of unusual levels of cortisol in people at night time. Cortisol is the stress hormone, and in most bodies, the level of cortisol peaks during the morning so that people can be alert. In the case of people with insomnia, their peaks are typically at night before bed.
Some studies have shown that elevated CBD oil consumption can help reduce the levels of cortisol that people have. For example, in one study, subjects were given 300 to 600 mg of CBD oil and they demonstrated reduced levels of cortisol.
Can CBD Help Me Sleep?
Seven to nine hours of sleep is the ideal so that you can remain healthy and so that your body has time to rest and recover. Even if you don’t suffer from insomnia, it’s possible that you’re not getting as much sleep as you should, whether it’s due to blue light from digital devices or an overly busy mind.
CBD can also help you deal with certain disorders that may affect the quality of your sleep, including REM sleep behaviour disorder, also known as RBD. Along with helping you get to sleep at nighttime, CBD can also help treat sleep disorders like excessive sleepiness.
For example, if you find yourself sleeping too much during the daytime, it’s possible that CBD can help you adjust your sleep schedule to healthier times. CBD can also help cut down on the grogginess that you feel whenever you wake up, making it easier to get your day started.
Does CBD Make You Tired?
If CBD helps you sleep, then it may not be so much of a logical leap to think that it could potentially make you tired. One thing to consider is that a common side effect of CBD is tiredness, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that CBD will make you tired. We often talk about CBD helping you relax, which in turn helps you fall asleep.
One thing to account for is that everyone reacts to CBD differently, and your experience may not be the same as someone else’s. CBD won’t necessarily make you tired but you have to account for that potentially happening. Other people may end up getting more energy and focus out of their CBD usage.
The best way to find out whether or not CBD will make you tired is to try it out for yourself. The effects of CBD-induced drowsiness won’t be as obvious as when you consume THC, so that’s a positive, but you may feel slightly “off.”
What Are the Potential Physical Health Benefits of CBD?
Along with mental health benefits and the ability to help you sleep better, CBD also has a range of benefits for people in terms of physical health. For example, CBD has been shown to potentially have an effect on pain, nausea, headaches, arthritis, and more general conditions like inflammation.
There are many different types of pain that CBD can potentially help you deal with, including chronic pain. The ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is responsible for our pain relief as well as anti-inflammatory responses, allowing us to deal with things like back pain and other chronic issues that can affect our quality of life.
Some studies have gone over how CBD affects people who are suffering from a wide range of different types of pain. The review went over how people react when they’re using CBD and dealing with cancer pain, fibromyalgia, and even neuropathic pain.
The review goes on to sum up that CBD can help people deal with all kinds of different pain with a minimum level of risk. Even compared to over the counter medication like Advil, there’s much less risk to using CBD to help manage your pain, especially since you can’t overdose.
Does CBD Help Heart Health?
Whatever effects CBD has on heart health, many of them tend to be a little more indirect. For example, since CBD can help combat inflammation, it can help prevent specific diseases that impact the heart from developing in the first place. Some examples of diseases that can be linked to inflammation include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and stroke.
In more direct terms, some studies have shown that CBD can protect your heart from issues, such as when studies have shown that CBD has positive effects on the hearts of rats after they suffer heart attacks. Studies with mice have shown that the negative effects of diabetes on the heart can also be undone with CBD.
Keep in mind that the vast majority of research that has been accomplished in the field of using CBD for heart health has been done in the form of animal testing. That being said, more and more studies are starting to look at how CBD can help with human hearts, as well.
Does CBD Help with Nausea?
Research into CBD’s ability to help people deal with nausea is mostly based on research with cancer patients. As such, it’s difficult to tell whether CBD can actually help people deal with nausea if they’re not suffering from cancer or currently undergoing treatments like chemotherapy.
Plenty of research has been conducted about how THC can help cut down on nausea, and it seems to show that THC is marginally more effective at helping people deal with nausea than CBD. However, that doesn’t mean that CBD has no positive effects when it comes to nausea.
Due to the way CBD helps us get more out of our serotonin, this can help us reduce the amount of nausea that we experience. While the hormone is linked to our behaviour and our mood, it can also make us feel better enough to cut back on our nausea.
As we’ve already mentioned, you can use CBD oil to improve your sleep patterns, though the degree to which CBD oil can help you deal with your sleep disorders depends on the amount that you use. Most CBD oil dosages aren’t quite as big as the ones that are used in the studies that prove CBD’s effects.
Whereas most people use about 50 mg of CBD per day when taking CBD oil, most of the studies that were conducted around using CBD to aid with sleep patterns used between 150 and 600 mg.
If you plan on using large amounts of CBD oil to help you get to sleep, always be sure to talk to your doctor before you up the dose. This will ensure that you don’t end up dealing with any adverse effects because of the sudden increase in dosage.
Can CBD Oil Help with Headaches?
There have been a few studies conducted to determine whether or not CBD can help people deal with headaches and other related problems like migraines. In most cases, CBD has been proven to help tangentially with migraines or when mixed with THC, so it may not help you if you use it exclusively.
That being said, CBD can help you deal with pain, so it’s a logical extension to think that it can help you deal with migraines. While it may not stop the migraine, it may be able to make it more bearable because you won’t have to deal with as much head-splitting pain as you would otherwise.
Other than helping with the pain itself, CBD oil may end up helping you with additional symptoms that are caused by migraines. For example, CBD oil’s ability to reduce nausea and inflammation may end up positively affecting you even if the root cause isn’t necessarily cured.
Compared to other conditions, CBD may not have the most noticeable effects on IBS, but some studies have shown that it can have at least something of an effect. For example, the National Centres for Complementary and Integrative health have mentioned that CBD can moderately aid those with IBS.
However, much like with other situations where CBD doesn’t necessarily help you deal with the condition itself, its other properties can still help you out. Namely, CBD’s ability to help people deal with inflammation can help reduce the amount of pain that you experience because of IBS.
CBD can indeed help improve your gut health because it improves your microbiome. A strong microbiome will help strengthen your immune system and it will help cut down on the amount of systemic inflammation that occurs in your gut.
This is because CBD helps reduce the production of both interleukins and cytokines, which are responsible for signalling an inflammatory response in our guts. This means that CBD can help reduce the prevalence of colitis, IBS, gas, and even gut lining damage.
CBD also contains probiotics, which can help increase the amount of positive bacteria that lives in your gut. It also helps reduce cortisol levels. Higher levels of cortisol can actually end up damaging your digestive system because it’s a catabolic hormone.
CBD oil’s ability to help with arthritis has been demonstrated in some small studies and it also has a large body of supporting anecdotal evidence.
One of the only studies to examine the link between people’s arthritis and CBD usage was a randomised trial for the usage of topical CBD solutions for arthritis pain relief. While arthritis pain specifically may not be a proven benefit of CBD use in humans, pain relief has a lot more literature backing it up.
This means that while the arthritis itself may not be treatable using CBD, you’ll likely still benefit from the pain-relieving properties of the substance.
Can CBD Oil Help with Inflammation?
CBD has been known to help people deal with inflammation through a wide range of studies that have examined how people’s bodies react to the substance. One review discovered that CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and that they can help people better deal with Alzheimer’s, MS, pain, IBS, and cardiovascular issues.
However, yet another thing that you’ll have to account for is that most of the studies that have been conducted and proven that CBD helps with inflammation have been conducted on animals. These studies show promising results but scientists warn that further research is required.
For example, one study was conducted on rats that were suffering from joint inflammation. The application of CBD gel to the areas helped the rats benefit from reduced swelling in their joints as well as cutting down on their pain.
Can CBD Oil Help with MND?
Studies conducted in Milan, Italy at the San Raffaele Scientific Institute have discovered that a mixture of THC and CBD are able to help patients who are dealing with motor neuron disease (MND). The study showed that spasticity was reduced in the patients who were dealing with the disease.
More specifically, the cannabis-derived mixture helped reduce the stiffness and tightness of the muscles of the patients who were dealing with the disease. The specific method of application was through an oral spray that is known as nabiximols.
Researchers noted that there are already drugs that can make users less spastic when suffering from MND but they noted that THC and CBD have notably worse side effects and potential issues when they’re used. This may be a promising field of study for the future of MND treatment.
Can CBD Oil Help with Parkinson’s?
Excessive research has gone into determining whether or not CBD can help people deal with Parkinson’s Disease. Unfortunately, most studies seem to suggest that CBD can’t do anything to help someone deal with the disease once it has already started, but there are promising results for Alzheimer’s prevention.
For example, if an individual starts showing signs of Parkinson’s, they’ve likely lost more than half of the dopamine-receptor neurons that they have. With current medical techniques, this is pretty much irreversible, but it’s possible that using CBD can help strengthen your neurons, reducing the likelihood of this happening.
While research has shown that CBD can help reduce the chances of Parkinson’s occurring in animal brains, human research has had less promising results. It remains to be seen whether this is due to faulty research methods or the fact that humans are simply too complex for CBD to help them.
Will CBD Oil Improve my Gut Health?
If you want to change your gut health using CBD oil, you’ll have to be very careful about how you use it. While larger doses of CBD may help with things like inflammation and pain relief, you’ll be much better off using smaller doses if you want to ensure that you don’t affect your microbiome drastically.
We’ve gone over how using too much CBD oil will drastically affect your gut health because it will start changing the microbiome and possibly creating a leaky gut. While it may sound funny, a leaky gut is nothing to scoff at, and it dramatically increases your chances of having to deal with a blood infection.
On the flipside, if you’re able to stick to smaller doses when you use CBD, you’ll be able to ensure that your health is much-improved when it comes to your gut. This isn’t too much of a problem if you’re only using CBD for gut health, but it might create some conflicts if you’re treating multiple conditions.
Can CBD Affect or Improve your Libido?
There are ECS receptors all around your body, including inside of your reproductive organs. The studies about whether CBD will impact your libido have been a little contentious, with some showing a boost in libido after using CBD while others show a reduction in your libido.
The thing is that many studies haven’t explored whether there’s a link between the lowered sex drive in males that is caused by consistent cannabis use and whether that extends to CBD use. However, sex drive may also be increased by CBD because of how it can reduce the anxiety that you experience.
Since social anxiety can get in the way of having healthy sexual relationships or perhaps even starting them, CBD may be able to indirectly boost libido through a reduction in the effects of social anxiety disorder.
CBD and Workouts
If you’re actively trying to stay fit, you may be wondering exactly how CBD affects your body’s ability to work out. We’re going to explore the possible effects that CBD use can have on your workouts as well as when you should take CBD if you’re planning on working shortly afterwards.
Should I Take CBD Before a workout?
There are a few potential benefits to taking CBD before you work out, including the fact that it can have some effects when it comes to pain relief. Since CBD is an anti-inflammatory, you’ll be able to benefit from reduced joint pain, so it may be a good idea to take it if you’re suffering from arthritis or just any aches and pains.
This is common in runners because arthritis and other joint issues are directly related to how often you run and what surfaces you run on. If you take CBD before working out, you may also be able to work out for a longer time and you may be less anxious about performing if you’ll be playing a team-based sport.
The anxiety-reduction that’s inherent in CBD use will allow you to perform to your highest level without being afraid of failing or making a mistake. Ironically, that very fear is what often leads us to make mistakes, and cutting down on anxiety is a great solution for any athlete, professional or amateur.
Can I Take CBD to Recover Post-workout?
Yes, CBD may be able to help you recover after a workout. Some studies have shown that CBD may be able to help you repair muscle damage caused by exercising. Repairing this damage helps you cut down on the amount of soreness that you’ll feel after your workout.
Muscle soreness after a workout is known as DOMS, which stands for Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness. This can make it harder to work out since you won’t be as motivated to continue if you always find yourself dealing with pain the next day.
If you’re dealing with a condition that reduces your mobility, like MS, you may also want to take some CBD after your workout to ensure that you’re able to move around with greater ease. How you take CBD after your workout is up to you, whether it’s in a smoothie or a simple sublingual application.
There are a few ways that CBD can help improve how you perform when you work out, and that means that it will eventually improve your fitness because you’ll be working out more efficiently. Being able to perform better also means that you’ll see the physical benefits sooner.
Whether it’s through CBD’s ability to make your post-workout recovery go by much faster and let you get back on your workout or your improved ability to perform, CBD can do a lot to improve your fitness. Along with helping you recover after a workout, CBD’s ability to help you sleep will allow you to be more energised for the next day.
One thing to account for is that CBD won’t miraculously improve your fitness, and that all of these effects are indirect. This means that you’ll have to put effort into working out, but perhaps less effort than you would have to if you were not using CBD for its benefits.
Are CBD Products Right for Muscle Recovery?
There is a lot of anecdotal evidence about people using CBD products so that their muscles can recover more quickly after a workout. However, there is also a bit of scientific evidence that supports your muscles’ ability to recover quickly after a workout, mainly linked to CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.
By cutting down on joint inflammation, it makes it easier to perform workouts that are stressful on your joints repeatedly. If you like jogging and running, then the ability to make your joints more resilient will make it easier for you to keep up with a more consistent workout routine.
While most studies about CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties have been based on animals, some human-based studies have shown a reduction in inflammation when it comes to human beings. If you’re trying to cut down on pain levels, it’s a good idea to go with about 5 mgs worth of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight.
We’ve already discussed how CBD is a great option for activities that will put a lot of stress on your joints. Running is one of the most stressful activities you can perform when it comes to your knee joints. This is why many cardio enthusiasts recommend less stressful activities like stationary bikes and walking.
However, if you want to continue running without having to deal with the pain that is inherent in doing so, taking CBD can help cut down on joint inflammation. Joint inflammation is one of the most significant sources of pain after running.
Whether you run or you jog, being able to cut down on this pain will make the experience more pleasant and it will allow you to bounce back far faster.
Should I Use CBD for Cycling?
Using CBD as a cyclist will allow you to improve your performance in a few different ways. Much like when you’re doing other workouts, the ability to improve your recovery times allows you to get out there far quicker than you would otherwise be able to.
Staying consistent with your training ensures that you can perfect your form and technique with relative ease. Improving the quality of your sleep is another one of the major advantages of using CBD as a cyclist. If you sleep better, you’re able to recover quicker, which compounds with the physical effects of using CBD.
Another great thing is that CBD is entirely legal to use for competitive cyclists and it doesn’t feature any of the downsides that you’d expect from other substances with the same effects.
Should I Use CBD for Crossfit?
As with other fitness disciplines, one of the main advantages of using CBD for crossfit is that it allows you to recover quicker. One of the main things that differentiates crossfit from other fitness disciplines is that the recovery periods are usually longer and more intense.
This means that the help that CBD gives you when it comes to recovery is much more useful when your fitness regime is based on crossfit. Your mental state is also a huge part of your performance when it comes to crossfit, as the stress is more than just physical.
Being able to counter the mental stress of performing in crossfit will allow you to excel where others would fail by succumbing to the pressure.
Should I Use CBD for Yoga and Pilates?
Using CBD for a discipline like yoga will allow you to connect with your inner self by cutting down on your anxiety. Since Yoga can help bring you to a state of further calmness, it will be easier to focus on the spiritual aspect of yoga, along with the physical benefits that it brings you.
Much like with other sports and activities, yoga can be pretty strenuous on the body, which is not something that people who don’t practice it necessarily know. Yoga can be pretty tough on your joints, and CBD’s ability to make your joints feel better will be much appreciated after a long day of yoga.
This is much the same case for pilates, as it affects many of the same parts of your body as yoga does.
Does CBD Help with Endurance Sports?
As with other sports, being able to use CBD while performing endurance sports will allow you to heighten your performance through indirect means. This is due to how you can recover faster and prevent yourself from succumbing to inflammation over the course of the competition itself.
Taking CBD before an endurance sporting event will allow you to cut down on the inflammation that you experience, reducing your pain and making you feel more comfortable and able to perform at your top level for a longer period of time.
While CBD may not turn you into Superman, it will still make it a lot easier for you to maintain an adequate level of performance.
What Are the Potential Women’s Health Benefits of CBD?
There are a range of potential benefits when it comes to women’s health and CBD, though they haven’t been fully researched. We’re going to take a look at whether CBD can help you deal with PMS, as well if it can stop menstrual cramps, and finally, we’ll look at whether CBD can help you with menopause.
Can CBD Help PMS Symptoms?
CBD can help counter some of the effects of PMS, including the mood swings that are common to the condition. Since CBD can help contribute to a feeling of well-being, it can stop some of the most notable PMS symptoms such as increased irritability and simply not feeling like yourself.
While there haven’t been any specific studies to determine if CBD can help people deal with PMS, there have been tangential studies that show that it can help you out. Most notably, the studies that deal with depression and anxiety show that CBD can help deal with PMS symptoms.
However, the verdict is still out on whether or not CBD can help you deal with PMS by stopping the root cause.
Can I Take CBD to Help Menstrual Cramps?
If you’re dealing with menstrual cramps, you may have considered turning to CBD so that you can solve them, and there also hasn’t been much direct research about CBD’s ability to stop them from occurring. Once again, however, one of the main factors that pushes people to use CBD to make up for menstrual cramps are the indirect effects.
Pain relief is the single most significant advantage to using CBD when you’re suffering from these cramps. We’ve already gone into a lot of detail about how CBD can help you deal with pain, and its ability to deal with your inflammation is a further bonus because inflammation is directly linked to pain.
Can CBD Help with Menopause?
There are a few different symptoms of menopause that CBD can help you deal with, such as the mood changes. As we’ve already gone over, CBD can potentially help you deal with anxiety and depression, and these are some of the most common mood swings that people experience going into menopause.
Menopause often results in people having trouble sleeping, and we’ve also gone over CBD’s ability to help you regulate your sleep schedule. Keep in mind that CBD is also seen as being safer than a lot of menopause medications because of its relative lack of side effects.