November 29, 2020 3 min read

Cannabidiol (CBD) Benefits, Side Effects, & Dosage: What to know 

 

Many people are finding relief from a natural hemp-derived molecule known as Cannabidiol (CBD). 

But even though it’s exploding in popularity and mass appeal, several people are still relatively new to CBD.

So before we explore the benefits, side effects, and dosage of CBD, let’s have a quick refresher of what it is… 

 

What is CBD?

CBD is just one of the many Phyto cannabinoids that naturally exist in the hemp plant. And unlike Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), it’s completely non-psychoactive (i.e. it doesn’t get you high). But while hemp contains trace amounts of THC, people worry they could still experience an unwanted “high”. 

Well, according to multiple  studies, higher ratios of CBD actually prevents the mind-altering effects of THC. 

So the real question is: What exactly makes CBD so beneficial? 

 

CBD benefits

Since the  1940s, scientists have been studying the therapeutic properties of CBD, and what they’ve  noticed from each study is that CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory, as well as an anxiolytic, antipsychotic, antioxidant, and neuroprotectant.

And it’s all thanks to the human  Endocannabinoid System (ECS). While scientists were trying to figure out how Phyto cannabinoids worked in the human body, they discovered an entirely new biological signaling system that’s only present in mammals. 

Without our ECS, our bodies wouldn’t be able to function properly, as it helps regulate our mood, pain, sleep, memory, immunity, digestion, and overall health. 

Scientists  theorize that when the ECS isn’t working properly, major diseases can set in, like anxiety disorders, types of neuropathy, and more.

However, according to  studies, when balance is reintroduced to our ECS, then homeostasis is restored. And according to researchers, CBD could potentially reintroduce this balance into our ECS. 

Let’s look at a few studies…

 

CBD for pain 

Studies show that CBD helps  stimulate endorphins that help to relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Scientists have also found that CBD can preserve our own endogenous cannabinoids like  Anandamide (the “bliss molecule”)—which can play a huge role in our pain perception and mental health. The more Anandamide we have, the happier we can be. 

 

CBD for Epilepsy and seizures 

This is perhaps where CBD shines the most. Medical  studies and  anecdotal evidence confirms that CBD can reduce the frequency of seizures. 

In fact, CBD has been so successful in epileptic studies that the FDA approved  Epidolex, the very first plant-derived, CBD based prescription drug.

 

CBD for Arthritis 

The  Arthritis Society has also found that CBD can help block acute inflammation in Osteoarthritis models. It’s also been found that topical CBD can potentially relieve  arthritic pain 

Now you might be wondering, “Were there any side effects reported from using CBD?” 

 

Side effects 

Several studies confirmed that CBD has a  good safety profile. But not everyone will respond to CBD the same way, so there are a few  side effects worth mentioning: 

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Irritability 
  • Elevated blood levels 

Note: These side effects are extremely rare and fade quickly. 

However, if you’re currently on any prescription medications, be sure to consult with your doctor, as CBD can interact with how your body metabolizes certain pharmaceutical drugs. 

 

CBD dosage: How much CBD should I take?

CBD dosage is usually determined by the weight and condition of the consumer. 

Reputable CBD companies will always list dosing instructions on the back of their CBD products. This is because not all CBD products are formulated the same. Some are more potent than others. 

However, if you are new to CBD, it’s best to start with a low dose and slowly increase until you reach the desired effects. Remember, it takes time for CBD to fully work in the body. So be patient and take things slowly. 

 

Final thoughts 

CBD is not a “cure all” supplement, and shouldn’t be used to treat, diagnose, or prevent diseases or unwanted symptoms. 

 

That said,  high-quality CBD is definitely a natural, less invasive approach than some pharmaceutical drugs. Just be sure you purchase high-quality CBD products from reputable companies that focus on safety, consistency, and transparency.