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Does CBD Oil Help Diabetic Nerve Pain? 650 428 The Farmula

Does CBD Oil Help Diabetic Nerve Pain?

These days, you don’t have to go too far to see someone or some place touting the miraculous effects of hemp-derived CBD. You can find the natural chemical in everything from tinctures to edibles and even CBD-infused water at the market. Also known as cannabidiol, CBD is known to provide relief for certain medical conditions, like anxiety and chronic pain.

For those who are managing type 2 diabetes, you might be wondering if CBD can do anything for you, especially if you are struggling with diabetic nerve pain or neuropathy.

What Is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Also called diabetic nerve pain, neuropathy is a kind of nerve damage related to the metabolic syndrome. It is caused by high blood glucose (hyperglycaemia) affecting the nerves throughout the entire body. Most often, diabetic neuropathy targets the nerves in the legs and feet. Depending on the region of the body affected, symptoms differ. Regardless, the pain can be debilitating and lead to a diminished quality of life.

Symptoms of Diabetic Nerve Pain

The symptoms felt with diabetic neuropathy depends on the nerves that have been affected. This can lead to one or more types of neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy: The most common form of diabetic nerve pain [1]. The feet and legs are first to be affected, then the fingers, hands, and arms. Symptoms include tingling and burning; increased skin sensitivity (certain fabrics may be painful); numbness and reduced awareness to temperature shifts; foot problems, such as joint pain, infections, and sores.
Autonomic neuropathy: Affecting the autonomous nervous system, this nerve pain affects the organs and eyes, eventually leading to hypoglycaemia unawareness, bladder and bowel incontinence, loss of appetite and slow digestion, and decreased libido.
Proximal neuropathy: Also known as diabetic amyotrophy or diabetic polyradiculopathy, this affects the nerves of the legs, buttocks, hips, and thighs, as well as pain in the abdominal and chest region. Symptoms usually affect one side o the body and include severe pain in the stomach, hips, thighs, and buttocks; weakening and atrophy of leg muscles; and difficulty rising from a seated position.
Focal neuropathy (Mononeuropathy): There are two types—peripheral and cranial. This may lead to palsies, as well as double vision and difficulty focusing; paralysis of facial muscles; aching in one eye; numbness in hands, expect for the pinkie; weakness in the hands and loss of grip strength.

There are many other medical conditions and disorders that cause nerve pain. Most have explanations as to why it happens, such as traumatic injury to the nerves that make up the central nervous system or repeated stress to one section of the body, resulting in something like carpal tunnel syndrome. Neuromas, autoimmune diseases, tumours, vasculitis, and even certain viruses also affect the nerves.

The main question, however, is whether CBD can help relieve nerve pain for those with type 2 diabetes [2]. Let’s find out.

CBD and Type 2 Diabetes

The use of cannabis- and hemp-derived CBD is vast. The main reason people continue turning towards CBD, though, is for pain relief. CBD oil has a slew of chemicals that act as anti-inflammatories and assist with relaxation, anxiety reduction, and even deeper, more restful sleep. Combine all this, and the positive effect on a CBD user is visible.

Plus, when you get better sleep, experience less pain, and can more more freely because of less inflammation and swelling, you are guaranteed to feel happier and healthier.

For this reason, more and more individuals with type 2 diabetes are turning to CBD oil for blood glucose and pain management.

Research on CBD and Type 2 Diabetes

To date, there has been no research that looked precisely at CBD’s effect on diabetic neuropathy. However, several studies look to chronic nerve pain, and the results may shed some light on how CBD could be beneficial in treating diabetic neuropathy.

For example, a Canadian study that published in the journal Pain reported that a synthetic cannabinoid, nabilone, decreased nerve pain in the 37 diabetic patients [3]. The participants in the study also commented about improved sleep and reduced anxiety levels. Another study from 2012 that was conducted on rats found that CBD suppressed plain from inflammation and neuropathy [4].

Earlier studies, such as one from 2006 that was published in Current Neuropharmacology stated that CBD has therapeutic value when used for neuropathic pain [5]. The study reviewed previously existing research that delved into how cannabinoid receptors and receptor agonists interact to dull the effects of inflammation and neuropathy.

Although more research is certainly needed, there has been anecdotal and scientific findings that show how CBD can target pain and diminish it.

Ready To Try CBD For Diabetic Nerve Pain?

As mentioned previously, there have been no clinical trials that prove CBD can assist with diabetic nerve pain, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find relief. Since CBD can act as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic, it may soothe your chronic pain. CBD is a 100 per cent natural substance, and our formulas are all organic, so you have nothing to lose when trying out CBD for diabetic nerve pain.

Farmula has plenty of high-quality CBD products to browse, from salves, capsules, tinctures, and more. You are bound to find a product you will love. If you want to know about our products or have questions about how CBD can help, fill out the contact form. We’ll send more information your way shortly.

References
[1] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Peripheral-neuropathy/
[2] https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/type-2-diabetes/
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22921260
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22585736
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Role+of+the+cannabinoid+system+in+pain+control+and+therapeutic+implications+for+the+management+of+acute+and+chronic+pain+episodes

 

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CBD for Arthritis Pain: What You Should Know

Millions of people throughout the UK have a form of arthritis, whether it is osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. There is no end to the number of treatments you can undergo to alleviate the pain of arthritis, and you may even choose surgery in the long run. However, where conventional therapies are not working, or maybe you don’t want to resort to a surgery, there may be alternatives that can help.

With more attention turning towards hemp-derived CBD, you might be wondering if it can help your arthritis. We’ve gathered up all the information you need to make the decision.

Here is everything you need to know about taking CBD for arthritis pain.

What Is CBD and How Can It Help With Arthritis?

Since you are here, reading this blog, you probably already have some idea what CBD is and where it comes from, but here is a review to demystify some things.

First, CBD, which is short for “cannabidiol,” is a substance known as a cannabinoid—there are thousands of these—found in the cannabis sativa plant. In the UK, hemp-derived CBD is completely legal to use.

Cannabidiol has strong healing properties, such as anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties along with purported anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia effects. When these four benefits combine, you can get relief from arthritis pain, swelling, and other symptoms.

But how does CBD work exactly?

Studies have found that cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, will either excite or inhibit secretion of neurotransmitters in the brain. Many neurotransmitters assist with the body’s inflammatory responses. When you have arthritis, CBD acts on receptors that cause joint pain and your central nervous system.

CBD and Arthritis Research

Let’s have a look at some research. In 2017, a study was published in the journal Pain that looked into the role of CBD in treating joint pain from osteoarthritis and joint neuropathy in rats [1]. Although it was an animal study, CBD did lessen their symptoms.

In 2018, a meta-analysis concluded that CBD is beneficial for a number of medical conditions including inflammation, epilepsy, anorexia, schizophrenia, pain, and others [2]. While there wasn’t much mentioned about arthritis, the fact that CBD can decrease pain and inflammation may be advantageous in treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Then in 2019, a review by Harvard Health Publishing stated that CBD can inhibit both neuropathic and chronic pain—two issues related to arthritis [3]. The study also said that applying CBD to the skin may help reduce pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.

While more research is needed, the results from the aforementioned studies and other anecdotal evidence is certainly compelling.

Choosing The Right Way To Take CBD

If you have decided to try CBD for arthritis, then there are a couple of things you need to keep in mind:

• CBD should not be considered a substitute for prescription medications that are used to treat inflammatory arthritis
• Always talk to your GP before trying CBD for arthritis. Together, you can figure out the dosage and set up a test run to see how CBD will affect you.
• Always purchase quality CBD that has been tested by a third-party source.

Now, with those caveats out of the way, let’s look at the ways CBD can be taken:

Edibles: There are CBD infused gummies, candies, chocolates, sodas, waters, and other edible foods, including oils, that you can eat or mix into meals.
Vaporizers: Inhale CBD with a vape pen.
Topical Creams and Salves: Apply creams, salves, balms, and lotions directly onto the skin, wherever you are feeling pain.
Sublingual Drops: High concentrations of CBD are taken under the tongue, where they dissolve directly into the bloodstream for a nearly immediate effect.

The way you take CBD will also affect how quickly it absorbs into your system and how fast you feel the effects:

Edibles: Can take about 1-3 hours to take effect.
Vaporizers: Rapid, about 2 minutes.
Topical Creams and Salves: About 10-15 minutes.
Sublingual Drops: About 10-15 minutes. Localized.

CBD Dosage For Arthritis

Because there is still lacking research about appropriate CBD dosage for specific ailments, most people have to do some trial and error before figuring out the best amount for them.

Some studies have found that higher amounts of CBD can cause anxiety, but there are otherwise little to no symptoms even with 1,000 mg of CBD a day.

That said, you do not want to start off high. Always aim for low dosages first, around 5-10 mg and then work your way to the perfect amount. Most people find that their pain is subdued around 20-35 mg of CBD per day, but you may need more depending on the severity of your arthritis.

Be patient. You will feel improvements shortly after you start taking CBD, but it will take about two weeks before the effects are more noticeable.

What To Look For When Shopping For CBD

Always purchase high quality, hemp-derived CBD from manufacturers who use a carbon-dioxide based method of extraction, since that offers the cleanest cannabidiol you can find. Lastly, look for brands with third-party testing.

Farmula has products that check all those boxes. You can find a wide selection of tinctures, topicals, and more.

Final Thoughts on CBD For Arthritis

Should you take CBD for arthritis? The choice is up to you, but you have nothing to lose! While there is a lack in research to say whether CBD helps arthritis or not, there is proof that cannabinoids have anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Be sure to discuss your opens with a physician before trying CBD, especially if you are on any medications with a grapefruit warning.

Otherwise, CBD is a safe and all-natural alternative to some more traditional treatments and can even complement your current therapies. So why not give it a try?

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References
[1] https://doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001052
[2] https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23102478
[3] https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/cannabidiol-cbd-what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-2018082414476

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Does CBD Oil Relieve Chronic Pain? 688 516 The Farmula

Does CBD Oil Relieve Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain, or pain that lasts for 12 months or longer, can hold you back from living your best life. Though chronic pain may have become a lifestyle, you still aren’t resigned to your fate. That’s why you’re here, trying to find alternatives and answers to a burning question about pain. You know there is a better way out there, and perhaps interest in CBD oil for pain relief has brought you here.

CBD, or cannabidiol, has gained a lot of popularity for assisting with chronic pain relief. Yet, despite recently becoming legalized in many countries, including the UK, many still do not understand just what CBD is and how it helps with pain.

That is why we aim to shed some light on CBD and give you the knowledge to know whether CBD oil will help you manage your pain.

What Is CBD?

Okay, so you are probably wondering just what CBD is and how it can be effective at treating pain. Cannabidiol is one of the over 120 compounds known as cannabinoids from the cannabis stavia plant.

Let us first clear the smoke by saying that CBD is not medical marijuana. In the UK, CBD is not produced from marijuana either. Instead, it is made from clean hemp, so it won’t get you high and it is not illegal.

Unlike other kinds of cannabinoids, like the infamous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD has zero psychoactive effects. Part of the reason for this is that CBD does not interact with the same receptors in the brain and body as THC does.

What receptors, you ask?

The body has something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS) that produces intrinsic cannabinoids, also known as endocannabinoids (as opposed to phytocannabinoids from cannabis). The ECS is integral to human health, because it helps with regulating things like immunity, pain responses, and even sleep.

Instead of making you euphoric, cannabidiol (CBD) calms you down, diminishes inflammation throughout the body, and can reduce the amount of pain you feel.

What is CBD Oil?

Earlier we hinted to various kinds of cannabis plants. The two that everyone tends to cross are hemp and marijuana. They are not the same. Marijuana is still not legal in many places because it contains THC. Hemp, on the other hand, is agricultural or industrial, and has been bred to have higher levels of CBD than marijuana and no THC.

When CBD is extracted from hemp, it is typically added to carrier oil, thus becoming CBD oil. There many formulas and strengths of CBD oil available.

Does CBD Oil Have Any Side Effects?

Surely there will be some side effects, right? The answer may surprise you. Yes, CBD oil side effects exist, but the negative effects are so rarely reported that experiencing them is slim at best.

The side effects of CBD are:

• Weight gain or loss
• Appetite changes
• Stomach issues, like diarrhoea
• Lethargy

As you can see, none of these effects are going to threaten your life or put you in much more discomfort. You cannot overdose on CBD, either. Because of this, the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that CBD is one of the few substances around with minimal side effects.

Compare that to other pain medications and management options and you’ll see that CBD is definitely worth a try.

CBD Oil For Chronic Pain Relief

Historical records have lead to the knowledge that CBD has been used for thousands of years to treat pain. The medical community has only started scratching at the surface, though.

Despite the need for more research, the following information is known about CBD and pain:

Arthritis Pain

Studies using animals have found that CBD helps manage arthritis pain. One study applied a topical gel infused with CBD to rats for a period of 4 days. Results reported that inflammation significantly dropped. No negative side effects were recorded.

People who have started using CBD oil for arthritis pain, including rheumatoid arthritis, also report similar results. More human studies are needed to tell whether this is true or not, but results so far have been very promising.

Multiple Sclerosis

Using CBD oil for short periods was found to influence the level of spasticity someone with MS feels. The results are modest, at best, but even a slight drop in muscle and nerve pain is better than nothing.

Cancer Treatment Pain

CBD is being used to assist with managing cancer-related pain and the side effects of chemotherapy. With less vomiting, a better appetite, and less ache in their bodies, cancer patients can gain a lot from CBD use. Presently, CBD is being tested to see if it can help shrink cancerous tumors, as well.

Finding The Right CBD For Your Pain

After reading all the information presented above, you will have realized that CBD is still fairly new in the healthcare market. There is still plenty of concern about the legality of CBD, and research is still ongoing. When you opt to buy your first CBD oil or tincture or e-juice, you need to consider a couple of things.

You need to consider various retailers and the quality of their products. Opt for retailers with reviews from customers. Products should be organic, source locally (if possible), and should contain only CBD. This means you are opting for broad spectrum CBD or CBD-infused items.

Anything that contains THC is not considered legal to have.

Takeaway

Science has concluded that CBD oil is worth some attention. Not only is CBD an affordable alternative, it has proven to be useful in relieving all kinds of pain. As you dive into the world of CBD oils, tinctures, edibles, and more, remember that you will need to develop your own regimen based on what you need. No matter how you chose to use CBD, you will be more assured—and move with far less pain.

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Should You Take CBD for Pain? 724 483 The Farmula

Should You Take CBD for Pain?

Chronic pain is not something that people are meant to deal with, but sadly, more and more Britons are looking for ways to relieve themselves of soreness, aches, limited movement, and other symptoms that bring pain. As you may know, chronic pain is any kind of pain that lasts for 12 weeks or longer and can come and go.

While searching for ways to mitigate the pain, you may have come across information about CBD and asked, “Can CBD oil really help?” If you are suffering from chronic pain, then CBD oil may be able to bring you some relief, regardless of the cause.

What Is CBD?

Simply put, CBD oil is a concentrated liquid mainly comprised of cannabidiol (CBD), which comes from hemp. CBD is extracted from the cannabis plant and then is infused into oil. The common carrier oils include coconut and hemp seed.

For people with chronic pain, CBD oil can help relieve aches and other symptoms of physical conditions.

Is CBD Safe To Use?

Yes, CBD is generally safe to use. Although CBD has not been found to have any serious risks, there are some possible side effects to think about:

• Fatigue
• Changes in weight
• Changes in appetite
• Diarrhoea

Also, CBD may interact unfavourably with prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and dietary supplements. You should proceed with caution if you are taking any prescription medications that have a “grapefruit warning.”
Both grapefruit and CBD behave similarly by affecting the enzymes that are needed for drug metabolism. CBD may also increase the risk of liver toxicity, but the risk is very low.

Does CBD Work For Pain?

Can CBD oil really reduce pain or are we being too optimistic? The good news is that CBD does have a positive effect on the body. Multiple studies have given evidence towards this. For example, in 2012, a research group used CBD derived from organic hemp in a study for controlling pain and inflammation and found it to be effective.

But why does this happen?

Cannabidiol interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for some pain controls. Aside from reacting to natural cannabinoids and other neurotransmitters present in the body, the ECS will also react to phytocannabinoids from hemp and cannabis. When CB1 and CB2 receptors are activated, they release enzymes that can reduce inflammation and restore the body to homeostasis.

One study from 2018 reviewed CBD as a method for relieving chronic pain caused by cancer, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. The study also considered past research between 1975 and 2018 and concluded that CBD is indeed effective at pain management. They also had little evidence of negative side effects.

This means that if you have an autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis; neuropathic pain from diabetes; migraine pain; cancer pain and negative side effects from chemotherapy; or even muscular pain from sports or injuries, CBD can reduce the overall amount of pain you are experiencing.

How Can I Administer CBD?

There are plenty of CBD products to try, depending on what you are trying to treat. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type.

Orally. There are many ways to take CBD orally, whether that is via capsules, sublingual (under the tongue) tinctures, sprays, food and liquids. When swallowed, absorption is relatively slow and has a delayed onset of about 2 hours. You can also take CBD sublingually with a spray or tincture for quicker effects (usually felt within 15-45 minutes).
Topically. Lotions, balms, and salves infused with CBD can be excellent for direct application to arthritic joints or skin conditions. Most topical creams can be purchased over-the-counter and contain capsaicin, camphor, or menthol.
Inhaled. CBD can be inhaled by vaporizing. The downside is that inhalants over have chemical by-products that can be harmful, particularly for people suffering from autoimmune diseases or pulmonary diseases.

How Much Should I Use?

There are currently no established guidelines for how much CBD oil someone should take. However, many organizations that are backing the use of CBD oil have provided advice for figuring out the dose that is ideal for your pain.

You can also get advice from a medical practitioner about how much to take. Be prepared to do some maths either way. For instance, you might hear from your doctor that 30mg of CBD a day is perfect. Depending on how you want to administer CBD, the amount you use at one time is going to change.

You can usually read the supplement facts on the label to see if its 10mg per capsule or 3mg per edible gummy. From there, do some arithmetic to go a total of 30mg of CBD.

If you plan on using a topical cream, you will the total amount of CBD listed on the container. You will need to divide the total amount of the product by the amount of CBD it contains. For example, if you have a 40ml jar of salve that has 200mg of CBD, then there is 5mg per ml.

Tips For Trying CBD For The First Time

If you suffer from chronic pain and want to add CBD to your regimen, be sure to talk to your doctor before starting. Once you have been cleared, consider the following advice for starting CBD:

Buy from reputable sources. Like most vitamins and supplements available in the UK, you will find some CBD goods that are not regulated by the NHS. Always look for products that have been tested by reputable third parties so you don’t end up with a low quality item.
Know the consumption methods. If you are looking for pain relief, you should know that pills and capsules are slow release while tinctures are made for a faster onset.
Avoid smoking and vaping. Vaping can harm the lungs, so if you have a lung disease, don’t do it.
Keep the dosage low. When first starting out, you should always start with a low dose, around 5mg, and then slowly increase the dosage over the next few weeks. Be sure to track your symptoms and the effect of the CBD oil is having. This will help you fine tune your treatment.

Takeaway

While research still needs to be done, many researchers and medical professionals agree that CBD oil has potential for serving as a pain management tool. CBD products can bring relief to the lives of those who continuously suffer from chronic pain. Best of all, CBD products have little to no negative side effects and do not cause dependence or intoxication.

If you are interested to experimenting with CBD oil for your chronic pain, first talk to your doctor. Then, start shopping around for high quality CBD products.

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Is CBD Oil Effective For The Treatment Of Insomnia? 900 600 The Farmula

Is CBD Oil Effective For The Treatment Of Insomnia?

Sleep is important—and you can’t get away from it. Our bodies require sleep to recover, to form memories, to repair muscles and build tissues. Without sleep, humans can’t function correctly. But lately, sleep might be feeling more like a luxury that you can’t afford.

If you are like most people living in the UK, you are probably getting around 5.78-6.83 hours of sleep every night, maybe even a little less, due to the uncertainty of current times [1]. That means that most Brits aren’t getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night needed to ward off health problems like depression, tiredness, stress, lack of focus and poor concentration, and also heightened risks of things like heart disease [1].

Those who suffer from insomnia have it even worse.

Luckily, cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is available in the UK and has been found to promote a better rest. If you have been struggling to fall asleep or stay asleep, then maybe CBD can help.

Can CBD Help You Sleep?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a cannabinoid from the cannabis plant. These cannabinoids come in many forms, making CBD one of hundreds, and each of these chemicals act on the human body in a multitude of ways. CBD happens to interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which has an integral role in maintaining homeostasis—or the body’s state of equilibrium.

Although CBD won’t get you high like THC, it does have a way of soothing the body and easing anxiety. CBD can also be used to reduce inflammation, pain, and even reduce the frequency of seizures.

But what about sleep? Since the endocannabinoid system does affect the body’s circadian rhythms, it makes sense that CBD could help with regulating your sleep/wake cycle.

What About Insomnia?

Insomnia is defined as having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep throughout the night, and it can last for days, weeks, or months, depending on the cause. There are many causes, by the way.

Some of these can be medical, such as pain from a condition or as a side effect of medication. For instance, those with restless legs syndrome or depression may have a more difficult time getting comfortable and having sleep obstructed.

Anxiety is another cause. The excessive worrying and tension and feeling overstimulated will make it more difficult for the body to relax and fall asleep.

Lifestyle, as well, may contribute to insomnia. Those who have irregular work hours or who work at home in the evenings, take naps, or even go to bed at random hours may struggle to fall asleep.

Several studies have found that CBD can be useful in treating anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia, all through the ECS. However, most of this research is new, and so the mechanisms within the body that allow for this to happen are still being questioned. What we do know is that CBD interacts with GABA and serotonin receptors in the brain, thus decreasing anxiety. In a way, CBD works like prescription anti-anxiety medications.

What Does Science Say?

Although there hasn’t been a lot of research on CBD yet, there is enough to show some promising results.

For example, in 2013, there was a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology that looked at CBD injected into rats [2]. The dosages were 40 mg/ml, 10 mg/ml, and 2.5 mg/ml. The rats were exposed to day/night light cycles for four days. All the rats had longer sleep cycles, especially those who had the highest dose.

An older study from the 1980s gave 15 insomniacs 160 mg of CBD and found that every participant sleep longer through the night [3].

A 2017 review found that CBD may have therapeutic benefits for people with REM sleep behaviour disorder, but the amount of CBD required was not specified [4]. The following year, another study looked at what happened when individuals consumed a whole cannabis flower. The data concluded that there were significant improvements to sleep [5].

The most relevant study, though, was one done in 2019 that looked into the relation of anxiety and insomnia [6]. The study was published in Permanente Journal and was conducted over a course of four weeks. 72 participants—25 with sleep difficulties and 47 with anxiety—received 25-175 mg CBD capsules. 66.7 percent reported improved sleep, and 79.2 percent had reduced levels of anxiety. It should be noted that the larger dose improved sleep better than the smaller one.

Should You Try CBD For Insomnia?

So, if you are struggling to sleep, should you try CBD? It depends on the issue. However, since CBD is non-habit forming, safe, and natural, it is certainly one of the things that you can try without having anything to lose.

If you want to try CBD for insomnia, keep the following things in mind:

CBD may be better for anxiety than sleep. If you believe that your insomnia is caused by anxiety or stress, then CBD could potentially calm your anxious mind and allow for the natural sleep/wake cycle to function.
CBD is a short-term aid. Although CBD affects everyone differently, you may find that long-term usage will having diminishing returns. Also, depending on the dosage that you take, CBD may even keep you awake.
Higher doses could be better for sleep. Smaller doses of CBD have been proven to make people more alert, so it is best to take a larger dose (around 160 mg).
Think about how you want to take CBD. There are many forms of CBD out there, and some work more quickly than others. Vaping is the best way to get immediate effect, but methods with extended release, such as oils, edibles, and capsules, will help you sleep longer. Just take your oil or pills one hour before bed.
Talk to your GP. While CBD products have a low risk of side effects, they can interact with other medications. Be sure to discuss options with a medical professional.

Final Thoughts

Can CBD help you sleep? Studies have revealed that CBD can assist with reducing anxiety and make you feel more relaxed, which is beneficial. Everyone is affected by CBD differently, so you may have to experiment before experiencing the best results, but that is one the best things about CBD—it’s safe and natural.

If you want to try CBD for insomnia, be sure to discuss the options with your GP and do some research.

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References
[1] https://www.chemist-4-u.com/sleep-study/
[2] https://www.healthworkscollective.com/can-cbd-help-you-sleep-better-heres-what-to-know/
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7028792
[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28349316
[5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6164964/
[6] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6326553/

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What Health Benefits Does a Daily CBD Oil Regimen Have? 653 502 The Farmula

What Health Benefits Does a Daily CBD Oil Regimen Have?

CBD is one of the latest health crazes that is proving to be more than just a passing trend. There are real positive effects that can help you improve your life. But is CBD better taken daily or just as needed? Research has found that CBD is excellent at targeting inflammation and pain and anxiety and that it can assist the body in multiple ways. In other words, CBD can be just like your daily multivitamin—or even better!

About CBD

Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is a chemical known as a cannabinoid, which can exists within all strains of the cannabis plant, including industrial hemp. CBD oil is extracted from cannabis and hemp at varying amounts. The way CBD interacts with the body is beneficial, for it balances your endocannabinoid system, helping the body regulate itself more readily.

CBD is also non-intoxicating (not psychoactive). This means it won’t get you high. Because you don’t have to worry about psychoactive effects, you can utilize CBD oil and other CBD products more fully, creating a comprehensive wellness regimen that fits into your daily schedule. You won’t have to worry about dealing with negative effects of cannabis.

CBD products from The Farmula contain the least amount of THC and are completely legal under UK law. So you can use your CBD tinctures, edibles, and creams as much as you would like.

Benefits of Taking CBD Daily

Let’s have a look at the many ways supplementing with CBD daily can benefit you:

Less Joint Pain

Are you suffering joint pain caused by arthritis and inflammation? CBD plays a significant role in reducing joint inflammation by inhibiting certain reactions within the endocannabinoid system. The best part is that CBD does not have side effects like other pharmaceuticals used for joint pain relief. Although you may feel some tiredness (or conversely, insomnia), that usually goes away with a few days of continuous use.

Heightened Focus and Concentration

As cannabidiol starts to effect the endocannabinoid system, you will begin to notice that you are able to focus and concentrate better. This is because one of the main benefits of CBD is better sleep at night and more relaxation throughout the day. When you are better managing stress, you are able to stay more motivated and attentive throughout the day.

Reduced Inflammation

CBD is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can suppress autoimmune reactions, like those caused by microglial cells and macrophages. Those who experience chronic inflammation from autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis or irritable bowel syndrome may be able to reduce symptoms with CBD.

Improved Sleep Cycles

If you are struggling to get a decent amount of sleep, making CBD oil a part of your daily routine could help. CBD has been noted to increase your duration of sleep, as well as the length of the REM cycle. Now, researchers are speculating about CBD as a treatment for REM sleep behaviour disorder. However, you can’t just use CBD like you would melatonin. You need to take it consistently in order to get the best sleep ever.

Healthier Skin

You can add multiple CBD products to your daily regimen. For example, instead of just using a tincture for anxiety, you can also use a CBD balm, salve, or lotion for healthier skin. Cannabidiol may be able to reduce lipid (fat) production, which can reduce the activity of oil glands in the skin. If you suffer from acne, daily topical application of CBD may help reduce its appearance or eliminate acne over time.

Headache and Migraine Relief

Although a lot of the research behind this is still in its infancy, there has been evidence that cannabis and CBD oil can reduce the severity and frequency of headaches and migraines. This is especially true if your headaches are caused by tension. Since CBD oil can also be used for stress relief, it cannot be said whether headaches and migraines are experienced less frequently because you are more relaxed or not; but either way, it’s a positive benefit!

Reduced Anxiety and Depression

Multiple studies have found that CBD is a promising treatment for both anxiety and depression [1, 2]. Although more research is necessary to understand exactly how CBD affects the brain to soothe anxiety and depression, those who take CBD can often provide anecdotal evidence. If you experience anxiety throughout the week, CBD may be able to help.

Diabetic Relief

Researchers are beginning to look into CBD as a way to help maintain blood glucose levels in those with diabetes [3]. Studies are being done on diabetic mice to monitor how blood sugar reacts in the presence of CBD. Other studies are looking into how CBD may be able to assist with weight loss.

Since daily use will help keep CBD in your system, it could potentially assist with keeping your blood sugar and insulin levels in equilibrium, giving you more freedom.

Try CBD Today

Although you don’t have to take CBD every day to receive the amazing benefits, taking CBD daily can increase the positive effects of the supplement. CBD, like other cannabinoids, needs to build up within your body first to work effectively within the endocannabinoid system. Daily CBD use will improve the endocannabinoid system and help your body achieve homeostasis.

Are you ready to try CBD today? The Farmula has plenty of products that will suit your needs, whether you decide to take CBD every day or once in a while.

Want to learn more about CBD and hemp? Have questions that weren’t answered in this article? Get in touch with us by filling out the contact form. We’ll send more information to your inbox.

References
[1] https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13311-015-0387-1
[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5101100/
[3] https://cbdincubator.com/diabetes/cbd-and-diabetes/

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What is CBD?

One of the hottest buzzwords this year in terms of health and wellness has to be cannabidiol, also known as CBD. You have probably seen it everyone know that it is legal. CBD water, CBD coffee, CBD gummies, CBD vape juice, CBD lotions and CBD-infused hemp oil. What does it all mean? How is it going to help you? And why are your coworkers and parents dropping CBD tinctures onto their tongues?

Yes, we are going to answer those pressing questions and more. Here is everything you need to know about the wondrous chemical compound, including what is CBD, what does CBD do to you, and much more.

What Is CBD?

For starters, CBD stands for cannabidiol, an organic compound from the resinous blossom of the cannabis plant. Cannabis has been used for nearly 3,000 years in ancient medicines, but only in modern times is CBD growing in favour with the masses for its medicinal properties and benefits. Science has also enlightened us to what CBD can do and how it works within the body.

What you need to know is that CBD is non-addictive, non-toxic, and legal within the United Kingdom, unlike another famous chemical, THC. Both CBD and THC are one of the hundreds of phytocannabinoids, or plant-derived cannabinoids, that are found in Cannabis sativa. Though THC and CBD share the same molecular profile and are extremely similar in their chemical structure, they interact with the body in different ways.

Where Does Hemp Come In?

One confusing thing about CBD oil is that where it comes from gets muddled. You have no doubt heard the terms marijuana, cannabis, and hemp all used in relation to CBD. Cannabis sativa is separated into two species, marijuana and hemp. CBD can be found in both, but you will find that it more abundant in hemp and has low levels of THC when compared to marijuana.

If you hear someone talking about hemp oil, it’s important to know that hemp oil does not equal CBD oil. Hemp oil has no CBD or THC in it and is mainly used in cosmetics.

So, What Is CBD Oil?

CBD oil refers to an extract of cannabis or hemp that has high levels of cannabidiol and, possibly, other levels of cannabinoids. It should also be known that sometimes CBD oil is used as a catch-all to categorize all forms of CBD. In reality, there are multiple forms, which will be introduced later in the article.

How Does CBD Work?

Having learned what CBD is, you should also know why it works the way it does. CBD and THC have various effects on the body, but the main way is through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD can mimic certain natural compounds in our bodies, known as endogenous cannabinoids, which, incidentally, are structured similarly to phytocannabinoids.

The endocannabinoid system is essential to a healthy life, because it deals with a number of physiological functions. The ECS can influence everything from you mood, immunity, digestion, blood pressure, metabolism, stress levels, hunger, pain threshold, and bone density.

When the endocannabinoid system isn’t functioning properly, it leads to disease.

There are two receptors within the ECS that get the most attention from THC and CBD. They are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 receptors are located in the brain and central nervous system, as well as in other tissues with plenty of nerve endings, such as the digestive system. Meanwhile, CB2 receptors are found in the peripheral organs and cells affiliated with the immune system.

You can already begin to see how CBD works with the body to provide relief from various physical and mental ailments.

What Does CBD Do To You?

Cannabidiol has become a popular choice for dealing with ailments around the world and in the UK. Because CBD does not have the same effects on the body as THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid from marijuana, you do not have to worry about getting “high.”

Let’s have a look at the how CBD can benefit you:

Pain and Inflammation

Depending on the kind of pain you are experiencing, CBD may not always be as effective as a mixture that contains both CBD and THC. However, there is no reason you shouldn’t give it a try. As mentioned earlier, CBD works within the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD influences the activity of ECS receptors, thus preventing some neurotransmitters from communicating with the rest of your system.

CBD also halts certain immune responses, particularly those that are unnecessary. CBD stops cytokine production and boost the production of T-regulatory cells. Cytokines are tiny proteins that get released from immune cells and cause inflammation.

This is usually for your benefit, since such interactions often result in reduced inflammation and pain. Autoimmune diseases often occur when there is an imbalance between cytokines and T-regulatory cells. CBD also works well for chronic pain caused by autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and gastrointestinal diseases, like colitis and Crohn’s.

Anxiety and Depression

If you suffer from depression and anxiety, CBD might be worth a try. CBD has been found to interact with various chemical receptors in the brain, including ones that deal with serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates social behaviours and mood. This explains one way CBD helps you calm down and soothes an overzealous “fight or flight” response.

CBD oil has also been used to treat anxiety and insomnia in children suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Cancer

It is well-known that cannabis can help with all kinds of pain and nausea. Studies have long looked into the effects of both CBD and THC on cancer patients, especially those suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy. Results have proven that people who use medical marijuana and CBD products, like tinctures, experience less pain and nausea.

Other studies suggest that CBD may even slow the growth of cancerous cells by antagonizing GPR55 receptors. When activated, GPR55 receptors could be responsible for the growth of cancer. Another study found that CBD oil may be able to turn off the ID-1 gene, which is responsible for breast cancer.

Similarly, CBD might halt the spread of cancer through the body by affecting cellular function. Although this still needs research, CBD has been seen playing a part of apoptosis—cell death—for cancer cells. In other words, CBD may be able to stop cancer cells from undergoing mitosis. Again, more research has to be done, but the develops are truly exciting.

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With acne being so common, it is no surprise people are willing to turn to more natural solutions for the problem. Although acne can be caused by a number of things, including bacteria, diet, inflammation, sebum production, and genetics, it may be controlled with CBD usage.

CBD contains anti-inflammatories and can halt the overproduction of sebum, thereby preventing the skin from becoming swollen and oily. Though more research needs to be done, current test tube studies have been promising. If you have skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema, you should consider trying CBD oil.

Heart Health

Some recent studies have found that CBD can benefit the heart and circulatory system by lowering blood pressure. Even a single dose of 600 mg of CBD was found to reduce resting blood pressure. Because of this, it has been suggested that the anxiety and stress reducing properties of CBD assist with lowering blood pressure overall.

Other notable studies found that CBD can also benefit patients afflicted with cardiac arrhythmias and atherosclerosis.

Neuroprotective and Antipsychotic

Unlike THC, which has been shown to influence psychosis in adolescents at higher doses, CBD shows potential in being used as a neuroprotectant. Research posits that CBD stops the breakdown of anandamide, an endocannabinoid. Additionally, CBD can bind with the D2 dopamine receptor, which is usually the focus of antipsychotic medications.

These two abilities of CBD can help more than individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia. People impacted by depression, bipolar disorder, or psychosis from Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, or substance abuse may also find relief when using CBD.

How To Find The Best CBD Oil For You

If you are up for giving CBD oil a try, then you need to know how to shop. There are many products available in stores and online all throughout the UK that sell various forms of CBD oil.

Here are some types of CBD oil you can purchase:

Tinctures: These are liquids applied under the tongue using a dropper. CBD is absorbed, enters the bloodstream, and then begins to work its magic from there. Usually, tinctures comes in glass bottles with a dropper built into the lid for proper dosage.
Capsules: Taken like typical supplements. The gel capsules are filled with oil and swallowed.
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO): Different from other kinds of CBD oil. CBD RSO refers to an extract with an alcohol base that can either be applied to your skin or ingested. It usually comes with an applicator or plastic plunger.
Vape Oil: CBD can be vaped one of two ways—as a pre-filled cartridge or as vape juice.
Dabbable Oil: Pertains to hash oil, rosin, live resins, or any other form of CBD oil that can be used in flash vaporization, or dabbing. This is not recommended for beginners. It is merely being mentioned so you know what (not) to search or ask for when shopping around.

Another aspect of CBD oil that must be kept in mind is the lack of strict regulation. The consumer is ultimately the one who has to figure out which items contain the highest concentrations of CBD. You should always purchase organic oils that have been tested and reviewed, if it is available.

You also need to know that there are three kinds of CBD oil on the market:

Full-spectrum CBD contains the complete array of compounds from cannabis, including CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids and terpenes. This kind of oil is not legal to purchase or possess in the UK.
Broad-spectrum CBD contains an array of compounds from cannabis but does not have any THC. This is allowable.
CBD Isolate contains solely CBD. Every other compound has been removed.

Broad-spectrum and CBD isolate are ideal for users who do not want to experience the effects of THC.

Lastly, CBD can be derived from either traditional cannabis (the smokable kind) or hemp. There are a couple of characteristics to note:

• Hemp-derived CBD is much more accessible than cannabis-derived CBD, partially due to legality. You can only find cannabis-derived CBD in areas that have legalized cannabis.
• Hemp will readily absorb contaminants in the soil through the process of bioaccumulation, making it more likely to contain heavy metals. Always buy organic when you can.
• Hemp is limited in chemical diversity, meaning the CBD derived from hemp may not always have a consistent effect.

Be sure to purchase from a reputable shop that sells only high-quality, authentic oils. That way, you know are getting the best CBD oil and will have relief soon.

Takeaway

You should now know that CBD is a form of cannabinoid that comes from both hemp and marijuana. Although CBD will not make you high, it is being touted as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. Whether you are suffering from anxiety or have a medical condition that keeps you from living fully, CBD oil may benefit you. Why not give it a try and see what it does for you?

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Does CBD Oil Help With Anxiety?

Anxiety, something that manifests as a racing heartbeat, manic thoughts, sweaty hands, and shortened, frantic breathing, can become debilitating over time. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 1 in every 13 people throughout the world is living with some kind of anxiety disorder.

While there are quick-acting drugs that can offer instant relief from the symptoms of anxiety, these prescriptions are often addictive. Some medical options provide no relief. Others cause far too many negative side effects. If you struggle with anxiety, finding a solution may leave you feeling like you are trapped in the dark.

But now, there may be a solution: CBD, or cannabidiol, from hemp. CBD is a chemical compound that has caught the eye of the medical community recently and is now being considered as a complementary therapy for anxiety. Will CBD help anxiety? Should you try it?

We’re going to answer all those questions and more.

How Does CBD Work?

In order to understand how cannabidiol dampens anxiety, you need to first understand how it affects the body as a whole. Within the human body is something called the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is full of receptors that communicate with molecules, like neurotransmitters and other chemicals.

CBD is thought to react to two kinds of receptors in the ECS, the CB1 and CB2 receptors. These are found within the central and peripheral nervous systems. CB1 is also found in some fat stores. While research has yet to figure out exactly how CB1 receptors are affected by CBD, it does—in many different ways.

One way is by altering serotonin signals. The neurotransmitter called serotonin is integral to mental health. People with low levels of serotonin usually develop depression. Others with low serotonin may get anxiety. That is why selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are often prescribed for depression and anxiety.

SSRIs target a specific serotonin receptor known as 5-HT1A and helps increase the availability of serotonin, helping boost your mood. A 2019 study looked at how CBD operates in rats and found that CBD enhanced transmission to 5-HT1A, reducing anxious behaviors. Now, researchers want to see if this is the same for humans.

Research on CBD and Anxiety

Presently, there has been little research done on CBD, but more and more attention is being given to this chemical. Furthermore, most of the evidence from research available is from laboratory experiments and animal-based studies. Few human trails have been done. It should be noted that in 2015, research was published in the Neurotherapeutics journal that analysed CBD as a way to treat conditions of panic disorder, generalised anxiety, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The researchers found promising results.

Before that, in 2011, there was a well-known study that gave individuals with fear of public speaking doses of CBD. Those participants reported a reduction in negative self-talk and overall anxiety. However, it is hard to tell whether this a was placebo effect.

Similarly, a 2013 study published in Current Neuropharmacology discussed a link between neurogenesis and cannabidiol in the human brain. In 2016, an animal study similar to the one from 2019 looked at how CBD produced a fast-acting anti-anxiety and antidepressant effect in the brain.

In a double-blind study from Japan in 2019, 37 teenagers with social anxiety disorder were given 300mg of CBD or a placebo daily for four weeks. The teens were given surveys to assess their symptoms. The findings were that CBD could reduce anxiety symptoms as well as the drug Paroxetine, which is commonly used to treat social anxiety disorder.

Another study from 2019 looked at outpatients from a mental health facility in Colorado. There were 47 patients who had suffered from anxiety. Over 3 months, the patients were given 25mg of CBD per day alongside other treatments. After the first month, 79.2% of the participants saw improvement in their symptoms. After the whole three months, 78.1% of the patients had improved even further.

However, there were some patients who experienced a worsening of their anxiety—about 15.3% of the them. 19.5% of the participants said that their anxiety had worsened after two months.

Safety

As noted in the previous section, CBD may also cause anxiety, so it is not an option for some individuals. Also, CBD may cause the following side effects:

• Nausea
• Dry mouth
• Vomiting
• Low blood pressure
• Changes in mood
• Changes in appetite
• Drowsiness
• Diarrhoea

Some studies found that CBD can increase the heart rate slightly with doses higher than 900mg. Also, if you are taking medication with a grapefruit warning, avoid CBD. It is thought to behave the same way as grapefruit and upset the metabolic enzymes that assist with digesting medications. CBD may also interact with antihistamines, calcium channel blockers, anti-epileptic drugs, and benzodiazepines.

Consuming CBD For Anxiety

Curious about trying CBD for anxiety? Then you need to know the best ways to consume CBD oil so that you can maximize the benefits. As mentioned earlier, there are plenty of methods of taking CBD. Here are the ways to consume CBD:

Oils, Tinctures, and Sprays

CBD oils, tinctures, and sprays are a quick and easy way to get quality CBD. Tinctures and sprays are CBD extracts with an alcohol base. Meanwhile, CBD oils are infused with CBD extract and contain carrier oils derived from coconut or hemp seed.

Tinctures and oils usually are taken via dropper, allowing for a precise dosage. Since these are taken sublingually (under the tongue), the CBD rapidly dissolves into the bloodstream, delivering results in as little as 10 minutes and lasting for around 3-4 hours. Sprays are similar—sprayed onto the tongue or under it.

Most tinctures and oils are available in 15mL and 30mL bottles, but the concentration can range anywhere between 100-5,000mg. This means that dosage sizes will also vary greatly.

Inhalants

Another popular way to consume CBD is through vaping. Unfortunately, this delivery method is under intense scrutiny. A severe lung condition known as EVALI or VAPI (E-cigarette or Vaping-Use Associated Lung Injury or Vaping Associated Pulmonary Injury) has led to the hospitalization of individuals in the US. Therefore, caution should be taken when considering vaporizing CBD oil. Discuss it with a general practitioner first.

Edibles

CBD, being tasteless, can be added to almost any kind of food. It is super easy to digest, but there are a few drawbacks to edibles. The oral bioavailability of CBD dampens the effect, since it takes a long while to be digested and sent through the liver. Most edibles contain about 5-100mg per gummy or piece.

There are also topical creams, but since those have little effect against anxiety, we didn’t include them.

Dosage For Treating Anxiety With CBD

There is currently no standard dose of CBD. Even in reading studies, you will notice that the amount of CBD used varies greatly. There are factors that go into how much CBD you will need to feel the effects, such as weight, gender, and method of consumption. It is always a good idea to start low, usually around 5-10mg of CBD, first. From there, if nothing happens in a few weeks, you can start increasing your dosage until the symptoms of anxiety start to lessen.

CBD is noted to be safe, even when taken in high doses. That is why some people will find 300mg to be ideal. Some studies even had people take 1,200-1,500mg in a single day, and there were no adverse effects. Of course, you should never dose that high when first starting out.

Discuss your plans for trying CBD with a medical professional then proceed from there.

General Dosing Tips For CBD

Though we briefly hinted to how dosing can change above, here are the factors in more detail:

Concentration: The concentration refers to the strength of a product, or the total amount of CBD present in a single serving. Concentration is usually measured in milligrams (mg). Keep in mind that concentration does not equal the dosage. You need to calculate dosage based off the concentration. For example, if you have a CBD tincture that is 30 milliliters (mL) and has a concentration of 1500mg, then that means 1 mL of the tincture contains about 50mg of CBD per serving.
Desired Effects: Depending on what you are using CBD for, the dosage will change. If you are in pain, the dose will reflect just how much pain you are in. If you have severe anxiety, then you will need a higher dose to mitigate than symptoms compared to someone with more mild symptoms.
Tolerance: Everyone is different. Your lifestyle and how often you take CBD or other medications will affect your tolerance. Someone who has used CBD for a longer duration will need more CBD than someone who is just beginning to use it.
Body Weight: Your weight also plays a role in how much CBD you can tolerate. Heavier individuals need more CBD per dose, especially if you want to get the calming benefits. Lighter individuals will feel CBD more strongly, even when taking less. You can find weight charts online to give you an estimate of how much CBD to start with.

How Do I Find Quality CBD Products?

After you talk to your doctor about using CBD for anxiety and look into the kinds of products available, you are going to want to look around at various suppliers. You are going to want to look for third-party lab-results, first and foremost. Make sure the brands you are interested in are also transparent and have information available online.

The best CBD is going to be 100% pure, meaning there is little to no CO2 in the formula. The formula should have natural ingredients only. Avoid anything that may have been made with pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilisers. Also, consider locally sourced hemp and cannabis.

Takeaway

Should you try CBD oil for anxiety? Don’t let anxiety control your life. You can find relief. If you frequently struggle with restlessness, irritability, muscle tension, overthinking and worry, and sleep disturbances, then you should discuss CBD with a medical professional. From there, you can decide if CBD can be a complementary therapy for anxiety.

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Can A Person Overdose On CBD Oil?

CBD oil has been know to help people get over a number of problems, such as stress, anxiety, and chronic pain. Yet, as the popularity of CBD products continues to blossom, the concern for safety will also grow. Whenever you are taking something for pain relief, you begin to wonder if there is a risk involved.

One worry that people have is whether you can overdose on CBD or not. Today, we’re going to investigate if it is possible to take too much CBD, so keep reading.

What Is CBD?

First off, let’s talk about CBD, also known as cannabidiol, an organic compound, or cannabinoid, found in cannabis and hemp. Unlike THC, another cannabinoid known for its psycho-active effects, CBD will not make you high. Knowing this, you should also know that CBD is not addictive. Therefore, you cannot overdose on it as if it were a pharmaceutical or drug.

In other words, CBD does everything THC does, such as relieving stress, anxiety, inflammation, nausea, insomnia, and depression, but without the high and other less pleasant side effects.

Can You Build a Tolerance to CBD?

One reason some prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous is because you can gradually become tolerant to the dosage. You start increasing the dose, and soon, you may accidentally take too much.

You may be wondering, “How many CBD capsules can I take before it’s too much?”, “How many CBD gummies are too much?”, or “What if I start building up a tolerance to CBD?” There are many studies that have concluded that you really do not build up a tolerance to CBD products. Plus, there has been anecdotal evidence from individuals who have used CBD oil for years without building a tolerance.

Of course, the opposite may occur. You may also experience something called “reverse tolerance,” which means you need less of an amount to get the desired effects. If you think that you are building up a tolerance to CBD, you can try decreasing the dose, changing the time you take it, or even take a short break from CBD to see if that helps.

Can You Overdose on CBD?

Let us start off by saying that there was a study in 2011 that looked for the toxicity level of CBD by dosing subjects with 1,500 mg [1]. There were no signs. Additionally, CBD is not toxic. Few side effects are ever experienced by CBD users.

That said, the true toxicity level of CBD is thought to be around 20,000 mg taken in a single dose, which is probably impossible [2].

The US National Cancer Institute has also state that the body’s cannabinoid receptors are not located in the brain stem regions controlling breathing like opioid receptors, so lethal overdoses cannot technically occur that way.

How High of a Dose is Too Much?

Not that you know that you cannot overdose on CBD and that there is really no way to die from it, you may be wondering, “How much CBD is too much?”

It depends on you and your body.

Some people will have a bad experience with CBD, but you cannot get high from it, and it will not kill you.

The worst CBD can do to you is the following:

• Nausea
• Anxiety and depression
• Dizziness
• Diarrhea
• Drowsiness
• Vomiting
• Dry mouth
• Changes in appetite

However, these side effects may occur with any dose. It truly is up to how your body processes CBD. Therefore, for some people 300 mg might be the limit while others may be able to tolerate much more.

What is The Right Amount of CBD?

To date, there has been little success in studies to find a limit to CBD dosages for some individuals. There have been studies using 1-5 mg of CBD and others that have participants taking upwards of 1,500 mg a day [3]. So far, none of these studies ended up recording anything particularly harmful to the body.

This could mean a number of things, but the main lesson to take away from this is that everyone has a unique dosage. Since every body is different, your needs are going to be different from others as well.

In order to find the right amount of CBD for you, you need to do some experimentation. Also think about what kind of benefits you would like and what you are trying to treat. That can help you pinpoint the right dose for you.

Here are some common dosages:

• Chronic pain – take around 2.5-25 milligrams
• Sleep problems – 40-160 milligrams daily
• Migraines – 200 mg
• Chron’s/IBD/Colitis – 10 mg/lb
• Arthritis – around 60 mg

But regardless of where you fall on this recommended scale, remember to start low and work your way up until you start feeling the effects.

Final Thoughts

So, can you overdose on CBD products? It is very, very unlikely. However, it depends greatly on you and your level of tolerance to high quality CBD. Then research the best dose of CBD for whatever it is you are trying to treat. That way, you know you will be safe—and pain free—in no time.

Farmula has organic CBD products made from locally sourced hemp. We offer products of varying dosages, so be sure to check them out and start feeling relief.

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References
[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3041249/
[2] https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/take-too-much-cbd/71920/
[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5569602/

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Cannabis Might Block COVID-19 Infection

There are two topics spreading across the globe these days: CBD and coronavirus. Interestingly, these two things have also been the contenders of a debate: Can cannabis or CBD knock out COVID-19? Or will cannabis exacerbate the coronavirus? Recently, there has been research conducted that opened the door to the possibility of CBD stopping COVID-19 infections from spreading.

Are certain strains of cannabis more effective? Where does CBD fit into virus prevention? And can taking CBD help you get through this global pandemic? Let’s find out.

Research On Cannabis and COVID-19

The research was conducted by students of the University of Lethbridge, Canada in a hope to open the door towards further research on cannabis and the novel coronavirus. The study was fronted by Dr. Igor Kovalchuk, who has developed over 800 cannabis sativa extracts and lines. The group worked to develop new cannabis plants that have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) to use for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.

Then, the researchers mapped out how various strains of cannabis can impact COVID-19 infections within the mouth, airway, and intestines of humans. They also monitored how various strains modulated ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2) levels, which has been connected to COVID-19 infections.

By the conclusion of the research, 13 CBD-rich extracts were discovered to assist with ACE2 levels. Kovalchuk commented that many CBD extracts “reduced the number of these (virus) receptors by 73 percent…if [CBD] can reduce the number of receptors, there’s much less chance of getting infected.”

However, you should know that the findings have yet to be peer reviewed. Therefore, you shouldn’t consider this as conclusive evidence but as a hypothetical way to increase your immunity. Researchers have yet to identify the specific amount of CBD that could help with increasing your resistance to COVID-19 transmission, or if there is a reason CBD performed better than THC or THC/CBD blends.

Another study done by the NAS report looked into cannabis and the effect it has on the immune system. The report discussed the decrease in cytokine production. Cytokines are immune system proteins that assist with inflammation. Scientists have reported that, in the most severe cases of COVID-19, patients undergo what is called a “cytokine storm,” which causes the body to attack itself rather than fighting off the virus [3]. Since cannabis and CBD can temper autoimmune disease, the hypothesis is that it can also assist with limiting the severity of the novel coronavirus. Again, evidence is lacking overall, so it is just assumption right now.

How Can CBD Help With COVID-19?

But what if you get COVID-19, or another virus, for that matter? Can CBD soothe your symptoms? As you probably already know, there are many benefits to taking CBD as part of a daily routine. Those same benefits can help should you get sick or end up feeling unwell during these trying times.

Here’s how:

  • Soothes coughing. CBD oil can be effective at controlling a cough than an over-the-counter cough syrup.
  • Helps the gut. 90 percent of CB2 receptors—the points the CBD binds to—are within the intestines. This means CBD can help calm your nerves and your upset stomach.
  • Works as an antioxidant. When you are sick with COVID-19 or another virus, the virus works by infecting cells then oxidizing them. CBD counteracts this process by stopping the development of free radicals. CBD also has antibacterial properties.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties. Fever is caused by inflammation. CBD is noted for its anti-inflammatory abilities, thus assisting with reducing potentially dangerous high fevers.
  • Sedative. At higher doses, CBD can help you get a much better night’s sleep. Rest is one of the best ways to beat a virus, after all, so go on, sleep in.

Always speak to a doctor before trying to treat any sickness or illness by yourself, especially if you have the symptoms of COVID-19. Remember that COVID-19 affects the lungs, so you want to avoid any method of delivery, like vaping, that could potentially irritate your lungs. Tinctures and edibles are the best source of CBD in this case.

Other Ways CBD Is Beneficial To Health

During times of crisis, it is without a doubt that your cortisol (stress) levels are sky high and that you are probably anxious about the future. You are not alone. There is a growing concern about a shadowed global mental health issue looming behind the current pandemic. Aside from social isolation, economic instability, and the impending second wave, people are also fretting over so much more. No wonder more and more people in the UK are turning towards CBD to assist with anxiety.

Final Thoughts on Cannabis and Coronavirus

Research has told us that cannabis strains high in CBD and low in THC can potentially treat COVID-19 or even hinder transmission from one person to another. While the research has yet to be peer reviewed, it does show promise. In the mean time, you can use CBD to help with coronavirus-related anxiety and get better sleep, so you can tackle those Zoom conferences and social distancing measures with ease.

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