You’ve probably noticed that CBD oil is popping up everywhere.
CBD oil in all kinds of forms is receiving a lot of attention for its wide range of potential benefits.
But is it just this year’s trend, or does CBD oil offer real benefits? Let’s explore the possible ways it can be used to help you with your health and fitness goals.
What is CBD?
Cannabis contains two main cannabinoids — THC and CBD.
CBD is short for cannabinol – the non-psychoactive, medicinal cannabinoid found in cannabis.
THC is short for Tetrahydrocannabinol and is the psychoactive cannabinoid. THC is responsible for the ‘high’ effect, which can lead to negative psychological side effects.
As CBD is non-psychoactive, some say that it can provide the medicinal benefits without the negative side effects.
Benefits and Uses
CBD has actually been used for thousands of years to treat various types of pain. It’s only recently that the medical community have begun to study it properly.
What does CBD oil do?
The touted medicinal benefits of CBD oil come from the effect on your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and enzymes responsible for the synthesis of cannabinoids. The ECS is responsible for a number of biological processes leading scientists to develop their understanding of the potential benefits and side effects of cannabinoids such as CBD.
There are two main receptor-types for CBD in your body. CB1, which is found in the central nervous system (CNS) and CB2 which is found in peripheral systems such as the gut and bone systems. Due to the wide amount of receptor locations found in the body, CBD has been investigated for a number of potential benefits, such as:
- Anxiety relief
- Pain relief
How to use CBD oil and what is the best way to take it?
How you use CBD will depend on what your goal is and why you are using it. CBD is available in various forms such as edibles, tinctures, and topical CBD cream. So, the best course of action is to read the recommended dosages on the package and consult a doctor for any further advice.
Can I vape CBD oil?
There is CBD oil that is specifically made for vaping. However we must warn you that vaping is a controversial issue and the evidence is inconclusive in regards to the long-term health effects.
Can I take CBD if I’m taking other medications?
The evidence is currently inconclusive, so it is best to seek advice from your GP and ask about the specific medication you are taking before you try CBD. CBD comes in various forms and the dosage will depend on your reasons for using it. If you’re taking other medication, it is advised that you see your GP first.
Although CBD oil is generally considered safe, it can cause some side effects. The most common side effects of CBD use include dry mouth, diarrhea, reduced appetite, drowsiness and fatigue.
Will CBD make me tired?
One of the most common side effects of CBD usage is tiredness. However, it completely depends on the individual and the dosage.
Can you get high from CBD?
As the CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, you won’t get any feelings of euphoria or sedation. However, this may not be the case for a small minority people as you never know how your body will react to a certain supplement for the first time.
So is CBD oil harmful?
The main reported side effects of CBD are tiredness, diarrhoea, and changes in appetite/weight. The research looking into the interaction with other drugs is still in its early stages, so caution must be used when taking other medication. Additionally, it’s still unclear what affect CBD may have on hormones.
Research has shown encouraging signs for a wide range of potential benefits to CBD supplementation. Keep in mind that most of this has been done in a clinical setting. This makes it hard to say how applicable it may be to healthy individuals trying to improve their fitness or reach sport-related goals.
However, the range of potential benefits most pertinent to fitness include improvements in sleep, pain relief, weight management and a reduction in gastrointestinal symptoms.
There have been a number of side effects reported which include diarrhoea, tiredness, and changes in appetite/weight. This may be down to the individual and the dosage.
The evidence is still unclear in how CBD reacts to other drugs, so it’s important to consult with your GP if you are taking any other medication.
This article first appeared on GYMNASIUMPOST.com on 3rd August, 2020.