When CBD has entered your bloodstream, it interacts with a network of receptors referred to as cannabinoid receptors; these are typically found on the surface of your cells, everywhere from your spinal cord, to your muscle cells, skin, brain, and other organs. Together, these receptors form an entire network referred to as the endocannabinoid system.
Recently, clinical trials have offered promising findings on CBD as a potentially effective anxiety-reducing agent. In 2011, CBD was used as a pre-treatment in a clinical trial for people with Social Anxiety Disorder. And, with self-reporting, results showed that CBD reduced indicators of anxiety when participants were faced with a public speaking test.
The Endocannabinoid System
Thankfully, you can’t really ‘overdose’ on CBD. If you take a dose exceeding 100mg, you’ll likely feel tired and sleepy, but you’re unlikely to experience harmful effects. If you are new to consuming CBD, your stomach may be upset. This is a natural biological response that occurs when a foreign material enters your body. Typically, the nausea passes once your stomach recognizes that CBD isn’t an irritant.
You can consume the CBD dose either:
Vaporizing CBD, or vaping, refers to heating up a CBD product to a point where its cannabinoids turn into a gas or vapor you can inhale. CBD products that can be vaporized include cannabis buds, dabs, or E-liquids. After inhaling the vapor, CBD directly enters your bloodstream, where it starts taking immediate effect. It is the fastest way of consuming CBD, and with a bioavailability of 40-70%, you achieve maximum concentration in about 5 minutes. While this is the fastest CBD delivery method, vaping is also associated with serious lung injuries, so this may not be the safest choice.
Mislabeling appears to be a fairly common problem with CBD products. In one study, 70% of the CBD products that were sold online contained significantly more of the psychoactive ingredient THC than the label indicated.
This suggests that more research involving more participants and well-designed studies is needed in order to better understand if, how, and why CBD works.
There have been a number of studies that suggest that CBD may have a number of different physical and mental health uses. However, more research is still needed to better understand the substance’s potential applications and possible long-term side effects.
In order to determine if CBD is right for you, it is important to consider its potential benefits, side effects, and available research on safe dosages.
It is also important to remember that CBD products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Some manufacturers make unproven claims about the uses and efficacy of their products. There is also concern about the quality and safety of the products themselves.
One of the most popular ways to take CBD is as an oil. Such products are made by combining CBD with some type of carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Some more recently developed products include dietary supplements, foods, beverages, lotions, salves, and cosmetics.
Some of the most common side effects that people experience when taking CBD include: