The CBD revolution is undoubtedly in full swing, and an increasing number of people are starting to try this product. But who is CBD safe for? And is there anything you should be aware of before trying it yourself?
As always, we are here to provide you with all the necessary information to make an informed decision about whether CBD is right for you, and what products you should, or indeed should not try.
What is CBD?
The chances are, you probably already know this, but just in case, let’s have a brief stop to discuss what exactly CBD actually is.
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, and is a molecule found in the cannabis plant. CBD is not to be confused with THC, the psychoactive molecule that some of you may be more aware of.
THC is found mainly in marijuana plants, which do not contain much CBD. CBD is found in industrial hemp plants, which conversely are very low in THC content.
All that it is important to know from this is that CBD is not psychoactive, and will therefore not cause the high sensation that THC is known for (so we hear, we wouldn’t know, obviously).
Is CBD Safe for Children?
You may have seen many stories of people using CBD as a treatment for their children. This is most prevalent in children with epilepsy, as numerous scientific studies have shown a positive impact on seizures in children when treated with CBD.
For other conditions, research is more limited, and it is very much the choice of parents whether they choose to give CBD to their child.
While there is positive research and countless anecdotal accounts of this being a good choice, risks are still a concern to some, and it’s important to weight up all the evidence before making a choice on the matter.
Is CBD Safe for Pets?
There does not seem to be any research or evidence to suggest that CBD is dangerous in any way for your pets.
Is CBD Safe with Other Medication?
Here we find ourselves in something of a complex situation. While many promote the use of CBD to treat different ailments (we are not doing that here, simply bringing the facts as they are) thee is some evidence to suggest that CBD can decrease or increase the effects of medications.
Again, there is a great deal of information available online that we highly suggest looking into when considering whether CBD may interact with any medications you are on.
However, even if your research suggests that you will be fine combining CBD products with any medication you are taking, especially if it is long-term, daily medication, we highly recommend speaking to your doctor.
Remember, CBD is entirely legal in the UK under EU law, so there is no shame in asking your doctor whether you can take CBD products without fear of negative effects on your medication.
Should I Take CBD is I’ve Never Smoked Marijuana?
This is a popular question, suggesting many are concerned about how they may react to CBD if they have never consumed marijuana.
It is important to remember that CBD and THC are two entirely different things, they are simply derived from the same family of plants.
To that end, your response to CBD should not be affected in any way by any history you do or do not have with marijuana.
Whether you used to get high all the time, or you have never done so, the suggestions for starting to take CBD are the same. Take it slow.
Start with a low strength product, no more than 5% CBD content, maybe even lower than that, like these 3% Olive Drops, for example.
See how your body reacts to these, everyone is different, so what’s right for one person, may not work for the next.
If you feel like you can go stronger, then raise the strength slightly, and continue to do so until you find a level that you’re happy with.
Once you have found the right product for you, it’s advisable to stick with it, or at least stick with that strength of product.
There is no suggestion that tolerance to CBD is built up over time (if that changes, we’ll let you know) so you should be able to stick with what works for the long term.
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