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  • by Nicola Boulton September 05, 2022 5 min read


    People use CBD for pain, mental issues like anxiety, and sleep improvement, although more research is needed to prove the claims. All uses of CBD include applying its topicals, adding it to food, and munching its edibles. CBD is not lethal, but users have reported fatigue, reduced appetite, and weight loss after using it.

    CBD is a cannabinoid majorly extracted from hemp plants and which is fast taking the largest industries. The beauty, skincare, baking, and supplement fields appreciate CBD and make it a central part of their products' ingredient lists. Besides, early studies show that CBD is therapeutic and many believe in these claims, using the cannabinoid for pain, sleep, and mental issues. What are the side effects of CBD? The cannabinoid has not been confirmed as dangerous, but some fans report fatigue, diarrhea, reduced appetite, and weight loss after CBD use. This article helps you know more about CBD, including how to incorporate it into your daily life.


    CBD Basics

    Are you contemplating joining the CBD regime? You need to know what CBD is before trying to use it. It has become part of the mainstream, explaining why CBD fans need to understand it. According to Mascal et al. (2019), CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis plants and is majorly extracted from hemp. Cannabis plants feature active compounds called cannabinoids, and CBD is one of them. CBD stands out among the more than 100 cannabinoids in nature because it is non-psychoactive and will not make you high. Besides, Watt & Karl (2017) reported that CBD is therapeutic, and many users are after this therapy, explaining why CBD grows in hype and demand. Below are the commonest reasons driving people to take CBD. Learn more about why does cbd oil burn my throat?

    CBD for Pain

    People use CBD to manage chronic and acute pain. For instance, according to Vučković et al. (2018), people have been using CBD since 1975. The study looked at the CBD studies from 1975 to March 2018 and reported that the cannabinoid helped manage and relieve chronic and acute pain. The survey narrowed it down to cancer, fibromyalgia, and neuropathy pains as the types of pain CBD help with the most. Yet we need more studies to prove that taking CBD can help with your pain. Meanwhile, we cannot have enough CBD products designed to help with pain. CBD brands offer gummies, oils, and capsules that people take for pain.

    Can CBD Help Manage Mental Issues?

    With the Covid-19 pandemic in the picture and the already tough economic times, mental issues are more dominant. A certain amount of anxiety is not bad; we have to think. However, people are more anxious today, and cases of depression have increased. Because of stress and depression, many commit suicide. Meanwhile, the medications people take for mental issues may not help the victims; others cannot manage the side effects, while some users cannot afford them. Many wonder if CBD could be the answer to these mental issues since it seems to help with just about anything

    CBD and Sleep- Can It Help?

    One of the many reasons people take CBD products is to manage sleep issues. Sleep is critical to good health, and we cannot overemphasize its benefits. Do you remember a day when you did not sleep well and struggled to keep awake during the day and be productive? Yet many people face sleep challenges, and others have sleep complications like insomnia. Can CBD help you manage sleep problems? According to Russo et al. (2007) and Chagas et al. (2014), CBD can improve sleep by managing the REM sleep disorder. Still, CBD is not a medicine for sleep challenges, and the FDA has not approved its use for treating sleep complications.

    Everyday Use of CBD

    As more studies unleash CBD potential, the cannabinoid is becoming more popular. CBD is now part of the mainstream, and we have it daily. For instance;

    1. People orally or sublingually take CBD oils and tinctures for their bioavailability and fast effects.
    2. You can add CBD oil drops to foods and drinks to make them CBD-infused.
    • You can buy the ready-to-eat CBD edibles from the CBD stores or make your edibles to enjoy CBD benefits with taste and flavor.
    1. CBD capsules are available online and in CBD stores, with some having vitamins. More and more CBD fans take them.
    2. Veterans and novices enjoy vaping and smoking CBD oils.
    3. You can infuse your baked products with CBD oils and isolates, allowing you to feel CBD effects without the earthiness of hemp products.
    • You can apply CBD topicals like CBD patches, creams, and balms on the skin to manage inflammation and pain.

    There is no better use or form of CBD. What you choose to enjoy CBD effects depends on your CBD needs and what you are looking for in the cannabinoid. CBD oils allow fast delivery and high bioavailability, but they are bitter, while CBD edibles let you enjoy taste and flavor but delay CBD effects.

    Is CBD Safe?

    Are you considering taking CBD products in one of the forms discussed above? You certainly want to know if the cannabinoid is safe for consumption. According to Meissner & Cascella (2021), CBD has a healthy safety profile and does not harm. However, it is worth remembering that CBD studies are insufficient and while people claim that CBD can help with this or that, there is not enough evidence to prove this. Besides, the FDA does not control CBD production, giving leeway to products with contaminants. As if this is not enough, there are no recommendations on how much CBD one needs to take.

    CBD Side Effects

    People look at CBD as generally safe. However, according to Chesney et al. (2020) and Iffland & Grotenherman (2017), CBD may lead to diarrhea, fatigue, reduced appetite, and weight loss. Still, these effects have often been linked to THC. As you use CBD products, know the side effects you will likely experience.                    


    CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid mostly extracted from hemp. People take it to manage pain, stress, and sleep issues, although studies have not approved such uses. Everyday use of CBD involves taking its oil orally, adding CBD oil drops to meals, applying CBD topicals to your skin, munching CBD edibles, and swallowing CBD capsules. CBD is considered safe but users have reported fatigue, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and unexplained weight reduction.


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