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Is cannabidiol good for long-term use

CBD, short for cannabidiol is a hemp or marijuana extract that will not get you high, it is non-addictive, and according to medical research, CBD can relieve pain anywhere in the body and calm anxiety. Consequently, there is no reason not to use it every day.

But how safe is using CBD every day? Below is everything you need to know. 

Quick take: Is it okay to use CBD every day?

  • The World Health Organization claims that pure CBD is safe for humans and animals.
  • To avoid overconsumption, use the “start low and go-slow approach.”
  • The FDA discourages the use of CBD or marijuana products if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. 
  • Daily topical use of CBD is encouraged because it may improve and help maintain skin health. 
  • Daily ingestion of recommended doses of CBD may improve sleep, help manage pain, and it may “balance your system.”

What does CBD do to you?

When consumed, CBD relieves depression, anxiety, and medical and anecdotal evidence says that the chemical is useful in the treatment and management of over 50 illnesses. Some users may experience a slight high -depending on product quality.

You may also experience allergic reactions triggered by the carrier oil.

TIP: Coconut oil, olive oil, or other carrier oils may cause allergic reactions in some users. We recommend testing the product before consumption if you are prone to allergies. 

You may also go for pure CBD products. 

In short, what you need to know about CBD oils and products is:

  • CBD is not intoxicating. Consumption does not affect your mind’s pleasure/reward sections, meaning there is no risk of developing dependence or addiction.
  • CBD can relieve pain and inflammation anywhere on or in the body. You may apply CBD topically or ingest it.
  • A synthetic version of CBD is in use in the treatment of epilepsy, cancer, and immune deficiency symptoms, including pain and lack of appetite. 

How does CBD work in your body?

According to a study published in the National Library of medicine, using CBD is beneficial in that, quote:

“Two months after the start of CBD treatment, 78.1% (32/41) and 56.1% (23/41) of patients reported improvement in anxiety and sleep, respectively, compared with the prior monthly visit; again, 19.5% (8/41) and 26.8% (11/41), respectively, reported worsening problems as compared with the prior month.”

Depending on your current state of health, the medicines you are using, and the quality of the product, CBD has varying effects on users. Because of that, if you have an underlying health condition, it is in your best medical interest to consult with a physician before use. 

Medicines that may interact with CBD products

Interactions between medicines and CBD may cause increased side effects. Consequently, you should avoid consuming CBD if you are on medicines that cause drowsiness, including cold and flu medicines, antidepressants, heart medicines, blood thinners, and some antibiotics.

How do you determine drug and CBD interaction?

Medicines and CBD may interact in at least three ways.

CBD and drug interaction

If you have low blood pressure or are on heart or circulatory medicines, medical experts recommend against the use of CBD because cannabidiol is effective at lowering blood pressure. 

The combined effect of CBD and other drugs may worsen or improve symptoms. It is therefore recommended that you avoid the following combinations:

  • Combining CBD with blood thinning or heart medicines.
  • CBD when combined with antihistamines may cause problems concentrating, confusion, drowsiness, and dizziness.  
Psychoactive drugs and alcohol

CBD is non-psychoactive, but when combined with psychoactive drugs or medicines, the side effects may appear more pronounced. You may experience fatigue, diarrhea, or sedation -which may increase the risk of accidents. 

Some users report positive results when they combine alcohol with Low amounts of CBD.

The start low and go slow approach.

Overconsuming CBD or other supplement could be harmful to your health and productivity. To avoid overconsumption, we recommend the “start low and go slow” approach. That entails taking low or recommended doses of CBD initially, and working your way up to a level you are comfortable with.

If you notice any negative changes, consider lowering the dose. 

How much CBD should you use in a day?

It depends on what you are using it for. For topical application, you may use it as often as you like. You may also mix it with beauty products of your choosing.

Ingestion is different in that overconsumption may cause side effects.

It is therefore recommended that you stick to the recommended dose or follow the “start and go-slow approach.”

What happens if you use CBD every day?

At recommended doses and with the right product, daily or long-term use of cannabidiol promises the following benefits. 

A safe alternative to damaging or addictive medicines

To date, CBD and marijuana are responsible for zero deaths worldwide. Additionally, a 2018 report by the World Health Organization concluded that CBD is a safe and effective pain reliever. In the US, the FDA has approved CBD as a treatment for epileptic seizures. 

How to use CBD safely

  • Buy locally. America’s agricultural policies regulate product quality and the types of pesticides producers may use. Consequently, buying locally puts you at a lower risk of consuming harmful chemicals. Also, under federal law, any product that contains more than 0.3% THC constitutes marijuana. The issue is transportation and importation of marijuana or its products may lead to legal problems.
  • Tested products. You want to avoid back-alley products or CBD products that have questionable origins. 
  • Pure or full spectrum. Just like CBD, THC has uses in the treatment or management of pain, anxiety, and other illnesses. In states like California, you may purchase cannabis or THC even if you are a tourist. In short, check local laws. 

What does CBD do physiologically?

CBD consumption may help your body reach and maintain homeostasis. How does CBD promote homeostasis?

Unlike pharmaceutical medicines, CBD is a natural compound extracted from marijuana or hemp. When ingested or applied topically, researchers believe that the compound stimulates cannabinoid receptors. 

CBD and homeostasis: what the research says.

  • CBD may inhibit FAAH activity. FAAH stands for Fatty Acid Amide Hydrolase, an enzyme that breaks down anandamide. Through interactions with TPRV-1 resulting in an increase in anandamide, CBD may promote endocannabinoid activity. 
  • The human endocannabinoid system is a modulator system that helps manage immune tissues and brain function and plays a critical role in functions, including pain control, sleep regulation, immune response, and appetite.
Mood control and stress, anxiety, and depression relief

Through indirect interactions with the endocannabinoid system, CBD can help relieve stress and anxiety in men and animals. The chemical also binds with mood-related pathways. Meaning it may be useful in mood regulation. According to one study, CBD is, quote:

“CBD treatment is anxiolytic in both animals and humans. A growing number of preclinical studies also indicate that this drug reduces fear memory expression when given acutely. Importantly -CBD produces an enduring reduction in learned fear expression when given in conjunction with fear memory reconsolidation or extinction by disrupting the former and facilitating the latter. This makes CBD a potential candidate for testing as a pharmacological adjunct to psychological therapies or behavioral interventions used in treating PTSD and phobia.”

In short, CBD has uses in the treatment and management of:

  • Stress, anxiety, and depression. 
  • Phobias and anxiety, including public speaking.
  • CBD may improve circulatory health.
Better sleep

Without proper rest, you will experience fatigue or sleepiness. Aches and pains may also stem from how you sleep. 

According to the American Sleep Association, CBD can help persons suffering from insomnia to get better sleep. But for it to work as it should, you should combine daily consumption of CBD with:

  • Adults should get at least 7 hours of sleep every day. To encourage this, keep your bedroom dark, and avoid eating foods that cause discomfort or make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Take short naps during the day. A one-hour nap is unlikely to cause nighttime sleep problems. Long naps may make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Tire yourself out. Exercise, work, or stay active. That way, you create the need to rest. 
  • Manage stress and anxiety. Solve what you can and accept what you cannot. Worry will not solve your issues at midnight. 

What is vital to remember is that there is no harm in seeking help if you need it. 

Better skin

CBD can help treat or prevent skin conditions, including dryness, acne, and inflammation. Better skin equals more confidence, and unlike the majority of skin care products on the market, CBD is a natural compound. Thus, it is safe for your skin, and the effects last. 

What are the cons of using CBD?

In its purest form, CBD is well tolerated in humans and animals. At low doses, clinical trials suggest that the chemical has a stimulating effect. At high doses, CBD will not cause an overdose or medical complications. Instead, the chemical may cause sedation, diarrhea, and fatigue. 

Your main cause of concern should be product purity.

In the US, CBD products that contain 0.3% THC are legal to possess and distribute, and you do not need a prescription. Consequently, the market is flooded by products -some of which may contain harmful contaminants. Contaminated products may cause allergic reactions and may be unfit for human or animal consumption.

In short, for safety reasons, you should only invest in quality CBD products.