How does CBD work?

Cannabidiol, more commonly known as CBD, is an active ingredient found in cannabis and hemp plants. The high usually associated with cannabis is actually caused by a compound within cannabis called THC. CBD is an entirely different compound that does not cause a mental or physical high.

When it is taken, CBD interacts with receptors within the nervous system, also affecting serotonin levels in the brain, which creates a calming effect, meaning it could help to alleviate some symptoms of stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Studies also suggest that CBD has some anti-inflammatory properties.

Research is actively being conducted on CBD and the possibility of preventing Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. If you are worried about the above diseases, speak with your doctor or primary care physician to find out if CBD could help you.

Can CBD have long-term negative effects?

Because CBD doesn’t have psychoactive effects, it’s said to have no abuse potential or chance of becoming dependent upon it. There are potential short-term effects, such as dry mouth, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. Because it can thin the blood, there is a chance that CBD may prevent other medications from working properly if used concurrently with CBD.

It’s worth checking labels thoroughly and speaking with your doctor about the concurrent use of CBD and medications before you start.

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