Is Cannabidiol Completely Harmless? Let’s Shed Some Light on the Properties and Side-Effects of CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming extremely popular thanks to the revival of Cannabis Sativa and its relaxing properties. Often opposed to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) because of its lack of psychotropic effects, CBD is held in great regard in the therapeutic field. Furthermore, it is easily purchased, even without a medical prescription, in the form of oil, crystals, e-liquids, and cosmetic products. But is it true that it has no side-effects? Here is a guide to CBD’s effects on your mental and physical health.
CBD Beneficial effects
Cannabidiol (CBD) is the cannabinoid which is the second most present in Cannabis Sativa after THC. Though it has many of the therapeutic effects of the latter, it has absolutely no psychotropic effects on the brain. For this reason, it is vastly used in the treatment of several ailments and diseases. In particular:
Beneficial Physical Effects
CBD has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, it’s a natural sebo regulator and an antioxidant capable of contrasting the ageing caused by free radicals. It can be used topically to help treat different kinds of skin diseases, such as:
- Greasy skin
- Dry skin
- Wrinkles and scarcely elastic skin
- Varicose veins
Beneficial Effects for the Nervous System.
Though it isn’t psychoactive, cannabidiol interacts with the human Nervous System’s CBD receptors. In this case, it has muscle relaxant, sedative, anti-epileptic, antispasmodic, and antipsychotic effects. For this reason, it is very useful in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases or psychic conditions, such as:
- Panic attacks
- Multiple sclerosis
- Chronic pain
Are the effects of CBD exclusively beneficial? For the most part, yes. Its action on our organism doesn’t lead to relevant side-effects. However, as with any other substance, it should be used with care. In particular, you should always begin with a very low dosage, a few drops or 2-3g of crystals, to verify its effect on your body. In very high dosages, CBD can induce temporary:
- Increase of hunger
- Laxative effect
Interactions with other medicines are not known, but it is always best to inform your physician if you are on other therapies.
Effect On Animals
Many don’t know this, but cannabidiol also has positive effects on pets. In fact, even animals’ nervous systems have CBD receptors. Using CBD oil as a supplement can help to:
- calm your animal
- alleviate articular pain
- improve digestion
- increase the shininess of their fur
- reduce stress and anxiety
The recommended dosage for cats and dogs is about 2 drops every 5 kg (11 lbs). In this case, too, we recommend you begin with a smaller dosage to judge the effects on the animal in question.