Entering the world of CBD products can be daunting at first, especially if you’ve grown up in an environment or culture that frowned upon cannabis in the past or in the present. The following will explore a few things to keep in mind that can help you comfortably and effectively use CBD products.
Understand Your Options
First and foremost, it’s important to note that CBD can be used in a variety of forms. CBD can be smoked, eaten, ingested in oil form, taken as a pill, and even applied topically.
Within these forms, there are lots of specificities and options. For instance, there are Green Dolphin CBD gummies which are chewable servings of CBD that taste like candy. There are also CBD creams for sore muscles. Which method of use you prefer is a very individual thing. It’s important that you don’t ignore your own comfort levels when making a choice.
If you don’t want to smell like smoke, choose another option. If you’re watching your sugar intake, find an edible form that is low in sugar. The method of consumption is completely up to you, but you should know that different methods have different times of onset.
Typically smoking produces the fastest results, and though edible takes longer to have an effect, they tend to be long lasting. If you’re unsure what’s right for you, speak to healthcare or CBD professional about what options suit your lifestyle and concerns.
Understand The Side Effects
While for the majority of people, CBD produces absolutely no side effects, others might find they feel a little tired. Other possible side effects include lowered blood pressure, dry mouth, and lightheadedness. Those who take the prescription form of CBD called Epidiolex can experience damage to the liver. As of yet, there are no known side effects for topically-applied CBD.
Most of the time, people find that they feel nothing—pain and anxiety are alleviated or gone, and they can carry on with the rest of their day. It’s a good idea when taking anything new to take note of how you’re feeling throughout the day to help determine whether there are side effects and whether these effects are worth the relief that a particular change provides. It’s also important to be particularly wary of driving or operating heavy machinery; follow the provider’s instructions in this regard.
Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Considerations
If you’re pregnant, are planning on becoming pregnant, or breastfeeding, it is possible that CBD is unsafe. CBD products can be contaminated with ingredients that harm infants or fetuses. At this point, more information is needed, so it’s best to play it safe until studies come out.
Medication Mixing Considerations
If you’re taking any medications, you need to run your choice to take CBD by a medical professional to ensure that there are no adverse effects of mixing CBD with your medication. There are lists available online that can give you an idea of what interacts with CBD, but if your medication isn’t on there, you still need to check with a healthcare professional because there are many ongoing studies with CBD at the moment.
The above information should help you approach CBD in a safe and comfortable way. If ever you feel uncertain, reach out to a professional. If you are met with what feels like an unfair reaction, reach out to a second professional. The world of medicine is slowly opening up to CBD, and its benefits, but all acceptance of medical concepts takes time (as it should).