Does CBD Interact with Other Medications?

Pill pack Does CBD interact with other medications

Major questions when it comes to CBD include: how will it effect my body? And will CBD interact with other medications I’m taking?

The good news is, the side effects of consuming CBD are generally mild. And, not all people who take CBD experience them. CBD’s reported side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Upset stomach when large amounts of CBD are consumed
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in appetite or weight loss
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What is Full Spectrum CBD?

Full spectrum CBD products

Have you come across the term “full spectrum” when shopping for CBD? When a product is labeled full spectrum, it’s an important qualification that savvy CBD shoppers should know about.

Sometimes products are labeled as “full spectrum CBD.” This can be confusing, because it’s not the CBD itself that is full spectrum. The term refers to the oil extracted from plants like hemp. The extracted oil contains numerous compounds, of which CBD is just one.

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What is Industrial Hemp?

What is Industrial Hemp Hemp Plant

If you’re shopping for CBD products, you may notice that some are listed as including industrial hemp extract. Industrial hemp is the source for the CBD in all our products, too. But what does it mean for hemp to be “industrial?”

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Can CBD Help Me Sleep?

Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? Do you wake up in the night and find your mind racing with thoughts, so that going back to sleep is difficult or impossible?

What if you could take an all-natural supplement to help you fall and stay asleep, with minimal side effects? That’s CBD. Today we’ll break down why an increasing number of people are choosing CBD to help them sleep.

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Tips for Traveling with CBD

If you’re taking CBD to supplement your body daily, you always want it to be accessible. That means bringing it with you when traveling. But the laws pertaining to cannabis-derived products differ greatly depending on where you are located and what type of product you have. 

The passage of the 2018 Farm Bill allowed for the expanded production of hemp across the nation, along with greater freedoms on the use of hemp derived products like CBD. However, it does allow each state to make its own decisions regarding the sale, use, and possession of CBD products. So, what do you need to consider when traveling with CBD for your next trip?

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Choosing a CBD Product

CBD product variety

With so many different CBD products available, it can be hard to determine which product to choose.  Each form of CBD is unique in its administration and features. To help you determine which form may best fit your needs, we’ve outlined differences between the major categories of CBD products: Hemp Oil Concentrates, CBD Tinctures, Vape Oils, Edibles, and CBD Topicals.

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Why Take CBD Products Sublingually?

If you’ve been browsing for CBD products, you may have noticed that some supplements recommend holding CBD oil under the tongue for 60 to 90 seconds before swallowing. This is called sublingual consumption.

CBD is certainly not the only supplement that can be taken sublingually. There are several prescription tablet, film, and spray medications that are designed to be held under the tongue. But why might you choose to consume a product this way?

Sublingual Application for CBD Tinctures
CBD Tinctures are designed to be taken sublingually.
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How Does CBD Affect Cholesterol?

The future looks bright for CBD, as an increasing number of research studies explore CBD’s effectiveness for a variety of health conditions. Current research is showing that taking CBD could be a way to help lower cholesterol.

Having high cholesterol is a worrisome condition, for several reasons. First, research shows that having high cholesterol can double the risk of developing heart disease, the #1 cause of death in the U.S. Second, high cholesterol is symptomless, so many people may have the condition and not know it. And third, the most common medications prescribed for high cholesterol, statins, can cause several serious side effects.

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What are Cannabinoids?

hemp oil in jarHemp extract is popular in part because it contains large amounts of CBD. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. Cannabinoids are compounds that occur naturally, both in plants and in our bodies. Synthetic cannabinoids can also be produced in a lab environment.

The cannabinoids produced by our bodies are called endocannabinoids. They are part of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which also includes receptors located throughout the body, prominently in the brain and nervous and immune systems.  Endocannabinoids react with the receptors to monitor conditions throughout the body and respond to changes, keeping us in a state of homeostasis, or balance.

CBD, on the other hand, is a phytocannabinoid, a cannabinoid produced by plants. When our bodies become imbalanced and we can’t produce enough of our own endocannabinoids, consuming a phytocannabinoid like CBD can help to supplement the ECS.

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CBD Shows Promise to Alleviate Anxiety Symptoms

Stress is an unfortunate part of life. For many people, stress can become overwhelming, causing prolonged and debilitating anxiety disorders. Growing research and anecdotal evidence is showing support for using CBD as a natural way to ease chronic anxiety and supplement treatment.

How Does Stress Affect the Body?

Statistics show that annually, over 18% of the U.S. population suffers from an anxiety disorder. This makes anxiety the most common mental illness in America.

Our body’s natural response to stress is the release of hormones like cortisol that trigger the body for fight or flight. This response is intended to be life-saving, ensuring our bodies focus on and respond to dangerous situations.

But in our modern world, stress can be frequent and constant. When we aren’t able to manage stress, and our bodies are producing high levels of stress hormones, it doesn’t just affect our peace of mind. It harms our bodies as well.

Chronic stress is known to damage parts of the brain. Some parts become overactive, while others actually begin to shrink. Over time, stress will change the physical and chemical make up of our brains. This makes it harder to restore balance in the brain once stress is managed.

And, stress hormones cause negative issues throughout the body, leading to poor sleep, fatigue, headaches, depression, weight gain, heart disease, and weakening our immune systems.

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