When most people think about CBD edibles, often the first thing that springs to mind is that legendary batch of hash cakes that someone baked in their teenage years. Although you probably got a good dose of CBD – and THC to boot – this isn’t quite the effect that most people want from their CBD edibles.
Edibles have moved on. They are no longer brimming with THC. They come in an array of forms. They are legal in a lot of places and can be bought in shops. In fact, CBD edibles have very little in common with those hash brownies that you tried with your friends when you were younger.
CBD edibles are all the rage. We are seeing more and more edibles coming into the market in increasingly imaginative ways, and even cannabis restaurants opening up as the world’s love affair with the plant grows. According to BDS Analytics, the broad CBD edibles market grew by 36%, and high end CBD edibles grew by a staggering 110% last year.
The Difference Between CBD Edibles and Hash Cakes
One of the biggest differences between the old-fashioned hash cake and CBD edibles is what’s in them.
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the compounds or cannabinoids which is found in the Cannabis plant. It can be extremely beneficial to our general health and well-being, and scientists are very excited about its medicinal potential. You can get a better understanding of how CBD can benefit people by watching this video.
Importantly, although CBD can have a positive effect on the human brain, it won’t make you high.
THC (or Tetrahydrocannabinol) on the other hand, is another cannabinoid in the Cannabis plant. Although THC also has great potential for medicinal purposes, as explained by Cannabis experts, Leafly, it is also the compound in marijuana that makes you feel high. It is THC which is illegal in a lot of places (although not all). But what is important, is that CBD edibles don’t usually contain THC.
Over the years, some strains of the cannabis family have been specifically cultivated to contain very low levels of THC. This is called industrial hemp and, with THC levels of under 0.2%, it is legal in Europe, the USA and many other counties around the world. Most CBD edibles are made from industrial hemp, but of course, it is important to check your local laws before you go buying them.
What are CBD Edibles?
CBD edibles have given people who want to take CBD an increasing number of options of how to take it. They are usually made from industrial hemp, meaning that the levels of THC are very low or none at all. Of course, it is worth remembering that in places where THC is legal, you might be able to find CBD edibles which do contain THC.
It is possible to make your own CBD edibles, but there are also now many out there and available to buy. Whether you enjoy having something to chew, chocolate or drinking tea, there are many ways that you can get your dose of CBD.
So, if you’re thinking about trying out some CBD edibles, here is everything that you should know before trying them.
A great way to consume CBD
Consuming CBD through edibles is becoming increasingly popular and offers you options that you don’t have with other delivery methods. It can be more discreet than smoking, taste nicer than drops and give you absolute control over your dosage.
People take CBD for a number of reasons. For some people it is to help to keep them healthy and feeling well, other people take it to help them feel calmer, or others to take the edge of pain.
There are a number of ways to consume CBD – most commonly through vaporising through a vape pen, under the tongue drops or sprays, capsules or eating a CBD edible. There is no right or wrong way to take CBD, but for many people, CBD edibles are their preferred method for different reasons.
More social than vaping
Although vaping isn’t bad for your health like smoking there is still a stigma to it and there are still situations where you cannot or would rather not ‘smoke’. CBD edibles offer a good alternative to vaping.
Some people would prefer not to inhale vapour or do something that resembles smoking just because they don’t like or because they have respiratory issues. Vaping produces, well, vapour which can draw attention to you, which is also a problem for some people. CBD edibles are much more discreet as you can just pop it in and start munching.
Another problem with vaping is that there are many places where vaping isn’t allowed. This means that you will have to go outside to get your CBD. Not so with edibles – you can chew on a CBD gummy wherever you are, whenever you want.
Tastier than drops
Anyone who has tried under the tongue CBD drops can testify that they have a unique and distinct taste. Although sub-lingual drops are a very effective way to consume CBD, the taste can be off-putting.
A lot of people who have tried sublingual drops or spray find the earthy, ‘green’ taste of the hemp extract unpleasant. Although a lot of them persevere, knowing that it is doing them good, why put up with it when you don’t have to?
CBD edibles can be just as effective as under the tongue drops, whilst being more pleasant to take. With CBD edibles the taste of CBD is completely covered by the other ingredients, so whether you want to chew some CBD chewing gum, munch on a CBD protein bar or sup on a CBD coffee, edibles are a good alternative to drops or sprays.
Easy to Swallow
Some people have trouble with or don’t like swallowing large tablets or capsules for whatever reason. By eating CBD edibles, a lot of people find it much easier to ingest their CBD.
It can be difficult for some people to swallow pills or capsules for a number of reasons. Edibles allow you to ‘eat’ the CBD as opposed to gulp it down, meaning that it can be easier for these people to take.
Sometimes you might be out of the house and somewhere that you can’t find a drink to take your capsules with. And we all know how difficult it is to take pills without any water. So, by having your CBD in an edible form, you can have it on hand for a top up of your CBD wherever you are.
CBD Edibles give a Longer Lasting Effect
Generally, CBD edibles are swallowed, and the CBD enters the bloodstream through the digestive system. Although this takes a bit longer to come into effect than some other delivery methods, it can stay in your system for longer.
Unless you are chewing on CBD gum or sucking on a CBD lolly, when you eat a CBD edible, it passes through the digestive system in what’s known as gastrointestinal intake. Unlike vaping or absorption through the gums which have a very quick effect, the CBD from edibles which are eaten can take between one and two hours to take effect.
The effect of edibles will also stay in your blood stream for longer, and so last for more time than CBD which has been taken by other methods. The CBD from edibles will usually last for up to around eight hours.
CBD Edibles can be Calming
Although CBD cannot be officially prescribed for people who suffer from anxiety, there are a lot of people who say that it helps them to stay calm. CBD edibles mean that you can take your CBD discreetly throughout the day or when it is needed.
Scientists report that CBD has anxiolytic properties, which means that it can be used to reduce anxiety and make people calmer. Some people struggle with anxiety from the moment that they wake up until when they go to bed, and others get more anxious in certain situations.
CBD edibles can be taken whenever or wherever you need a top up of CBD, without anyone knowing. This means that you can take it when you wake up, or if you find yourself in a stressful situation which you are finding it difficult to cope with.
CBD Edibles can help with Pain Relief
There is significant evidence from scientists and pain sufferers alike that CBD can help with pain relief. This is through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
In a similar way to anxiety, people can suffer from pain around the clock, or at specific times. CBD edibles can be taken when you wake up, lasting all day, or at times when you need it the most. You can carry your edibles around and take them whenever you need them, without drawing attention to yourself.
Doctors are very excited about the potential that CBD and other cannabinoids have for pain relief and CBD edibles can be useful in getting the pain relief that you need whenever your body calls for it.
Getting your CBD Dosage Right
It can be difficult to know how much CBD to take, and it can be a bit tricky to adjust dosages with edibles. The packaging should be labelled with precisely how much CBD is included win each edible, meaning that you should be able to calculate the right dosage.
If you know how much CBD you want to be taking, getting the right dosage from CBD edibles is easy. The packaging should tell you exact CBD levels, so you just need to calculate how much of each edible you want to take and start munching.
Edibles should be consistent, meaning that each edible will have the same amount of CBD as the next. Because of the way that it is metabolised, CBD can be more potent when it is eaten compared to other delivery methods, so it is important that you start erring on the lower side if you are not certain to your exact dosage.
It is important to remember that everybody is different and a dosage for one person isn’t going to be same as another. How much and what you have eaten will also have an impact on the amount of CBD that you need.
CBD Edibles give you Exact Dosage and No Wastage
Two of the main benefits to consuming CBD edibles is that you will know exactly how much CBD you have taken, and unlike some other delivery methods, you will get no wastage – unless you don’t eat the whole thing.
Unlike trying to count the number of drops or note how much you have vaped CBD edibles will give you an exact dosage of how much you are taking. In the same way as you understand the dosage in a tablet, the food’s packaging will let you know how much CBD is included. It is therefore important to eat the number of edibles which corresponds to the dosage that you need.
Wastage is another problem for many people who take CBD. By taking edibles, you will use up all of the product, without wasting any.
CBD Edibles have no Long-Term Side Effects
One of the best things about taking CBD is that it is impossible to overdose on and they have only very mild side effects for some people. Even if it is taken in very high doses, the side effects that you might suffer are minimal.
Although you cannot overdose on CBD as such, it can give you some low-key side effects, including fatigue, change in appetite, dizziness and diarrhoea. Compared to chemical medications, however, these are very mild and short-term – as found in a study of CBD side effects by Kerstin Iffland and Franjo Grotenhermen.
This is why it’s important to start off with low doses and gradually increase them until you get to your perfect amount of CBD.
There is a wide range of CBD Edibles to suit everyone’s preferences
As the general public are showing more and more interest in CBD edibles, we are seeing an increasing variety of edibles available.
One of the benefits to taking edibles is that there is a lot of choice and you can choose whichever you prefer. But here are some of the CBD edibles community favourites:
Delicious CBD Gummies
CBD Edible gummies are amongst the most common of edibles. They are chewy sweets which can be found in a range of different strengths and are made by many CBD producers.
Edible CBD gummies are easy to get hold of, competitively priced and an easy and discreet way to consume your CBD. They can be found in an array of different flavours (all, we can safely say have a better flavour than hemp!) but you should check the other ingredients, especially if you are vegetarian, vegan or diabetic.
Are CBD Gummies Safe?
An October 25, 2018 article by Canada Newswires confirms their safety, so even your grandpa can use CBD gummies as “….an excellent way to introduce CBD to an older demographic that is typically wary of cannabis products” (https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/10/25/1626999/0/en/Integrated-Cannabis-Company-Inc-Enters-into-Licensing-Agreement-for-Cannabidiol-CBD-Gummy-Formulation.html). With all the toxic news, political chaos, natural disasters, and stresses of life, why not try CBD Gummies as your personal eye candy?
Luscious CBD Chocolate
CBD chocolate is a trendy and every changing phenomenon with producers continually coming up with something new. It is easy to dose, especially when it is split into small chocolates, and almost always delicious – I mean, who doesn’t like chocolate?
CBD infused chocolate is becoming a firm favourite amongst CBD edibles fans. There are about as many CBD chocolate products on the market as chocolates themselves, but we all have our favourites. Whether you prefer white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate or truffles, there is CBD chocolate to suit all tastes.
CBD chocolates are easy to find and cover a wide price range – from every day prices to chic luxury CBD chocolates. If your chocolate is split into portions, it is very easy to use, delicious and discreet – just make sure you hide them away so that they don’t get taken…
Calming CBD Tea
Making CBD tea isn’t as simple as putting a leaf in hot water. It needs to be made to be water soluble, so buying your CBD tea is usually the easier option. There’s nothing like a nice cup of tea and so CBD tea is a great way to relax and unwind.
There are a range of different CBD tea flavours, which have been chemically changed to enable the CBD to be absorbed into the body. Green tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea and mint tea are all common flavours but which one you want to try, when is down to you.
A cup of CBD tea is the perfect way to add some tranquillity and calm when things are getting too much or at the end of a long day – although they are more effective if you drink them shortly after eating something.
Uplifting CBD Coffee
One of the trendiest of the CBD edibles at the moment is CBD coffee. It means that coffee drinkers can get the energy boost from the caffeine but take on the CBD’s calming properties, making it a favourite amongst cosmopolitan café culture.
There are plenty of trendy cafes which are serving CBD coffee to both office workers and gym goers, to give them a caffeine lift but without the jitters. But you don’t need to worry about going out and finding a café to get your CBD.
If you are into your coffee, there is a range of different CBD coffees available, so you have a good choice of which one you prefer to drink. CBD coffees range from rich, intense coffees from all round the world, to refreshing iced CBD coffees which are chilled in more way than one.
Energy Enhancing CBD Drinks
CBD drinks are all the rage at the moment, with different CBD infused beverages coming out every day. CBD is being added to energy drinks to help athletes in the gym, into soft drinks for everyday CBD intake, healthy drinks like kombucha for general well being and even being made into cocktails.
Whatever your reason for taking CBD, there is a drink to match it. Although this might not be as discreet as other edibles, taking CBD this way is quickly becoming less of a taboo. Make sure that you check the amount of CBD which is included which should be written on the packaging before you take it.
With the increased availability of CBD drinks, you are now increasingly able to buy them whilst you are out and about. This means that you have even more flexibility about where and when you are taking your CBD.
Refreshing CBD Chewing Gum
CBD chewing gum is an excellent, discreet way to get your intake of CBD whilst keeping your breath minty fresh. With CBD chewing gum, you shouldn’t taste even a trace of hemp, and it’s absorbed quickly through the gums and not the digestion system.
Due to the fact that chewing gum isn’t eaten but absorbed through the gums in the mouth (in a similar way to the sub-lingual method), the CBD in chewing gum is absorbed much more quickly than other edibles – as long as you don’t swallow your saliva straight away.
CHD chewing gum is as discreet as chewing any other gum and can be easily carried around in your pocket.
Tasty CBD Protein Bars
CBD protein bars are a firm favourite amongst gym goers and sports enthusiasts. In addition to the health inducing properties of CBD, the protein is also excellent for repairing the muscles after a workout as advised by the British Nutrition Foundation.
Many people munch on a protein bar after a workout to help replace lost energy and repair muscles. CBD is also known to be useful for athletes as it can help with the regulation of blood sugar levels, stamina and looking after the muscles.
It is easy to keep a protein bar in your bag, giving you flexibility over when and where you take it, and you certainly won’t feel out of place tucking into your protein bar after a workout.
For whatever reason you want to take CBD, there are many ways that you can do so. The good thing about edibles compared to some of the other methods is that they can be a pleasant, fun and discreet way to take your CBD.
CBD can be especially useful for people who are suffering from pain and anxiety, taking the edge of things and making life easier, and CBD edibles offer an easy and accurate option. It is also becoming increasingly popular amongst sports people and trendy office workers who see CBD not as a taboo, but a way to get great results both in the gym and at work.
There is a wide range of CBD edibles available today – and a range that keeps on widening as producers find new and more effective ways of getting the CBD into foods, and then enabling it to be absorbed into your system. Some of the CBD edibles of the future include CBD beer, honey and peanut butter. Remember to check the label to find out how much CBD is present in each serving, and to make sure that there is no THC there.
Although there are no adverse side effects to taking CBD edibles, it is important that if you want to start taking CBD, you talk to your doctor first, before trying it, especially if you are taking any medications. This is because CBD can affect the way that your body metabolises medication, meaning that it can change the speed of it becoming effective as well as its potency.
As we look into the future of CBD it appears that edibles are going to play a huge part. By making it easier and more comfortable for people to take, we will be seeing more and more people able to enjoy the benefits that CBD gives them.
When you are choosing which CBD edibles to try, you should be thinking about finding the edible at the right strength for you. After that, the choice is yours to pick whichever looks tastiest to you. Remember, you don’t have to try all of them, but why not give some of them a go and find out which is your favourite?
It’s likely you’ve heard of CBD or hemp oils in the news by now. CBD oil has emerged as the go-to medicine for a wealth of health problems. But is it as effective as its popularity? CBD for epilepsy is a hot topic that’s finally being backed by research and the FDA. As an alternative to conventional pharmaceuticals, CBD for seizures offers a plant-based remedy for a debilitating condition. Rather than suffer through the physical and financial strain of pharmaceutical treatments, CBD oil for epilepsy might be the alternative solution you’ve been searching for.
What is CBD oil?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, an element of the cannabis sativa plant. Unlike its cousin THC, CBD doesn’t produce a high. It’s more like the vitamins within fruit compared to the sugars. While you get both from whole fruit, extracting one or the other individually offers completely different results. CBD provides tons of health benefits (like vitamins), but the research is particularly sound on epilepsy relief.
What does CBD oil do?
Science has recently uncovered an endocannabinoid system within the human body. Similar to other regulatory processes, this system controls pain management, sleep, appetite, and other aspects of cognition. CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural, external source of cannabinoids from plants. Much like mood regulation medicine, melatonin, or vitamins do for health, taking CBD adds to the already-existing cannabinoid content within the body. From there, a domino effect begins within the body, maintaining a healthy level of nervous function useful in seizure treatment.
CBD and Hemp Oil for Seizures
The FDA took a major step in legitimizing hemp oil for epilepsy in June of 2018 by approving it specifically for treatment of seizures. While you can get CBD oil from marijuana, that will probably contain too much THC, and therefore not be a true medicinal treatment.
The strain of cannabis sativa known as hemp must contain less than 0.3% of THC in order to legally be classified by the FDA as hemp, and thus a viable treatment for seizures.
However, the FDA recommendation only applies to seizures from Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, not other types of epilepsy.
While research is ongoing towards its efficacy as an anticonvulsant in other cases of epilepsy, these two have shown statistically significant reductions in seizure severity and frequency.
In short, CBD reacts with our body’s natural endocannabinoid system to affect pain sensation, sleep, mood, and more. Most importantly, the endocannabinoid effect mitigates the frequency of epileptic seizures, especially in Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. We’ll discuss those issues, and other ways CBD oil for epilepsy can be applied, in more detail below.
What are Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome?
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is an epileptic disorder starting in childhood. Those suffering have famously difficult to control seizures, as LGS is characterized by varying seizure types and resulting physical and cognitive problems.
Science continues to search for the best form of treatment, often combining multiple types of pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the efficacy of CBD oil in treatment is highly encouraging.
Dravet syndrome follows a similar path to LGS, beginning in early childhood and affecting quality of life through adulthood. In contrast, seizures from Dravet can be triggered by fevers, leaving parents and children alike fearful of the common cold.
As another developmental disorder, Dravet syndrome can also have lifelong consequences such as learning and behavioral difficulties.
Any parent on the fence about using CBD oil for their child’s epileptic seizures should watch this inspiring YouTube video of one child’s success story.
While this is fantastic news in the progression of treatment of epileptic disorders, it does beg the question:
Does CBD Oil Work for Adults with Epilepsy?
Seizures arise from volatile electrical firing in the brain. This unpredictable neuronal activity results in uncontrollable physical movements and mental states, AKA seizures.
Anticonvulsant pharmaceuticals typically work by slowing down this excitatory nerve activity. CBD oil has shown an overall reduction in seizure frequency in adult patients with positive results, although it’s not exactly clear why.
Research is continuing to study the anticonvulsant properties of CBD oil and its interaction with the endocannabinoid system. For now, CBD oil has been shown to modulate the frequency and severity of seizures in adults and children with epilepsy, and research continues to search for the exact mechanism of action.
Can CBD Stop Nocturnal Seizures?
Sufferers from nocturnal seizures know that 90% or more of seizures occur while sleeping. While they can occur while awake, these seizures typically come from changes in electrical activity while asleep, such as transitioning from waking to stage 1 and 2 of sleep.
Cannabinoids have been shown to improve sleep onset, meaning they can induce fatigue and smooth the transition from waking to sleeping. That, combined with CBD’s ability to calm electrical activity in the brain, provides a solid theoretical treatment for nocturnal seizures.
If CBD oil can improve sleep quality, especially in early stages, increase benefits of REM sleep, and keep electrical activity closer to normal, that shows a lot of promise for treatment of nocturnal seizures. However, more research is necessary to confirm it as a definitive cure.
Hemp Oil for pets with Epilepsy
If you’re a pet parent to an animal with epilepsy, you might be looking for an alternative to pharmaceutical treatment. The veterinary costs of treating an animal with epilepsy are outrageous, especially without insurance. But no animal-lover wants to see their little one suffer through the throes of a seizure. So it might seem like expensive pharmaceutical care is your only option.
Fortunately, there’s an alternative emerging in the use of CBD. One of the most promising and scientifically-based used of CBD oil lies in treating seizures.
In animals as well as humans, long-term CBD oil use can quell the violent electrical issues that bring upon epileptic seizures. Furthermore, CBD doesn’t have the negative side effects that come with traditional seizure medication in pets.
We have to be clear, though: dosage will vary tremendously from that in a human. After all, your animal is at least ½ of your size (unless, say, you have an epileptic horse). Check in with your veterinarian about dose-specific treatment for your pet’s condition.
How Does CBD Oil Stop Seizures?
The general idea is CBD oil interacts with CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain to relieve pain associated with epilepsy. By preventing the transmission of sensory pain, it can alleviate some of the symptoms. It’s anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective qualities also act as preventive measures.
That doesn’t explain how it reduces seizure frequency, however. In 2016, a study looked at CBD administration during the chronic phase of seizure could induce antioxidant defense. This protective measure facilitated the autophagy pathway in their epilepsy model to significantly diminish seizure scores.
All in all, hemp oil from CBD works as an antioxidant, neuron protector, pain modulator, and anti-inflammatory treatment to keep homeostasis in the brain.
Using Hemp for Seizures as an Anticonvulsant
Interest in using the anticonvulsant properties of CBD for epilepsy goes all the way back to the 80’s. A study from the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology in 1981 showed therapeutic potential in grand meal, complex partial, and cortical focal seizures in mice. Unfortunately, as we know, illegality in marijuana usage severely stymied research in to cannabis until recently.
Flash forward to present day, and we find more and more studies confirming the anticonvulsant properties of CBD. The neuroprotective qualities of CBD oil yield an effective preventive treatment for epilepsy. A study in PeerJ even went so far as to test the molecular efficacy of CBD’s anticonvulsant properties. They concluded that the qualities aren’t just limiting behavioral seizures, but transforming the molecules within the brain.
Can you mix phenobarbital and CBD oil?
CBD oil effects an enzyme responsible in the metabolism of various pharmaceutical drugs, including phenobarbital. Therefore, concern has arisen about mixing the two treatment modalities.
Phenobarbital is classified as a barbiturate, causing a depression of the body’s nervous systems through increasing activity of the GABA inhibitory neurotransmitter. This results in a slowing down of bodily functions such as heart rate, lower blood pressure, consciousness, and temperature.
While this is generally a good thing during an out-of-control seizure, it could be a negative side effect otherwise. Phenobarbital and other barbiturates have also been associated with abuse and increased suicide risk. As CBD doesn’t have these effects, it might be a better option for some.
Mixing the two has shown no real reports of increased side effects or issues. In fact, one study claimed it could actually enhance the anticonvulsant properties of phenobarbital. Granted, this was in 1977, and science has advanced since then. But it still suggests that they’re generally safe to take together.
To be completely safe, any new medication or dietary intervention with the goal of stopping seizures (or any serious medical condition) should always be under the guidance of a doctor. So far, the general consensus is that it’s fairly safe to mix the two. However, the research of CBD usage is very new, so proceed with caution, control dosage, and monitor response and reactivity.
CBD Oil dosage and more
Dosage of CBD oil depends on the quality and purity of the oil being given. As with anything, consultation with a medical professional is paramount, especially when dealing with epilepsy.
For low-dosage initiation in children, the general recommendation is to start around 0.5 mg/kg each day. That means, if your child weighs 30 kg, you’d give 15 mg each day. Again, this is just a recommended starting point, and doctors may agree to a steady increase over time.
Adults can start at a low dosage of 25 mg/day with increases by 25 mg every two weeks to treat epilepsy. Heavier or larger adults may want to begin at a higher dose, and each individual’s specific needs will vary.
Ways to Administer CBD Oil – Which one is for you?
CBD Products differ in their absorption depending on their method of administration. For epilepsy, the best results tend to come from sublingual administration, or by droplets of CO2 extracted oils underneath the tongue. These vials of hemp oil for epilepsy come with pre-measured droppers so you can manage your dosage accurately.
If that doesn’t appeal to you for whatever reason, the following are other ways to take CBD Oil:
- Sublingually – preferred way of treatment for epilepsy from hemp oil drops, concentrates or tinctures. Fast absorption, moderate duration of action.
- Oral administration (not sublingual) – capsules/pills and edibles. Much slower absorption as it goes through the digestive tract, but longest duration of action.
- Vaping – absorption through the lungs, fastest way to get CBD in to the system as it goes directly into the bloodstream, but consequently the shortest duration of action.
Discuss your options with your primary care physician before beginning treatment of any kind. They will be able to guide you to a more specific treatment plan and method of application.
If you or your child suffers from epilepsy, it might be worth your time and money to invest in CBD oil for seizures. It’s absolutely the one benefit of CBD that’s heavily backed by science.
The main reason to invest in CBD hemp oil for seizures comes with its strong effect on minimizing seizure frequency and intensity with little side effects. Especially now that this treatment is backed by the FDA, you can be assured that all appropriate measures have been taken on its safety.
For long-term maintenance, sublingual administration is recommended daily to build up concentration of cannabinoids in your system. Yet for those who want to manage acute flare-ups, you might want to try vaping as well. It acts the quickest and can alleviate immediate symptoms to calm nervous activity.
CBD oil’s promise for the future of epilepsy treatment proves to be reliable in managing and hopefully omitting seizures long-term. Finally, it’s much cheaper than traditional pharmaceutical interventions. Save your wallet at the same time you save your health, and invest in CBD today.
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Relaxed laws around medical and recreational marijuana have launched a wave of research in to the health benefits of this magical plant. You’ve probably read about how CBD alleviates stress, helps sleep, and treats pain in humans, but did you know it can do the same for your pets?
The veterinary community is starting to embrace the curative powers of hemp and CBD oil as they shift to the forefront of medical treatment. If your cat suffers from any ailments or could use a boost in health, you might be considering trying out CBD. But the previous stigma leaves many with a lot of unanswered questions. In this article, we get you some answers so you’ll feel better informed about your cats treatment.
What is CBD for cats?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it’s a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. Unlike it’s cousin THC, CBD doesn’t produce a high. It does, however, interact with the endocannabinoid system to produce a variety of health benefits in both humans and their pets.
CBD oil primarily comes from hemp, which is a cannabis sativa strain of the marijuana plant grown to contain less than 0.3% THC. Cannabis cannot be legally classified as hemp in the United States if it surpasses this THC threshold, making hemp oil for cats a safe, secure option.
Your Cat’s Natural Endocannabinoid System
As a plant-based cannabinoid, CBD has a natural counterpart in animals and humans. These are known in the scientific community as endocannabinoids. Within your cats nervous system resides the CB1 and CB2 receptors which bind to certain chemicals affecting immune system, mood, and more. When CBD is introduced exogenously, it adds additional signals to these processes and starts a domino effect.
While there’s still much to learn about this specific bodily process, both research and anecdotal evidence have shown positive results with improved mood, decreased inflammation, seizure reduction, and pain modulation.
As cannabis starts to become legalized and the popularity of CBD grows in humans, research expands in animal treatment. While humans can obviously report their results verbally, veterinarians rely on their own judgement and anecdotal evidence while research continues. CBD so far has shown great promise with minimal side effects due to it’s plant-based nature and the endocannabinoid system in cats
Is CBD OK for cats?
CBD is not only okay for cats, but it might be a better alternative than pharmaceuticals in some cases. Always consult with your veterinarian to receive an expert opinion, but if you’re considering CBD for cats, take a look at how it’s been used to treat these conditions.
CBD Oil for Cats with Cancer
Cannabidiol promotes homeostasis in your cat’s body, which can help control the growth of cancer cells. In addition to clinical success from many homeopathic veterinarians, cancer treatment for cats shows promise in the laboratory. In studies on mice and rats, CBD was shown to cause cancerous cell death. These same cancer-reduction effects were even observed in human breast cancer cells.
Finally, in humans, CBD has been especially helpful to those undergoing chemotherapy. It’s pain-relief benefits help cancer patients with daily living throughout treatment, and can help with nausea. While cats are not mice, rats, or humans, they share similar biological processes as mammals. As the stigma around cannabis starts to deteriorate, we’re now exploring its medicinal benefits for cats, humans, and all pets alike in cancer treatment with promise.
Treat Epilepsy with CBD Oil for Cats with Seizures
Any loving pet owner will be terrified by the thought of their cat having a seizure. Fortunately, one of the most promising uses of CBD therapy comes in seizure treatment.
Seizures are characterized by electrical disruptions in the brain. Much like when your computer starts to freeze or lights flicker in your house, electrical issues in the brain can cause violent shaking in the nerves and muscles. Research shows that CBD reduces seizure frequency, although it’s not isn’t exactly clear why. Further investigation is needed to determine the exact mechanism of seizure treatment in cats, but this is game-changing for pet owners.
Traditional seizure medication comes with side effects such as decreased energy level, depressed mood, heart or kidney failure, and in rare cases, death. Rather than be stuck with the difficult decision of watching your kitty suffer through epilepsy or risk side effects, CBD oil for a cats seizures provides a healthy, effective alternative. Talk to your vet about CBD oil if your lovable kitty has epilepsy.
CBD Oil for Anxiety and Depression In Cats
Both anxiety and depression are mood disorders that stem from hormonal imbalances in the brain. Our pets suffering from depression or anxiety may have appetite issues, be lethargic, and just express overall malaise or fear. No one likes to see their healthy cat appear sad and anxious.
Remember that the endocannabinoid system regulates mood as well as appetite and sleep quality. Therefore, disruptive mood issues can be alleviated with CBD use.
CBD acts on the CB1 receptors in your cat’s brain that control release of neurotransmitters. Anxiety is characterized by overactivity of norepinephrine and epinephrine to prepare your cat to pounce on any danger. However, chronic anxiety for your domestic cat doesn’t do it any good. CBD has been shown to calm anxiety symptoms by rebalancing everything and returning these hormones to a normal level.
CBD can be especially effective for your pet when traveling, moving to a new home, or introducing them to a new daily living environment (such as a new pet in the home or loss of owner). Not only will CBD quell their stress, but it may also improve your quality of life, allowing you both to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
CBD For Treating your Cat’s Pain and Arthritis
Pain and inflammation are modulated by something known as the vanilloid receptor in human and cat brains. When animals are injured and swelling is induced, these receptors transmit signals through the central nervous system so it registers as pain. Research has shown that CBD targets that exact vanilloid receptor to keep it from signaling pain.
Typical pain medication for humans or dogs can actually be toxic to cats. For example, cats are highly sensitive to NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or aspirin, even in size-appropriate dosages, and they can cause kidney failure, vomiting, or severe bleeding. If they’re used to treat acute or chronic pain, it must always be under close supervision and recommendation of a vet.
What Can You Give a Cat for Pain?
Typically, vets will treat chronic pain with prescription opioids. However, much like in humans, long-term use of opioids can be costly and dangerous.
Instead of risk if with constant monitoring and very careful prescription of NSAIDs or opioids for cats, combine CBD with a diet high in omega-3s. Good fats can counteract physiological inflammation while CBD interacts with the vanilloid receptors to reduce perception of pain.
Can CBD oil hurt cats?
The short answer is no. According to the general veterinary community, CBD oil has little to no negative side effects for cats. However, as each case is different and animals are wildly diverse, make sure to discuss with your local vet before beginning any new medical treatment.
What CAN hurt your cat is regular marijuana. As discussed previously, there’s a large difference between a regular marijuana plant and hemp. Recreational use of THC in humans is pretty harmless, but the biochemistry and size of cats makes it toxic for your pet. Make sure whatever CBD oil you’re purchasing come from a hemp plant, and please don’t even try to give them regular marijuana directly.
The most common side effect is a slight inclination toward lethargy. Cats on too high of a CBD dose can appear more sedated than normal, so make sure to ease them in to treatment. Other rare side effects include:
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Increased anxiety
- Appetite issues
How long does it take for CBD to work in cats?
You’ve probably noticed that a cats brain is a little smaller than the typical human brain. Although the structure is similar, it makes sense that their dosages and affect time will be different than ours.
The fastest way to get CBD in to the system is to vape or smoke it. While a cat with a little vape may be a humorous Halloween costume, it’s not a feasible way to regularly administer CBD for cats. Putting CBD in food or treats works best for chronic condition, but will take a little longer to process as traveling through the digestive system is indirect. According to Dr. Angie Krause, it can take around 2-4 weeks to see lasting changes for chronic issues.
For acute issues, such as acute pain or anxiety, using a dropper promotes faster absorption of CBD oil. Time to action depends on the dosage and issue being treated, so talk to your veterinarian about specifics.
Can you give a cat too much CBD oil?
With little negative effects of CBD oil, it’s hard to give a cat a dangerous amount. However, each body, breed, and ailment differs, and it is possible some cats have severe negative side effects with too much CBD.
Always trial CBD in very small dosages first to see how your cat reacts. Most veterinarians recommend around 0.5 mg/kg twice daily. A starting dosage as small as 0.1mg/kg is appropriate for issues such as pancreatitis, while treating seizures might take a larger intervention. For a complete understanding of how much to give your cat, check out this veterinary guide to CBD oil dosage.
Again, make sure to discuss in detail your worries, treatment plan, and exact dosage with your vet. Always stick to the exact recommended dosage to avoid any potential issues.
Conclusion: Does CBD oil work on cats?
Yes! The list of conditions that improve with CBD treatment grows daily. From anxiety relief to killing cancer cells, daily CBD dosages work. In case you just skimmed through the above (go back and read it!), holistic vets say CBD improves the following in cats:
- Increased Immune Function
- Appetite Stimulation
Your cat deserves a healthy life, and you deserve less trips to the vet. CBD oil for cats is only getting started, but it’s a natural solution to many worries facing pet owners today. With little side effects, this lovely plant derivative can become a staple in your cat’s healthcare. The best way to start treatment is through tinctures in their food. Head to a trusted CBD source and order yours today! Your cat will thank you, even if they don’t always show it.
Struggling with depression and trying to find a medication that won’t leave you feeling lethargic or hungover? Tired of the struggle of trying to pretend you feel better? Are you weary of making excuses to others for how you’re feeling? Depression is a serious mental health condition that is associated with morbidity and mortality. It can be a serious risk factor that is often overlooked.
Those struggling with depression tend to struggle with substance abuse including drugs and alcohol, due to their desire to hide their depression and self-medicate. They may also suffer from other serious medical conditions and the inability to enjoy life as it’s meant to be enjoyed. It can be difficult at best to enjoy the daily activities that many people enjoy on a daily basis if you’re struggling with depression.
Another serious consequence with depression is that the person will have no energy, lose their ability to think and focus, and they will struggle with sleep disturbances. According to The American Psychiatric Association, there are five major categories of depression.
In 2012, there were approximately 7.6 percent of Americans who were over the age of 12 that were diagnosed with depression. Depression tends to be more common for females than for males and it’s frequently diagnosed in those who are over the age of 40.
Depression also happens in children. Depression typically peaks between the ages of 25 years of age and 44 years of age. The older a person becomes the more likely they are to deal with a bout of depression in their lifetime, even if they’ve never before had a bout of depression.
Depression knows now economical bounds. It knows no age bounds and it has no respect for anything else that may be going on in a person’s life. While it’s normal to be depressed from time to time, a medical diagnosis of depression is becoming far more common.
You can take pharmaceutical medications, but these carry a high risk of side effects. However, Studies are showing that Hemp oil is offering a myriad of health benefits in regards to depression and virtually no side effects. Let’s examine some of the benefits of hemp oil and how it works on depression.
What Is Hemp Or CBD Oil?
Hemp oil is derived from the hemp plant. The oil is called Hemp oil or it’s sometimes called CBD oil, named after the cannabinoids that are naturally in the hemp plant. The Hemp oil is commercially extracted from the hemp plant and separated from the other components in the oil. This oil is then used in products to deliver the benefits of the Hemp plant to those who need it.
How Does Hemp Oil Work?
Hemp oil works by combining with the naturally occurring cannabinoids in the body. This enhances the receptors in the brain that work to control the moods and depression in an all natural way. It helps to regulate the immune system, sensations (moods), and encourages the body to continue working normally.
Is Hemp Oil Legal?
Hemp oil is legal in all of the United States. Since Hemp oil is derived from the Hemp Plant it’s completely legal as it contains less than the recommended .3% THC in USA. It can be purchased online or in brick and mortar shops. It can be purchased in a variety of forms including creams, gels, lotions, edibles, and even in the form of flowers or buds.
Will I Require A Doctors Prescription For CBD Oil?
No, because Hemp oil is legal, you won’t have to have a doctors prescription to buy Hemp products or hemp oil. It’s safe and effective and it’s legal. You can purchase your hemp oil in a variety of ways. It’s readily available as a tincture, sub lingual pill form, gummies, snacks, brownies, candies, drops, and more.
Will CBD Or Hemp Oil Interact With Other Medications?
If you are taking other medications, it’s always wise to check with your doctor or pharmacist prior to using any vitamins, hemp oil or any other products. Many medications can interact with other medications or even such things as grapefruit juice. Make sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before you add hemp oil to your medication list or body care routine to avoid potential interactions.
Does Hemp Oil Cure Depression?
For many people, especially those who are suffering from PTSD or other similar forms of depression, hemp and CBD oil works very well. It helps to ease the mind and works to send out more positive signals to the brain thus easing and relieving depression. Hemp binds with the body’s own natural cannabinoids and improves the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the chemical that helps us to regulate our moods and mood stability.
How Long Does It Take For Hemp Oil To Work?
Hemp oil takes approximately 20 minutes to 2 hours to begin working on depression. If it’s applied topically, it will begin to work in quick fashion on the area that it’s been applied. If hemp oil is ingested it will have to work its way through the digestive system which will take as long as 2 hours depending on the person and their metabolism. If hemp oil is taken sublingually (underneath of the tongue) it can take up to 40 minutes for it to work on depression.
What If It’s Still Not Working After 2 Hours?
If you took CBD or Hemp oil, and it’s been longer than 2 hours, and you’re not noticing any results, you can take another small dose. Different formulas have different strengths and different products will work more quickly than others. Keep in mind too that everyone is different. Most medications are dosed according to weight so find out what the proper dosage is for your specific weight and go from there when determining how much to take and whether or not it’s working after 2 hours.
What Is The Best Way To Take Hemp/CBD Oil For Depression?
The best thing about using CBD Or Hemp is that there are a variety of ways that it can be used. Many people prefer a topical cream or gel that they can apply to pulse points, this works well as it helps get the Hemp oil into the body via the skin absorption. It can also be ingested by eating edible products that contain Hemp oil as well as used sublingually in capsules or caplets or drops. What works well for one person may not work as well for another. Everyone is different and it may take a bit of time to find the best way to take Hemp for depression.
Will Hemp Oil Show Up On A Drug Test?
Hemp oil will not show up on a drug test, unless you’re using a formula that has a high concentration of THC. Since the hemp plant contains little THC you won’t have to worry about it. If you’re using CBD oil from the cannabis plant you may wish to check labels for higher levels of THC.
When potential employers screen potential employees for drugs they are screening for street drugs, opioids, and for cannabis. The level of THC is what would cause a person to fail a drug test. Thus, choosing products that have only Hemp or CBD with low levels will result in a clean drug test as long as the person isn’t using any other drugs.
What Are The Side Effects Of Hemp Oil?
Unlike other medications that are taken for depression, there are virtually no side effects with Hemp oil. For some people, Hemp oil may make them feel more drowsy or sleepy so care should definitely be taken when using Hemp oil for depression until understanding how it affects the body. Always start with the smallest dose possible. A little bit of Hemp oil goes a long ways. If you’re feeling edgy or nauseous, you may have taken more than you should have. Start with a small dosage and you shouldn’t have any side effects at all.
Can You Overdose On Hemp Oil?
Rarely does anyone take too much hemp oil. Common side effects in higher doses are gastrointestinal issues such as gas, bloating, and digestive issues. Always start with the smallest dose possible and work your way up to higher doses from there.
Can Hemp Oil Get You High?
No, Hemp in and of itself is not the part of the plant that makes a person high. The THC is what gives a person a psychoactive high. The higher the amount of THC the higher a person will get. Hemp and CBD have trace levels of THC and Hemp oils that are derived from hemp will not get you high.
Anyone who has ever struggled with depression knows well how they feel as if they are behind a window looking out at everyone else enjoying life. It’s a sad way to feel and even though a person may feel like joining in, their body and their mind won’t allow it. Depression affects everyone at some point of time or another. It can be completely debilitating and leave them feeling like staying in bed all day long without caring what happens.
Depression doesn’t just affect the patient, it can affect everyone around them. Family and friends may try to jolt the person out of their depression to no avail. Medications may help temporarily but these must be taken often. Medications also cause side effects including dry mouth, nausea, thoughts of suicide, and more.
Hemp oil has virtually no side effects. If the patient starts with the smallest possible dose and works their way up to a higher dose slowly, there aren’t any side effects. The person will begin to feel better and join back in with their normal daily activities. Results may vary from one person to another, but most people begin to feel better within just a few treatments.
Hemp oil can be taken anywhere at any time. It can be ingested or rubbed on the skin at a pulse point. It’s portable and legal in all 50 states. Hemp oil. CBD and Hemp is readily available both online and in brick and mortar stores. More products are arriving on shelves daily.
If you, or someone you love, is struggling with depression, Hemp oil may be just what you’re looking for to find some relief. Cure your depression once and for all with hemp oil and see if you don’t feel better. Are you ready to make the change? Hemp oil works quickly and effectively to help relieve depression.