Can humans take CBD?
Over the years, many of the most important studies dealing with CBD have centered around the safety and effectiveness of CBD for human consumption – and if you’ve ever wondered about this, we have good news for you.
Overwhelmingly, these studies – as well as thousands of anecdotal reports from regular users of CBD – have found that using it as a supplement has a number of beneficial effects on the human body.
First, though, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of how CBD interacts with human physiology, and what to expect if you’re taking it.
CBD is extracted from the Marijuana plant, Cannabis Sativa, but it’s important to note that it contains no narcotic or mind-altering substances.
Within the human body is a network of receptors called the ECS, or Endocannabinoid system. It’s this system (only officially acknowledged after the results of studies conducted in the late 1990s), which responds to the presence of CBD in the human body. Among other functions, the ECS plays a vital role in metabolic regulation, proper functioning of the immune system, pain control, suppression of damaging inflammation
, and immune system function. It even affects functions connected to the reproductive system, and neurological health, affecting the ability to learn and recall with greater efficiency.
Many of these studies are still ongoing, and researchers haven’t quite yet figured out the precise and intricate ways in which the ECS functions. What we do know is that our bodies produce endocannabinoids – these are neurotransmitters which bind to the cannabinoid receptors in your nervous system.
Now, that sounds pretty complex, which inevitably leads to another key question: is CBD safe for consumption?
What you need to know about taking CBD
Overwhelmingly, CBD has proven to be completely safe for human (and animal) use. It does not carry the risk of any dangerous side effects – but there are one or two things to take note of.
For the majority of people, the most common immediate and noticeable effect of taking CBD is a sensation of slight drowsiness or relaxation, sometimes accompanied by a mild feeling of elevated contentment. Now, this isn’t because of any psychoactive component (like THC, which produces a ‘high’ when actual marijuana is taken). Instead, the CBD binds to receptors in the brain which produce serotonin – the natural hormone which makes us feel happier and therefore more relaxed. Of course, this is completely harmless, but you may want to be cautious about driving or handling any machinery if you feel this effect very strongly after taking CBD. A large number of users also don’t experience this to any degree, either, depending on genetics and factors like other medications or even diet.
Another relatively harmless reaction which is sometimes reported is gastrointestinal upset – which of course means that if you haven’t taken CBD before, simply start with a modest dose to see how your body reacts. The amount that is appropriate for you depends on your body weight, the concentration of the CBD product, and your reason for taking it. (So, for example, pain relief may require more CBD than the treatment
However, CBD for human consumption is overwhelmingly safe, and offers benefits that are nothing short of amazing.