August 23, 2022 5 min read

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF CBD OINTMENT?

Have you ever wished to try a CBD ointment but were afraid or unsure of its side effects? Although there might be side effects of CBD products on you, they depend on many things; one of these is the dosage. This article will discuss CBD products, their benefits, and their side effects.

CBD, short for Cannabidiol, has been popular as an alternative treatment for various health conditions. It does not contain THC, so it has no psychoactive effects. Although some people use CBD recreationally to get high, this ointment doesn't make you feel anything when you use it topically. Its significant benefits to your body and skin health are quickly recognized; that is why some medical professionals find themselves opting for CBD alternatives to some illnesses. So with all the benefits of CBD products, what are the side effects of CBD ointment? Let's check out!

Introduction to Cannabidiol (CBD)                                                      

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis. It's extracted from marijuana and hemp, which naturally contain a small amount. Although there's been plenty of hype around CBD oil and Cannabidiol, little is known. It has a calming or relaxing effect for many users, which could also be related to its anti-anxiety properties. This makes it useful for reducing stress or insomnia without causing you to become sleepy or lethargic. Pellati et al. (2018) also claimed that it helps with nausea, inflammation, and pain symptoms.

There is, however, growing evidence to suggest that CBD may be effective in treating some illnesses, and a large number of research trials are underway. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has even approved one medical-grade cannabidiol product to treat Dravet syndrome—though it was a controversial decision. It’s important to note that, at present, most studies focus on how Cannabidiol interacts with other medications (particularly those involved in controlling seizures). Although there is promising evidence supporting the use of Cannabidiol to treat symptoms related to epilepsy, more research needs to be done to establish if it’s safe and effective for everyone. What about its health benefits?

Benefits of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol is a compound extracted from cannabis plants. It has been widely researched for its potential medical benefits but does not make people feel stoned and can counteract some THC effects. According to Bergamaschi et al. (2011), the possible therapeutic applications of CBD include treating nausea, anxiety, and inflammation. You might use this anti-inflammatory trait of CBD to help those with acne problems, psoriasis, and eczema. Cannabidiol may help reduce seizures in children with severe epilepsy. Lafuente et al. (2011) noted that Cannabidiol is neuroprotective. It can prevent brain cell death caused by hypoxia (lack of oxygen), alcohol, or anoxic injury (lack of oxygen), possibly through its actions on adenosine receptors in mitochondria.

When applied to the skin, CBD is made to give it a refreshing look and moisturize it. Therefore, it results in healthier skin and body.

How is it Made? 

CBD oil is made by extracting Cannabidiol from hemp or marijuana plants using CO2 extraction methods. The most common ways to use CBD oil are as follows: Drops are one of the easiest ways to consume your daily dose of Cannabidiol. Place drops under your tongue and lets the drops dissolve so that they go directly into your bloodstream without having to swallow anything first. Tinctures: If you don't like taking drops, you can also use tinctures sublingually (under your tongue). You apply a few drops to your tongue and then hold them there for about 90 seconds before swallowing.

What are the Side Effects of CBD Ointment?

CBD ointment is one of the most common methods of using CBD, and because it’s applied directly to the skin—in the form of a cream or salve—it’s highly effective. It can also be easily purchased online or in specialty stores, which is nice if you don’t have access to a dispensary. So what are the side effects of CBD ointment?

Meissner & Cascella (2021) stated that the most common side effects of CBD ointments include tiredness/fatigue, lack of or change in appetite, and diarrhea. Although there is a reason to worry about these side effects, further studies suggest that the side effects of CBD ointments are less severe than those that doctors might prescribe when treating an ailment that is similar to what CBD is used for.

Other common side effects users might experience when using CBD products are dry skin and drowsiness, although you can easily counter some of these side effects. Several potential side effects are associated with using CBD ointments. They still seem less severe than other methods of administering CBD, such as smoking or vaping. Because it’s applied directly to the skin, ointments offer a concentrated dose—so you’ll want to use them sparingly until you know how your body will react.

In addition to the common side effects, some other potentially negative aspects might arise when using CBD ointments. It's hard to say which ones will happen and how severe they will be, so keep an eye out for any changes in your health while using CBD ointments as a form of CBD consumption. Because so many different types of products fall under CBD ointments, they vary greatly in what active ingredients they contain. It's hard to say which potential side effects you might experience when using them. However, we encourage all users to monitor their health closely and discuss any concerns with their doctor or healthcare professional if necessary.

Conclusion

As discussed above, the side effects of CBD products depend on the dosage and type of medication used. You don’t have to quit using all CBD products even if you have a side effect; consulting the right medical staff will help you better understand it.

At any rate, it is wise to consult your doctor before trying out these treatments. Different compounds could negatively impact your health depending on what you want them for. Additionally, speak with a budtender if you can and ensure they know what they’re talking about when it comes to CBD ointments. If not, do some more research until you find one that does. Once that happens, and you feel confident in your treatment choice, start using it according to package instructions, and soon enough, you'll see results.

References

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Lafuente, H., Alvarez, F. J., Pazos, M. R., Alvarez, A., Rey-Santano, M. C., Mielgo, V., ... & Martinez-Orgado, J. (2011). Cannabidiol Reduces Brain Damage And Improves Functional Recovery After Acute Hypoxia-Ischemia In Newborn Pigs. Pediatric Research, 70(3), 272-277.

Meissner, H., & Cascella, M. (2021). Cannabidiol (CBD). In Statpearls [Internet]. Statpearls Publishing.

Pellati, F., Borgonetti, V., Brighenti, V., Biagi, M., Benvenuti, S., & Corsi, L. (2018). Cannabis Sativa L. And Nonpsychoactive Cannabinoids: Their Chemistry And Role Against Oxidative Stress, Inflammation, And Cancer. Biomed Research International, 2018.