CBD Capsules and Oil drops
CBD Capsules and Oil Drops are a derivative of the cannabis plant (cannabis sativa) that are believed to have certain health benefits. They contain the natural oils and compounds which are found in the cannabis plant. These products are sometimes referred to as “medical cannabis”.
What are CBD Capsules and Oil Drops?
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is the ingredient in CBD Capsules and Oil Drops. It is extracted from the cannabis plant (Latin name cannabis sativa) and is one of over 100 chemical compounds the plant contains.
This popular form of natural pain relief has been used for thousands of years, since 2900 BC. It is only in the last few years that scientific evidence has emerged to confirm that CBD can be a successful treatment for pain relief and symptoms of certain other conditions.
These products are increasing in popularity as an alternative or complement to standard medication. The products are legal for medical purposes in the UK but can only be prescribed by a doctor. At the time of writing, this can only be a hospital doctor, not a GP (general practitioner).
CBD is sometimes prescribed to children as well as adults. You should not give this product to a child without talking to a doctor first.
There are two main cannabidiols: CBD and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Cannabis is also known as marijuana or hemp, which is used as a recreational drug. CBD Capsules and Oil Drops are not recreational drugs and should only be used for medicinal purposes. They will not cause the “high” associated with taking marijuana.
CBD Capsules come in tablet form and contain CBD and pure Cannabis Sativa.
CBD Oil Drops come in the form of an oil that contains CBD, phytocannabinoids (another type of cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant), terpenes (compounds from the cannabis plant that combine with the cannabinoids to enhance the effects of the CBD) and essential oils.
This is because the capsules or oil legally prescribed by a doctor to help the body deal with pain or other conditions must contain less than 0.2% of THC, which is responsible for the “high” when cannabis is taken as a drug. This small amount will not cause such a feeling or any psychoactive behaviour on the brain that consuming cannabis can cause.
The CBD in CBD Cannabis Capsules and Oil Drops does not affect the brain or produce a “high”.
It is important to check the THC content if you are tempted to buy CBD oil off the internet or from an unknown source. There are many illegal products available that contain more than the approved amount of THC and could be harmful to your health.
When are CBD Capsules and Oil Drops used?
CBD Capsules and Oil Drops are a popular form of pain relief and are used to relieve various conditions including:
- The side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients;
- Sleep disorders (falling asleep and staying asleep) and insomnia;
- The pain that comes from some long-term medical conditions;
- The first stages of Alzheimer’s disease;
- Type 1 – diabetes;
- Cardiovascular disorders;
- Acne and other skin conditions;
- Multiple sclerosis (causing muscle stiffness and spasms);
- Some extreme forms of epilepsy;
- Rheumatoid arthritis;
- Swelling and inflammation;
- The withdrawal symptoms that occur when giving up smoking;
- The withdrawal symptoms that occur when coming off certain drugs;
- Anxiety, depression and stress.
The human body produces some cannabinoids on its own, without the need for extra CBD. When a person takes CBD Capsules or Oil Drops the CBD attaches to certain receptors in the body. These receptors are known as the CB1 and CB2 receptors.
The CB1 receptors mainly exist in the brain and control our emotions, pain, coordination, mood, appetite, thinking and memories. The CB2 receptors are based in the immune system. Research has shown that when we take CBD Capsules or Oil Drops they can instruct the brain to use more of its own cannabinoids. This, therefore, is encouraging the body to use its natural ability to fight pain and give relief from some health conditions.
CBD Capsules and Oil Drops are not a treatment to cure any of the above conditions but can help with the symptoms and discomfort they cause, which can often be very unpleasant.
How do you use CBD Capsules and Oil Drops?
You should take these products on the advice of your doctor and in the quantity they prescribe.
Capsules – you take one whole tablet three times a day, every six hours. The tablet should be swallowed with a glass of water. It does not matter if you take a CBD Capsule with or without food.
CBD Oil Drops – you take between two-five drops per day. You should dispense the correct number of drops under your tongue, keep them in your mouth for about 30 seconds and then swallow. This short time period allows the blood vessels under your tongue to absorb the CBD oil.
What dosages are there?
When taking CBD Capsules and Oil Drops you should follow the dose recommended by the doctor that gave you the prescription. There are no official recommended dosages at this time as different people respond in different ways when they take CBD Capsules and Oil Drops. Also, there are so many varied reasons to take this regarding the number of conditions it relieves, every dose will be related to the individual situation.
When a doctor advises you on the amount of CBD Capsules or Oil Drops you should take they will take into consideration:
- The condition to be treated;
- Your body weight;
- Your medical history;
- Your body chemistry;
- Any medication you are taking.
All these factors will influence the dose of CBD Capsules or Oil Drops that you should take. It is usual to start with a small dosage and increase it as necessary. Never take a different amount than your doctor recommends as this could be dangerous for your health. When you start to take CBD Capsules or Oil Drops it is a good idea to keep a record of the days and times you take them and how you feel in the hours, days and weeks afterwards.
What are the side effects of CBD Capsules and Oil Drops?
There are some side effects of taking CBD Capsules and Oil Drops, but they are uncommon. However, if they do occur they could include:
- A decrease in appetite;
- Feeling sick;
- Behaviour or mood changes;
- Feeling very tired;
- Low blood pressure;
- Feeling weak;
- Dry mouth;
- Feeling high;
- Suicidal thoughts.
If any of these symptoms occur while you are taking CBD Capsules and Oil Drops you should talk to your doctor. They may change your dose or decide that this product is not suitable for you.
When shouldn’t you use CBD Capsules and Oil Drops?
If you are taking any medications that have a grapefruit warning you should not take CBD Capsules and Oil Drops with them. These are medicines that can interact with grapefruit and grapefruit juice. The chemicals in grapefruit can cause certain medications to metabolise slowly, meaning the quantities in the bloodstream are of a higher concentration than normal, and they can cause more extreme side effects.
This also applies to fruits similar to grapefruit such as pomelos, tangelos and Seville oranges. CBD can have the same effect on medications that have a grapefruit warning. You should talk to a doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding before taking CBD Capsules and Oil Drops as this is generally not advised. There is still not enough medical evidence to support taking this product in these situations.
Does CBD Capsules and Oil Drops interact with other medications?
CBD Capsules and Oil Drops can interact with other medication and this can affect how both work. It is important to tell your doctor if you are taking any medication (including herbal medicines).
Where can you buy CBD Capsules and Oil Drops?
You can buy CBD Capsules and Oil Drops on the internet or in health stores, but this is not recommended as the concentrations may not be the same as the approved versions. These products could also be illegal and possibly dangerous to your health. You should get a prescription from an authorised doctor for CBD Capsules and Oil Drops.
Can I get CBD Capsules and Oil Drops without a prescription?
Yes, you can get CBD Capsules and Oil Drops without a prescription on the internet and in some health stores. However, this is not recommended as these may not be approved concentrations. These products could also be illegal and possibly dangerous to your health. You should get a prescription from an authorised doctor for CBD Capsules and Oil Drops.
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