Cannabidiol oil, or CBD, is consistently being studied for use in many ailments, including the treatment of chronic pain. If you have decided to give it a try, here are some things to keep in mind.
Number One: Be Careful with Drug Interactions
The first thing to keep in mind is that CBD might interact with other medications you are taking. If you take medications for your pain or other medical conditions you currently struggle with, the safest thing to do is talk to your doctor or another medical professional. It is possible there won’t be a negative reaction, but it is safest to find out first just to be sure. Especially if it’s not possible for you to stop taking the prescription drugs you need for other medical issues.
Number Two: Understand the Side Effects
While CBD is safe to use, there are some potential side effects. This is not unusual, since just about every type of medicine, medication, or treatment you choose for your pain is going to have its own set of side effects. And just like other drugs you take for your chronic pain, the side effects won’t happen with everyone.
Some potential side effects you might experience with CBD include:
- Slight dizziness or feeling lightheaded (taking too much)
- Reduced or increased appetite
- Being drowsy or feeling sleepy (taking too much)
- Nausea (body cleansing /detoxing)
- Dry mouth (stay hydrated with water)
This is why it is a good idea to always start with the lower dose of whichever CBD you are trying, then see how you feel. If you don’t notice any negative side effects, it is then safe to increase your dose.
Number Three: Start Slow with Your Dose
Speaking of dosages, you always want to start slow. You never know how much CBD is needed for your chronic pain, so don’t go with the maximum dose right away. If you have ever taken prescription pain relievers for your pain, you know that your doctor starts you off at the smallest dose, then increases it gradually if you need it.
The same should be done with your CBD. Choose which form of CBD you want, such as a tincture, wax, or capsule, then look at what the lowest dose is for that treatment.
Try it for a few days at least at the lower dose before deciding if it needs to be increased.
Number Four: Be Consistent
You will also need to be patient as CBD doesn’t always alleviate pain immediately like other pain relief medications. You need a few weeks to figure out if it is effective for you or not.
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