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Should I swap prescription drugs for CBD?

Prescription drugs and capsules

The popularity of CBD products has seen a sharp rise in recent years. It is legal to use in the UK, so long as the CBD doesn’t contain the psychoactive-inducing THC. CBD users aren’t in it for the “high”. Instead, it is used by people who want to manage conditions like chronic pain, PTSD and epilepsy. So should people replace their prescription drugs for CBD?

Is CBD safe to use?

CBD is legal to consume in the UK and many countries across the world. Currently, the CBD market is unregulated, but there are several studies to suggest that there could be benefits to CBD oil. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is calling for whole-plant marijuana, as well as cannabis resin, to be removed from Schedule IV—the most restrictive category of a 1961 drug convention signed by countries from around the world.

CBD for stress and anxiety

Although trials and testing is in its early stages, there are studies to suggest that CBD has multiple health benefits and could in fact help reduce stress, pain and anxiety. And seeing as though CBD is a natural byproduct of cannabis, it could be more beneficial to you than your prescription drugs. Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2010 study showed that CBD helps to reduce anxiety in people with social anxiety disorder (SAD). This study found that CBD helped reduce anxiety. It also showed that brain scans showed changes in blood flow patterns in regions of the brain connected with stress and anxiety.

CBD for pain

Animal studies have suggested that CBD has pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. These effects have not been officially approved in quality studies in humans. However, The National Library of Medicine states that “Endocannabinoidome continues to offer possibilities for prevention and intervention [of inflammation].” CBD cream gets to the source of the pain quicker than droppers, gummies or tablets.

Whether you’re struggling from joint pain, arthritis, or any other condition associated with inflammation, CBD may be worth a shot, especially if your prescription medication isn’t working. But of course, you should only buy from quality reputable suppliers and brands. And you should consult your doctor before taking CBD, especially if you’re already on prescribed medication.

Prescribed CBD in epilepsy

Epidiolex, the drug prescribed for extreme epilepsy, is actually a CBD product, and has official approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Epidiolex has only recently been introduced to UK medicine and is used in extreme cases of epilepsy such as Dravet syndrome, where standard medical drugs aren’t improving the patient’s condition.

Should I try CBD?

If you’re suffering with stress, anxiety or pain and have tried to remedy it with prescription drugs from the doctor but haven’t noticed any positive effects, then CBD could be your next viable option. CBD is a herbal remedy, but with any new substance that you’re putting into your body, you should consult your doctor and get medical advice beforehand.

What type of product should I consider?

CBD is available in many forms. Depending on the patient’s requirements and individual preferences, there are many ways to consume CBD. Let’s have a look at the options available…

CBD Gummies:

CBD Gummies are usually available in tasty sweets. The colourful sweets contain CBD and are handy to have in your bag for an on-the-go hit. They’re discreet too and look and taste great.

CBD oil

CBD oil is probably the most popular product on the CBD market. Once CBD is extracted from cannabis it is mixed with oil. When bottled up, the dropper device makes it easy to place on your tongue.

CBD creams

Cream with CBD contains the beneficial properties of CBD and can be used as part of your daily beauty and maintenance routine.

CBD tea

Yes that’s right, you can even buy tea containing CBD. There are many flavours available from standard English breakfast to calming and soothing camomile. CBD in tea offers you a fast, convenient and delicious way of incorporating CBD into your daily routine to help relax the body and mind and assist in improving sleep quality.

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