The popularity of CBD edibles, such as gummies, is increasing, with people buying them for different reasons. CBD gummies are a convenient and fun way of consuming CBD and experiencing the therapeutic benefits of medical cannabis. This article discusses CBD and the effects of CBD gummies on the body.
Individuals may be curious about the effects of CBD products on their bodies, such as CBD gummies. Considering the negative publicity of cannabis products around social media platforms and other social contexts, an individual may want to know what CBD does for the body. Some say cannabis products make them feel "high," while others use them as a treatment for various medical conditions. While CBD is considered safe and well-tolerated, it may also have a few side effects that can affect the body differently. Like other CBD products, gummies have positive and negative effects on the body. Taking a CBD gummy may help the body with various health benefits such as pain relief, anxiety relief, improved sleep, etc. CBD gummies may affect the body negatively, especially those individuals who are allergic to ingredients present in the gummy or have other complications.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound of hemp, a cannabis plant. The plant has over one hundred natural compounds known as cannabinoids. These components possess the therapeutic properties that the cannabis plant is widely associated with. However, Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and CBD are the most prevalent components of this plant. Although CBD and THC come from the same plant, their chemical compounds differ. THC is the compound responsible for mind-altering effects that people experience after using cannabis. It is the main intoxicating component of the cannabis plant. Some people report feeling "high" after consuming cannabis products with THC.
CBD is non-intoxicating. It does not cause any intoxication when consumed. Although they may have some psychoactive effects, they are nothing close to those caused by THC products. Therefore, people who want to experience the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without any mind-altering effect prefer CBD products over THC.
CBD gets into the body through the endocannabinoid system (ECS). According to Chye et al. (2019), the ECS regulates most body functions, such as mood, appetite, memory, cognition, and sensory responses, among other functions. CBD binds with the cannabinoid receptors in the ECS to help manage various health conditions and improve overall health. Several studies have shown promising results in using cannabidiol products to manage pain, epilepsy, inflammation, anxiety, and other medical issues.
Effects of CBD Gummies on the Body
When people talk about what CBD does for the body, many dwell more on the potential benefits and positive effects. However, CBD gummies have positive and undesirable effects (side effects) on the body.
Reduce Pain and Inflammation
One of the most common uses of CBD products, including gummies, is to treat pain and inflammation. CBD is among the most popular natural botanicals with pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects used to treat several health conditions. Brady (2018) stated that cannabinoids like CBD might help reduce pain by influencing the activity of the glycine receptors. These receptors help reduce chronic inflammatory and neuropathic pain. Inflammatory factors like prostaglandins deactivate glycine receptors, causing an increase in pain sensation. CBD reactivates these receptors resulting in a decrease in pain hypersensitivity
CBD gummies can improve a person's mood. Low serotonin levels contribute to low mood. CBD does not increase serotonin levels, but it influences serotonin receptors in the brain to release anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects that elevate a person's mood. Sales et al. (2018) stated that the antidepressant-like effect induced by CBD is dependent on serotonin levels. Taking CBD gummies may help elevate the overall mood, which is essential to a healthy lifestyle.
Improve Sleep Quality
CBD can promote better sleep. Many people across the world, especially adults, experience troublesome sleep. Others suffer from conditions such as insomnia or other symptoms related to sleep disorders. Best (2022) showed that people take CBDgummies to improve the quality of their sleep. According to Kaul et al. (2021), cannabinoids such as CBD have a therapeutic role in improving sleep, including common sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep-disordered breathing, restless syndrome, and less common disorders such as narcolepsy and parasomnias.
CBD gummies provide a sense of calmness and relaxation. Taking the gummies, especially after a long day at work, helps your body feel at peace and relaxed.
Side Effects of CBD Gummies
Some of the most common side effects of CBD products, including gummies, are:
Manufacturers of CBD products, such as CBD gummies, claim that CBD has several therapeutic effects on the body. Although research into the efficacy of CBD gummies is scarce, anecdotal evidence and a few clinical studies indicate that CBD products can help improve the body's health status. pure CBD tastes bitter and grassy, although many brands making CBD gummies include other ingredients, such as sweeteners and flavors, to mask it. Some people may experience a few side effects, but they do not take long before they fade. CBD users should ensure they buy the right federally acceptable products. They should also check the company's certification and third-party test results to ensure they consume a quality product.
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