Many people take CBD to treat symptoms of a variety of ailments, disorders, and ailments. It’s a non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants and is proven to have pain killing effects, as well as anti-inflammatory properties.

The popularity of CBD as a health supplement is on the rise, which is why it’s more important than ever before to understand how to take this substance safely. In this article, Smart CBD lists our top tips for taking CBD safely and ensuring this remedy works in your best interests.

First things first… CBD isn’t a miracle worker

It’s important to remember that although CBD’s supposed health benefits are supported by years of anecdotal evidence, that evidence is not clinical.

This is primarily due to the fact that cannabis has been illegal since 1928, making it pretty difficult to get a research license, much less test various anecdotal hypotheses on humans. Recently, cannabis was rescheduled, making it much easier to conduct studies involving CBD and its effects on people.

However, these studies are still in their infancy, and as of yet, there are very few clinical trials that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that CBD is the miracle-worker people claim it is.

Because of this, it’s important to remember that taking CBD may not work for you the way it works for other people. It’s a health supplement, not a cure-all.

Always consult your doctor first

This one might sound obvious, but the ‘health supplement’ label sometimes has people forgetting to inform their doctor’s of their new CBD regime.

As it happens, doctors need to be aware of any drugs, steroids, and supplements that you may be taking. If you regularly take certain vitamins, they’ll need to know that, too.

This helps doctors to make sure that you’re not taking anything that may interact unsafely with CBD, which leads us to our next point.

Keep an eye on potential drug interactions

CBD is a substance that interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is made up of a network of CB1 and CB2 receptors that are located primarily in your brain and gut, but aside from those two heavily saturated areas are also fairly evenly spread throughout the rest of your body.

This means that when CBD enters the ECS, it’s capable of influencing many different mechanisms around your body.

Most notably, CBD is capable of interacting with medications which are metabolised by CYP450 enzymes, such as some antidepressants, beta blockers, benzodiazepines, immune modulators, NSAIDs, and certain HIV antivirals.

Don’t use CBD to replace existing medications

As mentioned above, CBD is capable of interacting with a number of different drugs, usually because it is metabolised by the same enzyme. This influences the amount of the drug in your body at any given point.

Just as you should keep an eye on CBD drug interactions, so should you avoid replacing your normal medication regime with CBD, unless otherwise advised by a medical professional.

This is especially important if you take life-altering medication to treat serious conditions such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, or cancer. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – if you want to start taking CBD in place of your current medication, speak to your doctor first, and make sure to follow their advice!

CBD oil from Smart CBD

You can buy full-spectrum CBD oil from Smart CBD in a variety of strengths and concentrations. We also offer balms, pastes, and capsules for those of you wishing to ingest your CBD differently.

View the Smart CBD range here.