CBD is known to interact with certain medications, including anticonvulsants such as Dilantin (phenobarbital), Lamictal (lamotrigine), and Onfi (clobazam) and antidepressants like amitriptyline (Elavil), citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), mirtazapine (Remeron), and imipramine (Tofranil). This interaction occurs because of the way that CBD affects CYP450.
When taking CBD, start low and go slow. Place a few drops under the tongue twice a day and gradually increase your dosage.
1. Pain Relief
Imagine waking up every day feeling refreshed and free of the throbbing, aching, sharp discomfort that has plagued you for months or years. This is the reality that many people with chronic pain have found when using CBD.
While more research is needed, CBD has been found to be effective in helping people with pain. This may be due to its effects on the endocannabinoid system, which regulates pain and inflammation. It also interacts directly with serotonin receptors, which help to reduce pain sensitivity. Other possible mechanisms of action include its ability to decrease the activity of nerve cells that transmit pain signals, and it’s ability to inhibit inflammatory molecules.
There are a variety of ways to use CBD for pain, from pills and tinctures to oils and topicals. Pills are ingested by placing them under the tongue, while tinctures can be added to food or drinks. Oils are designed for topical use, and can be massaged into areas that are experiencing pain, tingling, or stiffness.
Knee pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain. It can be caused by a number of factors, including age-related wear and tear, an injury, or autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. CBD has been shown to be effective in reducing knee pain, but it’s important to note that it’s not a cure-all for arthritis. It’s best used as an add-on therapy alongside other treatments.
A clinical trial found that CBD (in combination with THC) reduced neuropathic pain in multiple sclerosis patients. While this was a small study, it suggests that CBD can be an effective pain reliever for people with MS and other conditions that cause neuropathic pain.
2. Anxiety Relief
CBD is a popular ingredient in many products that are advertised to relieve anxiety. It's a chemical found in the cannabis plant, and it's thought to help reduce stress by changing the way your brain and body react to stressful situations. There's also evidence that it can calm your symptoms if you have a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). But you should talk to your doctor before using any new supplement, especially one that claims to treat health conditions without much scientific support.
Some studies suggest that CBD may improve your anxiety by regulating serotonin levels. It's similar to how certain medications that are used to treat depression and anxiety work. But more research is needed to prove this.
People with both anxiety and sleep problems have reported better results when taking CBD oil. A study published in 2022 found that CBD reduced anxiety and improved sleep in about 4 out of 5 participants. A smaller study that included 57 participants who were given either placebo or 150 milligrams, 300 milligrams, or 600 milligrams of CBD before a public speaking test found that those who took 300 milligrams of CBD had less anxiety and less agitation than their counterparts.
If you have a phobia or are worried about traveling, you can try a CBD product with chamomile or peppermint. Both ingredients are calming and can help you relax and get to sleep at night. If you're going to use CBD for insomnia and anxiety, you should take it twice a day -- once when you wake up and again about an hour before you plan on lying down. That's because it takes time for it to take effect.
3. Sleep Aid
CBD is a popular sleep aid with many people finding it easier to fall asleep, stay asleep and experience better quality sleep overall. Sleep deprivation is linked to a number of health issues, including depression, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain and memory problems.
CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system, which helps to maintain homeostasis in the body by regulating critical processes like sleep and the circadian rhythm. The good news is that CBD has been found to be more effective than traditional sleep medications without the side effects such as grogginess or addiction.
There are a few different ways to take CBD for sleep, from tinctures to capsules and even gummies. It’s important to look at the dosage on the product and follow their recommendations. It can take some trial and error to find the right amount for you, especially if you’re new to this.
Some CBD products are also available as a spray or a topical cream that you apply to your skin. These are typically used for pain and inflammatory conditions but can also help with sleep. They are often recommended by doctors and therapists who are experienced in treating these conditions.
Another option is to use a vape pen, which delivers fast-acting CBD. This is great for people who want a quick, convenient way to improve their sleep. This is also a popular option for shift workers who struggle with circadian rhythm disorders because their sleep windows change with each work day.
4. Stress Relief
CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety and help with PTSD. It works to block the FAAH enzyme that decreases AEA in your brain, which causes your anxiety levels to drop. CBD can also treat anxiety-induced insomnia. CBD helps you relax and get a good night’s sleep so you can wake up feeling more refreshed than when you went to bed. It can help relieve muscle tension from exercise that is a common stressor and cause of sleep disruptions, too.
Menopause can cause stress and anxiety due to hot flashes, which can be a painful and distressing experience. CBD can help ease these symptoms by reducing your body’s inflammation and balancing serotonin in the brain, helping to calm you and improve moods. It can also help with weight management, which is often a struggle for women during this time in their lives.
CBD is also helpful in reducing the pain and discomfort associated with certain diseases, including cancer. CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties are great for treating the pain and nausea caused by chemotherapy, as well as preventing the spread of tumors.
CBD can also aid in the healing process of burns and reducing scarring, as it acts as an antioxidant that protects your cells from damage. If you are suffering from a severe burn, you can try topical products that contain CBD and other pain-relieving ingredients, such as the menthol in our CBD Freeze product. CBD can also soothe pain from hot flushes by acting on the serotonin receptors in your brain to regulate temperature. It can also help you sleep better at night by reducing insomnia and improving the quality of REM sleep, which is important for stress reduction.
Detoxing with CBD is a way to help your body naturally cleanse itself of things it doesn’t need. It may also help with the symptoms of a hormone imbalance like hot flashes, night sweats and weight gain. Our bodies accumulate toxins from several sources, including pesticides, cigarette smoke, processed foods, sun exposure and even our thoughts. When our endocannabinoid system is stimulated by CBD, it encourages the natural elimination of these toxins to keep your body healthy and balanced.
CBD is also an antioxidant, which means that it can reduce oxidative stress on your liver and other organs, and that helps prevent or slow down the progression of chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. The cannabinoid also promotes relaxation and may improve sleep quality, both of which are often impaired in people with anxiety or addiction problems.
Our broad-spectrum CBD products, like the Honey Heaven Detox with cinnamon, turmeric, cloves and ginger, are formulated to help you detoxify naturally and feel your best. They contain no THC, so they won’t get you high and can be used daily.
We recommend following a simple, 10-day detox plan recommended by Dr. Swanz, a trusted friend of Onyx + Rose and expert in integrative health. This detox includes a clean diet and basic detox tea (described below) accompanied by Onyx + Rose CBD to support your efforts.