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One Major Side Effect of Taking CBD, Says Study

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Are you team CBD or unsure? If you fall in the latter camp, maybe we can assist in providing more clarity around its potential benefits—specifically CBD's potential ability to alleviate chronic pain. Here's why this is the one major side effect of taking CBD you should be paying attention to, and for even more helpful tips, be sure to read up on The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.

First of all, it may be helpful to better understand what CBD is before we get into the science around it. CBD, which stands for cannabidiol, is an oil that's derived from the cannabis plant—aka, Mary Jane. However, CBD oil doesn't contain THC as marijuana does, which is what makes you feel "high." CBD doesn't even affect the same receptors in your body as THC does.

Instead, CBD can make you feel calm, which can be helpful for those who have anxiety or high-stress levels, rather than impair your ability to function properly, i.e. make you feel "out of it." In addition to making you feel a little more at ease, research has also indicated that the cannabinoid may help to manage symptoms of chronic pain.

"When it comes to pain management, the body already produces anandamide, and CBD works with this compound to reduce the perception of pain," said Vince Sanders, founder and president of CBD American Shaman for a recent article about the side effects of taking CBD.

Anandamide is a type of cannabinoid (or compound) that the body releases when it first senses pain and can help reduce your perception of pain as well as improve your mood. CBD can increase the body's levels of this compound, which can further help you regulate pain. A 2020 review showed that taking CBD could may chronic pain, improve sleep, and reduce inflammation in certain individuals.

Here's how it works: Anandamide binds to a receptor called CB1, which is located in the brain and central nervous system and inhibits the feeling of pain by blocking the signal. In addition, CBD can also block chemical reactions in the body that trigger inflammation. This is because the cannabinoid binds to another receptor (known as TRPV1) which also helps to mediate pain perception. Once CBD binds to this receptor, it can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body, which may reduce pain levels.

Bottom line, it's worth a try—unless specified otherwise by your doctor. For insight on all of the different ways you can take CBD, check out The Best CBD Products You Should Try Right Now.

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Cheyenne Buckingham
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