Still wondering what all the fuss surrounding CBD is about? The monumental growth of the CBD industry is only paralleled or, perhaps, even outmatched by the enormous amounts of information on CBD available online. Digesting the most relevant and factual information is not always as easy as simply popping a CBD pill, so we are delivering to you easily digestible facts about CBD tablets that you need to know.
Read on to learn more about the seven ways CBD tablets can improve your life according to science.
1. Why CBD tablets are preferable to CBD oil
CBD, or cannabidiol, is derived from the hemp plant — a cousin of the marijuana plant. Take note that hemp-derived CBD is your best bet in terms of legality and non-intoxication because it is legal in all states and contains zero to 0.3% THC — as required by the FDA to ensure zero psychoactive effects.
CBD oil is the purest and most potent CBD product available; however, taking CBD oil has some disadvantages. The taste and texture are often unappealing to some people; measuring the correct dosage via drops can be tricky; and oral intake of the oil may not be ideal for individuals who want to be discreet; for the quickest absorption, the drops should be placed directly under the tongue.
CBD tablets, on the other hand, deliver more consistent dosing, with each tablet already formulated with a pre-measured CBD amount. Taking CBD tablets is also easier and more discreet — just pop them into your mouth and nobody would be the wiser about your CBD intake, if that’s something you’re concerned about.
2. CBD tablets are often well-tolerated and may have acceptable side effects
A review of clinical trials on CBD as a potential treatment for certain disorders found that CBD has a “better side effect profile” compared to the medications used for the same medical conditions. When they do appear, the side effects of CBD may include tiredness, diarrhea, changes in appetite, and weight loss/gain.
These studies typically involved higher CBD doses; because CBD tablets have a lower potency and as the CBD may also further degrade in the stomach, there’s an even lower risk of experiencing side effects.
The comprehensive review mentioned above also found that use of CBD does not significantly alter heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Additionally, there are no adverse effects on psychological and motor functions, i.e., CBD does not cause behavioral changes. And the participants from over 100 studies reviewed repeatedly showed a tolerance for high doses of up to 1500 mg per day. This could indicate that there is minimal to zero risk of overdosing on and/or addiction to CBD.
3. CBD tablets may help ease anxiety and/or improve sleep
One small study involving adult patients “with primary concerns of anxiety or poor sleep” showed that CBD treatment decreased anxiety in 79% of the participants and improved sleep in 66% of the participants. Available evidence from various studies suggests that CBD has a calming effect on the central nervous system.
4. CBD tablets may be a good alternative option for pain relief
The potential of CBD in providing pain relief is yet to be proven conclusively, but early findings reveal that CBD may offer an option for easing chronic pain, such as arthritis, and cancer-related pain. Given its non-addictive nature and zero risk for overdose, as mentioned above, taking CBD tablets to possibly help alleviate pain may be a good alternative to opioids — which can be addicting.
5. CBD tablets may deliver antioxidant benefits
Vitamins C and E are well-known for their antioxidant benefits, but at least one study has found that CBD may be “more effective” than these two vitamins as an antioxidant. The said study specifically looked at the potential of CBD in ameliorating acne and other similar skin conditions. Skin conditions are often more than a cosmetic problem; they can affect quality of life. Those who suffer from acne, for example, often go through a long list of therapies without finding an effective solution. CBD tablets may be worth a try for these individuals.
6. CBD tablets may help ease gut issues
The use of cannabis as an alternative treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), colitis, and other gut conditions has been severely restricted by the psychotropic effects of THC. Some studies have looked at CBD as a better option because it shares the same “cannabinoid beneficial effects on the gut” but without the psychoactive effects. People with IBD may finally get some much-needed relief from their problem by taking CBD tablets.
7. CBD tablets may be a good alternative to medical marijuana
The positive health effects of medical marijuana are more established, as its properties which are largely attributed to THC have been the subject of numerous studies for far longer compared to CBD. For legal reasons, medical marijuana is not often an available option for many people. Fortunately, CBD from hemp may offer the same benefits as THC, but without the high. It is precisely because of this lack of psychoactive effects that has given hemp-derived CBD legal status. People who are prescribed medical marijuana but do not want to get high can choose CBD tablets, instead.
Especially if you’re new to CBD, your best bet may be a CBD product with a lower potency than CBD oil. CBD tablets may have the potential to address a number of conditions, from anxiety to chronic pain, but keep in mind that it’s important to choose a good quality product.
If you’re shopping around for CBD tablets, there are good indicators of quality and safety that you should always look for:
- The CBD products are derived from US-grown and preferably organic hemp.
- The company/manufacturer that can provide proof of third-party lab testing of their products.
- The product contains zero or no more than 0.3% THC, as verified by the company’s certificate of analysis (COA) from a reputable third-party lab.
- The product contains no pesticides, heavy metals, molds, and other contaminants, as verified by the COA.
- The product is also certified organic by the USDA.
- The company does not make unsupported health claims.
- The product and brand have good reviews.
Lastly, experts agree that full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD products offer the best results, as they deliver an “entourage effect.” This effect describes the combined benefits of all the compounds present in the hemp plant — CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes working together as designed by nature.