Cbd oil for flushing
Published: 22:34 BST, 7 February 2021 | Updated: 22:36 BST, 7 February 2021
Once known as Hippie’s Disappointment because it doesn’t get you high, cannabidiol (CBD) — derived from the cannabis plant but non-psychoactive — is the panacea of the moment. You can sip it in coffee, sprinkle it on porridge or bake it in brownies.
Fans claim that CBD oil can reduce anxiety, aid relaxation and promote sleep. And the latest buzz is that it can alleviate menopausal symptoms, too.
The former wife of Noel Gallagher and menopause author Meg Mathews makes big claims for it on her popular website MegsMenopause. Despite taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT), Meg said she still suffered from anxiety. However, after three weeks of putting a few drops of CBD oil under her tongue before bed every night, she noticed she felt ‘much calmer and less anxious’.
‘Three months on and I can honestly say that my anxiety levels have dropped to practically nothing,’ she writes. ‘I’ve also noticed that my joint pain has all but gone. I wake up in the morning and feel sprightly for the first time in a long time.’
Meg, 54, who wrote The New Hot: Taking On The Menopause With Attitude And Style, isn’t alone in finding CBD oil helpful. Journalist and TV presenter Andrea McLean, 51, author of Confessions Of A Menopausal Woman, says that while a low dose of the beta-blocker propranolol alleviated her anxiety, CBD oil ‘has massively taken the edge off things with the flushes and … made me less anxious’.
Fans claim that CBD oil can reduce anxiety, aid relaxation and promote sleep. And the latest buzz is that it can alleviate menopausal symptoms, too (file image)
So what is it exactly? This CBD is derived from hemp, part of the cannabis family. Marijuana (the cannabis used as a recreational drug) remains illegal in the UK, as it contains significant levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — the psychoactive component that gets you high. But hemp contains only tiny levels of THC and no quantity of it can intoxicate you.
Also, to comply with the current law, any CBD product sold over the counter or online must contain no more than 0.2 per cent THC and make no medical claims. That means CBD products can only be legally sold in the UK as food supplements or herbal remedies.
So is it hype, or could CBD possibly help reduce menopausal symptoms, and how?
Cannabinoid receptors are present in organs such as the brain and other body tissues, and it’s believed they contribute to functions including mood regulation, sleep, pain, memory and temperature modulation. The menopause seems to disrupt this system, which works by interacting with chemical messengers and can be influenced by CBD.
James Dempsey, MD of online CBD oil shop Naturally Pure, acknowledges that he cannot make claims for a CBD product, but says: ‘Some of our clients use our oil, sprays and creams, which they claim help them with symptoms of both peri-menopause and the menopause.’
So is it hype, or could CBD possibly help reduce menopausal symptoms, and how? (file image)
According to clients, symptoms alleviated include anxiety, insomnia, low mood and joint pain.
Olivia Ferdi is co-founder of CBD oil brand Trip (stocked in Liberty, Selfridges and Fenwick) with her husband Daniel. They discovered CBD oil in 2018, when Daniel took it to minimise pain and inflammation after a knee op. Seven weeks later he walked down the aisle, crutches-free.
Olivia says: ‘It provided incredible relief for my everyday stress while working as a lawyer in the City.
‘The exciting thing about CBD is that, anecdotally, it’s being seen to really help so many of those female-centric wellness issues.’
As for the medical experts, many appear to be in two minds. ‘CBD may work on the body in a range of ways to help menopause symptoms. Of particular interest is the way it interacts with cannabinoid receptors,’ says health information website Medical News Today.
Yet it also notes that there is ‘very little reliable evidence to suggest CBD oil can treat the symptoms of the menopause’.
Indeed, GP and menopause specialist Dr Louise Newson warns: ‘There isn’t any good evidence that CBD oil products work. That doesn’t mean they don’t work, but it does mean people have to be careful about what they’re taking and how they’re taking it. They’re not regulated like medicines are, so we don’t know what they contain and each product could be slightly different.’
‘With anxiety, even placebos can have an effect, so it’s hard to know — is it the CBD oil or is it the packaging? These products are expensive as well. For me, something like doing yoga or even having aromatherapy is a lot better. When substances are ingested, you don’t know what the long-term effects are.’
As some of the most distressing symptoms of the peri-menopause and menopause include wakefulness, increased worry and achy joints, it’s no wonder that some women are prepared to give CBD oil a try (file image)
The research is limited, but the symptoms that CBD seems to affect, albeit in animal studies, are commonly experienced features of the peri-menopause or menopause, such as low mood, anxiety, poor sleep and joint pain.
For instance, a 2010 study on mice, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, found CBD operates on the brain in a similar way to antidepressants. It was also seen to reduce depressive symptoms, according to Harvard Medical School’s online magazine, Harvard Health Publishing.
CBD is also often used to address anxiety and, notes Harvard Health, ‘studies suggest that CBD may help with both falling asleep and staying asleep’.
In addition, it cites a study from the European Journal of Pain which showed — again using an animal model — ‘CBD applied on the skin could help lower pain and inflammation due to arthritis’.
But experts stress that more study in humans is needed in order to substantiate these claims. Dr Newson refers to the British Medical Journal, which noted that in CBD products sold as herbal remedies, ‘the amount of CBD … is typically far lower than in clinical trials (eg 25mg in a non-medicinal product versus 150-1,500mg/day in clinical trials).’
How to Flush CBD Out of Your System￼
Most CBD products do not have a high enough THC concentration to be worried about failing a drug test. However, few products either intentionally or unintentionally contain higher-than-expected THC levels, which may trigger a positive drug test result. Do you want to know how to flush CBD out of your system fast? Here are a few ways to pass a drug test.
What Is CBD?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is found in the cannabis plant, alongside hundreds of other naturally occurring components such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. CBD is the second most common cannabinoid, after tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), known for its intoxicating and psychoactive effects. Both offer numerous health benefits, including anxiety, chronic pain, and inflammation relief.
The levels of cannabinoids and terpenoids in your weed depend on its genetics and growing environment. Cannabis flowers have varying levels of THC, between 15 and 25% on average. Hemp-derived products, however, must legally contain under 0.3% THC, a trace amount that would not cause intoxication or lead to a positive drug test.
Types of CBD Products
Understanding the different types of CBD products available can help you ensure you do not risk failing a drug test. Here are the main products to consider:
Full-spectrum CBD contains all the compounds found in the plant, including terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids like THC. These products usually come from the marijuana plant. Hemp-derived full-spectrum CBD, however, should only contain under 0.3% THC. Know the source (hemp or cannabis) of full-spectrum products.
Broad-spectrum CBD is similar to full-spectrum CBD, but it does not contain THC. Broad-spectrum CBD includes the rest of the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
CBD isolate contains pure CBD in a powdery or crystallized form. It can also come as a CBD oil or tincture. CBD isolate usually comes from the hemp plant and are THC-free products.
How Long Does CBD Stay In Your System?
CBD usually stays in your system for about 2 to 5 days. However, the length of time CBD stays in your system depends on various factors, including your metabolism, how often you use it, how much you use it, and the THC concentration in the products you use. CBD can remain in the system for several weeks in heavy users.
Does CBD Show Up In a Drug Test?
Most drug tests detect THC metabolites, not CBD. However, certain CBD products may contain THC, such as full-spectrum products. Some CBD products may be mislabeled or untested and have higher THC levels than expected. Always look for lab-tested products. If there is enough THC in the product, it may appear on a drug test. Ultimately, passing or failing a drug test depends on the quality and composition of your CBD product.
Generally, CBD products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has approved only one CBD-based medication (Epidiolex) for seizures. Because of the lack of CBD regulation, consumers must research what is in their CBD, even in legal states.
THC concentrations can vary depending on the source of the CBD extract and how it’s processed. Hemp derived-CBD is less likely to contain THC than marijuana-derived CBD products.
How to Flush CBD Out of Your System
If you’ve purchased lab-tested products from a trusted supplier, you don’t need to flush CBD out of your system. However, if your supplier did not provide a certificate of analysis (COA) or if your CBD product has some THC, there are a few ways to flush your body from cannabinoids.
Here’s how to flush CBD out of your system:
Stop Using CBD
As soon as you find out about your upcoming drug test, stop using CBD. Most products should not have high THC levels to fail a drug screening, but some products may be contaminated with THC, especially if they do not come with lab test results.
Drinking more water than you usually do can help flush out some traces of cannabinoids detected. Excessive water consumption only works if you expect to take a urine test, which is the most common test used. Other standard drug tests include hair, saliva, and blood tests.
As soon as you know you will be taking a drug test, increase your water intake and drink plenty of water on the day of the drug test. Be careful not to drink too much water on the day of the test since some labs will reject a sample if it’s too diluted.
According to the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the correct daily fluid intake for average healthy adults in a temperate climate is 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 cups for women. About 20% of daily fluid intake comes from food and other drinks besides water.
A diet high in fiber can help remove cannabinoids from the body faster than without it. Fiber can help streamline bowel movements, allowing for quicker cannabinoid removal. All the while, reduce the consumption of fatty foods, which can offset your progress on detoxing. High-fiber foods include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
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What is CBD?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the flowers of the hemp plant. While the hemp plant is cultivated in similar ways to medical marijuana, unlike its cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD is not psychoactive.
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CBD isolate is a 99% pure crystalline powder, that remains when oils, waxes, chlorophyll, and more are removed from the plant matter, leaving a THC free, isolated CBD concentrate.
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The benefits of CBD vary according to each individual, but may support a sense of calm, promoting healthy sleep cycles, and supplementing other treatment regimens. Our product line includes topicals and ingestibles.
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Working with a cannabis informed physician is the best place to start when planning to treat a symptom. The science behind CBD is based on a system in the body called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). Different cannabinoids produce a number of effects in a number of ways but principally through interacting with Cannabis Receptors (CB). Research has shown that CBD is involved in modulating the CB-2 receptor, found in the immune system, pertaining to the sensation
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of CBD oil for treating epilepsy, the FDA approved the use of CBD (Epidiolex®) in 2018 as a therapy for two rare conditions characterized by epileptic seizures. This led to a groundswell of interest in integrating CBD into potential treatments. Many questions remain surrounding the best role of cannabinoids like CBD in broader therapeutic care, however, the evidence is clear that it begins with the Endocannabinoid System.
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