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In our previous article on CBD for Nausea, we explored how and why cannabis can help with nausea. We noted that nausea is a symptom and our brain signals our bodies to react to it. No matter the cause, nausea is not a pleasant experience and may cause anxiety for long-term sufferers. But what are the best CBD oils to use? In this article, we’re exploring select CBD products for nausea along with different ways to use them.
If you live in a state where cannabis consumption is legal, hopefully, you have several options for traditional cannabis products containing both THC and CBD which are sold in licensed dispensaries. Hemp-based CBD products that contain trace amounts of THC are coming onto the market across the nation, and CVS and Walgreens are running CBD test sales in certain states. This is in part possible because of the federal Hemp Farming Act of 2018. It requires that CBD products made from hemp cannot contain more than .03 percent THC. These CBD-only products will not produce any euphoric effects provided by THC but do provide the benefits of consuming CBD.
CBD Oil for Nausea
CBD oil can be extracted from the traditional cannabis plant and its cousin, hemp. In some ways, it’s easier to use hemp for CBD extraction because the hemp plant generally lacks THC. Different extraction methods exist, including a high-end process using carbon dioxide for separating and isolating the oil. Other methods use ethanol or butane solvents to separate and extract the CBD oil. Once removed and processed, the extracted oil can then be combined with other cannabinoids, compounds, terpenes, or other essential oils. Carrier agents like MCT oil, coconut or hemp oil, and other ingredients are then added to create the finished CBD oil product. You can learn more about MCT and other carrier oils, here. CBD oil can then be used in a variety of products including tinctures, vapes, patches, edibles, or on its own as a stand-alone oil. If you’re exploring CBD products for nausea, we’re happy to provide a few suggestions.
Three Wells CBD Product Partners
We recently launched our CBD and Hemp Only pages where you can find a variety of CBD products that contain little or no THC. It’s an excellent way to explore the many options based on your preference for when, where, and how you want to use CBD.
CBD Tinctures /Drops
Tinctures are a very discrete way to use CBD. Using the eyedropper, putting a few drops in your mouth or under your tongue (known as sublingually) quickly gets CBD into your body to help fight nausea. You can also use tinctures in herbal teas, other beverages, or on food. The Venice Cookie Company, a maker of excellent edibles, expanded into CBD tinctures which are vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free. For people seeking high-dose options, Rx CannaCare offers CBD tinctures in 3000 or 6000 mg versions, as does Santa Cruz Medicinals with 5000 mg in a 4 oz. bottle. Our friends at W!NK offer a vegan CBD tincture sweetened with stevia as a low glycemic alternative to sugar, fructose, honey, and artificial sweeteners. As with all tinctures and edibles, when it comes to dosing don’t break the GLASS rule; go low and start slow.
When you infuse CBD into a food or beverage it travels through your liver to enter the bloodstream. While it may take longer to feel CBD’s calming effects, it tends to last longer in your body. Flav® offers an entire line of flavored CBD strips like Watermelon and Blueberry. Similar to tinctures, Swifts CBD Honey can be used in teas or other beverages or simply on its own. They also offer CBD in their sugar-free mints. If home cooking is your thing, CBDaily Eats from Chef Matt has an entire line of CBD-infused vegetable oil, olive oil, chili oil, honey, and balsamic vinegar.
Vaping gets CBD into your bloodstream quickly as it avoids having to go through your liver. The medicine acts quickly, but may not last as long as other options. Our friends from Flav also offer CBD pens in an amazing number of flavors like Tropical, Polar Mint, and Blueberry to name a few. They are gluten-free and infused with the highest-grade aromatherapy terpenes. Three Wells partner Santa Cruz Medicinals also offers a strawberry-lemon CBD vape pen. No matter the brand you choose, if you’re new to vaping, the GLASS rule applies. Don’t overdo your initial doses until you find the right balance that works for you and your body. While CBD will not get you “high,” it produces calming, relaxing effects and too much may lead to you wanting to take a nap.
Transdermal patches are an excellent way to medicate throughout the day. They are discrete, are similar to a bandaid, and provide long term relief. They’re also fast-acting because the CBD enters your bloodstream through your skin. The Papa & Barkley Releaf Patch is an excellent choice as is the Flav Transdermal Patch. You can cut them down into smaller sizes to personalize the dose to your preference and needs.
CBD capsules are another way for longer-term relief throughout the day. Like edibles, because the CBD in the capsules travels through your liver, the calming effects take longer to kick in but tend to last longer. You can purchase CBD capsules in varying doses, so again, remember the GLASS rule to start low and go slow until you discover what works best for you and your symptoms. At Three Wells, Flav Time Released Capsules offer CBD delivery throughout the day (or night). Each capsule contains Turmeric, known for its powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. Herbs like Sour Jujube Seed, Schisandra Fruit, and Biota Seed may also provide additional healing properties.
Terpenes and Nausea
Terpenes are compounds found in all plants which give them their unique characteristics including taste and smell. Terpenes are in both traditional cannabis containing THC and hemp-based CBD products. One terpene, Myrcene, plays a role in helping with nausea. Not only does it help calm the body, but myrcene may also help CBD delivery to the brain, possibly helping to suppress the brain’s signals telling the body to react through vomiting. When you can, check a product’s ingredient list or description to see if myrcene is included.
Without a doubt, more research is needed for how CBD works in our bodies and our brains to help with nausea. If you’ve used CBD products for it we’d love to hear if it helped you. Whether it’s the result of cancer treatment or other drugs, an illness, pregnancy, motion sickness, or another cause, please share your CBD experiences with us. Log in and comment, or post on our social channels.
Karl Phillps writes about the cannabis community from Los Angeles.