cbd and potsDecember 15, 2021
It has recently been discovered that the body contains an endocannabinoid system, or ECS, which regulates body functions such as sleep and pain. This system produces endocannabinoids, which bind to cannabinoid receptors that are found in the nervous system. According to some research studies, CBD impacts the endocannabinoid receptors in the body, which in turn can reduce inflammation and pain. This can be especially helpful for people suffering from POTS, which is an autonomic condition of the nervous system.
One of these health conditions includes POTS, also known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Are there any benefits to using CBD oil for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome ? This article will explore this question.
With CBD’s increasing popularity across the world, now more than ever is the time to look into this alternative health product. A growing body of research has shown positive results from CBD in participants suffering from anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, epilepsy, and other physical and mental ailments.
No research has shown that CBD can cure POTS, however, CBD is known to treat symptoms associated with POTS such as dizziness, general pain, and anxiety. Patients with POTS have reported positive effects from using CBD, and unlike other drugs used to treat POTS symptoms, CBD has minimal side effects.
POTS does not let your body stabilize the blood flow within your blood vessels into a stable rate. This condition’s symptoms develop from standing up from a reclining position and may be lessened by sitting, resting, or simply lying down. The main symptoms associated with POTS include fainting, lightheadedness, discomfort, and sometimes a rapid increase in heart rate (tachycardia).
How does CBD oil help to treat POTS?
As mentioned above, CBD comes from Cannabis Sativa and is extracted from the plant, then diluted by oils known as carrier oils, which are usually hemp and coconut oil. CBD is diluted using these carrier oils because they bind to the chemical compound the best. However, oils are only one of the many ways that store CBD. There are also edibles, bath bombs, lotions, and many more products that contain CBD.
Currently, there are around half of million people in the United States suffering from POTS. A vast majority of these patients are women between the ages of 13 to 50. POTS can develop in people with a recent history of mononucleosis and is known to be found in people suffering from autoimmune conditions. People with conditions like Sjogren’s syndrome and Celiac disease can be at higher risk for POTS, since it affects the immune system. POTS can be detected with lab tests.
POTS, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, is a condition that impacts the body’s blood flow (circulation). It primarily implicates your nervous system, both the autonomic and sympathetic systems. The former controls and regulates bodily functions, while the latter helps with the fight or flight response.
The acronym “CBD” usually gets lumped in with THC and marijuana, which leads many people to have a negative perception of CBD. Even though these three words are somewhat related, there are key differences when it comes to CBD and THC. Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, is extracted from Cannabis Sativa . Unlike THC, however, CBD does not produce a “high” when it’s used — you basically get the same bodily effects without the mind-altering effects of THC. Which makes it an appealing option for people who want the physical effects of the plant but do not want to experience the hallucinogenic properties of THC.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that each case of POTS is different and unique to each individual’s body. Patients may see symptoms vary and change throughout the years. Sometimes a change in diet, physical activity, and other health related factors can help to manage and subside symptoms.
We hope that this article has helped you learn a bit more about CBD and POTS. It’s always recommended to conduct your own personal research when it comes to health products, and also to consult your doctor before starting any treatment option.
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Do you take anything else for pots other than that? I’ve was diagnosed with pots about 8 years ago and never had any symptoms after taking fludrocortisone. However the last couple Months have been bad and we have been playing the medicine game trying new things and all the ones I’ve taken make it worse or have other effects that are not worth taking it. I wish I could just convince them to up the dose of the fludrocortisone I’ve been taking since I probably have resistance taking it for so long.
I do get more light headed and also don't enjoy being away from home on it. But it definitely helps lower the energy at the end of the day and makes sleeping easier.
Haven’t had any problems with THC I used to use it a lot! Never really messed with CBD. But as anything ease into slow.
So, I’ve done some research on POTS and THC which by the looks of is an absolute no go. Has anyone tried THC? I have really bad PTSD and have trouble staying asleep at night. I used to have a glass of red wine before bed and that helped tremendously but with POTS, I can’t have it anymore. I’ll wake up super dehydrated and with tachycardia – even if I have Liquid IV before bed. Has anyone tried CBD?
Maybe it's just my anxiety, but since I started getting POTS symptoms THC makes my HR spike to like 160 while sitting with extreme dizziness. Can't do it anymore.. CBD however is a godsend and doesn't give me ill effects.
I've found that either a 2:1 or 1:1 (thc:cbd) seems to work best. Take it slow. Low at slow at first. I work in a medical dispensary, so you can always reach out 🙂
I take just under the amount that would make me giggly. I feel very calm and as a bonus it helps with my leg pain.
I've recently started using edibles for my anxiety. Very pleased with the results.
CBD oil has been a god send for me tbh had to stop taking it for two weeks recently and the chronic muscle pain, joint pain, nausea, bowel inflammation and insomnia all came back within a few days. Personally I haven’t had any side effects with it whatsoever, most people seem to say that!
My POTS doc actually put me on marinol (synthetic thc), so I don't think it's off the table. Does me a lot of good with nausea, appetite, and GI motility.
I have. I was skeptical but was having problems eating and it really helped with my ability to eat. I don’t have PTSD so I can’t speak to that, but it does help slightly with my anxiety.
I wouldnt say I'm a heavy THC user, but I do smoke/vape/eat a decent amount routinely and buy it helps with sleeping and my body pain a TON.
I probably use THC/CBD everyday. I have extreme difficulty eating or tolerating food without it. Not to mention it helps the anxiety aspects and makes me less reactive to stimuli, which is important for Hyperadrenic POTS.
Yeah, and they both help immensely with my sleep. THC makes me a little more symptomatic but it's fine if I just take it a little before bed. I don't mind being symptomatic if I'm lying down, but you would have to see if it works for you! CBD is great for me, and helps bring down my cortisol levels which also helps chill out my heart rate. Everyone is different but these both really helped me! I'm in a legal state and can get specific doses, I'm not sure where you are but start with small doses if you try it.
I did have a higher dose THC edible and had an absolutely terrible time. So I would keep dosages low enough to stop symptoms but as with our entire condition, moderation friend.