I was also trying to buy a bottle of CBD after learning that the CBD had a good effect on anxiety. But unfortunately, I seemed to have been hit by a bad cold after using it, I felt headache, nausea, and vomiting. What is going on here, do other CBD users have these symptoms?
After contacting my doctor, he told me that this may be the Jarisch-Herxheimer effect, but this discomfort reaction is only a short-term in the body. This makes me curious about the relationship of the CBD to the Jarisch-Herxheimer effect.
1. What is the Jarisch-Herxheimer?
The term comes from the names of two doctors, Adolf Jarisch (1860-1902) and Karl Herxheimer (1861-1942), both of whom noted that many patients suffer from fever, sweating, night sweats, nausea and vomiting during treatment. The disease gets worse before heal.
The Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction (often abbreviated as “Herxing”) is a short-term response to body detoxification. When the body is detoxified, it has short-term negative effects. These effects are caused by the release of endotoxin from our body’s immune system in the event of death from bacteria or other harmful microorganisms. When these endotoxins enter the bloodstream, bacteria and dead pathogens can be expelled from the body. But our body’s response to that rapid death and endotoxin in this organism is slower than the immune system, so our body cant to respond immediately, which may lead to the deterioration of current symptoms. In fact, this is a normal and healthy response, indicating that parasites, fungi, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are effectively killed by our body’s immune system. Just like the phrase “it may get worse and then get better”.
2.Why the Hexing reaction occurs after using CBD
Although some cannabinoids such as CBD have demonstrated effective anti-inflammatory properties, some studies have shown that THC, the major psychoactive substance in cannabis plants, may have the opposite effect.
For example, a study published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in 1994 found that treatment of rodents undergoing endotoxin stress increased the production of certain types of pro-inflammatory proteins.
However, a study published later in the same journal found that THC actually reduced the presence of other pro-inflammatory proteins in endotoxin-exposed mice.
CBDs often have incredible anti-inflammatory effects and can also act as antioxidants. Therefore, it can help or hinder the Herx reaction. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve the body against inflammation caused by pathogens, and antioxidant can actually increase the speed at which the body produces endotoxin – it is the rate at which the body cannot wash these toxins. Therefore CBD can lead to the Herxheimer reaction.
Although cannabis plants have shown potential as anti-inflammatory tools, only time and more research can reveal whether CBD contributes to uncontrolled inflammation caused by diseases such as Jarisch-Herxheimer or not.
But don’t worry, there are steps you can take to minimize these effects.
3.How to relieve the Herxheimer reaction
Herxing reaction usually lasts for a short period of time (a few days to a few weeks). When those nasty symptoms disappear, you can truly experience the benefits of treatment. When starting the CBD regimen, you may find that starting from a low dose for a few days, and slowly increasing the dose can minimize the Herxheimer effect.
- Drink plenty of water
- In terms of diet, one needs to eat food rich in vitamins and protein such as fruits and vegetables.l
- Going out for a walk every day can also help alleviate the symptoms caused by excitement
- Epsom Salts Detox Bath – Pour a few cups of Epsom Salt into a warm water bath to help remove more toxins from the body
- Deep tissue massage – can help break down toxins that may coagulate in the muscles
- Many people with similar chronic or inflammatory diseases also supplement their diet with CBD oil.