More Americans are waking up to the fact that Botox is a relatively noninvasive, cost-efficient treatment that can address a wide range of common complaints. Commonly used in the beauty world, Botox is, in fact, capable of doing a lot more than helping combat the physical signs of aging, although that is, without a doubt, its most common use. Plus, about a million Americans undergo a Botox procedure each year. [Source]
However, not everyone, including those who have regular procedures done, know exactly how it works or what it is that is being injected into their bodies. Furthermore, there’s a lot of confusion as to whether or not Botox can negatively interact with other substances that are already in the system.
Now, with so many people using hemp products daily compared to just a few years ago, it’s important that everyone knows the facts about what happens when you have a Botox procedure while this substance is in your system.
What is Botox, and What Does it Do?
Botulinum toxin, which is abbreviated as Botox, is a toxin that is responsible for botulism, which is a potentially deadly bacterial disease. But, if Botox procedures caused botulism, the industry wouldn’t have lasted a day. What’s unique about Botox is that it works based off of scientific proof that low doses of this bacteria are completely safe, and offer unique benefits.
Botox causes paralysis of the area of application. When injected into the muscular tissue of the body, the muscle becomes paralyzed. Its most common application is the administration into the skin of the face, where wrinkles and sagging have taken place, which make a person look aged. By paralyzing the muscles of the face, the skin firms up and wrinkles and lines decrease in appearance. This creates a smoothing effect that makes a person look younger than they really are.
That’s not all that Botox is used for, despite its reputation. One common use for Botox is migraine treatment. Paralyzing the tissue affected by a migraine can prevent a person from feeling the pain. Another use is the treatment of hyperhidrosis, which is a condition that causes excessive sweating. Paralyzing the sweat glands with Botox effectively stops the sweat glands from over-excreting sweat.
Botox is unique in that unlike other procedures of a similar nature, it’s very non-invasive, and takes less than an hour to complete. The needle used to inject the Botox is pretty small, and there’s typically very little downtime, as the body recovers quickly, and the procedure is not known to cause significant pain following the injection. It’s also becoming more and more affordable, which means that more people are trying it out than ever before.
Typically, a Botox treatment provides results for three to four months. After this time, a new procedure is required to maintain the results.
Can CBD Interfere with Botox?
Many people wonder if it’s safe to have a Botox procedure if they have CBD or hemp in their system. First, let’s clear up the confusion between these two terms. CBD is the leading compound in hemp, so any CBD product is a hemp product. And, CBD is a cannabinoid, which means that it binds with cannabinoid receptors throughout the body to regulate the functions of our bodily systems.
So, can it negatively interact with Botox? The good news is that there’s absolutely no evidence that this is the case. Many daily CBD users successfully receive Botox treatments every few months with no ill effects. There have yet to be studies on this potential interaction, but what we can say is that there have been no reported incidents involving a negative interaction between CBD and Botox.
Can You Take CBD Before a Botox Treatment?
Some people actually take CBD purposely before a Botox treatment, for two reasons.
Reason #1: Pain Levels
CBD may help a person manage their pain levels, and some people are overly sensitive to the feeling of a needle in the skin. Therefore, taking CBD beforehand may be able to help minimize the discomfort, especially if applied topically to the area of Botox administration.
Reason #2: Stress Levels
CBD is known for its effects on stress levels. It regulates the way in which cortisol and other stress hormones function in the brain, potentially calming a person down. And we know that a lot of people have a phobia about needles. Therefore, taking CBD prior to a Botox treatment may help a person manage their feelings of uneasiness about the procedure itself.
If you’re a CBD user who plans on getting Botox, there’s no reason why you should stop your routine. There’s no link between CBD and Botox in terms of a negative interaction. In fact, taking CBD prior to your treatment may offer some form of relief.