Can CBD help with car sickness?

Can CBD help with car sickness?

Authored By Robert Midcalf

Can CBD help with car sickness?

For those of us who suffer discomfort on car journeys, journeying at sea, or even in the air motion sickness, or car sickness / travel sickness can be somewhat of a problem. Car sickness can be triggered by being jostled by the motion of the car or other vehicle, or from watching objects move from side to side, such as when you are on a boat in rough seas. The nausea and dizziness we feel is the result of an imbalance in your body’s vestibular system, which controls your sense of balance.

The vestibular system is a part of the inner workings of the ear - there’s a really good video on it here by 2-Minute Science on Youtube. It’s a coiled spring and labyrinth found in the inner ear, past the eardrum, and the small tunnels are filled with a fluid. As the fluid moves through the passages it helps us ‘feel’ the orientation of our body - detecting when the head is rotated side to side, tilted forward and back, and tilted side to side.

When this system is disturbed however, it can trigger a nausea response and the sensation of car sickness. Additionally new studies have shown that this feeling of nausea during motion sickness has a connection to our good friend the endocannabinoid system - which is the main part of the nervous system impacted upon by CBD. The study above even suggests those with an impaired endocannabinoid system may be more susceptible to car sickness than others.

So for the problem of car sickness it seems like there’s enough evidence to suggest trying CBD. We already know that the supplement has an effect on other feelings of nausea- because CBD binds with the serotonin system. It’s been suggested that CBD can help manage nausea symptoms for cancer patients during chemotherapy, so why not car sickness too?

The advantages of CBD compared to other car sickness medicines, which are derived from antihistamines like allergy medicines, is that the supplement is non-drowsy, so it may be useful if you’re needing to concentrate while travelling, or just don’t want to feel like you’re half asleep from taking the antihistamines. It’s easy to use in vaporiser or edible gel form, and can be taken with you as you travel without any fuss at airports and customs.

Unlike its counterpart THC, CBD also has the added benefit of being non-psychoactive and won’t intoxicate or otherwise impair you. This is again very useful if you want to regulate car sickness without the problems of side effects and avoid any potential mishaps. It is true that people have been using cannabis in its raw form to help mitigate feelings of sickness for years, particularly with hangovers - but now CBD is on the scene, there’s finally another way to try this without all the associated problems of traditional methods.

George Botanicals

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