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    Will Taking Cannabinoids Affect My Botox Treatments?

    Did you know that about 1.5 million people last year received a Botox injection in the United States?  Well, now you do.  In fact, this type of procedure has become so incredibly popular, that number is expected to only grow from here.  At the same time, people throughout the country take various cannabinoids daily, like delta-8 THC, HHC, THC-O, THC-P, and many more.  So, it really isn’t difficult to imagine then, that there is a decent overlap between Botox consumers and cannabinoid consumers.

    Now, with that being said, it’s natural to wonder whether or not your cannabinoid hobby would potentially interact with an upcoming Botox treatment.  Let’s see if there’s any kind of interaction that could take place between these two substances, to put your mind at ease.

    What is Botox and Why Do People Opt For This Procedure?

    Botox is a neurotoxin protein related to botulism, which causes short-term paralysis of nervous activity in the muscle it was injected into.  Botox is, by far, most commonly used as a cosmetic procedure, as injecting Botox into the facial muscles can reduce signs of aging including sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines.  Botox is incredibly effective at this, and because it’s relatively non-invasive and inexpensive, with next to no downtime, it's a popular alternative to far more involved procedures like facelifts.

    Botox has non-cosmetic uses, too, as the second most common purpose for Botox treatment is the ‘treatment of migraines’.  There are migraine infusion centers that administer Botox by injecting into the muscles of the head.  This way, a person can become numb to the pain caused by migraines.  On average, depending upon the person’s migraine severity on a scale from 1-10 (“1” being no pain and “10” being in extreme pain), along with any other medications they might be taking, its treatment effects can last up to 6-8 weeks.  But, this also depends on how often someone goes in for these treatments in order for the Botox to accumulate into their system and work accordingly.

    What is the Link Between Cannabinoids and Botox?

    First things first: to date, there’s no scientific case studies showing what relationship Botox has with cannabinoids, and vice versa.  In other words, we can’t point to any type of data that shows whether or not there is a relationship.  This is especially going to be the case with THC-based cannabinoids, which are simply too new to the market for researchers to have had a chance to make some type of case study.

    What we can say is that marijuana use has been around for much longer than these new cannabinoids mentioned in the beginning, and it would be ill-informed to think that many people who get regular Botox treatments aren’t also regular marijuana users.  Marijuana’s active cannabinoid is delta-9 THC.  Delta-9 is incredibly closely related to newer cannabinoids like delta-8 THC, THC-P, etc.  As of now, there is zero reason to believe marijuana and Botox interact with each other in any negative way, so we can use that information to form our own theory about how Botox relates to similar THC compounds in cannabis.

    To further support that theory, we need to look at how both Botox and cannabinoids absorb into the body.  Botox binds to proteins in the muscular tissue, being a protein itself.  Meanwhile, cannabinoids are lipids.  What this means is that Botox does not interact with cannabinoids at all, since it never interacts with any lipids or other non-proteins in the system.  So, this tells us is that there is really no risk of consuming cannabinoids and getting a Botox injection simultaneously, since the two are like passing ships in the night.

    Could Cannabinoids Help a Botox Patient?

    First of all, we know that a lot of people are afraid of needles, and also experience some level of anxiety at the idea of getting a needle inserted into their skin.  If you’re feeling anxious about the entire process, then cannabinoids may help – primarily delta-8 THC, thanks to its researched anxiolytic effects which seem to help regulate our stress response by the cannabinoid’s interaction with the nervous system.  Delta-8 can be taken shortly before your treatment, and you can even take it the night before if the anxiety about the next day is keeping you up at night.

    Another amazing thing about cannabinoids is that they work with cannabinoid receptors in the body that regulate our physical discomfort levels.  In the event that you develop some type of soreness following your treatment, cannabinoids like delta-8 and THC-O in particular may be helpful, since they may be able to minimize the discomfort that you’re feeling.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that if you’re getting Botox for a chronic pain condition like migraines, cannabinoids can be used alongside your treatment in an effort to manage the symptoms.  A good majority of people out there use cannabinoids for migraines and similar chronic issues.

    No Reason Why You Should Stop Taking Your Favorite Cannabinoids Due to an Upcoming Botox Procedure

    Overall, cannabinoids aren’t shown to put you at risk of a negative interaction, nor are they shown to reduce the efficacy of the Botox itself.  Meaning, you can continue your cannabinoid routine as you always have, without having to make any adjustments to things like dosage, timing, etc.  Of course, if you don’t want to show up to your appointment high, well, that’s something you might need to consider.

    If you’ve more questions about the potential interaction between cannabinoids and Botox, you can always talk to your doctor.  For instance, if you are going to be taking some type of medication during your treatment, such as an anxiolytic drug, there could be an interaction between the drug and the cannabinoid you’re taking, as cannabinoids may suppress the ability that certain drugs have to fully metabolize.  Once again, your doctor can provide a whole lot more information in a personalized way.