What is Willow Bark?
Willow bark, the bark of several varieties of willow tree, has been used for centuries as a natural pain reliever. The active ingredient in the bark is salicin, which is used to make aspirin.
Some people use willow bark as an alternative to aspirin, particularly those that experience chronic headaches or back pain who do not want to be taking aspirin so regularly. Willow bark is also used in some products to aid weight loss.
It comes from the branches of 2-3 year old willow trees. Willow trees and shrubs grow all over the world, except for Australia and Antarctica. The white willow and black willow are two of the most common willows whose bark are used medicinally.
Are there any Side Effects?
When taken in normal doses, willow bark does not have negative side effects. The salicin in willow bark converts to salicylic acid. This makes it gentler on your stomach than lab-created aspirin. Excessive amounts of willow bark, however, still can cause stomach issues.
Who shouldn’t take Willow Bark?
There are some people who should not use willow bark. If you have an allergy to aspirin, it’s possible to have a reaction to willow bark as well. Willow bark can also interact with certain medications, like blood thinners and beta-blockers.
Children and adolescents up to the age of 16 are generally discouraged from taking willow bark for any reason. This is because of the risk of Reye’s Syndrome, a rare condition that causes brain and liver damage.
Pregnant and breast-feeding women are also discouraged from taking any medication that contains salicylates.
People with gastric ulcers should be especially careful with willow bark, in the same way that they would be cautious with aspirin, because too much could cause stomach issues.
Organa products containing Willow Bark:
CBD Infused 50ml Human Tincture
CBD Infused Dog Tinctures
CBD Infused Horse Tincture
CBD Vitamin Capsules
CBD Infused Paw Balm
CBD Infused Tattoo Aftercare