If you’ve been following the news surrounding CBD oil for the past year, you’re probably aware by now of the many health benefits that it can carry. What isn’t talked about a lot are what the CBD oil side effects are.
While there isn’t a lot of them, and the majority are very minor and more of a nuisance than anything, there are still some things to watch out for when you first start taking it.
What Is CBD?
First things first. For those of you that have been living under a rock, here is a quick overview on what CBD actually is.
In every person there exists an Endocannabinoid System, in which there are many cannabinoid receptors. Cannabidiol(CBD), and Tetrahydrocannabinol(THC), are among the two most studied, and their receptors are called CB-1 and CB-2.
CBD is not psychoactive, and does not produce a “high”, whereas THC does. Most of the CBD oil you can buy is hemp derived, and comes from the industrial hemp plant. This plant is part of the cannabis family, and is closely related to marijuana. The biggest difference between the two? Hemp is naturally very low in THC and high in CBD, while in marijuana it is the exact opposite.
Another cool fact for you – CBD actually works to combat the psychoactive effects of THC in the body, by blocking the receptor that THC binds with!
The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System and the effect that it has on the human body is fairly recent. It’s believed to have a major impact upon many other systems within, and how they operate. Our bodies normally produce its own cannabinoids, and with more research being done in the area, its now thought that an endocannabinoid deficiency may be linked to a number of disorders.
CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory, with antioxidant and anti-fungal properties, and comes packed with essential vitamins and nutrients.
There are a few different types of CBD available. Full Spectrum, which contains everything in the hemp plant, including traces of THC. Broad Spectrum, which contains most of the things within the plant, but has the THC removed, and CBD Isolate. This one is 99.9% pure CBD and nothing more. Full Spectrum oil carries many benefits over Broad Spectrum or Isolate alone.
Now that those details are out of the way, on to what you came for….
As mentioned above, CBD doesn’t come with a lot of side effects. CBD is generally regarded as safe to take by EVERYONE, young or old. It may interact with some medications though, so be sure to talk to your doctor before starting it if you are currently on any meds.
Below is a list of some of the common side effects that you may experience with CBD oil or other CBD products.
- Dry Mouth – Also known as cotton mouth, this is something that is also commonly experienced in people who ingest marijuana. Make sure to stay well hydrated if you’re consuming CBD, and that will go a long way towards preventing your mouth from becoming the Sahara Desert.
- Lowered Blood Pressure – Definitely something to watch out for, CBD has been shown through research to have an effect on blood pressure. Lightheadedness or dizziness is a common sign of this. If you are on medication to help lower or regulate your blood pressure, it is crucial that you speak with a doctor before adding in CBD of any kind to your daily routine.
- Drowsiness – This is kind of a strange one, because CBD can also have the effect of making you more alert. Whatever the cause may be, if you’re one of the people who experiencing this, a lower dose may be more appropriate, and its best not to engage in any activities that require you to be highly alert, such as operating heavy equipment or machinery.
- Reduced Appetite – While you may have gotten excited to read that, it is a concern for some who struggle to keep weight on. CBD has an inhibitory effect on the appetite, so you may find you aren’t reaching for those snacks quite so often.
- Headache – CBD has some research behind it showing it as a possibly effective treatment for migraines, but in some it can cause mild headaches. A high dose is generally responsible for this, though it can occur at lower doses.
- Nausea – Some brands of unflavored CBD taste downright nasty, so this isn’t a surprising effect. It can also be the way that you’re ingesting it that is causing it. If you’re finding that you can’t stomach swallowing the straight oil, switch to another ingestion method such as vaping, capsules, or edibles that are better tasting.
- Diarrhea – Another common side effect when first starting out, this generally runs its course as your body adapts to the CBD
To CBD Or Not To CBD?
Again, a lot of these side effects, if you experience any at all, are going to be very mild. Most people report zero negative side effects.
When first starting out with CBD, it is always recommended that you go slow. For one thing, the dose that you take is going to be different from the dose your friend may take. Your condition may be more or less severe, or you may be taking it in a different form, which affects the bioavailability rate(more on that here).
It’s all about finding the dose that works for you, and you won’t know if a small amount will work just as good as a larger amount if you don’t start out at a lower dose.
For another, starting out at a higher dose increases the likelihood that you will experience some negative side effects from the CBD oil. Your body needs time to adjust to the cannabinoids that you are introducing to your system, and for some this can take up to a few weeks. The best way to take CBD is to be consistent with it, and increase slowly only if you need to.
To minimize the chances of these side effects, its also important to know exactly what is in your CBD oil. When you are out there searching for an oil, choose a company that has its products tested by a third party lab to ensure the CBD content, and also any possible toxins or contaminants that may be hiding within.
The possible health benefits of CBD greatly outweigh the side effects, and it’s up to you to factor in the pros and cons and decide if it is worth it.