If you’ve found this article it is likely that you’ve heard of the medicinal uses of CBD Oil. Afterall, cannabidiol (CBD) has been linked with having positive effects on a wide range of medical conditions.
While not all uses are proven, some of the things you may want to try CBD for include: Anxiety, chronic pain and soreness, depression, epilepsy, insomnia, and neurological disorders like Parkinson’s.
CBD might even have benefits in supporting weight loss, improving heart health, and fighting some forms of cancer.
If you’re like us, now is about the time when you say something along the lines of “Sure, but what crazy side effects come with all these benefits!?”
Side Effects of CBD Oil
One of the best parts of CBD Oil is that it as a very good overall safety profile. A review published in the Current Drug Safety journal showed that CBD has no major adverse effects on major physical and mental health markers.
It also will not make you high. The psychoactive cannabis sativa side effects commonly associated smoking the plant are actually caused by fellow cannabinoid THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol).
As long as the CBD product you’re using is made from Industrial Hemp, a strain of cannabis normally used for CBD production, you’ll consume very little THC, certainly not enough to get you high.
If THC is a concern make sure you’re buying from reputable brand, they will have lab reports showing the exact amounts of THC in their products. You can see our recommendation brands here!
CBD Side Effects
Even in high dosages most side effects from CBD tend to be very mild. Here are some of the more common ones you may experience:
- Dry Mouth
- Appetite Disruption
- Stomach discomfort or Diarrhea
If you are experiencing any of these things the first thing we recommend is lowering your dosage. In many of the cases we found side effects only developed in high dosages and only rarely in “normal” sized doses.
Terpenes and Side Effects
Terpenes are an oil found in many plants found in nature and are responsible for their smell, taste, and many of the properties of the plant. This is one of the reasons why “essential oils” have become popular.
If you’re not happy with the side effects of your CBD you may want to research the brand’s terpene profile.
Pinene, for example, is known to have a mildly alerting effect on many people. If you’re taking CBD to help you sleep this is a terpene you probably would be better to avoid. Something with a high concentration of Mycene or Linalool will likely lead to much better results!
Safety Concerns and Drug Interactions
We already stated that so far every study performed on CBD has shown it to be a very safe substance. That being said, there are still some things you need to watch out for.
The Food Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to put out any regulations on the CBD industry. Because of this, we’ve come into a “wild west” style of market when it comes to products, growers, and manufacturing methods.
The first safety concern is based on the growing practices used for hemp. Cannabis is what is known as a “hyper-accumulator”. This means that anything in the soil around the plant will be absorbed.
The quality of the plant can be badly hurt if the grower is using chemicals or pesticides.
The other safety concern is a result of the manufacturing process. This is one of the most expensive parts of CBD product creation, which leads to companies sacrificing quality to cut costs.
These companies use toxic solvents in the extraction process which can never fully be removed from the end product.
The best way to protect yourself from either of these issues is to buy from companies that have lab tests available. Companies and brands that are producing high-quality CBD will have invested the money in 3rd party lab reports to prove the quality of their product.
If you want to know the brands we’ve looked into, here are a few of our favorite
Lab Tested Brands.
One thing you should consider before taking any CBD product is the possible interactions it might have with prescription drugs. Any CBD that is processed in the liver has the chance to effect how other drugs are metabolized.
If you have any concerns over how CBD might conflict with prescription drugs you are currently taking we advise you consult your doctor!
Special Side Effects from Vaping CBD Oil
Vaping CBD is one of, if not the fastest way to feel the soothing effects of CBD on your system. When inhaled, the CBD is almost immediately absorbed into the blood stream through the lungs.
But is it safe? Are there side effects?
Almost all of the studies we found reference nicotine based vaping products, but here are some of the side effects noted:
- Dry Mouth
- A cough
- Dry Eyes
- Insomnia from quitting
In reality we don’t really know if, or how, harmful vaping is.
If this is your chosen method of consuming CBD we would recommend closely monitoring how you feel while using a vaporizer. If things like a chronic cough or bleeding develop make sure to talk to your doctor immediately.
The Final Notes
CBD and its medical uses is still a relatively new and unknown topic. As we find new research and studies done on the side effects of this product we will update this article to make sure you are given the best and most up to date information!
In the meantime, we recommend that if you’re dealing with any negative side effects from CBD Oil you consult a medical professional!