CBD 101: Does CBD Oil Have Side Effects?

If something is too good to be true, it almost always is. However, CBD derived from hemp appears to be taking this truism and turning it on its head. Does CBD have negative side effects? Are there any risks associated with long-term CBD use? Let's analyze the myths, truths and everything in-between when it comes to how safe & effective CBD can really be.
On August 21, 2020
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It’s one of the most asked questions about CBD, and it’s also the easiest to answer: What are the side effects of CBD? Simply put… none! Now we understand a few of you are probably furiously typing up a letter to the editor over these bold claims, but we’re committed to guiding you through the ins-and-outs of how CBD makes you feel and determining that this is indeed true.  It might seem too good to be true, but when it comes to pure hemp CBD, there’s no ‘catch’.  When you rely on hemp-derived CBD for all your aches and pains, anxiety & stress issues, fatigue, insomnia, nausea and irritation (just to name a few!), you’re investing in one of the most effective natural health remedies on this green Earth.

There’s not much to say about CBD side effects, but that doesn’t mean that all “Cannabidiol products” are created equally.  It’s very important that you understand and are familiar with the different kinds of CBD products because some of them can contain higher amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), which in turn can lead to negative side effects like mind & body highs, paranoia or even nausea.  Many of the issues arise from cannabis-derived products – one of the many reasons cannabis has not been Federally legalized in the U.S. is due to its consistent THC concentrations across most strains of this plant.  Hemp, on the other hand (or leaf), has been shown to contain trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC.  Therefore, it was deemed to be safe enough to be legalized by the Farm Bill in December 2018 and is now a fully-fledged, high-demand product across multiple industries (health, textiles, fuel, building materials, nutrition and more!).

If you’re ingesting or applying an isolated form of Cannabidiol – sourced from hemp – you can likely rest assured that there will be little-to-no side effects of your CBD.  There’s no risks of “getting high”, no lingering effects of drowsiness or lethargy, and there’s very little risk of reactions with medications because CBD interacts with our bodies directly through our Endocannabinoid Systems.  That being said, no medication or natural health product is perfect, and there are always the risks associated with adverse reactions whenever you include a new product in your daily routine.  You should always consult with your physician before taking any new supplements or medications, even if the risks associated with CBD are so minimized.

With this in mind, let’s look at the spectrum of CBD products on the market, such as CBD oil risks, and determine what you should be on the lookout for when it comes to CBD’s negative effects.  You’re not likely to encounter any problems by adding hemp CBD into your health & fitness regiment, but by analyzing the potential risks you’ll be that much more prepared to handle whatever life throws your way.  It’s time to become the savviest of CBD shoppers! Here’s the skinny on the slim occurrences of negative side effects from CBD consumption.

IS CBD DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH?!

Is CBD bad for your liver? No. Is CBD safe? Yes. Alright, that was simple, thanks for reading our article… In all seriousness, many people have concerns about trying a new health supplement, so this kind of skepticism is not only common in the entire spectrum of the industry but it’s also very healthy to question things first before getting on-board with trends.  There are thousands – if not millions – of health products, both natural and synthetically derived, available for purchase online and in-stores.  With so many products aiming to accomplish so many things for your health & wellness, it’s no wonder people are sometimes fearful of new products.  Some people have even experienced nasty side effects, allergic reactions or serious injury to themselves or others after taking a “new and exciting” kind of health product.

Thankfully for the millions of CBD users across the United States, they’ve been experiencing one of hemp’s greatest advantages over these other natural health products: there are no serious CBD negative effects on your health.  CBD has this distinction from other health products because of the relationship between cannabinoids (active compounds like CBD, THC, CBN, etc) and your Endocannabinoid System.  What the heck is an Endocannabinoid System?! We recently wrote an in-depth article on this very subject, and we’ve also explored cannabinoids in greater detail as well.  We recommend you take some time to read through these excellent pieces to further explore this fascinating subject of Cannabaceae & human biology.  For the purposes of this article, we’ll summarize them as the following:

Phytocannabinoids (Cannabinoids)

  • The active compounds created in the hemp & cannabis plants
  • These compounds instigate the calm, pain relief, sleep aid or psychoactivity (the “high”) we experience when consuming hemp or cannabis
  • THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, THCV and hundreds more phytocannabinoids have been discovered to date (with more speculated to be just beyond our capabilities of detecting)
  • Each cannabinoid has certain effects on our bodies, however it is believed that there are many synergistic benefits – known as entourage effects – whereby cannabinoids complement one another for even greater effectiveness

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

  • A complex network of nerves & receptors that can be found throughout the body & brain
  • The ECS acts like the reception desk for incoming cannabinoids, directing them to certain areas of the body, whereby particular biochemical reactions occur (such as block pain receptors, reducing inflammation in tissues, etc)

Our bodies are seemingly hardwired to process cannabinoids in an efficient and effective manner, and active compounds like CBD interact with our systems in such a way that no negative or lingering effects are generated.  From the biochemical reactions in our ECS we can draw conclusions about the intrinsic, natural relationship between healing plants like hemp and human biology.  There are many theories out there that have posited the potential for hemp, cannabis, mushrooms and other organisms impacting human evolution over millions of years.  With clearcut examples like Endocannabinoid Systems and their ultra-efficient delivery of the healing effects of cannabinoids, these theories are beginning to expand our understanding of human health and how we can optimize our wellbeing.

Another determining factor to CBD’s safety has to do with its unique relationship to each of our individual health needs.  Cannabidiol and other cannabinoids affect everyone differently, requiring distinct doses to achieve similar results across the spectrums of our unique needs, wants and desires.  For some, just a small dose of 10 mg of hemp CBD is enough to instill calm or quell their anxiety; for others, larger, consistent doses of 25 mg+ is required to help them sleep better or ease their chronic pain & inflammation.  Just like we can all have a distinct genetic makeup from one another and yet share certain traits to those who are genetically close to us, each person’s ECS has a unique configuration.

So, is CBD dangerous to your health? Definitely not.  Even psychoactive compounds like THC are familiar to our body’s systems and can be processed effectively, but the mind-altering nature of these kinds of substances can certainly cause havoc in some circumstances.  CBD oil risks are few and far between, because there’s no risk of dulling your senses, experiencing dangerous sedation, or any risks whatsoever of overdosing on these kinds of active compounds.  Can you take too much CBD? If you’re wondering if CBD can cause damage to your mind or body if you consume large volumes, then the answer is a resounding “no”.  However, when you ingest over-zealous amounts of Cannabidiol that your ECS cannot process you can end up wasting product if you don’t manage your doses properly.

If CBD is so safe and so darn effective, why don’t my doctors prescribe it to me?! This is a very common concern expressed by many people who are eager to try CBD, but would rather receive validation from their personal physician.  This is completely understandable, and many doctors and medical professionals would like the opportunity to include hemp CBD treatments in their repertoire.  Nevertheless, further research is needed before any progress can be made towards this common goal.  Health practitioners are under strict guidelines, and in order to incorporate a new health supplement & remedy like CBD they need to see consistent, quantifiable, and validated results from hemp & cannabinoid research.  As the scientific and medical communities play catchup with the modern markets for CBD products, as long as we continue to update our understanding of CBD dosing and its effects become more predictable, we will continue to move closer to a future where hemp-derived CBD is a normalized, household treatment for our health & fitness.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF CBD OIL

Although it’s clear to many CBD users that CBD oil side effects are miniscule in comparison to its benefits, some people still wonder: Is CBD oil safe? Side effects of many popular medications can include such serious taglines as “internal bleeding”, “suicidal thoughts & feelings” and even “risk of death”! It says something about our societal norms when these kinds of negative side effects have become nothing more than standard procedure for certain conventional medications.  Instead of ‘potential organ failure’, ‘severe bouts of gastrointestinal inflammation’ or ‘insomnia causing depression’, CBD from hemp has a few side effects that can almost be considered not worth mentioning when compared to the risks associated with long-term medications.  The common CBD oil side effects that are even noteworthy are:

  • Dry Mouth
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness, Grogginess or Lethargy

As a list of “potentially harmful & dangerous side effects”, CBD’s are surely on the lower end of the spectrum.  Some CBD users have reported instances of dry mouth, feelings of being dehydrated, nausea, queasiness, diarrhea and the occasional dizzy spell or lingering grogginess associated with the sleep-improving effects of Cannabidiol.  It bears mentioning that many of the symptoms can also be counteracted by CBD use, which leads us to believe that many of these reported CBD oil side effects occur in FSO (or Full Spectrum) CBD products.  

Both hemp and cannabis contain THC, however hemp’s Tetrahydrocannabinol concentrations are vastly reduced in comparison to its cousin, marijuana.  A Full Spectrum product aims to provide the entire terpene & cannabinoid profile, including THC, in order to achieve an entourage of effects/benefits.  These kinds of products have their own claims to success, but many newbies to CBD do not understand the difference between an isolated CBD (ISO) product and the combination products like Full-Spectrum (FSO).  As THC has shown to have a greater number of adverse effects – with some people even claiming they are “allergic to THC” – it is important to understand that CBD isolated on its own does not show the same propensities for negative side effects.  That being said, there still are rare cases of individuals “feeling off” while under the influences of Cannabidiol, even if it is sourced from hemp and isolated from the other phytocannabinoids.

CBD oil effects are definitely widespread and can be variable from person-to-person, but it is always a good idea to stay informed on risks and balance them with the potential benefits.  For millions of people all over the world, hemp CBD has changed the way they feel for the better, and the majority of consistent CBD users continue to rely on this wondrous phytochemical more and more.  As long as you’re comfortable with the CBD oil effects in relation to the handful of minor side effects, CBD seems like a no brainer as one of the leading health supplements & natural remedies moving forward.  After all, many people Choose it Because it Definitely works!

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