CBD Oil Side Effects

How does CBD make you feel?

This is a common question that we get asked so much, so let’s be clear and explain in depth what happens when CBD oil is used. It’s a common misconception that CBD will make you feel ‘high’, like THC.

CBD & THC

To clarify: CBD is a cannabinoid – a natural compound found in the Cannabis Sativa plants and is 100% non-psychoactive.

THC is also a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and is considered a controlled substance because it makes you feel ‘high’ but CBD does not have any THC in it.

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Is CBD psychoactive?

So, CBD is completely non-psychoactive and when it derived from a hemp strain of cannabis it contains less than 0.33% of THC which is considered legal. We had many reports from people using CBD saying that it helps with a lot of daily life conditions but more importantly it makes you feel calm and relaxed. When used it reaches the endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is a complex of receptors and chemicals called cannabinoids and collaborate to balance body and mind using these receptors.

How long it stays in your system?

While taking CBD oil there’s no need to worry whether you could pass a Cannabis drug test or not. CBD stays in your system between 2 to 5 days, however, each person is different, the amount of time for the molecule to completely leave the human body can vary – it depends also on the quantity taken.

What are the CBD side effects?

It is very important not to assume a big quantity of CBD, start with a low dose and then increase gradually as necessary if any side effect occurs then simply lower the dose. CBD can affect everyone differently.

Common CBD side effects

Dry mouth: this is another common small consequence while taking CBD oil, it only happens because cannabinoid receptors are present in the submandibular glands (responsible for the production of saliva) and when CBD gets involved they stop producing saliva.

CBD higher dose side effects

Lowers blood pressure: when CBD is consumed in higher doses it can slightly lower your blood pressure but it only happens at the moment when the CBD Oil reaches the receptors, it is not permanent. However, we always recommend consulting a doctor before using CBD if you’re taking any blood pressure medication.

Lightheadedness: this is often caused by a drop in blood pressure when taking high doses. However, this effect is only temporary and can usually be resolved by having a tea or coffee.

Drowsiness: in higher doses, CBD can affect people differently and cause drowsiness, so if you experience this side effect, do not drive or operate heavy machinery but just reduce the dosage.

Increased tremor in Parkinson’s disease: Parkinson’s disease may experience worsened tremors and muscle movement when taking CBD in very high doses but recent studies claimed that cannabidiol (CBD) is safe for use by patients with Parkinson’s disease. We recommend to consult a doctor before starting using the CBD and begin taking small doses.

 

Is CBD Oil Safe?

CBD is completely non-toxic and safe in both humans and animals, it does not induce changes on food intake, does not affect physiological parameters like heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure, does not affect gastrointestinal transit and does not alter psychological functions.

Safety Concerns

CBD oil may interact with several medications, including some types of anti-epileptic drugs.

A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published in the journal Pediatrics cautions pregnant women and nursing mothers to avoid marijuana use due to possible adverse developmental effects on their baby. In a study reviewed for the report, short-term exposure to CBD was found to increase the permeability of the placental barrier, potentially placing the fetus at risk from certain substances.

If you’re considering trying CBD oil, it’s important to discuss potential side effects and adverse reactions with your physician. In one study, for instance, children with refractory epilepsy treated with CBD experienced an aggravation of seizures, sleepiness, digestive disturbances, and irritability.