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CBD Oil Side Effects

We’re all aware of the miraculous health benefits of CBD and how it can treat almost all pain, anxiety, sleeplessness and other related ailments ‒ be it physical or mental ‒ found in humans.

However, true self-medicators, who only wish to benefit from CBD for medicinal purposes, would want to know if it comes with risks or not. This is exactly what we’re going to discuss here.

Although we know numerous health benefits that come with CBD, there are certain side effects that you need to be aware of before you consider taking it as a daily supplement.

And to make things clear, we will discuss a little bit about CBD, how it works, and its health benefits, which will allow you to better understand its side effects that are packed within CBD.

Let’s get started:

CBD Simplified

CBD aka cannabidiol is a chemical compound that is found in marijuana. Ever since United States have legalised marijuana (because of its health benefits), people were concerned over its euphoric effect (the high effect), but little did they knew that some ingenious scientists had already come up with its solution ‒ CBD. This is why, CBD is praised more than marijuana.

You see, marijuana contain hundreds of cannabinoids that are similar to CBD but act differently on our body once they’re consumed. Let’s take THC as an example. While CBD provides almost all the health benefits that marijuana is supposed to give you, THC doesn’t do anything except getting you super high. Some studies do suggest that THC can boost the effects of CBD but its quantity as low as 0.3% is sufficient enough to attain that boost while not getting you high.

In other words, CBD is kind of the main ingredient that provide the health benefits of medicinal marijuana while THC is another ingredient that causes the euphoric effect. Take THC out of the way (or have it in negligible amounts), you get to enjoy the benefits of medicinal marijuana while dodging the “high” effect like a good boy.

So, if you were concerned whether CBD might get you high or not, you’ve got the answer!

Now, back to the point; does CBD have side effects?

To understand that, let’s know how CBD works first:

How CBD Works

To understand how CBD works, you have to learn a bit about the endocannabinoid system. You see, we have this little regimen within our bodies that connect our nervous system to some vital functions. Without it, our brain will become incapable of handling disease, disorders and injuries that occur on the body ‒ be it physical or mental. This means, endocannabinoid system (ECS) is very crucial for taking care of us and to make sure that our body is in a balanced homeostasis.

Now, there are two certain receptors in the endocannabinoid system, CB1 and CB2, which react strongly to the consumption of the cannabinoids, more specifically, CBD. For this system, CBD acts as a vital supplement ‒ a holy grail ‒ that revitalises it and promotes optimal functioning.

So, for example, if you’re in pain and you consume CBD, your endocannabinoid system will recharge itself from the CBD metabolites and will have more energy to heal/treat your pain.

That is how you get almost all the health benefits that come packed with CBD oil.

However, CBD doesn’t react to ECS alone. This is why, sometimes, you see some side effects:

The Side Effects of CBD

You don’t have to worry too much about the side effects though.

It is confirmed that CBD isn’t lethal even if you take a heavy dose. That’s why we call some of the “side effects” as reactions of CBD, which might irritate some people, who are consuming it.

Here are the most common side effects you can possibly get from CBD:

  • Mood swings
  • Changes in appetite
  • Dizziness/Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Dry mouth

There’s also a rare probability that constant use of CBD oil may increase liver enzymes, which can be a sign for liver inflammation or damage. However, more evidence is needed to prove it. And it is possible that this problem may be specific to a certain individual only.

But, it’s a fact that if you’re a pregnant woman, you need to avoid taking any CBD related products. There are numerous studies that prove how bad CBD can be for fetus’ development.

That said, it is highly advisable to seek doctor’s recommendation, specially if you are taking other medications. This is because, CBD oil can react adversely to some drugs, which can put your health in jeopardy. You don’t want that to happen, do you?

These are the only side effects of CBD that have been proven to date. Of course, we need more research to realise if there are more health concerns over taking CBD or not. But, for now; CBD seems to be a better alternative than conventional drugs that claim to provide same benefits.

Our Verdict

If you’re familiar with modern drugs, then you know that side effects like the ones we discussed above, are very common when your body is introduced with a new substance. However, unlike conventional drugs, CBD doesn’t try to cause serious health risks ‒ even if you take it long-term.

This is why, people are opting for CBD over pharmaceutical alternatives. But, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s a big gamble to benefit from CBD’s healthy effects or it’s side effects, or not?

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