What Are The Side Effects of CBD?
As CBD becomes more extensively researched and widely available, we are starting to realize the true therapeutic power of the cannabinoid. A quick Google search for 'CBD,' and millions of results will pop up, many reporting that the naturally-derived cannabis compound can do just about anything from relieving anxiety and pain to quelling insomnia and depression. That said, there are a few risks and side effects associated with using CBD. The truth is, everything from the food we eat to the water we drink has side effects because the body reacts in different ways to different substances. Subsequently, the way CBD interacts with your body in particular may be different compared to how it interacts with someone else. Below, we look at several potential side effects that may be experienced when using even the market's highest quality CBD products.
Potential Side Effects of CBD ProductsThe majority of potential adverse reactions caused by CBD are mild. Therefore, although they may cause you to feel uncomfortable, they’re usually short-term and happen right as the CBD starts to take effect. They typically last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, and should start to subside as the CBD wears off. Here are a few of the most common side effects of CBD.
Drowsiness/TirednessWhile CBD is often touted for its ability to help with insomnia, this could be an unwanted side effect for some people. CBD is known to induce drowsiness, which means it could negatively affect your sleep cycle.
Dry MouthAlso known as cottonmouth, CBD could cause your mouth and even your eyes to become parched. This appears to happen due to the way CBD reacts with CB receptors in the mouth, known as submandibular glands. It tends to reduce saliva production, so be sure to consume lots of water before (and after) using CBD to minimize this side effect.
Reduces appetiteMany CBD advocates claim that it can help with weight loss by reducing appetite. Although a beneficial effect for some, this could be a problem for others since it may leave them undernourished for extended periods of time - especially if CBD is used regularly. This could result in nutritional deficiencies, irritability, weakness, and unwanted weight loss.
Nausea and DiarrheaAlthough relatively rare, some users report feeling sick to their stomachs after using CBD oil. Aside from nausea, others may very rarely experience diarrhea. Mild gastrointestinal issues are common, and in rare instances may cause dizziness and other digestive problems. This, in part, is because some people simply don’t digest CBD well. Of course, it may not be the CBD that’s causing these problems. Instead, other ingredients in the CBD supplement may be what is causing gastrointestinal distress.
Side Effects from low-quality or contaminated CBD productsDue to a lack of regulation in the industry, choosing the right CBD product is important. CBD can become contaminated during the cultivation and manufacturing process, resulting in low-quality and potentially unsafe CBD products. Unreliable products could contain the following contaminants:
- Pesticides and heavy metals
- Synthetic cannabinoids
- High levels of THC
- Organic solvents (i.e. hexane and butane)